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Scholarships

Thanks to many generous benefactors and sponsors, the RTA School of Media is able to offer many scholarships, bursaries, and awards to its students.

The list of what is available for this year can be found via AwardSpring, external link. That site is also the application portal. 

Below is a curated list of some common awards that we've offered in the past.

Questions about the opportunities should be forwarded to your academic adviser. 

Entrance Scholarships

A role model for women in broadcasting, Phyllis Switzer was a pioneer and a visionary for the Canadian broadcasting industry.  In 1972, recognizing a need for local programming amidst the mass market targeting of national networks, Ms. Switzer became the co-founder of CITY-TV.  In 1982, she again helped to launch a successful start-up as the Senior Vice-President of Programming for Canada’s first national pay-tv station, First Choice.  What many consider her crowning achievement, though, was her work as the Managing Director of CTV’s Host Broadcast Unit for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.  Working with the International Olympic Committee and broadcasters from around the world, she organized television coverage of the games that is considered the best TV presentation in Winter Olympics history.  Although she often described herself as “the best No. 2 person around,” her talents and contributions were recognized with numerous awards, including the Broadcast Executive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and an Award of Merit from Toronto Women in Film and Video.  Succumbing to cancer in 1989, Ms. Switzer was posthumously inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Phyllis Switzer Memorial Award is presented to an RTA student who has proven their management and leadership skills through volunteer work or community involvement, as well as demonstrating academic proficiency, excellent management skills and a caring attitude towards society.

This endowed award was established by the Switzer family and friends to recognize a student entering the first year of the RTA School of Media.  Terms of reference are as follows:

VALUE: up to $2500

ELIGIBILITY:
• By application from students in the first year of the RTA School of Media on a full-time basis (an entrance level award)

CRITERIA:
• overall academic proficiency
• proven management and leadership skills in human resources management through a caring and positive approach to individuals as demonstrated through actual work experience prior to attending post-secondary studies, volunteer team work, Student Council work or community involvement
• demonstrated financial need (please fill out enclosed budget form).
• other factors which may enhance the student’s application might include extra/co-curricular activities or unusual personal circumstances

APPLICATION:
• each candidate must submit an application (enclosed) with at least three written endorsements from the external community attesting to the student’s management/leadership skills and a well-articulated letter from the student indicating the rationale for studying at Ryerson, personal background supporting the application, personal financial situation and career aspirations
• candidates may be asked to appear for an interview with the Faculty Selection Committee

VALUE: $5000.00

CRITERIA:
· RTA Alumnus and Canadian television executive, Scott Moore, has created this award to support students entering the Sport Media program who have a history of involvement with team sports. Preference will be given to students from racialized communities.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Be registered as an Undergraduate student in the RTA School of Media - Sport Media
· Submit a 750-1000 word essay describing their history of involvement in team sports
· Include a Letter of Recommendation from a coach 
· Preference will be given to students from racialized communitie

For incoming students planning to focus on radio.  Awards will be renewable annually (up to three additional years) based on continued excellence in radio and sound courses.

Value:  Two awards available of $7000 each

Criteria:  To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing
  • Incoming students will be assessed based on high school marks and an essay
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of a detailed budget form
  • To be eligible for renewal, students must maintain a CGPA of 3.00 and be enrolled in radio and sound courses during all semesters in which curricular requirements and options permit

Weighted Criteria:  Incoming students – 50% based on high school marks; 50% based on 1-2 page essay describing their relationship with radio and why they want to pursue studies in the area.

A completed application form must also include:

  • 1-2 page essay describing their relationship with radio and why they want to pursue studies in this area
  • Budget form (to determine financial need)

Please submit your application on Award Spring, external link

Renewable Terms:  The awards will be renewed for up to three additional years if the student:

  • Remains in the RTA School of Media – Radio
  • Is enrolled in 4 or more billing units in each of the Fall and Winter terms
  • Has a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or better, no failing grades, and clear academic standing
  • Demonstrates financial need through submission of a detailed budget form each year

Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favorite teams and athletes, using four platforms: TV, Radio, Online and Mobile. As Canada’s #1 Sports Media brand, Sportsnet delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level. The Sportsnet Diversity and Gender Equity Awards will support student scholarships awarding excellence in digital media production with a preference for students from diverse backgrounds. This is a one-time-only award.

The applicant must have applied to the Faculty of Communication and design
The applicant must have a minimum secondary school admission average of 80%
The applicant must identify as a woman and/or as being from a marginalized community.

The award will provide two awards of $5,000 each commencing in 2020/2021 academic year for 4 years.

Current Students

VALUE: $1000.00

CRITERIA:
· Named for pioneering Toronto Star baseball writer, Alison Gordon, this award will reward a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Sport Media student who produces the best written sports feature.  Preference will be offered to female students.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Be registered as an Undergraduate student in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of the Sport Media program and have a clear academic standing
· Have produced the best written sports feature
· Submit a sample of student’s best written work produced in years two, three or four of the program.  All sports feature work is admissible.  The work of the award winner may be adapted for broadcast on SpiritLive radio or RUTV. 
· Application letter with a sample of the student’s best written work produced in years two, three or four.

 

The Bill Roberts Award of Excellence is given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in the study or impact of ethics or spirituality or faith in media.

Value:
$1,000

Eligibility Information
To be eligible for this award, students must:
•Be a student of the RTA School of Media
•Achieve a grade point average of 3.00 or higher
•Demonstrate an interest in the study of ethics or spirituality or faith in media
• or, Demonstrate an interest in the impact of ethics or spirituality or faith in media.

Application Information
Students will submit a 500 word essay about the relevance of ethics; spirituality; andlor faith in media.

This award is open to 3rd or 4th year Media Production students with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

To be eligible for this award, students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Media Production program in the RTA School of Media and have clear academic standing. Along with a completed Application form, students must submit a 500-750 word critique, ranging from feature film or live broadcast or installation.

Fairchild Radio wishes to encourage the development of multicultural awareness and understanding among individuals entering the broadcasting industry through the establishment of this special scholarship program in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University.

VALUE: two scholarships up to $3500 each

CRITERIA:

· Open to Ontario-resident students registered on a full-time basis in the second, third or fourth year of the four-year program in Ryerson’s RTA School of Media.  Demonstration of multicultural awareness and understanding through an audio production piece that has been produced as part of a course curriculum.

· Demonstrated financial need

· Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 with no failing grades; students may not be “carrying” a course

Should a group or team be submitting, each student must meet the criteria

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

· Formal applications will be invited which will include: the audio production piece, a statement from each student outlining his/her individual financial situation, and a budget form* .

· Submissions will be considered by the School to ensure that eligibility, academic and financial need conditions have been met. The Financial Aid and Awards Office may be consulted on financial need issues.

· A Faculty Selection Committee will pre-screen the approved submissions and short-list the top 3-5 for final review and selection by Fairchild Radio

* All applicants for this award must meet “Ontario residency” requirements:

· Must be a Canadian Citizen/permanent resident

AND

· Lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to commencing full-time post-secondary studies

Or

Spouse has lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to this academic year and was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies for this 12 month period

Or

Parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s) or official sponsor(s) have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the beginning of this study period

Donated by Ms. Naomi P. LaCroix, the Glenn Sarty Memorial Award is for a full-time undergraduate student in RTA, in good standing, who has demonstrated excellence or interest in pursuing a career in investigative and public affairs television or documentary media.

Amount: up to $950

Application Form is required along with a sample of the student’s work.

In honour of long-serving Canadian radio broadcaster henry Shannon, this award is given to the student in their 2nd or 3rd year who has achieved the highest academic standing in RTA 951- Presentation

- No application required

To assist third-year students undertaking international exchange studies in RTA; must be registered full-time and entering third year of the RTA program; be approved for an international exchange; have demonstrated financial need; have a minimum GPA of 3.00; be in clear academic standing.

Amount:  Up to 3 awards of $1000 each

Students must submit a budget form along with a copy of their Exchange Application Essay.

Upon completion of the Exchange, recipients of this award must submit a brief (2-page) reflective essay of their experience and participation with the Exchange university.  Excerpts may be used on the RTA website and in other promotional material.

This award is in honour of Joana Fraser, a second year RTA student who died of cancer in April 1994. This award reflects both Joana’s creativity and unflinching determination to face what life dealt her.

VALUE: Up to $500.00

CRITERIA:

· Open to all full-time students in 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year or recently graduated.

· Awarded for the most compelling script or story based on the student’s/author’s meaningful life experience (i.e. overcoming a particular struggle or challenging incident specific to the student).

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

· Submission of a script that has been produced as part of a course curriculum.

· Selection will be by committee composed of faculty of the RTA School of Media and, if desired, a member of the Fraser family or its designate.

The Johnny Lombardi Creative Endowment is designed to provide awards to undergraduate and graduate RTA students engaged in music, journalism or related studies that explore and define the reality of our multicultural society.

The fund provides for an award for an undergraduate student in the RTA School of Media, Ryerson University who has completed one or more courses, specializing in the area of music, journalism or related studies and submitted their project for judging by the selection committee. It invites applications for proposals to produce media content to serve the needs of local or regional multicultural communities, Proposals must be for content that would not otherwise be produced for broadcast and must provide significant benefit for students engaged in music and/or journalism.

VALUE: Upwards of $3,000

To be eligible for this award, students must:

-Be enrolled full-time in the RTA School of Media and have clear academic standing;

-Have completed one or more courses, specializing in the area of music, journalism or related studies and submitted their project for judging by the selection committee

-Submit a 500-word essay on their project highlighting its implications and importance for multicultural awareness and understanding

VALUE: up to $1000.00

CRITERIA:
· RTA alumnus, Justin Poy, established this award in 1999.  This award is open to 3rd and 4th year students who have demonstrated financial need and have demonstrated production excellence in a radio, television, web or digital piece that helps to educate their peers and audiences about overcoming personal challenges.  The submission can be based on the general concept of overcoming personal challenges and need not be specific to the applicant’s challenges.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Be registered as an Undergraduate full-time student in 3rd or 4th year of the RTA School of Media and have a clear academic standing
· A budget form
· Radio, television, web or digital piece 

* All applicants for this award must meet “Ontario residency” requirements
AND
· Must be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person
 

Karen Miller-Tait and her infant son were tragically killed in an automobile accident, December 21st, 1997.  Karen, as a talented designer and a critical member of the creative team, utilized unique and innovative technologies in the development of marketing communications programs, physical environments and multi-media, interactive content.  This award recognizes outstanding creative design production demonstrated by students in 3rd year of the New Media program.  In addition to the cash award, recipients of the Karen Miller-Tait Memorial Award will be offered a summer internship employment opportunity with INVIVO Communications, Inc., commencing late May through August.

VALUE: $1,000

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be a full-time student enrolled in 3rd year of the New Media program
  • Submit a portfolio with emphasis on conceptual thinking, creativity and a strong understanding of design principles
  • Be enrolled in or have completed RTA 520 (Public Practice)

3rd year New Media students will be advised in further detail about the application process in November each year.

VALUE: $1000.00

CRITERIA:
· Funded by RTA faculty member, Lori Beckstead, and her husband Dave Rose, this award will defray travel costs for an RTA student undertaking a volunteer trip for the purpose of international/community development in a developing country or community.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Be registered as an Undergraduate student in the RTA School of Media and have a clear academic standing
· Submit a 500-word essay outlining the goals/intended outcomes of the trip and why this is important to the applicant
· Recipients will be asked to submit a short report on their return, outlining the impact the trip has had on them
· Fill out the generic budget form attached

Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond award support students in the RTA School of Media who are from under-represented and marginalized communities and show great potential in the fields of media production, sport media or new media.

The university values the fair and just treatment of all community members through the creation of opportunities and the removal of barriers to address historic and current disadvantages for under-represented and marginalized groups. This includes, but is not restricted to, women, racialized communities, people with disabilities and aboriginal peoples.

Value:
Two annual (expendable) awards of $1000 

To be eligible for this award, students must:
• Have completed first year and be enrolled on a full-time basis in the RTA School of Media

Application Information
Students must:
• Submit a 500-word essay outlining their experience in overcoming adversity coming from under-represented and marginalized communities seeking equity (this includes, but is not restricted to, women, racialized communities, people with disabilities and aboriginal peoples). Applicants will include a letter of support describing their potential in the field. Letters may be from a member of the Ryerson community or someone external (e.g., high school guidance counselor, coach).

 

The Matt Jesson Award recognizes audio production excellence and creativity in a production by a third year student. The award honours the memory of the late Matt Jesson, a 1992 graduate of Ryerson’s School of Radio and Television Arts. Throughout his career Mr. Jesson produced and wrote audio elements for a variety of projects that included radio, television, interactive television, CD-ROM, corporate videos and live event staging.

VALUE: up to $1,250.00

CRITERIA:
· Open to Ontario resident students in third year who completed/enrolled in specified third year courses in the RTA School of Meida: Intermediate Audio Production Lab (RTA 311) and Advanced Audio Production Lab (RTA 981).
· Demonstrated financial need
· Demonstration of audio production excellence and creativity as a member of a team during the first term (RTA 311) and through an individual audio production during the second term (RTA 981)

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· A budget form
· Submission of a compilation of work from RTA 311 and RTA 981

· The academic co-ordinators of the designated Audio Productions courses will consider the applications of qualified students. They will present selected students’ audio productions for review and the final selection will be made by an Awards Committee composed of faculty members of the RTA School of Media and representatives of the Jesson Family and the Donors Committee.

* All applicants for this award must meet “Ontario residency” requirements:
· Must be a Canadian Citizen/permanent resident
AND
· Lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to commencing full-time post-secondary studies
Or
Spouse has lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to this academic year and was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies for this 12 month period
Or
Parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s) or official sponsor(s) have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the beginning of this study period

VALUE: Varies each year (approximately $2000)

DESCRIPTION:
This award goes to students enrolled in 4th year of the RTA program, with a minimum CGPA of 3.00, seeking financial assistance with their final Practicum Production or Thesis. 

CRITERIA:
· Applicant must be enrolled in the RTA School of Media.
· Applicant must have clear academic standing.
· Applicant must be a Fourth year Undergraduate.
· Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person.
· Applicant must be a resident of Ontario.
· Applicant must be enrolled full-time.
· Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
· Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· A budget form

VALUE: up to $1,000

ELIGIBILITY:
The award is open to full-time students in the second and third years of the four-year program in the RTA School of Media with the understanding that they will be returning to full-time studies the following year.

CRITERIA:
· Overall academic proficiency
· Demonstrated financial need
· Significant contribution to a sense of RTA community

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
The application process will include a letter outlining (a) the candidate’s contribution to the RTA community and (b) his/her financial situation and, if requested, documentation or verification in support of the submission.
A committee involving the School Chair, selected faculty and a representative of the Rho Alpha Kappa Alumni Association will make selection.

VALUE: up to $1,000

ELIGIBILITY:
The award is open to full-time students in the second and third years of the four-year program in the RTA School of Media with the understanding that they will be returning to full-time studies the following year.

CRITERIA:
· Overall academic proficiency
· Demonstrated financial need
· Significant contribution to a sense of RTA community

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
The application process will include a letter outlining (a) the candidate’s contribution to the RTA community and (b) his/her financial situation and, if requested, documentation or verification in support of the submission.
A committee involving the School Chair, selected faculty and a representative of the Rho Alpha Kappa Alumni Association will make selection.

Value: $1,000

Eligibility and Application Information: This award recognizes students for their academic achievement in the Sport Media program and goes to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year student with the highest CGPA.

No application required for this award. To be eligible for this award, students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Sport Media program in the RTA School of Media and have a clear academic standing. 

Value:  up to $1000

Criteria:
• Open to students enrolled in the RTA School of Media
• Minimum CGPA of 3.0
• ‘Good Citizenship’ can include a variety of attributes – significant volunteerism, outstanding examples of integrity and/or ethical behaviour, significant contributions to the betterment of the Ryerson and/or RTA communities, etc

Application/Selection:
• Students may apply for this award through a letter outlining the ‘Good Citizenship’ attributes with documentation to support
or
• Students may be nominated by another student (letter as state above)

• A judging panel appointed by RTA will select candidates for the MacKay family’s review

To provide finacial assistance and to recognize the enthusiasm of a Sport Media Student looking toward a career in marketing or sales.

Value: $2000

Eligibility & Criteria:

- Be enrolled as a full time student in the Sport media program

- Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0

-Write a 500 word essay demonstrating enthusiasm and a passion for the Sport Media Program and an interest in pursuing a career in marketing or sales.

 

Value: up to $1,000

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:
This award is open to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Sport Media students with a minimum CGPA of 3.33, with a documentary that is at least 10-minutes in length. The documentary does not have to be tied to any specific class or course and does not have to be specifically sports-related (i.e. it can be current affairs, arts, etc.). Subject matter is open.

To be eligible for this award, students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Sport Media program in the RTA School of Media. A copy of the documentary must be submitted with a completed application form. The award can only be given to the student(s) who identify and are listed as the PRODUCERS of the Best Documentary in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Sport Media. 

It can be more than one student, but the recipients must be identified as PRODUCER on the Production. 

This award honours the student whose work most strongly embodies Norm’s values of exploration, risk-taking, falling down and getting up again.

VALUE:  $1,000

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student in the New Media program
  • Have completed RTA 321 (Introduction to Tangible Media)
  • Meet a minimum CGPA of 2.67
  • Submit for consideration the documentation of up to 3 projects via an online portfolio of works.  The works submitted should illustrate the student’s interest and integration of tangible media and electronic art concepts and materials.

This scholarship was established by the RTA Sport Media Program Director, Joe Recupero, in honour and recognition of organizations like “You Can Play” which works to create awareness around equity, diversity and inclusion in sport.  This award will recognize the best creative work (written feature, video or audio or digital media production) produced by a Sport Media student(s) that focuses on and helps to create awareness around LGBTQ2 stories in sport and society.  Group submissions will be limited to 5 award recipients. 

Value: up to $1,000 total

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate, full-time student in the Sport Media program in the RTA School of Media
  • Be in clear academic standing
  • Be enrolled in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or recently graduated
  • Meet a minimum CGPA of 3.00
  • Submission of work for review (can include a written feature or video or audio or digital media production) – must be produced by a Sport Media student(s) and focuses on and helps to create awareness around LGBTQ2 stories in sport and society.

VALUE: 2 x $1000

This award supports two undergraduate students enrolled full-time in 2nd or 3rd year of the Sport Media Program who produce the best sports feature proposals. It has been established by TSN to offer financial assistance and recognition to students in the Sport Media Program who produce the best sports feature proposals.

CRITERIA
- Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student in 2nd or 3rd year in the Sport Media Program and have a clear academic standing;
- Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0;
- Submit a 1000-1500 word feature proposal based on an outline provided in the Story Synopsis below.  

STORY SYNOPSIS:
- Create a story arc, explaining your overall concept and narrative. 
- Identify your main protagonist(s), as well as secondary characters. 
- Please explain why your particular story is relevant to TSN’s audience
- What themes are being explored?
- Indicate research sources  (Where are you getting the information?  i.e. Toronto Star article, etc.)
- Many sports stories follow common and familiar archetypes. How do you intend to make this particular story unique?  
- Please create a list of b-roll you intend to film in your story.  These are visual elements that help to explain your story. ( i.e.  scenic shots of city, Player working out in gym, etc.)
 
PROPERTY/DISTRIBUTION:
- TSN has many properties in which to distribute content. This includes conventional TV and digital assets.  Please identify where you envision your story running (i.e. Sportscentre, That’s Hockey, CFL on TSN Pre-Game, etc.)  and why.
- Please include a brief social media strategy to promote your story ahead of its airing.
 
BUDGET/LOGISTICS:
- Provide technical and logistical details for your shoots. 
- This should include daily rental rates for camera type(s), crew personnel, grip gear, lighting gear, etc.  
- Lay out a timeline for execution. This should include how many days it will take to research, edit and film your story.

VALUE: $1,000

ELIGIBILITY:
The award is open to students in the second, third or fourth year of the RTA School of Media who have demonstrated interest and aptitude for live special events production. 

CRITERIA:
· Achieve a grade point average of 3.00 or higher
· Enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of RTA

APPLICATION:
The application process will include a 500 word essay discussing their work and/or interest in live special events productions, and must include a proof of work (such as video production) demonstrating his/her ability to manage production of multi-faceted live events. 

Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favorite teams and athletes, using four platforms: TV, Radio, Online and Mobile. As Canada’s #1 Sports Media brand, Sportsnet delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level. The Sportsnet Diversity and Gender Equity Awards will support student scholarships awarding excellence in digital media production with a preference for students from diverse backgrounds. This is a one-time-only award.


Qualifications

To be eligible for the 3rd year award, students must:
- Be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University
- Have clear academic standing
- Be enrolled in the Faculty of Communication and Design
- Be enrolled in Full-time studies
- Be enrolled in the third year of their program
- Meet a minimum CGPA of 3.00
- Self identify as women, including cisgender or transgender and/or a racialized person


The scholarship will provide two awards of $10,000 each commencing in the 2020/2021 academic year for two (2) years.

Recent Graduates

VALUE: up to $1000.00

ELIGIBILITY:

The Arthur Weinthal Award is open to Ontario-resident students registered on a full-time basis in the 4th year of the four-year program in Ryerson’s RTA School of Media who have completed Internship. Placements in accordance with criteria for Internships established by the RTA School of Media.  

CRITERIA:

· Demonstration of exceptional capacities promising success in the industry while completing a senior year internship

· Minimum cumulative grad point average of 2.67 (B-) with no failing grades; students may not by “carrying” a course

· Contribution to the School in curricular or extracurricular activities as well as demonstration of initiative and enthusiasm while carrying out these activities

· Demonstrated financial need in spite of having made a significant, personal financial contribution to support their studies

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

· A statement outlining the learning and/or accomplishments achieved during the Internship placement, curricular or extracurricular activities, the individual financial situation of the student and a budget form*.

· Review of all applications will be conducted by a committee of full-time faculty with the participation of Mr. Arthur Weinthal or his delegate.

* All applicants for this award must meet “Ontario residency” requirements:

· Must be a Canadian Citizen/permanent resident

AND

· Lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to commencing full-time post-secondary studies

Or

Spouse has lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months prior to this academic year and was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies for this 12 month period

Or

Parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s) or official sponsor(s) have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the beginning of this study period

VALUE: $5000.00

ELIGIBILITY:

  • To be eligible for this award, students must:
  • Be registered as an Undergraduate, full-time student at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing;
  • Be enrolled in the final, graduating year of the RTA School of Media degree program;
  • Meet a minimum CGPA of 2.67;
  • Be working on 4th year group practicum project: RTA 701 Thesis-Production Project/Practicum

CRITERIA:

  • 500 word written statement answering the question "How does this project have a positive impact in relation to a specific community or the greater population?"

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

  • Must include sample of final project

For the graduating student in the RTA School of Media, demonstrating the most complete understanding and creative application of technology in the senior audio courses. 

Value:   up to $750

Criteria:  For the graduating student in the RTA School of Media who has demonstrated the most complete understanding and creative application of technology in the senior audio courses

This award is in honour of Joana Fraser, a second year RTA student who died of cancer in April 1994. This award reflects both Joana’s creativity and unflinching determination to face what life dealt her.

VALUE: Up to $500.00

CRITERIA:

· Open to all full-time students in 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year or recently graduated.

· Awarded for the most compelling script or story based on the student’s/author’s meaningful life experience (i.e. overcoming a particular struggle or challenging incident specific to the student).

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

· Submission of a script that has been produced as part of a course curriculum.

· Selection will be by committee composed of faculty of the RTA School of Media and, if desired, a member of the Fraser family or its designate.

VALUE: up to $500

ELIGIBILITY:
· By application from a graduating student demonstrating the most proficiency and creativity using significant content through the TV media.

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Each candidate must submit an application with at least one written page outlining your accomplishments in this area.

· Samples of work

This endowed award has been established by the CTV Television Network to recognize a graduating student or a student who has recently graduated from the RTA School of Media who wishes to pursue graduate level studies.

The Toronto Star referred to the late Phyllis Switzer as a “TV Pioneer” and “one of the most dynamic characters in Canadian broadcasting”. This award, in her memory, honours the unusual contribution made by this outstanding communications executive. Among her lengthy list of lifetime achievements, Phyllis Switzer is remembered as the co-founder of Toronto’s independent CITY-TV; she was the vice-president of Pay TV’s First choice movie channel in the early 1980’s and she headed CTV’s operations as host broadcaster of the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988. In addition to her administrative and creative capacities, Phyllis Switzer was recognized as an individual who encouraged and actively assisted talented young managers, producers, and writers.

VALUE: up to $2500.00

ELIGIBILITY:
· By application from a final-year, full time student who will be entering full-time graduate-level studies within the academic year immediately following graduation from Ryerson University and the RTA School of Media
OR
· By application from RTA School of Media alumni who will be taking up full-time graduate-level studies within a three-year time frame from date of graduation to commencement of graduate-level studies
· Preferred program of graduate study will focus on management, i.e., M.B.A., however, other related programs will be considered

CRITERIA:
· Demonstrated all-round capacity in Radio, Television and Cable
· Overall academic proficiency
· Proven broadcast management and leadership skills through a caring and positive approach to individuals as demonstrated through actual work experience, volunteer team work, Student Council work, in-program activities, seminar/lab work, etc.; and/or
· Outstanding performance in a final year management–oriented course(s) as demonstrated through research, a significant publication and/or a very successful internship in an industry managerial role
· Other factors which may enhance the student’s application might include extra-/co-curricular activities, financial need, unusual personal circumstances

APPLICATION/SELECTION:
· Each candidate must submit an application with at least one written endorsement from the external community attesting to the student’s management/leadership skills and a well-articulated letter from the student indicating the intended program of graduate-level study, rationale for study and long-term career aspirations.
· If appropriate, alumni who are applying should ensure that at least one letter of endorsement represents post-graduation performance reflecting broadcast management and leadership skills
· Review of all applications will be conducted by a jury comprised of faculty of the RTA School of Media 
· CTV and the Switzer family will not normally be involved in the selection of the candidate but may, as need arises, be contacted for advice and guidance by the jury
Candidates may be asked to appear for an interview with the Selection Committee
· The jury will not be compelled to select a recipient if, in its judgment, there does not appear to be a worthy candidate
· CTV and the Switzer family will be apprised of the award-winning student and details supporting the candidacy

“Spence was an entrepreneur from his early teens. He first built and sold ‘cat’s whisker’ crystal radios assembled in cigar boxes from the basement of his parent’s home in Winnipeg. When he was a Bay salesman he started a sideline of installing and setting up customers’ tube radios in their homes. Later still, he barnstormed small communities in Western Canada selling radio transmitters to would be station owners. He started the CBC’s Dominion Radio network and then as TV arrived bought syndicated programming for both radio and TV and sold them to stations all across the country. Denied the licence for Toronto’s first private TV station in 1961, he immediately turned around and founded CTV. He loved people, the challenge of selling and liked to make money.” -Jon Keeble

VALUE: up to $1250.00              

CRITERIA:
· To a graduating RTA student demonstrating “entrepreneurial spirit” and activity in some aspect of broadcasting

APPLICATION/SELECTION:

· Candidates for this scholarship should have been operating a business or service for enough time to have a client base.
· The business/service should be a true demonstration of your entrepreneurial skills. It cannot be part of a school project.
· A letter outlining your entrepreneurial activity, including the “5 W’s” about
your company
· Should include a sample of the “product or service”
· May include letters of satisfaction from clients/customers
· Review of all applications will be conducted by a jury comprised of faculty of the RTA School of Media 

This scholarship was established by the RTA Sport Media Program Director, Joe Recupero, in honour and recognition of organizations like “You Can Play” which works to create awareness around equity, diversity and inclusion in sport.  This award will recognize the best creative work (written feature, video or audio or digital media production) produced by a Sport Media student(s) that focuses on and helps to create awareness around LGBTQ2 stories in sport and society.  Group submissions will be limited to 5 award recipients. 

Value: up to $1,000 total

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate, full-time student in the Sport Media program in the RTA School of Media
  • Be in clear academic standing
  • Be enrolled in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or recently graduated
  • Meet a minimum CGPA of 3.00
  • Submission of work for review (can include a written feature or video or audio or digital media production) – must be produced by a Sport Media student(s) and focuses on and helps to create awareness around LGBTQ2 stories in sport and society.

For the graduating student who has completed an advanced media writing course and who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the writing of dramatic dialogue within the context of a film or TV script.

Value:  $200

Criteria:  For the graduating student who has completed an advanced media writing course in the RTA School of Media and who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the writing of dramatic dialogue within the context of a film or television script.  A copy of the student’s script is to be submitted with the application. 

Value: up to $1,000

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:
This award is open to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Sport Media students with a minimum CGPA of 3.33, with a documentary that is at least 10-minutes in length. The documentary does not have to be tied to any specific class or course and does not have to be specifically sports-related (i.e. it can be current affairs, arts, etc.). Subject matter is open.

To be eligible for this award, students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Sport Media program in the RTA School of Media. A copy of the documentary must be submitted with a completed application form. The award can only be given to the student(s) who identify and are listed as the PRODUCERS of the Best Documentary in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Sport Media. 

It can be more than one student, but the recipients must be identified as PRODUCER on the Production.