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Faculty of Community Services

Graduate Social Work awards

Ryerson offers many different awards and scholarships to acknowledge students’ achievements, facilitate their education and promote their success.

Full details on graduate student awards can be found at Ryerson scholarships and awards and FCS awards and grants.

New or soon-to-be graduates of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program can apply to the Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Graduate Award in Trauma Recovery. Find full details on this award below.  

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Graduate Award in Trauma Recovery

To provide financial assistance and to recognize the academic achievement of a graduating/newly graduated Master of Social Work student who has accepted employment in the field of accident related trauma recovery, supporting individuals and families throughout their rehabilitation and recovery process and adjustment to life following accident trauma.

Priority will be awarded to a student who secured employment in the field of accident related trauma recovery, in one of the following capacities: hospital trauma center, in-patient rehabilitation facility, or community based agency specializing in accident related trauma recovery.

Award criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Have accepted employment in the accident-related trauma recovery field (as defined above).
  • Be graduating at the upcoming fall convocation ceremony OR have graduated at the previous spring convocation ceremony.
  • Be graduating OR have graduated with a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

Graduate students interested in crisis and trauma recovery with families may also be considered.

Supporting documents

Complete applications must include: 

  • A one-page personal statement that demonstrates your commitment to the field of trauma recovery and to working in a rehabilitation and health care environment. Be clear in showing how your work/commitment fits within the context of trauma; you may want to provide a brief definition of trauma within the context of your practice.
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • Confirmation of employment by your current or future employer.

Application deadline

October 31st of each year.

Application process

Submit your application directly to Milene Ferreira, Graduate Program Administrator, via email at

In the subject line, include your first name and last name, along with the following text: "Application for Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Graduate Award".

Award presentation

The School of Social Work presents this award annually at the School of Social Work Awards Ceremony. The award recipient will be notified before the award presentation.