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Fall Awards and Scholarships

General Terms and Conditions for Internal Awards

The conditions of some of our internal awards are dictated by the programs they were established when first set up. The University establishes endowment funds through generous donor contributions and has, in some cases, been matched by the provincial government's Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program and the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS). The income generated from these endowments will be used to support financial aid programs.

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF)

Awards are restricted to applicants who meet the provincial government's funding guidelines concerning financial need and Ontario residency (attending University in Ontario).

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF II)

Under OSOTF II, financial need and Ontario residency are the primary award conditions.

Financial Need:
The financial need of students may be established through an application to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), or may be assessed on the basis of an individual grant application .

Ontario residency:
To be eligible, students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and satisfy one of the following criteria: 

1. student has always resided in Ontario or

2. Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student

3. student who is considered married for OSAP purposes can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time post secondary studies

4. a single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post secondary studies.

Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS)

Students applying for awards under OTSS, must meet financial need and Ontario residency, as well as, Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident or Protected persons status as a requirement for this award. In some cases, a combination of merit-based criteria with financial need also may be assessed.
 

Fall Awards and Scholarships

First Year MI Students Only

The Winifred G. Barnstead Scholarship
Miss Barnstead was the first Director of the Library School at the Ontario College of Education (the first incarnation of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto), and presided over the School from 1928 to 1952. The scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in 1958-59 to honour Miss Barnstead's work and dedication.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility:

  • Starting their first (1st) year in MI program
  • Full-time status
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7 or A- or better in their undergraduate degree
  • Financial need may be considered
  • OSOTF Award.

Apply: Fall of each year

Florence Partridge Scholarship
The endowment, established in 2004, consists of a donation from Ms Partridge, a double graduate of the Faculty – Diploma in Librarianship ’32 and Bachelor of Library Studies ’39. Ms Partridge worked as an academic librarian at the University of Guelph, culminating a distinguished career as their Chief Librarian. She was also a tireless supporter of the arts, contributing significantly to the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility:

  • Starting their first (1st) year in MI program
  • Full-time status
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7 or A- or better in final year of undergraduate degree
  • Financial need
  • OSOTFII Award (Ontario residence)

Apply: Fall of each year

The George H. Locke Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Locke was the Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Library from 1908 to 1937, and in fact helped establish not only the city's library system but also the Library School at the University of Toronto. This bi-annual scholarship was established in 1940 by the Toronto Public Library Association and is awarded to a full-time student who has had previous experience working in a public library and who has a high academic standing. Application available in the Fall of even-numbered years only: 2012, 2014, 2016, etc. Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Second Year MI Students Only

(FI) Dean's Advisory Board Prize
This award, established by the members of the Deans’ Advisory Board under the term of Dean Lynne Howarth in 2003, recognizes a full-time student with high academic standing.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility:

  • Second (2nd) year student, based on 8 completed courses (4 FCEs)
  • Full-time status
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.85 or A in their first year at the iSchool
  • Financial need

Apply: Fall of each year

Scholarship in Public Librarianship
This award was established in 2000, and is awarded to a student who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in the public library stream. The Awards Committee will take into account public library related courses taken (or currently enrolled in), as well as work experience in public libraries.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility

  • Second (2nd) year student, based on 8 completed courses (4 FCEs)
  • Full-time status
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.7 or A- in their first year at the iSchool
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the public library system by including a statement (2 pages max.)
  • Financial need
  • OSOTFII Award (Ontario residence)

Apply: Fall of each year

First or Second Year MI Students

Grace Buller Aboriginal Student Scholarship (Ontario Library Association)
To further recognize the importance the Faculty, and University, have placed on supporting Aboriginal student education, the Ontario Library Association, in conjunction with Grace Buller's family created this targeted scholarship.

Value: $8,000 – 10,000

Eligibility:

  • Self-identified as Aboriginal and is enrolled in the MI program
  • Open to all Aboriginal candidates (Inuit, Native, Status Indian, Non-Status Indian, Aboriginal Members of First Nations or Metis)
  • Full-time status
  • Based on academic merit
  • Previous and intended contributions to his/her community will be considered
  • Preference given to new applicants

Apply: Fall of each year

Second Year MMSt Students

Rebanks Family Competitive Grant
To be awarded to a student in the second year of the Museum Studies program who has completed an internship in the MSL3000Y Internship course, and will be able to provide the benefit of his/her experience for first year student applicants, in designing a project, researching eligible and interested small museums and raising awareness of the internship program among potential host institutions.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility:

  • Second (2nd) year student
  • Must have done MSL3000Y Internship
  • Number of hours will depend on the value of the grant
  • Estimated start date is November 2012, to be arranged with Internship instructor.

Apply: Fall of each year. Submit a statement of interest outlining your suitability. The statement (500 words maximum) should include the following information about your internship:

  • location (institution's name, size, etc.)
  • nature of the project
  • particular skills/aptitudes/experience

Please note that as per UofT policy, all awards are payable in two terms and will go towards any outstanding fees balance first, and any remaining funds will be paid to the student.


Masters or PhD students

UofT Women's Association Adele Csima Scholarship (2nd year and up)
This award was established by the University of Toronto Women’s Association in honour of Adele Csima, retired professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Value: varies according to interest earned from endowment

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Masters or PhD student
  • Ontario resident in financial need
  • Must have completed their first year at the iSchool
  • Must have contributed to student life through committee or volunteer work.

Apply: Fall of each year

Internal Awards Information Session Notes  - Fall 2014

See the presentation slides and handout summarizing our internal awards and deadlines (from the information session held on September 16, 2014). For information regarding OGS and SSHRC, see the appropriate entry under Announcements.