Financial aid and awards

Three times a year, the Faculty of Education distributes funds to eligible students through Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships. Generally, funds are distributed as follows: 

  • Bursaries (Financial Aid): For enrolled and active students, bursaries are awarded based on financial need. Students must apply for these bursaries through the Financial Aid and Awards Office. See Financial Aid and Awards website for more information. Deadline to apply is in early fall
  • Medals and Prizes for Graduating Students: Most are based on academic merit or other achievements. Students may be considered for multiple medals and prizes. Some require a letter of recommendation, or application. Deadline to apply is March 31st of each year.   
  • Awards and Scholarships: For students entering the Faculty of Education and returning students. Applications are required for some awards and scholarships. For others, all active students are considered in relation to the terms of reference for the award. Students must apply for these through the Faculty of Education website. Deadline to apply is March 31st of each year. 

Students who are selected to receive funding will be notified through their Aurora account and they will be able to see the credit in the fee section once funding has been allocated. 

Eligibility and application 

Eligibility is determined by specific criteria listed on each award/bursary/scholarship's details. An award may not be granted if all criteria are not met. 

For funding that does not require an application: Eligibility is based on aspects such as program, year of study, citizenship, or academic performance. All students who meet eligibility criteria are automatically considered. 

For funding that requires an application: These awards are given based on academic performance and other criteria, such as community involvement, leadership, or extra-curricular activities. Within your application, you may be required to submit a resume, write a statement of achievement or provide information about your volunteer experiences. Some awards also require a letter of nomination or support.

Preparing to apply

The document provided here is a PDF document that lists the questions on the award application forms for new, returning and graduating students. This document should be used to prepare your answers before submitting them for consideration.

Undergraduate Application Forms Preview 

Note: Undergraduate students need only apply once to be considered for all eligible awards. 

Graduate Application Forms Preview 

Note: Graduate students must apply for each award that they wish to be considered for.

 

Awards and scholarships for B.Ed & PBDE students

For NEW B.Ed students

Some awards require applications. The deadline for the following award applications is March 31 of each year unless otherwise noted. 

Lorraine Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship in Education - for students with the highest academic standing prior to studying education and enrolled full-time (renewable). 

Elsie Gauer Scholarship - for a student with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba with a focus on Early Years teaching. 

Indigenous Undergraduate Scholarship in Education - for a full or part-time student, who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit, who has demonstrated experience with Indigenous education (requires application, deadline of September 30 of each year). 

Marguerite Murray Scholarship - for a student who is entering the Middle Years stream with high standing from their previous degree and is currently taking practicum courses as well as courses in their major/minor teachable (requires application, deadline of September 30 of each year). 

Melanie Kitson Olthof Memorial Scholarship - for full or part-time students with a teachable major in Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics or who holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Applicants must demonstrate commitment, interest and involvement in Science Education (requires application and letter of reference or nomination).

Tom Roberts Memorial Scholarship - for a full-time student with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and with Art as their major/minor teachable subject.   

Mildred Simmons Memorial Scholarship - for a full-time student planning to teach Human Ecology (or Home Economic) at the Senior Years level and who has community service experience (requires application, deadline of September 30 of each year).  

For RETURNING B.Ed students

Some awards require applications. The deadline for the following award applications is April 30 of each year unless otherwise noted. 

Marion Bachman Memorial Scholarship - for a full-time student with a teachable major/minor in Human Ecology (Home Economics)

Dean Ruth E. Berry, Manitoba Association of Home Economists Award - for a full-time student with a teachable major or minor in Human Ecology who demonstrates leadership abilities and/or a commitment to community through volunteer activities. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference) 

Aaron Bricker Memorial Scholarship - for a student with the highest standing in the Senior Years stream. 

James H.Cameron Scholarship - for a student who demonstrates a high level of excellence as determined by reports submitted by their practicum advisor. 

Allison Filmon Carvey Scholarship in Education - for a full-time student with a focus on Early Years education with demonstrated volunteer and community service. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference)  

Dr. Catherine Casey Scholarship - for a full-time student with a degree from the Faculty if Kinesiology who shows potential as a physical education teacher. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference)

Education Alumni Scholarship - for full or part-time students who actively participate in school and community activities and who demonstrate potential as an educational leader. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference)

Education Leadership Scholarship - for full or part-time students who actively participate in school and community activities and demonstrate potential as an educational leader. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference) 

Sarah Essers Book Prize - for a student who has achieved high standing in Inclusive Education courses. 

Faculty of Education Indigenous Education Scholarship - for a full or part-time student who has demonstrated a commitment, interest, and involvement in Indigenous Education in Canada. (Requires application OR nomination)

Fay Finestone Achievement Award - for a student who attains the highest standing going into their certification year in the Early Years stream. 

Marge and Mel Gunson Memorial Award - for a student who has indicated an intention to work after graduation as a teacher in Manitoba. (Requires application) 

Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarship - for a student with the highest standing going into their final year. 

Isbister Scholarship in Education - for a student with the highest standing going into their final year. 

Kao Hung-Pin and Kao Lui-Shish Scholarship - for a student with the highest standing in their 1st year of study preparing to teach in Early Years. 

Patty Kirk Memorial Scholarship - for a full or part-time student who completed their first year with a high standing degree GPA (DGPA). 

Dick La Page Scholarship - for a student who holds their Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from the University of Manitoba and is in their certification year in the Faculty of Education. 

Manitoba Elementary Teachers Award - for a full-time student with a focus on Early Years education. 

Helen S. Maroy Scholarship - for a full-time student with a focus in Early Years. 

Marguerite Murray Scholarship - for a student who is entering the Middle Years stream with high standing from their previous degree and is currently taking practicum courses as well as courses in their major/minor teachable.

Melanie Kitson Olthof Memorial Scholarship - for a full or part-time student with a teachable major in Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics who holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Applicants must demonstrate commitment, interest and involvement in Science Education. (Requires application and letter of reference or nomination) 

James Arthur Payne and Vera C. Payne Scholarship - for a full-time student with a high standing degree GPA (DGPA). 

Tom and Nina Phillips Travel Award - for a full-time student who has completed at least one practicum course and has been placed in a practicum school in Northern Manitoba.

Schoolmasters' Wives Association Scholarships - for a full-time student who shows high scholastic achievement, personal qualities and promise of teaching competence. (Requires application)  

Catherine (Caye) Scott Memorial Scholarship in Education - for a full time or part-time student in the Early Years or Middle Years stream who has demonstrated excellence in student teaching as indicated by their practicum advisor. 

Mildred Simmons Memorial Scholarship - for a full-time student planning to teach Human Ecology (or Home Economics) at the Senior Years level and who has community service experience. (Requires application)

Catherine Mary Skinner Memorial Award in Early Years Education - for a full-time student focusing on the Early Years who demonstrates greatest promise as a teacher as indicated by their practicum advisor. 

Janet Mackenzie Watson Travel Award - for a full or part-time student who has successfully completed at least one practicum course and has been placed in a practicum school in northern Manitoba.

For GRADUATING B.Ed students

Some awards require applications. The deadline for the following award applications is March 31 of each year unless otherwise noted. 

University Gold Medal in Education - for a student who has achieved the highest degree grade point average on all courses. 

Faculty of Education Program Medal in Early Years - for the Early Years student who has completed their courses with the highest cumulative grade point average on the 48 graded credit hours of the 60 credit-hour B.Ed Program. 

Faculty of Education Program Medal in Middle Years - for the Middle Years student who has completed their courses with the highest cumulative grade point average on the 48 graded credit hours of the 60 credit-hour B.Ed Program. 

Faculty of Education Program Medal in Senior Years - for the Senior Years student who has completed their courses with the highest cumulative grade point average on the 48 graded credit hours of the 60 credit-hour B.Ed program. 

Dr. Robert Fletcher Medal and Prize in Education - offered to the graduating student who shows the greatest promise of teaching competence. (Requires a letter of nomination) 

Dr. Romulo and Patria Magsino Prize of Excellence in Education - recognizes a full or part-time student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and/or community involvement. (Requires statement or letter of nomination) 

Alexander McIntyre Prize in Education - awarded to the student who in the judgement of the selection committee best combines the qualities of scholarship and leadership. (Requires a letter of nomination) 

Alex Noble Memorial Scholarship - awarded to a student who has shown special interest in and an aptitude for science instruction. (Requires application or nomination) 

Nels and Elvira Pearson Scholarship Fund - awarded to a student who is completing their studies with distinction and has given clear evidence of teaching competence. (Requires nomination) 

Truesdale Medal and Prize - recognizes a student who has demonstrated great promise for excellence in classroom teaching. (Requires nomination by mentor teacher) 

Bessie Turner Memorial Prize - recognizes a student who has shown the greatest promise of professional competence in primary (Early Years) teaching. (Requires nomination) 

Marguerite Wallman Prize of Excellence in STEM Education - for a student who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in the area of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. (Requires application and nomination) 

Isabel Wettlaufer Scholarship - for a student with a focus on Human Ecology (Home Economics) who has given clear evidence of teaching competence and shown special interest in the aptitude for Human Ecology (Home Economics) instruction. (Requires nomination) 

For PBDE students

Some awards require applications. The deadline for the following award applications is March 31 of each year unless otherwise noted. 

Education Alumni Scholarship - for full or part-time students who actively participate in school and community activities and who demonstrate potential as an educational leader. (Requires application, nomination and/or letter(s) of reference) 

Delta Kappa Gamma Manitoba Mary E. Lamont Fellowship - for a full or part-time PBDE, Masters or PH.D student who has at least two-years of teaching experience and has demonstrated excellence in teaching. (Requires letter of support)

New and returning B.Ed. and PBDE students apply here

Graduating B.Ed. and PBDE Students apply here 

Only apply once. Once you have applied, your application will automatically be considered for all awards where you meet the required criteria.

Graduating B.Ed. and PBDE students' application deadline: March 31st, 4pm; 

New and returning B.Ed. and PBDE students' application deadline: April 30th, 4pm. 

Other UM Awards open to all undergraduate students 

The University of Manitoba offers awards and scholarships for a variety of work and activities. To check out the requirements for athletic awards, or the Rhodes Scholarship among others, visit the Scholarships for current students website

Undergraduate Research Awards 

As a research-intensive university, UM provides a multitude of unique learning opportunities for undergraduate students to interact with the best minds and research leaders in their fields. The experience opens them up to new possibilities for a research career in either government, academic or industry sectors. 

Apply for the Undergraduate Research Award 

Awards and scholarships for Grad students in Education

Click here for a list of awards for GRADUATE students

Some awards require applications. The deadline for the following awards is August 30 of each year. 

Delta Kappa Gamma Manitoba Mary E. Lamont Fellowship - for a full or part-time PBDE, Masters or PhD student who has at least two-years of teaching experience and has demonstrated excellence in teaching. Requires letter of support from a Department Head, School Administrator, or Graduate Advisor. The letter should address one or more of the following: 

  • evidence of innovative assignments, imaginative class activities, special evaluation methods, etc. used in a course;
  • evidence of leadership activities in the area of teaching, volunteering, conducting workshops, program development, work on committees; 
  • evidence of efforts to extend their own teaching methods/experiences such as current professional development, university courses, action research; 
  • other evidence of outstanding teaching or teaching-related performance.   

NEW Indigenous Master's Scholarship in Education - for a full or part-time Masters student who identifies as First Nations, Metis or Inuit people from Canada and has demonstrated experience with Indigenous education. (Requires statement, max. 500 words)

NEW Indigenous Doctoral Scholarship in Education - for a full or part-time PhD student who identifies as First Nations, Metis or Inuit people of Canada and who is undertaking or about to undertake research related to Indigenous education. (Requires two statements) 

International Graduate Scholarship in Education - for a full or part-time international student working on their Masters or PhD. (Requires application with a curriculum vitae, statement describing current research)

Manitoba Teachers' Society Scholarship in Educational Leadership - for a full or part-time Masters or PhD student who has demonstrated educational leadership. Requires a reference describing how the candidate has demonstrated education leadership within the broader educational community. (Max. 500 words)

Betty A. Nicks Fellowship - for a student who is pursuing a Master of Education while holding an undergraduate degree in Education (or a teaching certificate). Preference will be given to full-time students. Fellowship is renewable for a one-year period. (Requires application)

Dr. Sherry Peden Indigenous Graduate Scholarship - for a full or part-time graduate students, who has self-declared as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit and is undertaking, or about to undertake research that advances Indigenous education. (Requires application with a CV, statement and letter of support)

Robert A. Rodgers Graduate Award in Education - for a full-time student pursuing a Master of Education degree and ranked as the top student to receive a UM Graduate Fellowship. 

Arthur Stinner Memorial Fellowship in Science Education - for a full or part-time Masters (thesis route) or PhD student who is conducting research focused on humanistic approaches to science education (e.g. history and philosophy of science in science teaching). (Requires application with a cover letter, project outline, CV and academic transcript)

Ruthlee Teskey Memorial Fellowship - for a full-time graduate student specializing in Inclusive Education who has demonstrated qualities of motivation, compassion and original thought. (Requires letter of reference) 

Apply for Faculty of Education Graduate Awards 

Apply for Faculty of Education Indigenous Graduate Awards 

Please review the preparation document before you begin your application for the Education Graduate Awards listed above. 

The Faculty of Education also provides students with awards for research and conference travel. These awards have rolling deadlines. Click on each award to learn more about these opportunities.  

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) 

Each year the University of Manitoba grants graduate fellowships to full-time master's and PhD students to recognize and support academic excellence. Students are recommended by their department or unit to the Faculty of Graduate studies for a UMGF. The award deadline is May 1st of each year. 

Apply for the UMGF Award 

Support your student (Advisor Form) 

 

Bursaries for B.Ed, PBDE and Grad students in Education

Students need to apply for the bursaries listed below through the Financial Aid & Awards Office application found on the Financial Aid and Awards website

The application deadline is early fall and the exact date will be listed on the Financial Aid & Awards website

A student selected to receive funding will be notified through their Aurora account and will be able to see the credit in the fee section once funding has been allocated. 

For B.Ed and PBDE Students

Donald Leatham Aiken Bursary in Education - preference will be given to a full-time student facing exceptional challenges in their lives. 

Laurel Austman Memorial Bursary in Education - preference will be given to a full-time single parent student with a focus on Music or Human Ecology (Home Economics). 

Ray and Joan Bailey Bursary - recognizes a student who has demonstrated potential as an educational leader, guiding and motivating others. (Applicants will be required to submit a supplemental form) 

Bertha A. Bloom Bursary - for a full-time student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 

Allison Filmon Carvey Bursary in Education - for a full-time student with a focus on Early Years education. 

William Danylchuk Bursary - for a full-time, returning student who graduated from a high school in south-eastern Manitoba. This bursary rotates between the Faculties of Music, Education and Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts. 

Education Student Council Bursary - for returning students who has contributed as volunteers within the University or their communities. 

Erskine Vail Bursary for Education - for a full-time student in their certification year. 

Jennifer Brown Gerus Memorial Bursary - for returning student with a focus on Early Years education.

Anne Grady Memorial Bursary - for a returning student with a focus on Early or Middle Years education. 

Irvin Alex Grosney and Shirley (Grosney) Goodman Bursary in Education - for a full-time student with a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5. 

Israel Grosser and Amalie Ruth Grosser Bursary - for a full or part-time returning student who graduated from the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre. 

John E. Ingot Education Students Award - for students who are in good academic standing and who have shown extraordinary enthusiasm in classroom projects and presentations, while indicating a desire to make teaching a life-long career. 

Joan Irvine Bursary - for a full-time returning student in a good academic standing. 

Helen Janzen Memorial Bursary - for a student who graduated with a Bachelor of Human Ecology (Home Economics) from the University of Manitoba and who has actively participated in school and community activities. 

Mary and Louis Kowalson Memorial Bursary - for a full-time returning student with demonstrated proficiency in Early or Middle Years teaching. 

Virginia Lucas Memorial Bursary in Education - for a full-time student with a focus on Middle or Senior Years education. 

Manitoba Association of Home Economics Bursary - for a full-time student with a major in Human Ecology (Home Economics). 

Manitoba Association of School Superintendent's Bursary - for a full-time student who identifies as Indigenous, Metis, Inuit. 

Manitoba Teachers' Society Bursary in Education - for a full-time student preparing to graduate with a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5. 

Manitoba Teachers' Society Bursary in Education for Indigenous Students - for a full-time student who self declares as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit. Preference will be given to students in their final year of study. 

Manitoba Teachers' Society Internationally Educated Teachers Bursary in Education - for a student who has successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree in Education (or equivalent) from any accredited post-secondary institution outside of Canada. (Requires proof of certificate/degree)

Edwin C. Nix Memorial Award - for a full-time student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 who is a Canadian Citizen or has permanent residency. 

Natalia and Albert Recksiedler Bursary - for a full-time student with a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5. This bursary alternates years between the faculties of Education and Nursing. 

Michael Daniel and Katherine Velma Sanderson Memorial Bursary - for a full-time student who demonstrates ability in scholastic fields of study such as mathematics, science, languages and other subjects pertaining to the teaching profession. 

Elizabeth Shaw Bursary for Early Years Education - for a full or part-time student with a focus on Early Years Education. Preference will be given to single parents who are residents of rural Manitoba. 

Madge O. Steven Bursary in Education - for a full-time returning student with a sessional grade point average of at least 3.0. 

Nena Tessler Memorial Bursary - for a returning student who holds a degree from the University of Manitoba. 

Sara and Nathan Wolk Award Fund - for a full-time returning student with consideration given to academic excellence, community service and financial need. 

Anne Kotelko-Yuzyk and John Yuzyk Bursary - for a full-time returning student with a major or minor in Music Education. This bursary alternates years between the Faculty of Music and Education. 

For GRADUATE Students

Reesa Cohen Graduate Bursary - for a part-time graduate student with a specialization in Language and Literacy. 

Doris and Gar Hindle Bursary - for a full or part-time student who has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours of study. 

Edwin C. Nix Memorial Award - for a full or part-time graduate student with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the most recent year of full-time study and who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Recommending or nominating a student

If you have been asked by a student or would like to provide either a recommendation letter or nomination letter for a student, you can now submit these online.

Undergraduate recommendation/nomination form 

Recommendation/Nomination Application Deadlines: 

  • Deadline for recommending/nominating graduating B.Ed. and PBDE students: March 31st, 4pm; 
  • Deadline for recommending/nominating and returning B.Ed. and PBDE students: April 30th, 4pm. 

Graduate recommendation/nomination form 

Graduate awards require specific examples of activities or qualities displayed by the student, so please use the information below to prepare: 

  • Dr. Sherry Peden Indigenous Graduate Scholarship - for a full or part-time graduate student, who has self-declared as Indigenous, Metis, Inuit and is undertaking, or about to undertake research that advances Indigenous education. This scholarship requires a letter of support from the candidate's advisor outlining how the student is undertaking, or is about to undertake research advancing the cause of Indigenous Education. (Max. 500 words)
  • Ruthlee Teskey Memorial Fellowship - for a full-time graduate student specializing in Inclusive Education (sometimes referred to as Special Education) who has demonstrated qualities of motivation, compassion and original thought. This award requires a letter of reference from an Inclusive Education instructor or professor that describes how the candidate has demonstrated the qualities of motivation, compassion and original thought. (Max. 500 words)   
  • Faculty of Education Truth and Reconciliation Fellowship - for a full or part-time Masters or PhD student who is undertaking or is about to undertake thesis research in the area of education for truth and reconciliation. This fellowship requires a letter from the candidate's thesis advisor confirming they are undertaking, or about to undertake, thesis research in the area of education for truth and reconciliation. 

University of Manitoba's Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship: Engaging Indigenous Languages, Knowledges, Learning and the Land

The program is intended to develop global citizens, activate a new generation of global leaders, enhance collaborative capacity and relationship building and enable scholars to pursue and amplify community development across the Commonwealth. Thanks to funding provided by the Waugh Family Foundation, QES 2021 supports projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that focus on education, social services and health.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES) is a joint initiative of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Universities Canada. The program was created through contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, the private sector and individuals. 

Scholarship recipients, called "Queen Elizabeth Scholars", engage with communities, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They are part of a global network of Queen Elizabeth Scholars who share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives. 

For more information about QES including information about the various training opportunities and experiences, please check out their webpage at: www.queenelizabethscholars.ca

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