Student Awards, Scholarships & Travel Grants

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy endeavours to recognize and highlight the contributions and achievements of its students, researchers, educators and clinical fieldwork preceptors through a variety of departmental, faculty and university based awards.

MScOT students are eligible for a number of awards to acknowledge their achievements and contributions. Some are made at the time of admission, some are made during the program, and some are given at convocation. Please note that some of these awards are under review and subject to change.

 

Admission Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Indigenous Student Scholarship

Created in 2017 by way of donations from Faculty and Staff in the Department, matched by the estate of Mary King. This scholarship will be awarded to up to two incoming MScOT students who have self-identified as Indigenous on their ORPAS application form.

 

Shirley A. Ward Admission Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

Created by the estate of Dr. Stanley H. Ward to encourage academic excellence among the applicants to the program who are Canadian citizens, these scholarships will generally be awarded in conjunction with the offers of admission in May each year. Awarded to incoming students entering the first year of the MScOT program, top applicants will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

 

F.E. Pennington Scholarship in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

This award was endowed by the estate of Florence Elizabeth Pennington and the Ontario Trust for Student Support. To be awarded to an incoming MScOT student who is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident with financial need. Academic merit may also be considered.

The Hunter Bursary in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Created by a donation from Mrs. Beatrice Hunter, the Department selects a recipient based on financial need (e.g. qualifies for a provincial student loan). Equivalent candidates may be selected on the basis of other merit-based criteria on the recommendation of the Department as a final determining factor.

 

Travel Grants

Drs. Walter Colston (Pete) Howell & Helene J. Polatajko-Howell Student Conference Presentation Fund

This fund is intended to defray travel costs for Occupational Therapy students who are presenting their work at a peer-reviewed national or international conference, and are requesting financial assistance to do so. This includes the annual CAOT conference.

 

The Brenda Langlois Student Travel Fund

This fund is intended to defray travel costs for students in the Department who are presenting their work at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

 

OTDBASE Distant Fieldwork Fund

This award, endowed by Mrs. Marilyn Connibear, is intended to enable a full-time student in the Department defray travel costs associated with a distant fieldwork placement. Financial need and academic merit are considered, with students submitting application information that includes anticipating learning outcomes.

 

School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant

The availability of this award may vary annually, as competition is University-wide and administered at the sole discretion of the School of Graduate Studies. This award is intended to enable a student Department defray travel costs associated with attending an academic conference where they are presenting their research. There are two competitions per year, Fall and Winter, though MScOT students exclusively apply for the Winter competition as it coincides with the CAOT Conference in May.

Year One Student Achievement Awards

Colleen Tate Memorial Award

Colleen was an OT student at U of T from September 1992 to January 31, 1993, when she passed away after a car accident. This award was established by her family and friends and is presented to a first year student who exemplifies the qualities of Colleen: friendly, outgoing, caring, supportive of others, and a good student.

 

Isobel Robinson Award

This award was established to recognize Ms. Robinson’s contribution to U of T, and is presented to the student who obtains the highest academic standing in the first year of the program with good fieldwork evaluations.

 

Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship in OT

This award recognizes the student who obtains the highest standing in the first year of the program.

 

Year Two Student Achievement Awards

A. Ruth (Bostock) Fallis Scholarship

This award was established by Bruce Fallis and Alexander Fallis in memory of their mother Ada Ruth (Bostock) Fallis. Mrs. Fallis was a graduate of the Diploma of Occupational Therapy program class of 1937. To be awarded to one MScOT graduate student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

 

CIHR Student Research Award

This award, funded by the Faculty of Medicine, is given to a student entering the second-year of the program who shows research potential and is in the top 20% of the class at the time of selection.

 

Eleanor B. Krangle Award in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

Funded through a generous donation from the estate of Eleanor B. Krangle, this award for one MScOT student is based on achievements related to one or more of the following: activities benefiting vulnerable populations, strong academic performance in the OT program, evidence of interest in advancing the practice of occupational therapy among institutions that improve the lives of the vulnerable (e.g. ICDR travel).

 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Funded by the Province of Ontario, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Department, students apply using a School of Graduate Studies online form where an extensive list of factors is considered: GPA at the time of program entry, research accomplishments, academic achievements, reference letters from academics, and a plan of study. The number of awards available annually is determined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Convocation Achievement Awards

Note: The awards listed below are presented at the Departmental Convocation ceremonies. Not all of the awards are necessarily presented every year.

 

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ (CAOT) Award
The award was established by CAOT in 1968 to commemorate 50 years of professional service by occupational therapists in Canada. It is awarded to the student with the highest standing in Occupational Therapy theory courses over the entire program.

 

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation Future Scholar Award
Established in 2008 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF), this award is given to the student whom the faculty feel has great potential to become a big ‘R’ researcher in occupational science and occupational therapy or a related field.

 

Hospital for Sick Children Prize in Paediatrics
Sponsored by the HSC Department of Rehabilitation to acknowledge the student who has shown excellence in academic courses related to Paediatrics and has shown a particular interest and aptitude for the clinical application of OT theory to Paediatrics.

 

I.V. League of Occupational Therapists’ Prize in Community Rehabilitation
This award was established in 1996 by Irene Vrckovnik to recognize a student who has demonstrated keen interest and aptitude in private practice and community rehabilitation as evidenced by excellence in both coursework and fieldwork.

 

Jenne Lewis Goodman Award (OSOTF)*
Sponsored by Rhoda Lipton and Lesley Miller. This award was established in 2003 by her family to honour the memory of Jenne Lewis Goodman, who graduated from the first Occupational Therapy class at University of Toronto in 1928. The award recognizes the student in his/her last year of study who has demonstrated special ability and interest in the area of OT in mental health as evidenced by excellence in coursework, fieldwork and research paper.

*OSOTF awards are restricted to Ontario residents who demonstrate financial need: i.e., a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has an Ontario mailing address at the time the award is made.

 

Jenny Lau Memorial Award
This award was established in 1997 by friends and classmates in memory of Jenny Lau. The award recognizes the student who, like Jenny, is supportive of classmates, willing to listen, gives freely of her/himself, is cheerful, optimistic, warm, friendly, creative and loving.

 

Margaret Bahen Gold Medal Award
Sponsored by Ann E. Wilson and J. Robert S. Pritchard this award is presented to the student in the graduating class who, in the judgement of faculty, has achieved the highest standard in academic courses, clinical fieldwork and overall leadership.

 

Marge Murphy Award
Sponsored by the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health this award is presented to the student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in clinical work or research endeavours in the area of productivity and mental health.

 

Melita Tantoco Apilado Memorial Scholarship
Sponsored through a significant donation from Ramon B. Apilado, this award is presented to a student in the second year of the MScOT program who has a significant interest in hand therapy, as demonstrated through academic merit.

 

Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize
Established by Mount Sinai in 1993, this award is presented to a student demonstrating outstanding achievement in the area of oncology. The award acknowledges the student’s academic excellence, as well as her/his particular interest and aptitude for clinical work in this area.

 

Nina Mehta Under Serviced Population Recognition Award
Sponsored by the Nina Mehta Memorial Committee, this award was established in 2003 to acknowledge the graduating student who has demonstrated an interest in and contribution to work with a population under serviced by occupational therapy. This contribution can be in the form of fieldwork (internationally or domestically), volunteer work, research, or other initiatives.

 

Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists’ (OSOT) Award
Established by OSOT to be awarded to the student who has been recognized for his or her commitment to OT, demonstrating active and continued interest and initiative in one or more of the following: government affairs, public relations, educational issues, or professional issues as they pertain to the practice of OT in Ontario.

 

PT & OT Alumni Association Award
This award was established in 1968 by the Alumni Association to recognize the achievements of the student who has shown academic excellence throughout the program and has actively participated in extracurricular activities.

 

Pamela Cowie Gray Generosity of Spirit Award
This award, sponsored by Margaret Bahen, is to be presented to the student in the name of a woman who by her very presence inspires others to be the best they can. The recipient of this award is to be chosen by his or her classmates as a student who, like Pamela Cowie Gray, has an indomitable, infectious spirit, has given unselfishly to others, and has been an inspiration to his or her classmates.

 

Pearl Gryfe Assistive Technology Award
Sponsored by Assistive Technology Clinic, this award is presented to the student who has demonstrated a keen interest in and excellent understanding of the role assistive technology plays in improving the functional independence of people with various disabilities.

 

Remington Award in Rehabilitation of Older Adults
Sponsored by the Remington Medical Equipment Ltd., this award is presented to the student with the highest grade in the courses, Enabling Occupation with Older Adults Part 1 & 2.

 

Remington Award in Rehabilitation of Adults
Sponsored by the Remington Medical Equipment Ltd., this award is presented to the student with the highest grade in the courses, Enabling Occupation with Adults Part 1 & 2.

 

Shoppers Home Health Care Assistive Technology Award
Sponsored by Shoppers Home Health Care Assistive Technology, this award is presented to the student who has demonstrated an excellent understanding of the role assistive technology plays in enabling occupational performance in children with disabilities.

 

Thelma Cardwell Prize in Research
This award was established by the Department of OS & OT at U of T to be presented to the student achieving the highest standing in the Graduate Research Project course.

 

Toronto Occupational Therapy Psychiatry Interest Group Book Award
This award was established by the Group to be awarded to the student whose research paper demonstrates an excellent understanding and integration of psychiatric occupational therapy theory and reflects a creative or innovative application in a clinical setting.

 

University Health Network Prize
This award was established by the Network in 1997 to be awarded to the student in recognition of her/his outstanding performance in fieldwork in an acute care setting.

 

VHA Rehabilitation Solutions Award
Sponsored by VHA Rehabilitation Solutions, this award was established to recognize the student who has demonstrated particular interest in and ability for community-based practice in the public sector.