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.
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.
Yassi Salehi Memorial Award
The award was established in 2021 by the Salehi family in memory of Yassi (Yassaman) Salehi, who was a Class of 2020 OS&OT graduate and successfully completed the national CAOT exam. Yassi sadly passed away from a car accident in January 2021. This award is presented to a graduating OS&OT student who exemplifies the qualities of Yassi: high academic standing, involvement in committees or student affairs, and demonstrated kindness and compassion for others.
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 their 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 themselves, 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 their 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 their 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 person who inspires others to be the best they can. The recipient of this award is to be chosen by their 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 their 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 their 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.
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.
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
Funded through generous donations to the Toronto Cathay Lions Club. This award recognizes the student who obtains the highest standing in the first year of the program.
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).
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.
Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship for Research in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing Occupational Therapy
Funded through a generous donation from the Rappolt Family, this award is for students entering the second year of the MScOT program with the highest overall average in first year research courses to support their Graduate Research Projects on improving the occupational performance and well-being of people with serious mental health, developmental or chronic health conditions.
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.