An occupational therapy student stands for a photo with her award.

Types of Awards

Scholarship

A scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement. To be eligible a student must complete with high, often highest, standing, a full normal year's work and must elect a full year's work in the year in which the scholarship is tenable.

Bursary

A bursary is awarded based on need. Students can apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary by applying online through their Aurora student account. Completion of one application will qualify students for most bursaries offered by the college.

External awards

External awards are offered by industry, government and private organizations outside of the University of Manitoba. There are also many other external awards for which you may be eligible and we encourage you to also do a wider search. If you are the recipient of an external award, please contact the department to ensure you are acknowledged at the awards luncheons.

Prize

A prize is given according to the terms of each award and may be of high achievement in a single course, in a group of courses, in a year's work, or in a cumulative study program. Terms of award often include the requirements of a grade point average at or above the given minimum, high standing in cognate courses, and other specific considerations.

Dean’s Honour List (undergrad only)

Highest sessional GPA of 3.7 or over, full-time, no transfers. Transfer credit will be considered.

CoRS Gold Medal and Program Medals (undergrad only)

Cumulative (all three years) GPA of 4.0 or over 100 per cent of the full load of credit hours, full-time. Transfer credits will be considered.

How to apply

Each year awards are offered based on the availability of funds. If funds become unavailable, for whatever reason, the award cannot be offered. Convocation awards are selected in October and winter awards are selected in November. Applicants are selected using a multiple member committee that is appointed by the awards chair. When the terms of reference stipulate, the donor is also involved in the selection process.

To apply:

  1. Search for eligible awards: Search under the program award links below to learn what scholarships, awards and bursaries you are eligible for.
  2. Know your deadlines: Awards applications will not be accepted past the deadline.
  3. Apply: Fill out the online application fully. Be aware that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  4. Accept offered awards: Don’t forget to log in and check your Aurora Student Portal to see if you have been offered any scholarships, bursaries, and/or awards. They will be offered, but you have to electronically “accept” them. For more detailed information, please consult the instructions provided by Financial Aid and Awards on accepting awards.

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Occupational therapy

First year (MOT1) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

CoRS Endowment Fund Bursaries

Student body of CoRS

Financial need; enrolled full-time in the MOT program; achieved min GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credit hours

Determined Annually

Dr. Ruth Grahame Bursary

Dr. Andrew Cook (son of Dr. Ruth Grahame)

Enrolled full-time in the first year of the MOT program; have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0; have demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined Annually

MMCF Entrance Scholarship

Manitoba Medical College Foundation

Enrolled full-time in the MOT program; high academic standing upon entrance to the program. Cannot be held in conjunction with the UMGF or Arthritis Society Entrance Scholarship.

$1,125

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

University of Manitoba

Incoming Students, when available At the time of application, determined solely on the basis of the highest GPA in the last 60 credit hours. Attempts will be made to distribute awards evenly among incoming and current students in the program. The distribution of the awards will depend on the number of awards available in any given year and the number of students currently in the program that already hold the award.

$14,000/year None Required

Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary University Scholarship

Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Enrolled full-time in the MOT program.

$750 or Annual Amount

Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit and American Indian Students

 

Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit and American Indian Students are eligible to apply

 

Seven Oaks Hospital Gudmundur Bursary

Seven Oaks General Hospital in honour of Gudmundur Myrdal, the first Executive Director of Seven Oaks General Hospital

Full time student in Health Service Program Studies; Preference will be given to of Manitoba residents living in the Seven Oaks Catchment area and volunteers at SOGH

 

Second year (MOT2) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Alice Chisholm Bursary

Bequest of Mrs. Chisholm to University of Manitoba

Have completed at least one year in MOT; proceed to next ensuing academic year; applicants for bursary consideration

$225 or Annual Amount Available

CoRSSA Bursary

CoRS Student Association

Demonstrated financial need; academic ability and participation in student extracurricular activities

$200

CoRS Endowment Fund Bursaries

Student body of CoRS

Financial need; enrolled full-time; achieved min GPA 3.0 in last 60 credit hours; Applicants beyond Year 1 must have successfully completed all academic and clinical requirements of previous year.

Determined Annually

Mary Pflueger Bursary

Friends & family of Mary Pflueger

Maintained cumulative GPA 3.0; Overcome difficulties through incentive and perseverance

$450 or Annual Amount Available

OT Memorial Bursary

Graduates of OT, in memory of former members now deceased

High standing in Year 1 (min. GPA 3.0) and full-time enrolment in Year 2; Involvement in CoRS activities

$300 or Annual Amount Available

Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship

Community Therapy Services

Minimum GPA 3.5; 750 word essay outlining your understanding of OT in community practice in MB, your vision for community practice in MB, your experiences in community practice (clinical, fieldwork or other), your future goals for community practice

$750

Manitoba Public Insurance Tuition Scholarship

Manitoba Public Insurance

Resident of Manitoba; enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+; demonstrated leadership qualities; demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development

Four available scholarships, valued at $2500 each shared with MPT program

E. J. Thomas Prize

Colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas

Maintained 3.5 GPA; Completion of MOT Year 1; Supplemental application outlining community involvement.

$250 or Annual Amount Available

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Manitoba Blue Cross

Highest standing in previous academic year; not available to students receiving awards totaling more than $750 in same academic year.

$750

Mary Pflueger Award

Friends & family of Mary Pflueger

Highest standing in Human Determinants (OT 6100)

$225 or Annual Amount Available

MSOT Student Research Award

MSOT

Highest standing in MOT Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (OT 6350)

$100

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship None Required

University of Manitoba

Incoming Students, when available At the time of application, determined solely on the basis of the highest GPA in the last 60 credit hours. Attempts will be made to distribute awards evenly among incoming and current students in the program. The distribution of the awards will depend on the number of awards available in any given year and the number of students currently in the program that already hold the award.

$14,000/year

Convocation awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Future Leader Award in OT

Dr. Marcia Finlayson

Minimum GPA 3.0; Role-emerging fieldwork participation and/or other selected activities; Demonstrates characteristics and behaviours of a leader.

1 year MSOT membership; Donation of book to NJM Library

Mrs. Mary Judd Prize

Ms. Lynda Wolf

Demonstrates interest in working with older adults; submit a 1-2 page essay describing your interest, experience, and future career aspirations in working with older adults

Determined Annually

CAOT Student Award

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Highest cumulative GPA in OT program

$200 voucher for CAOT serv/ publications

Excellence in Communications Prize in OT

Anonymous

Nominated by OT Dept faculty member who teaches communications skills; ranked in the top ten students for communication skills as demonstrated by marks in a combination of sections of assignments and fieldwork that relates to communication skills.

$200

COTF Future Scholar Award

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation

Successfully completed the requirements for a Master of Occupational Therapy degrees; received the highest combined numerical grade in Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice (currently numbered OT 6350) and Independent Study (currently numbered OT 7750).

$100

MSOT Prize

Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists

Second highest standing in final year of OT program; recipient must have carried a full, normal course load in final year

$100

Naomi Rosenberg Polansky Award

 

Enrolled full-time in the MOT program Minimum degree GPA of 3.5 highest overall standing on pediatric assignments in OAA (OT 6300) and Advanced Practice in OT (OT 7570) and the macro client-centred practice assignment in Advanced Enabling and Professional Development Skills 2 (OT 7740)

$50

Solita Egert Practice Skills Prize

Jason Egert

Enrolled full-time in MOT program Minimum degree GPA of 3.5 Highest overall standing in the four MOT Practice Skills courses

$500

Governor General’s Gold Medal

Governor General of Canada

Open to all graduate students at the University of Manitoba Academic Excellence

Medal

Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. All students with government assessed or calculated need will be considered for bursaries by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

To be considered, you must apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Please note that some bursaries are awarded based on involvement in student activities or other attributes. These bursaries are listed below:

  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Students' Association (CoRSSA) bursary (applications closed)
  • Occupational Therapy Memorial Bursary (applications closed)
  • Mary Pflueger Bursary (applications closed)

External awards and bursaries

 We encourage you to also do a wider search, as many groups and institutions (i.e.: school divisions, cultural organizations, unions, employers, financial institutions, etc.) offer scholarships or bursaries. Please note that external awards are not administered or monitored by the University, do not appear on an official transcript and are payed directly by the external organization.

Some examples include:

Physical therapy

First year (MPT1) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Entry Level Scholarship

Marjorie Spence; first head of the PT Department

Enrolled full-time in the first year of the MPT program; High admission GPA (minimum 3.75); History of community involvement and leadership.

$3,000 approx.

MMCF entrance Scholarship

Manitoba Medical College Foundation

Enrolled full time in the first year of the MPT program; Highest admission GPA (minimum 3.0); This award cannot be held in conjunction with the UMGF or Arthritis Society Scholarship

$1,000 approx.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

University of Manitoba

Highest admission GPA (minimum of 3.75); Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and receive no grade lower than a C+ during the program

$12,000 approx.

Arthritis Society Entrance Scholarship

Arthritis Society, Manitoba Division

Enrolled full-time in the first year of the MPT program; Highest admission GPA (minimum 3.5); This award cannot be held in conjunction with a UMGF  

$1,500  

Indigenous Student Awards

 

Click on the link for more information: http://umanitoba.ca/student/fin_awards/aborigina%20l_students/

 

Second year (MPT2) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Manitoba Public Insurance Tuition Scholarship

Manitoba Public Insurance

 

Resident of Manitoba; enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+; demonstrated leadership qualities; demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development

$2500

Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship

Community Therapy Services in honour of Dr. Ron Bowie

Enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; demonstrates an interest in community practice

$750

E.J. Thomas Prize

Colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas

Enrolled full-time in the second year of the MPT program; minimum GPA of 3.5; demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community Sciences application form

$275

Vesalius Prize

The Estate of Professor Josephine Stack-Haydon

Enrolled full-time in the MPT program; highest standing in PT 6140 Anatomy for Physical Therapy

Determined Annually

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Manitoba Blue Cross

Resident of Manitoba; enrolled full-time in MPT2; high academic standing in MPT1; may not be held with any other scholarship or prize with a value greater than $750.

$750

Karen Hudson (Kowbel) Memorial Physiotherapy Award

Contributions from the class of ’81 in memory of Karen Hudson (Kowbel)

Enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; highest standing in PT 6221 and PT 6224

$1,000

 

Helen Humphrey Ross Award of Excellence

Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

Enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; high standing in courses: PT6250, PT6124, PT6260; student member of MPA

$300

Convocation awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Governor General’s Gold Medal

Governor General of Canada

Academic Excellence; open to all graduate students at the University of Manitoba

Medal

Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Achievement prize

Estate of Marjorie Spence

Minimum degree GPA of 3.5; shown consistent history of community involvement; demonstrated leadership qualities through community and school involvement

$1,000

Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Award of Excellence

Gerald Diamond in honor of his father Sam Diamond

 

Resident of Manitoba; minimum degree GPA of 3.5 with no grade lower than a B; strong and consistent history of community or sports involvement; leadership qualities; demonstrated an interest in health promotion and wellness  

$500

Gisele Pereira Excellence in Communications Prize

Endowment fund in recognition of Gisele Pereira

Minimum degree GPA of 3.5; high academic standing in PT6100, PT6260 and PT7160; excellence in clinical performance for communication and professionalism

$450

Centric Health Convocation Prize

Centric Health Physiotherapy

Second highest academic standing in the MPT program; minimum degree GPA of 3.5

$250

Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. All students with government assessed or calculated need will be considered for bursaries by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

To be considered, you must apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Please note that some bursaries are awarded based on involvement in student activities or other attributes, including the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students' Association (CoRSSA) bursary (applications closed).

External awards and bursaries

We encourage you to do a wider search, as many groups and institutions (i.e.: school divisions, cultural organizations, unions, employers, financial institutions, etc.) offer scholarships or bursaries. Please note that external awards are not administered or monitored by the University, do not appear on an official transcript and are payed directly by the external organization.

Some examples of external awards:

Respiratory therapy

First year (BRT1) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

School of Medical Rehabilitation Endowment fund

SMR Student Body

Enrolled full-time in

(i) SMR, in either the Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Respiratory Therapy) program or (ii) Faculty of Graduate Studies in either the Master of Occupational Therapy or the Master of Physical Therapy program; Has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of either (i) 2.0 if they are an undergraduate student or

(ii) 3.0 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study if they are a graduate student; Has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined annually

Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Highest average standings irrespective of year and course (students in the graduating year are excluded); Students must have qualified for the Dean’s Honour List; Must register for, and remain enrolled in, a full normal course load in the next succeeding year

$1500 Scholarship

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships Ranked above all competitors in the average of the grades on the subjects for which the scholarships are given (or in cases where more than one scholarship is offered are members of a group that has been so ranked) or have become eligible through reversion; University wide undergraduate award.

Determined Annually

Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) Entrance Scholarship

Manitoba Medical College Foundation

Enrolled full time in either the first year of the Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation – Respiratory Therapy program or the first year of the Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physical therapy or Master of Science in Rehabilitation program in the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba; Have achieved the highest admission grade point average upon entrance into their program with a minimum of 3.0 (or equivalent) Available Annual Income None Required

Available Annual Income

Second year (BRT2) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Alice Chisholm Bursaries

Bequest of Mrs. Chisholm to the University of Manitoba

Has completed at least one year in SMR; is enrolled full-time in the next ensuing academic year; has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined Annually

School of Medical Rehabilitation Endowment fund Student Bursaries

SMR Student Body

Enrolled full-time in (i) SMR, in either the Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Respiratory Therapy) program or (ii) Faculty of Graduate Studies in either the Master of Occupational Therapy or the Master of Physical Therapy program; Has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of either (i) 2.0 if they are an undergraduate student or (ii) 3.0 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study if they are a graduate student; Has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined Annually

Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Highest average standings irrespective of year and course (students in the graduating year are excluded); Students must have qualified for the Dean’s Honour List; Must register for, and remain enrolled in, a full normal course load in the next succeeding year

$1500 Scholarship

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships Ranked above all competitors in the average of the grades on the subjects for which the scholarships are given (or in cases where more than one scholarship is offered are members of a group that has been so ranked) or have become eligible through reversion; University wide undergraduate award.

Determined Annually

Third year (BRT3) winter awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

Alice Chisholm Bursaries

Bequest of Mrs. Chisholm to the University of Manitoba

Has completed at least one year in SMR; is enrolled full-time in the next ensuing academic year; has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined Annually

School of Medical Rehabilitation Endowment fund Student Bursaries

SMR Student Body

Enrolled full-time in (i) SMR, in either the Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Respiratory Therapy) program or (ii) Faculty of Graduate Studies in either the Master of Occupational Therapy or the Master of Physical Therapy program; Has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of either (i) 2.0 if they are an undergraduate student or (ii) 3.0 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study if they are a graduate student; Has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Determined Annually

School of Medical Rehabilitation Medal in Respiratory Therapy

School of Medical Rehabilitation

Has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average (3.75 or above); Has carried a full, normal course load throughout the program.

Medal

SMRSA Bursaries

School of Medical Rehabilitation Student Association

Minimum degree grade point average of 3.0; Participated in student extracurricular activities; enrolled full-time in the final year of their program; demonstrated financial need

$200

E.J. Thomas Prizes

Colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas

Enrolled full-time in Faculty of Graduate Studies in the second year of the MPT program Minimum GPA of 3.5; Demonstrated interest/involvement in the community.

Determined Annually

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Manitoba Blue Cross

Highest standing in previous academic year; Not available to students receiving awards totaling more than $750 in same academic year

$750.

Convocation awards

Award Name

Donor

Criteria

Amount

BOMimed Clinical Excellence Award

BOMimed

Has completed the third year of study in the BMR-RT program and is graduating; Has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; Has demonstrated excellence in clinical work and interpersonal skills as judged through the program’s clinical rotation evaluations; Has demonstrated active involvement in professional and/or community activities.

$500.

Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists (MARRT) Professional Award

MARRT

Has completed the third year of study in the BMR-RT program; Has achieved a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0; Has demonstrated professional involvement as evidenced by participation in professional education conferences, displays, information sessions, meetings, or development of any professional promotional materials; Has demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills as judged through classroom and clinical experience

$500

CSRT

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

 

$500, and registration for CSRT annual education forum

University Gold Medal

University of Manitoba

Has achieved the highest grade point average (minimum 3.75) on courses constituting the last two years of an eligible program (refer to individual Faculty / School guidelines regarding the acceptance of transfer courses for Gold Medal calculations); Has completed at least 80 percent of what is considered to be the normal full course-load in each of the last two years of the eligible program.

Medal

Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. All students with government assessed or calculated need will be considered for bursaries by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

To be considered, you must apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Please note that some bursaries are awarded based on involvement in student activities or other attributes, including the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students' Association (CoRSSA) bursary (applications closed).

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences

Awards

  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF; no application required)
  • Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) Entrance Scholarship (no application required)
  • Jal Tata Award

External awards and bursaries

In addition to pursuing bursaries, awards and scholarships offered by the University of Manitoba, we encourage you to look beyond our institution for funding opportunities.

Many groups and institutions also offer scholarships or bursaries, including school divisions, cultural organizations, unions, employers, financial institutions and more.

Be aware that these types of external awards are not administered or monitored by the university. This means that are paid directly by the external organization and they will not appear on your official transcript.

Some examples of external awards and bursaries are::

Other UM sources of funding