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Equity-Focussed Awards & Funding

Apply for all of these awards on Awardspring, external link

  • Akua Benjamin Award - For a student who identifies as Black, and demonstrates their community involvement for the advancement of Black people
  • Blockorama & Blackness Yes! Scholarship - Recognizes a student who identifies as Queer, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming who shows community and/or academic work that aligns with the Blackness Yes! mandate such as work that focuses on or centres or touches the lives of Black and Queer/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming peoples/community
  • BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarship - For students from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities, international students, students with disabilities and Aboriginal students
  • Caribbean First Generation Award - For a first generation student who is of Black, Caribbean or West Indian Caribbean descent (including Guyana); not an International Student
  • COMMA Book Award - A Faculty of Arts award for students who self-identify as being from a racialized group, or who self-identify as being an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person
  • Denise O'Neil Green Student Leadership Award - For students who self identify as a woman who is Black, African Canadian or has Black/African Canadian ancestry
  • Karen R. Fukunaga Award - For a student who self-identifies as a racialized woman
  • Marc Castillo/Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson Award for Student Engagement - Recognizes first generation students who are actively engaged in strengthening the Filipino community in Toronto
  • Northside Hip Hop Archive/Fantastic Voyage Radio Show Award - For students who identify as Black (including those that identify as Afro-Caribbean or African-Canadian) to encourage Black students to explore careers related to Black music
  • Ryerson Black Faculty and Staff Community Network Award for Student Leadership - Recognizes a Black student for their academic achievements and community leadership both on and off Ryerson campus
  • Spectra Award - For students who are a current and active member of a Rams team or club, and who identify as one of the following: First Generation; International; Students with Disabilities; Racialized Groups, or Indigenous
  • Sonia Marryshow Black Scholar Award - A Faculty of Arts award that celebrates Black women in higher education (Sociology graduate Bianca Marryshow established and named this award in honour of her mum, Sonia Marryshow, who always supported Bianca's commitment to higher education, and encouraged her to lead with love)
  • Strength of a Woman Caribbean Student Award - A Faculty of Arts award that recognizes a first-year female student who is from Caribbean heritage
  • Sumaya Dalmar Award - For a student who identifies as trans and racialized (established by Sociology graduate Lali Mohamed and others in tribute to Sumaya Dalmar, a Somali-Canadian transgender activist who passed away in 2015)
  • Viola Desmond Bursary - For a student who self-identifies as a Black, African, or African-Canadian female
  • BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarship - For students from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities, international students, students with disabilities and Aboriginal students
  • Chin-Loy Chang Awards for Aboriginal Students - For Indigenous students with financial need
  • COMMA Book Award - A Faculty of Arts award for students who self-identify as being from a racialized group, or who self-identify as being an Aboriginal (Métis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person
  • Indigenous Student Bursary - For Indigenous students with financial need
  • Frank H. Hori Award for Aboriginal Students - For students who identify as a Canadian of Aboriginal ancestry (Métis, Inuit, First Nations; status and non-status)
  • Gerald Hannon Award - For an Aboriginal person who identifies as Transgender or two-spirited
  • Rabbi Abraham Silverstein Aboriginal Student Award - For students who self-identify as an Aboriginal person (including First Nations [Status/Non-Status], Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background)
  • Ryerson Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Aboriginal Students - For Aboriginal students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and/or labour relations both on and off-campus
  • Spectra Award - For students who are a current and active member of a Rams team or club, and who identify as one of the following: First Generation; International; Students with Disabilities; Racialized Groups, or Indigenous
  • Vernon Yellowhead Award - For students who self-identify as an Indigenous person in Canada
  • BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarship - For students from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities, international students, students with disabilities and Aboriginal students
  • CFPDP Fund for Students with Physical Disabilities - For students who self-identify with a physical disability
  • FCCP (Ont) Education Foundation Mental Health Resilience Award - Celebrates the academic and personal achievements of students with mental health challenges
  • Joubin / Selig Family Scholarship - For students who have a disability and who demonstrate financial need
  • Spectra Award - For students who are a current and active member of a Rams team or club, and who identify as one of the following: First Generation; International; Students with Disabilities; Racialized Groups, or Indigenous
  • Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarship for Students with Disability - For students with a permanent physical disability
  • The Bill 7 Award - Provides scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two-spirited and queer students who are in financial need and studying at any post-secondary institution in Ontario to attain their first degree or diploma. Apply directly on the Bill 7 Award website., external link, opens in new window
  • Blockorama & Blackness Yes! Scholarship - Recognizes a student who identifies as Queer, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming who shows community and/or academic work that aligns with the Blackness Yes! mandate such as work that focuses on or centres or touches the lives of Black and Queer/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming peoples/community
  • Gerald Hannon Award - For an Aboriginal person who identifies as Transgender or two-spirited
  • John Austin Leadership Award - For students that identify as LGBTQ2+ and demonstrate service and leadership qualities outside the classroom (at Ryerson or externally)
  • Pride Award for Diversity and Inclusion - Recognizes an undergraduate student for their work in the areas of LGBTQ+ that has contributed to community belonging, diversity and inclusion
  • Ryerson PRIDE Scholarship Fund - For first generation students who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
  • Sumaya Dalmar Award - For a student who identifies as trans and racialized (established by Sociology graduate Lali Mohamed and others in tribute to Sumaya Dalmar, a Somali-Canadian transgender activist who passed away in 2015)

First Generation students are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education

  • Canada Pakistan Foundation of Friendship Award for First Generation Students - For
    first generation students of any background who are the first in their immediate family to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • Caribbean First Generation Award - For a first generation student who is of Black, Caribbean or West Indian Caribbean descent (including Guyana); not an International Student
  • Chin-Loy Chang Awards for First Generation Students
  • Marc Castillo/Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson Award for Student Engagement - Recognizes first generation students who are actively engaged in strengthening the Filipino community in Toronto
  • Marwah Family Award for First Generation Students
  • Ontario First Generation Bursary - For first generation students with financial need
  • Ryerson PRIDE Scholarship Fund - For first generation students who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
  • Spectra Award - For students who are a current and active member of a Rams team or club, and who identify as one of the following: First Generation; International; Students with Disabilities; Racialized Groups, or Indigenous
  • Alterna Prize for Women Social Change Leaders - A Faculty of Arts award for female (or female-identified) students who have demonstrated social change leadership at Ryerson or in their community
  • Alterna Prize for Women Social Change Leaders - For a student who identifies as female and who has demonstrated social change leadership at Ryerson or in their community
  • Denise O'Neil Green Student Leadership Award - For students who self identify as a woman who is Black, African Canadian or has Black/African Canadian ancestry
  • Karen R. Fukunaga Award - For a student who self-identifies as a racialized woman
  • Sonia Marryshow Black Scholar Award - A Faculty of Arts award that celebrates Black women in higher education (Sociology graduate Bianca Marryshow established and named this award in honour of her mum, Sonia Marryshow, who always supported Bianca's commitment to higher education, and encouraged her to lead with love)
  • Strength of a Woman Caribbean Student Award - A Faculty of Arts award that recognizes a first-year female student who is from Caribbean heritage
  • Viola Desmond Bursary - For a student who self-identifies as a Black, African, or African-Canadian female
  • Women Champions of Diversity Award - For female students who actively champion diversity and inclusion
  • Women in Leadership Student Award - For a female student who demonstrates social activism and involvement with student group life at Ryerson

These awards are for current students. Get more information on entrance scholarships and awards.

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