Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards
The student experience at the University of Toronto is about more than classes and books. It is about life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students for making outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Applications are now closed.
Silver V Awards
The Silver V Award marks outstanding cumulative contribution over the recipient’s time at Victoria. Ideally the nominees will be well-rounded students who have distinguished themselves in any number of areas of campus life over the entire course of their time at Victoria.
The award is a sterling silver lapel pin featuring the letter V designed by Birks.
Nominees will also be considered for the Gold V (a 14kt gold pin), which recognizes truly outstanding achievements.
Class Officers and Senior Sticks
Class officers (president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer) become the representatives and social liaisons of Vic 2T0 and their duties include: maintaining regular communication with the class, organizing class reunions and other alumni events, and serving (if requested) on various committees, such as the Alumni of Victoria College Executive (AVC).
Seniors Sticks are presented to two graduates who have, in the opinion of the graduating class, contributed the most to Victoria College and are considered to best represent the Class at Convocation. These two individuals will lead the procession to Convocation Hall on the day of Convocation.
Graduating Awards and Medals
Graduating students 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 by the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising at the beginning of June. If you are pursuing further education, consider applying for a Postgraduate Scholarship.
Graduating Awards Requiring Application
Robson Travelling Scholarship
The Robson Travelling Scholarship of up to $10,000 for Studies in Classics, Ancient Greek or Latin enables a graduating student in 2020 to attend the Summer Session of the American Academy in Rome or the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
To apply, submit a Study Abroad Award Application in spring 2021.
Please upload copies of your summer program acceptance letter and other relevant documentation.
Regents Participation Award (up to 3 awards of $1,000 each)
Awarded to graduating students 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. Applications will reopen in 2021.
Sheila and David Cook Award
Award value: up to $2,000
Awarded to a graduating student who has completed the Education Stream of the Vic One program and the Education and Society Program. The award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills along with other key attributes advantageous to those pursuing a teaching career. Please note that, should any of the candidate(s) selected be the recipient of another significant financial award, the honour of the Sheila and David Cook Award will be made in name only for recognition purposes, with no financial award attached.
Applications will reopen in 2021.
The Fred Reilly Award
Award value: up to $2,000
Donor: Established in 2018 by his daughter, Dr. Jean O’Grady of the Victoria College Class of 1964, The Fred Reilly Award is named for Frederick William Reilly (1910-1989), an entrepreneur and inventor. Thrust into working life at the age of 14 as a printer’s apprentice in post-World War I London, England, he worked his way up to become the managing director of slotted-angle maker, Dexion Canada Ltd. He then invented various construction systems for racking, shelving, and cabinetry, and established companies to make and sell them. As a manager, he adopted innovations such as a profit-sharing scheme for his employees. Redirack, his major invention, is a heavy-duty steel shelving which is still today the material of choice for pallet racking in warehouses throughout Canada. Matching funds provided by an anonymous donor.
Award terms: Awarded to a graduating student of Victoria College who is not necessarily planning to attend graduate school, but who after graduation plans to develop a product or procedure, preferably of an environmental or humanitarian nature. Such a student will have an entrepreneurial spirit and interest in innovation and invention. Financial need may be taken into consideration. Applications will reopen in 2021.