Scholarships and Awards

Victoria College offers more than 100 admission scholarships to outstanding secondary school students who indicate Victoria College as their first choice college at the University of Toronto.

All continuing Victoria College students are guaranteed an in-course scholarship of up to $1,000 if they achieve an average in the A range (GPA 3.50+) in their first, second, or third group of 5.0 credits.

Graduating students are not eligible for in-course scholarships but are automatically considered for graduating medals or prizes.  Most graduating awards are medals, awarded on the basis of overall A standing (i.e. a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher after completion of the degree requirements).  A few awards carry a small monetary value (i.e. prizes).  Graduating award notifications are emailed at the beginning of June.  

While most scholarships and awards are automatic, Victoria College has a limited number of awards that require an application.


Awards Requiring Application:

Special Awards and Essay Prizes

Research Awards

Participation In-Course Awards

Vari Scholarship

Postgraduate Scholarships

All Victoria students who are in financial need, and who have exhausted other resources may apply for bursaries (non-repayable grants). Awards for international experience are available to students who pursue approved study abroad.

For a complete list of all awards at Victoria College, please refer to the Student Awards and Benefactors booklet.

For inquiries, email vic.awards@utoronto.ca(include student number) or call 416-585-4435.

Publication of Award Recipients:

Please be advised that the names of award recipients and the awards that they have won will be published in documents circulated within Victoria University, in promotional materials, or on our website as we celebrate the achievements of our award winners.


   

In-Course Scholarships

All Victoria College students who do not already hold a renewable scholarship are guaranteed one in-course scholarship of up to $1,000 if they achieve an average in the A range (Grade Point Average 3.50+) at the end of their first, second, or third year of study. For award purposes, a year of study is defined as completion of 5.0 full credits by the end of the summer session (i.e., to be eligible for a first year in-course scholarship, you must complete a total of 5.0 credits by the end of the summer session; a second year in-course scholarship requires completion of 10.0 credits in total; and a third year in-course scholarship requires completion of 15.0 credits in total).

In-course scholarships are automatically assessed (i.e., no applications are necessary). Notification letters are generally sent in late July. Students completing their groups of 5.0 credits by the end of August, and who qualify for an in-course award, will be notified by mid-September. Students whose academic records are amended (grade changes, additional course credit) after June or September should contact vic.awards@utoronto.ca to request a manual review.

Students who hold renewable Victoria College scholarships are eligible to have their award renewed upon completion of 5.0, 10.0 and 15.0 credits, but are not eligible for additional in-course awards. Students whose academic records are amended (grade changes, additional courses completed) after June or September should contact vic.awards@utoronto.ca to request a manual eligibility review.

Students must be continuing in their studies at Victoria College in the subsequent Fall/Winter session in order to receive the payment of their in-course scholarship.

In-course scholarships are paid as a credit to the recipient's student account in the fall (generally by mid-October) upon confirmation of ROSI registration. After deductions of any outstanding fees or residence charges, a refund will be issued in late November.  Direct deposit is the preferred method of issuing refunds from the University of Toronto Student Accounts Office.  This may be set up on the Student Web Service (ROSI/ACORN) under the Personal Information tab to expedite refunds of any credit balances.  Otherwise, the refund will be mailed to the ROSI/ACORN mailing address.

Groups of Five Credits Policy

Students do not always accumulate their credits in groups of five per winter session, or in cumulative totals divisible by five. In order to produce a list of candidates for in-course awards, the Registrar's Office uses a method of calculating averages which treats all candidates fairly without regard to whether they have been registered as part-time or full-time, winter session or summer session students. The method makes use of the Sessional Grade Point Averages reported by the Office of the Faculty Registrar at the end of each session. These averages are multiplied by the number of credits required from each session to produce the average for the credit group. For example, a student might complete 4.0 credits in a first winter session and 2.0 in the following summer session. This student's average for the first group of 5.0 credits would be calculated by multiplying the winter session GPA by four, the summer session GPA by one, adding the results and dividing by five.

For inquiries, email vic.awards@utoronto.ca.  Please include your student number.

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Special Awards and Essay Prizes

 

To be considered for Special Awards and Essay Prizes, complete the Special Award/Essay Prize Application. You will need your UTORid and password for authentication.

Application deadline for Special Awards and Essay Prizes:  May 1st or the next business day (5 p.m.).  No late applications will be accepted.

Award winners will be notified by the end of July. 

Inquiries: vic.awards@utoronto.ca.

ENTER HERE FOR THE SPECIAL AWARD/ESSAY PRIZE APPLICATION

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Due to the availability of funds, some awards may not be offered every year.

The John M Coles Prize
value: up to $1,000
Awarded to a Victoria College student for work completed in First Year who has shown exceptional ability in the use of language (English or French) in his or her work in any degree course at the University.

The Alta Lind Cook Prize (Not offered 2017)
value: --
Awarded to a student of Victoria College or a former student who has graduated within one year for the best original music composition (vocal, instrumental, popular, or classical) or the best original literary composition (prose, poetry, or drama) in either English or French. Previous recipients are not eligible to re-apply.

The William Allan Dafoe and Family Scholarship/Essay Prize
value: up to $700
Awarded for the best essay written in French for a French Literature or Linguistics course. The Senior Essay (FRE490Y) and essays written for FRE491H and FRE492H are not eligible for this competition.

The Hoeniger Book Collection Prize
value: up to $500
Awarded to a student who shows special appreciation of the importance of books by having pursued a particular interest, either academic or extracurricular, through acquiring books relevant to it.

The Lincoln Hutton Essay Prize:  Humanities/Social Sciences
value: up to $500
Awarded for the best essay written by a Victoria College student for a course during the year. Essays written for 100-series courses, and the Senior English Essay and essays written for 300- or 400-series Independent Studies courses are ineligible.

The Lincoln Hutton Essay Prize:  Sciences
value:
up to $500
Awarded for the best essay written by a Victoria College student for a course during the year. Essays written for 100-series courses, and essays written for 300- or 400-series Independent Studies courses are ineligible.

The Arthur Irwin Prize
value:
2 awards up to $1,000 each
Awarded for the best writing, outside of course work, by a Victoria College student in a campus publication. Entries may include feature articles in The Strand, The Varsity, or other recognized University publication, as well as work published in campus literary journals such as Acta Victoriana or the UC Review. The date and title of the publication should be clearly noted on your submission. Student essays published in academic journals or other publications are not eligible.

The Secor Essay Prize in Renaissance Studies
value: up to $200
Awarded annually for the best essay written for any "VIC" course in the Renaissance Studies Program. Open to students of all colleges.


Research Awards


The Milne Research Award
value: up to $3,000 maximum
Awarded to Victoria College students for research purposes. The research undertaken cannot be a component of a course taken for academic credit. Students must have achieved a CGPA of 3.50 or better and be registered in a Life Science program.

Application Instructions:

ENTER HERE FOR THE MILNE RESEARCH AWARD APPLICATION

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 Inquiries:  email vic.awards@utoronto.ca

The Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Research Award 

value: up to $2,500 maximum 

Click here for application details.

 

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Participation In-Course Awards

Participation in-course awards recognize both academic merit and contributions to student life at Victoria College and/or at the University of Toronto. These are considered to be in-course awards which require a minimum GPA of at least 3.50+ after completing First (1), Second (2), Third (3) or Fourth (4) Year, (based on groups of 5.0 courses; as indicated below) and require an online application. Due to the availability of funds, some awards may not be offered every year. Eligible students will also be considered for the automatic in-course scholarship (which requires no application), but will receive only one in-course award.

To apply for a participation in-course award, submit an online application by the deadline (secure link found below).  You will need your UTORid and password for authentication.  Draft your responses ahead of time as the online application does not allow you to save your entries.  Major activities from the current academic year should be listed first.  If listing any previous activities, please include the year.

Victoria University strives to ensure that students are able to explore their ideas and talents. In addition to the participation in-course awards listed below, a number of student involvement awards are available to help fund out-of-the classroom experiences and to recognize student contribution to campus life.

Application Deadline:  April 15th (4 p.m.)

Notification: Award decisions will be emailed by late July (only successful applicants will be notified). Students completing their groups of 5.0 credits by the end of August and who qualify for an award will be notified by mid-September. For inquiries, please email vic.awards@utoronto.ca and include your student number.

The Brant Award
completion year of study: 1
Awarded to the student who has obtained the highest overall standing in their first year, normally in a Science program, and who has at the same time given evidence of a well-rounded personality indicated by interest and participation in activities outside her or his studies.

The J Alexander and Marion G Barker Langford Scholarship
completion year of study: 1 or 2
Awarded to Victoria College students who have completed their first or second year with high standing, and also demonstrate leadership qualities through their involvement in extracurricular university life.

The Chris and Vo Love Scholarship
completion year of study: 1 or 2
Awarded to enable an outstanding student of English or Classics to return to residence at Victoria for a Second or Third year; intended to recognize a student whose generous spirit has enriched the life of the College and the community.

The David W Pretty Award (NEW!)
completion year of study: 1 or 2
Awards for students who are registered at Victoria College for their second or third year of study, who have achieved a minimum overall B average and who live in a Victoria College student residence during the years in which they receive the award.  Preference is to be given to students who have been active in student life at Victoria College and the University of Toronto.  Financial need may be taken into consideration but is not necessarily a requirement.  Renewable for one year so long as the above criteria are met. (Note: Please indicate that you are applying for the DAVID W. PRETTY AWARD in your personal statement.)

The Larry Chapman Award (NEW!)
completion year of study: 1, 2 or 3
Awarded to Victoria College students who achieve excellence in their studies, with preference given to students whose studies are focused in commerce, business, economics or law.  In addition, preference will be given to students who have a strong history of co-curricular activity and who demonstrate impact in their respective communities.

The Victoria University Student Administrative Council Award
completion year of study: 1, 2 or 3
Awarded to a student in good academic standing who is adjudged to have participated most fully in College and/or University extracurricular activities.

The Romans Family Scholarship
completion year of study: 1, 2 or 3
Awarded to a student who has achieved A standing (GPA 3.50+) and participated significantly in extra-curricular university life.

The Regents Participation Awards
completion year of study: 1, 2, 3 or 4
Awarded to students at the end of the First, Second, Third or Fourth Year and who have participated in and made a significant contribution to student life in such areas as athletics, stage productions, student government, student publications or volunteer services.

The Alice Brown and John Coles Scholarship
completion year of study: 2 or 3
Awarded annually at the end of the Second or Third year to a student with high academic standing (normally at least GPA 3.50+), who has made an effective contribution to athletic activities. Students who have taken part in stage productions, student publications, or student government may also be considered.

The Brian David Radford Memorial Scholarships
completion year of study: 2 or 3
Awarded to Second Year and Third Year students who are enrolled in a Subject POSt leading to the Bachelor of Commerce degree, and whose participation in athletics, stage productions, student government or student publications best exhibits a dedication to overall excellence.

The Kathryn Anne Radford Scholarships
completion year of study: 2 or 3
Awarded to Second and Third Year students whose participation in athletics, stage productions, student government or student publications best exhibits a dedication to overall excellence. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a Major or Specialist Subject POSt in Modern Languages.

The Egerton Ryerson Scholarship
completion year of study: 2 or 3
Awarded to Second and Third Year students who have demonstrated a commitment to the teaching profession through volunteer service in an educational setting during their undergraduate years. Financial need must be demonstrated.

The 1980s Legacy Scholarship
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to a Victoria College student in third year who has achieved excellence in his or her studies, with preference given to students who have been actively involved in the life Victoria College.

The Joseph William Binning Scholarship
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to a Third Year student who has in previous years obtained high standing and at the same time taken a prominent part in organized student activities.

The Norman Brown Memorial Prize
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to a Third Year student of Victoria or Emmanuel College who has achieved high standing and who has made an important contribution to a stage production or a musical production at Victoria during the past year.

The William Neil Hanna Scholarship
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to the Third Year student who, by her or his academic standing and by other qualities displayed in college life, shows outstanding promise of leadership and public service.

The Kate (Coleman) Krenz Scholarship
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to a Third Year student who has excelled in Philosophy, English, or History and who is acknowledged to have made, through his/her relations with others, a positive contribution to the life of the University.

The Ellis M Ostovich Scholarship
completion year of study: 3
Awarded to a third year student who achieves overall A standing with preference given to a student in a double major program that includes both depth and breadth in two different fields of study and who demonstrates superior participation in creative extracurricular projects such as theatre, performing arts, music, creative writing, art, photography or film making, or in charitable projects that benefit the community in social and cross-cultural activity.

Attention:  Please specify the name of the award that you wish to be considered for in your personal statement. 

ENTER HERE FOR THE VICTORIA COLLEGE PARTICIPATION IN-COURSE AWARD APPLICATION

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Vari Scholarship for Future Teachers

The University of Toronto Vari Scholarship is valued up to $50,000: $10,000/year for 3 years of undergraduate study and 2 years in a program leading to the Ontario Teacher's Certificate of Qualification.  Open to students entering Second Year.  Award application to open in mid-February.

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Postgraduate Scholarships  

Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 are available for Victoria College students beginning or continuing postgraduate studies in Fall 2018.  See award terms below. Applicants may apply within one year of graduating from Victoria College. These awards require an online application with two supporting letters.

Application deadline: March 31st

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE VICTORIA COLLEGE POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

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Inquiries: please email vic.awards@utoronto.ca.

The Margaret Addison Scholarship (NOT OFFERED for 2018)  
award value: -- 
Awarded biennially to a female graduate of Victoria College to enable her to pursue postgraduate studies at an approved university outside of Canada.

The Ethel Treble and F Louis Barber Travelling Scholarship
award value: up to $2,000
Awarded to a student with high overall A standing at least 50% of whose courses for the degree have been in Psychology or Philosophy. The recipient must continue his or her studies in Philosophy or Psychology or in fields related to these subjects at a university outside the city of Toronto.

The Annie May Bowers Scholarship (NOT OFFERED for 2018)
award value: --
Awarded whenever endowment income reaches $1,000 to a female student in the graduating year who is planning to go to medical school or who is preparing through postgraduate work for a career in psychiatric social work.

The Teça May Court and George Alexander Court Scholarship
award value: up to $1,000
Awarded to the graduate of Victoria College with highest overall A standing who intends to pursue postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Information Studies of the University of Toronto.

The Helen Muriel and Doris Elizabeth Hubbert Award
award value: up to $5,000
Awarded to a Victoria College graduating student with financial need who is pursuing postgraduate studies in the sciences and who demonstrates good citizenship, good social responsibility and leadership in society.

The Ada Snider Huenergard Scholarship
award value: up to $2,500 
Awarded to a woman graduate of Victoria College who desires to pursue postgraduate studies in an approved university in any discipline.

The Lyla May Guest Hugill Memorial Scholarship
award value: up to $5,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate studies in English or Classics.

The Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Graduate Scholarship
award value: up to $9,000
Awarded to a woman graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate study in Art, Literature or Religion. Financial need must be demonstrated.

The Frances Joan Lambier Scholarship
award value: 2 awards at up to $5,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College who intends to pursue postgraduate studies in Political Science or in English, with preference given to a candidate who intends to study Canadian politics or Canadian literature in English. Preference will also be given to a candidate who intends to study in Canada.

The Walter Neil Thompson McKay Scholarship (NOT OFFERED 2018)
award value: --
Awarded to an Honours graduating student who is proceeding to postgraduate studies.

The Professor George Metcalf Graduate Scholarship
award value: up to $5,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate study in History. Preference will be given to a candidate whose interests lie in the fields of British Imperial History or Canadian History.

The Professor D O Robson Graduate Scholarship
award value:  up to $5,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate study in Ancient or Modern Languages or in Ancient or Modern History. This award may not be held in conjunction with another major award offered by Victoria University.

The Professor D O Robson Graduate Scholarship for Study Abroad
award value: up to $10,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate study in Ancient or Modern Languages or in Ancient or Modern History at a university outside Canada. This award may not be held in conjunction with another major award offered by Victoria University.

The Egerton Ryerson Scholarship
award value: 2 awards at up to $3,000
Awarded to the student of Victoria College graduating with the highest standing among candidates who have been admitted to a Faculty of Education at an Ontario University.

The Helen Maude Vokes Scholarship
award value: up to $2,500
Awarded to an outstanding graduate of Victoria College who proceeds to postgraduate studies in English.

The White Scholarship in French
award value: up to $8,000
Awarded to a graduate of Victoria College for postgraduate studies in French.

The Professor John Wood and Sybil Wood Scholarship
award value: up to $1,500
Awarded to a student with high overall A standing who has completed a Specialist Program in French and has been admitted to French studies in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.

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Other Graduate Award Opportunities

University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

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