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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Bursaries

Occupational Therapy Bursaries

Eligibility

  • Students in the Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Full-time students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program
  • Completed at least one year in the program

Purpose

Financial assistance for students in the specified programs.

Background

These bursaries aim to support students with financial need in their occupational therapy studies.

Value

  • Alice M. Chisolm Bursary: $350
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Endowment Fund Student Bursaries: Determined annually
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association Bursary: $200
  • Dr. Ruth Grahame Bursary: $1,200 (approx.), determined annually
  • Mary Pflueger Bursary: $550
  • Occupational Therapy Memorial Bursary: $300

Criteria

  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need

How to apply

Apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Please note: the Mary Pfluger bursary application also requires an additional application.

Deadline

September 30

Contact:

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Physical Therapy bursaries

Eligibility:

  • Students in the Department of Physical Therapy
  • Full-time students in the Master of Physical Therapy program
  • Completed at least one year in the program

Purpose: Financial assistance for students in the specified programs.

Background: These bursaries aim to support students with financial need in their physical therapy studies.

Value:

  • Alice M. Chisolm Bursary: $350
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Endowment Fund Student Bursaries: Determined annually
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association (CORSSA) Bursary: Determined annually
  • Dr. Ruth Grahame Bursary: $1,200 (approx.), determined annually
  • Laurel Maley Memorial Bursary: $1,900 (approx.), determined annually

Criteria:

  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need

How to apply: Apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Deadline: September 30

Contact: For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Respiratory Therapy bursaries

Eligibility:

  • Students in the Department of Respiratory Therapy
  • Full-time students in the Respiratory Therapy program
  • Completed at least one year in the program

Purpose: Financial assistance for students in the specified program.

Background: These bursaries aim to support students with financial need in their respiratory therapy studies.

Value:

  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Endowment Fund Student Bursaries: Determined annually
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association (CORSSA) Bursary: Determined annually

Criteria:

  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need

How to Apply: Apply for the University of Manitoba General Bursary online through your Aurora Student Account.

Deadline: September 30

Contact: For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Occupational Therapy

First year master of occupational therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

Manitoba Medical College Foundation Entrance Scholarship

Purpose

To support full-time students in the MOT program with high academic standing upon program entrance.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Medical College Foundation

Award benefits

$1875.00

Eligibility

Students enrolled full-time in the MOT program; high academic standing upon program entrance; cannot be held with the UMGF.

Selection criteria

Based on academic standing upon entrance to the program.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

Purpose

To assist incoming students with the highest GPA in the last 60 credit hours.

Award benefits

$14,000/year

Eligibility

Incoming students; determined solely on the basis of the highest GPA in the last 60 credit hours.

Selection criteria

Dependent on the number of awards available and students already holding the award.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Second year master of occupational therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship

Purpose

The Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship aims to support students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a demonstrated understanding of community practice.

Background

The scholarship is generously offered by the Community Therapy Services (CTS) Inc. Board of Directors in honour of Dr. Ron Bowie. Dr. Bowie, a former member and Chairperson of the CTS Board of Directors, also served as the Director of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. CTS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides rehabilitation services in Manitoba, employing skilled professionals who offer treatment, consultation, and education in various healthcare settings. Each year, two scholarships of $750 each are awarded—one to a graduate student in the Physical Therapy (PT) program and one to a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program.

Value

  • Each scholarship is valued at $750.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in either the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program or the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program offered by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
  • Have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.
  • Enroll in the second and final year of study in either the MOT or MPT program.
  • Demonstrate an interest in community practice by submitting an application outlining their experiences in or future goals for community practice.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Complete an application form
  • Submit their CV.
  • Provide a brief essay (maximum of 750) words addressing the following:
    • Understanding of Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy in community practice in Manitoba.
    • Vision for community practice in Manitoba.
    • Experiences in community practice (clinical, fieldwork, or other).
    • Future goals for community practice.

Deadline

October 10 annually

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

E. J. Thomas Prize

Purpose

The E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes aim to recognize and reward students in the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program, Master of Occupational Therapy program, and Master of Physical Therapy program for their outstanding community involvement.

Background

Established by colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas, a trust fund at the University of Manitoba provides the annual interest to offer three prizes of equal value.

Value

$400.00

Eligibility

For Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy Program:
  • Completed the second year of the program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community
For Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Physical Therapy Program:
  • Completed the first year of the respective program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.5
  • Passed all clinical portions
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community

How to apply

To apply for the E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes, candidates must:

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is October 10.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Purpose

To reward the student with the highest standing in the previous academic year.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Blue Cross

Award benefits

$1,000

Eligibility

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

Selection criteria

Highest standing in the previous academic year.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.


Manitoba Public Insurance Tuition Scholarship

Purpose

The Manitoba Public Insurance Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Tuition Scholarships aim to support residents of Manitoba enrolled full-time in the second year (OT2 or PT2) of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) programs with exceptional academic performance and leadership qualities.

Background

The scholarships are generously provided by Manitoba Public Insurance to promote leadership in work-related assessment, rehabilitation services, return to work, and ergonomics within the fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. They also aim to encourage Occupational Therapy careers within the corporation's Health Care Services department.

Value

  • Four scholarships are available, each valued at $2,500, shared with the MPT program.

Eligibility

For Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program:
  • Resident of Manitoba, graduated from a Manitoba high school, and received a recognized degree from a Manitoba post-secondary institute
  • Enrolled full-time in the final year of study in the MOT program offered by the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+ throughout the MOT program
  • Achieved a minimum grade of B+ (or equivalent) in specific courses
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities within the Department of Occupational Therapy and through community involvement
  • Demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development activities
For Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program:
  • Same residency and degree requirements as MOT
  • Enrolled full-time in the final year of study in the MPT program offered by the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+ throughout the MPT program
  • Achieved a minimum grade of B+ (or equivalent) in specific courses
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities within the Department of Physical Therapy and through community involvement
  • Demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development activities

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Complete the application form
  • Provide a current academic web transcript(s)
  • Submit a resume detailing education, academic honors, current degree GPA, professional memberships, fieldwork/clinical experience, work experience, volunteer experience, and additional professional development
  • Include one letter of support from an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist (faculty member or practitioner)

Submit all required documents to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at: Awards Chair: CORS.Awards@umanitoba.ca

Additional information

  • Recipients must provide a brief report (maximum 150 words), a photograph (if available), and a short biography for use in publicity related to the scholarships.
  • Recipients may hold these scholarships concurrently with other awards, following policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • The scholarship will be applied to tuition fees for the second semester of the academic year in which it is awarded.
  • The selection committee, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, will include at least 50 percent University of Manitoba representatives (faculty and/or staff) and representatives from Manitoba Public Insurance.

Deadline

October 10 annually

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Mary Pflueger Award

Purpose

To recognize the student with the highest standing in Human Determinants (OT 6100).

Background

Donor: Friends & family of Mary Pflueger

Award benefits

$225 or annual amount available

Selection criteria

Highest standing in Human Determinants (OT 6100).

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

MSOT Student Research Award

Purpose

To reward the student with the highest standing in MOT Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (OT 6352).

Award benefits

$100

Selection criteria

Highest standing in MOT Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (OT 6352).

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Convocation awards

Presented at the convocation ceremony.

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Student Award

Purpose

To reward the graduating student with the highest academic standing in the OT degree program.

Background

Donor: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Award benefits

$200 voucher for Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists services/publications

Eligibility

Highest academic standing among graduating OT students.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation Future Scholar Award

Purpose

To reward students with exceptional performance in specified courses.

Background

Donor: Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation

Award benefits

$100

Eligibility

Completion of Master of Occupational Therapy requirements; highest grades in specified courses.

Selection criteria

Highest grades in specified courses.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association Prize of Excellence

Purpose

The CORS-SA Prize of Excellence aims to recognize and reward graduating students in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, commitment to their profession, and maintain high academic standing.

Background

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students’ Association (CORS-SA) established this prize with a surplus of $30,000 from various fundraising initiatives. This endowment fund was created to honor students who exhibit strong dedication to the College, advocate for their profession's future, and excel academically. Starting from the 2020-2021 academic year, the annual interest from the fund will be divided equally to offer one convocation prize to a student in each department of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Additionally, the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative may contribute to the award when funds are available.

Value

  • Each prize is valued at $500.

Eligibility

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Master of Physical Therapy degree in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement
Respiratory Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum degree grade point average of 3.25
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement

How to apply

To apply for the CORS-SA Prize of Excellence, students must complete the application form.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31st.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Excellence in Communications Prize in OT

Purpose

To recognize top students in communication skills.

Award benefits

$200

Eligibility

Nominated by OT department faculty member; top ten ranking in communication skills.

Selection criteria

Communication skills ranking.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca   

Future Leader Award in Occupational Therapy

Purpose

The Future Leader Award in Occupational Therapy, established by Dr. Marcia Finlayson, aims to support a student graduating from The University of Manitoba's College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy Program. This award includes a one-year membership in the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists and a book donation to the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library.

Background

Dr. Marcia Finlayson has established an endowment fund for this award, with a contribution from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative. Each year, an award will be offered to a student who demonstrates potential as a future leader in occupational therapy.

Value

The award includes:

  • One-year membership in the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists
  • Donation of a book to the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Future Leader Award in Occupational Therapy, applicants must:

  • Have completed all academic and fieldwork requirements for the occupational therapy program at The University of Manitoba.
  • Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all courses completed in the program.
  • Have participated in a Role-Emerging Fieldwork Placement and/or at least three of the following activities:
    • Student council
    • Occupational therapy research project
    • Successful application to the CoRS Endowment Fund
    • Attendance at a national occupational therapy conference
    • Publication of an article (peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed)
    • Continuing education course/workshop outside of regular classes
    • Involvement in community organizations for one or more years
    • Participation in Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba, and/or Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists student activities or committees
    • Involvement in planning and implementing Occupational Therapy Month events
    • Involvement in planning and implementing other Departmental or School events
  • Have demonstrated characteristics and behaviors of a leader, such as creativity, networking, good communication skills, risk-taking, initiative, self-management, and actively seeking new opportunities and challenges.

How to apply

To apply for the Future Leader Award in Occupational Therapy, applicants must:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a resume (12 pt. font, double-spaced).
  • Compose a 500-word (maximum) statement that clarifies and demonstrates how the applicant meets the award criteria.

Application deadline

August 31 annually.

Contact

For more information, email CORS.Awards@umanitoba.ca.

Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists Prize

Purpose

To reward the student with the second highest standing in the final year of the OT program.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists

Award benefits

$100

Selection criteria

Second highest standing in final year.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists at msot@msot.mb.ca.

Mrs. Mary Judd Prize

Purpose

The Mrs. Mary Judd Prize is awarded to students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program who demonstrate a keen interest in working with older adults.

Background

In honor of Mrs. Mary Judd, a prize fund was established at The University of Manitoba by her colleagues and friends. When the fund was depleted in 2000, Mr. Alan Judd became the annual donor for this prize. Annually, one prize is awarded from this fund, with the specific value announced each year to the University by Ms. Lynda Wolf.

Value

The value of the prize may vary each year, with the amount up to $1,000.

Eligibility

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Enrollment in the Master of Occupational Therapy program
  • Demonstrated interest in working with older adults

How to apply

To apply for the Mrs. Mary Judd Prize, candidates must:

  • Submit a resume
  • Compose a 500-word (maximum) essay detailing their interest, experience, and future career aspirations in the field of working with older adults
  • Submit a completed application form.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31st.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Naomi Rosenberg Polansky Award

Purpose

To recognize excellence in pediatric assignments and client-centered practice.

Award benefits

$50

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in MOT program; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; highest standing in specified assignments.

Selection criteria

Highest standing in specified assignments.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca   

Solita Egert Practice Skills Prize

Purpose

To reward the student with the highest standing in MOT Practice Skills courses.

Background

Donor: Jason Egert

Award benefits

$500

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in MOT program; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; highest standing in specified courses.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca

Theresa Sullivan Prize for Professionalism and Professional Reasoning Skills

Purpose

To recognize professionalism and reasoning skills.

Background

Donor: Family, friends, and students in memory of Theresa Sullivan

Award benefits

$925

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in MOT program; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; nominated by fieldwork educator; B+ or above in specified course.

How to apply

No application form required.

Contact

For more information, email cors.awards@umanitoba.ca

Physical Therapy

First year master of physical therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) Entrance Scholarship

Purpose

To support first-year MPT students with the highest admission GPA.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF)

Award benefits

$1875.00 approx.

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in first year of MPT program; highest admission GPA (minimum 3.0); cannot be held with University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship.

Selection criteria

Highest admission GPA.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Entry Level Scholarship

Purpose

The Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Entry-Level Scholarship aims to recognize and support first-year MPT students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and a strong commitment to community involvement.

Background

Established by Marjorie Spence, the first head of the Physical Therapy Department at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences in the 1960s, this scholarship honors her dedication to fostering promising leadership qualities in physiotherapy students. Miss Spence valued community involvement and encouraged students to contribute locally and beyond.

Value

The scholarship is valued at approximately $3,000 and is awarded annually to a deserving first-year MPT student.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Entry-Level Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the first year of the Master of Physical Therapy program at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba.
  • Have achieved a minimum degree GPA of 3.75 in their undergraduate program.
  • Demonstrate a strong and consistent history of community involvement, either locally or within the broader community.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities through community or school involvement.

Selection criteria

Selection for the scholarship will be based on:

  • High admission GPA (minimum 3.75)
  • Demonstrated history of community involvement and leadership

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Complete the Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Entry-Level Scholarship application form.
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation from a leader of an organization where you have volunteered within the past two years. The letter should be emailed directly by the referee to CORS.awards@umanitoba.ca.
  3. Write a short essay (500 words) describing their previous, current, or future contributions to the community. The essay should include aspects of "giving back" in areas of social, health, or economic disadvantage, locally or within the broader community. Additionally, applicants should explain:
    • Why they are involved in the community
    • Their general philosophy of volunteerism
    • Why they wish to pursue a career in physiotherapy
    • The role they see physiotherapy playing in the future continuum of healthcare

Deadline

  • Deadline for submission of application: October 10

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

Purpose

To support incoming MPT students with the highest GPAs.

Background

Donor: University of Manitoba

Award benefits

$14,000 approx.

Eligibility

Incoming MPT students; highest GPAs based on last 60 credit hours.

Selection criteria

Highest GPAs.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Second year master of physical therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship

Purpose

The Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship aims to support students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a demonstrated understanding of community practice.

Background

The scholarship is generously offered by the Community Therapy Services (CTS) Inc. Board of Directors in honour of Dr. Ron Bowie. Dr. Bowie, a former member and Chairperson of the CTS Board of Directors, also served as the Director of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. CTS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides rehabilitation services in Manitoba, employing skilled professionals who offer treatment, consultation, and education in various healthcare settings. Each year, two scholarships of $750 each are awarded—one to a graduate student in the Physical Therapy (PT) program and one to a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program.

Value

  • Each scholarship is valued at $750.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Dr. Ron Bowie Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in either the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program or the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program offered by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
  • Have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.
  • Enroll in the second and final year of study in either the MOT or MPT program.
  • Demonstrate an interest in community practice by submitting an application outlining their experiences in or future goals for community practice.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Complete an application form
  • Submit their CV.
  • Provide an essay (maximum of 750 words) addressing the following:
    • Understanding of Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy in community practice in Manitoba.
    • Vision for community practice in Manitoba.
    • Experiences in community practice (clinical, fieldwork, or other).
    • Future goals for community practice.

Deadline

October 10 annually

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

E.J. Thomas Prize

Purpose

The E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes aim to recognize and reward students in the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program, Master of Occupational Therapy program, and Master of Physical Therapy program for their outstanding community involvement.

Background

Established by colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas, a trust fund at the University of Manitoba provides the annual interest to offer three prizes of equal value.

Value

$400.00

Eligibility

For Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy Program:
  • Completed the second year of the program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community
For Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Physical Therapy Program:
  • Completed the first year of the respective program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.5
  • Passed all clinical portions
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community

How to apply

To apply for the E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes, candidates must:

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is October 10th.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Helen Humphrey Ross Award of Excellence

Purpose

To recognize excellence in MPT2 students with high academic standing and course performance.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

Award benefits

$300

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in MPT2; minimum degree GPA of 3.5; high standing in specified courses; student member of MPA.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Purpose

To support MPT2 students with the highest academic standing from MPT1 and residency in Manitoba.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Blue Cross

Award benefits

$$1,000 approx.

Eligibility

Resident of Manitoba; enrolled full-time in MPT2; highest academic standing in MPT1.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Manitoba Public Insurance Tuition Scholarship

Purpose

The Manitoba Public Insurance Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Tuition Scholarships aim to support residents of Manitoba enrolled full-time in the second year (OT2 or PT2) of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) programs with exceptional academic performance and leadership qualities.

Background

The scholarships are generously provided by Manitoba Public Insurance to promote leadership in work-related assessment, rehabilitation services, return to work, and ergonomics within the fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. They also aim to encourage Occupational Therapy careers within the corporation's Health Care Services department.

Value

  • Four scholarships are available, each valued at $2,500, shared with the MPT program.

Eligibility

For Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program:
  • Resident of Manitoba, graduated from a Manitoba high school, and received a recognized degree from a Manitoba post-secondary institute
  • Enrolled full-time in the final year of study in the MOT program offered by the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+ throughout the MOT program
  • Achieved a minimum grade of B+ (or equivalent) in specific courses
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities within the Department of Occupational Therapy and through community involvement
  • Demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development activities
For Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program:
  • Same residency and degree requirements as MOT
  • Enrolled full-time in the final year of study in the MPT program offered by the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.75 with no grade lower than C+ throughout the MPT program
  • Achieved a minimum grade of B+ (or equivalent) in specific courses
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities within the Department of Physical Therapy and through community involvement
  • Demonstrated interest in furthering learning through professional development activities

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Complete the application form
  • Provide a current academic web transcript(s)
  • Submit a resume detailing education, academic honors, current degree GPA, professional memberships, fieldwork/clinical experience, work experience, volunteer experience, and additional professional development
  • Include one letter of support from an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist (faculty member or practitioner)

Submit all required documents to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at: Awards Chair: CORS.Awards@umanitoba.ca

Additional Information

  • Recipients must provide a brief report (maximum 150 words), a photograph (if available), and a short biography for use in publicity related to the scholarships.
  • Recipients may hold these scholarships concurrently with other awards, following policies of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • The scholarship will be applied to tuition fees for the second semester of the academic year in which it is awarded.
  • The selection committee, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, will include at least 50 percent University of Manitoba representatives (faculty and/or staff) and representatives from Manitoba Public Insurance.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is October 10th annually.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Vesalius Prize

Purpose

To recognize the student with the highest standing in PT 6140 Anatomy for Physical Therapy.

Background

Donor: The Estate of Professor Josephine Stack-Haydon

Award benefits

$275 approx., determined annually

Eligibility

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

Selection criteria

Highest standing in PT 6140.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Convocation awards

Presented at the convocation ceremony.

College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association Prize of Excellence

Purpose

The CORS-SA Prize of Excellence aims to recognize and reward graduating students in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, commitment to their profession, and maintain high academic standing.

Background

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students’ Association (CORS-SA) established this prize with a surplus of $30,000 from various fundraising initiatives. This endowment fund was created to honor students who exhibit strong dedication to the College, advocate for their profession's future, and excel academically. Starting from the 2020-2021 academic year, the annual interest from the fund will be divided equally to offer one convocation prize to a student in each department of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Additionally, the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative may contribute to the award when funds are available.

Value

  • Each prize is valued at $500.

Eligibility

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Master of Physical Therapy degree in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement
Respiratory Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum degree grade point average of 3.25
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement

How to apply

To apply for the CORS-SA Prize of Excellence, students must complete the application form.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31st.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Award of Excellence

Purpose

The Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Convocation Prize of Excellence aims to reward graduating Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students who exhibit strong academic performance and active community involvement.

Background

The prize is generously provided by Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies, a locally owned company serving healthcare professionals and patients since 1946. It is established in memory of the company's founder, Sam Diamond, as a testament to their commitment to Canadian healthcare education and research.

Value

  • The prize is valued at $500.

Eligibility

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Residency in Manitoba
  • Completion of degree requirements for the MPT program
  • Minimum degree GPA of 3.5 (or equivalent) in the previous 60 credit hours with no grade lower than a B (or equivalent)
  • Strong and consistent history of community or sports involvement locally or within the broader community
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities through community involvement or within the College of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Interest in active living, health promotion, and wellness

How to apply

To apply for the Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Convocation Prize of Excellence, applicants must:

  • Complete the Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies Award application form
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a leader of an organization (related to the area of interest) with which the applicant has volunteered within the two years prior to applying for this scholarship. Letters of recommendation should be emailed by the referee to CORS.Awards@umanitoba.ca.
  • Submit a short essay (maximum 500 words) describing the importance of active living, health promotion, and wellness in physiotherapy and their envisioned role as a physiotherapist in promoting these aspects

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31st.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Awards Chair at CORS.Awards@umanitoba.ca.

Physical Therapy Prize for Excellence in Communication and Professionalism

Purpose

To recognize MPT students with excellence in communication and professionalism.

Background

Donor: Endowment fund in recognition of Gisele Pereira.

Award benefits

$450 approx

Eligibility

Minimum degree GPA of 3.5; high academic standing in specified courses; excellence in clinical performance for communication and professionalism.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Governor General’s Gold Medal

Purpose

To recognize outstanding performance of a graduate student based on overall academic excellence.

Background

Donor: Governor General of Canada

Award benefits

Medal

Eligibility

Nominated by CoRS; contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca by August 31 for details.

Deadline

August 31

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Lifemark Convocation Prize

Purpose

To reward the second highest academic standing in the MPT program.

Background

Donor: Lifemark Health Group

Award benefits

$250

Eligibility

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

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Achievement Prize

Purpose

The Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Achievement Prize is designed to recognize and reward graduating Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students who have shown consistent involvement in the community and demonstrated strong leadership qualities.

Background

This prize is generously provided by the Estate of Marjorie Spence, the founding head of the Physical Therapy Department at the School of Medical Rehabilitation in the 1960s. Miss Spence valued "promise" and leadership qualities in physiotherapy students and actively encouraged their participation in community initiatives, both locally and nationally.

Value

  • The prize is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Marjorie Spence Physical Therapy Achievement Prize, candidates must:

  • Have completed the degree requirements for the MPT program.
  • Possess a minimum degree GPA of 3.5.
  • Demonstrate a strong and consistent history of community involvement, either locally or within the broader community.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities through community or school involvement.

How to apply

To apply for this prize, candidates must:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a leader of an organization (related to the area of interest) with which the applicant has volunteered within the two years prior to applying. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the referee to CORS.awards@umanitoba.ca.
  • Provide a short essay (maximum 500 words) describing the vital role that physiotherapists play in the community, both locally and globally. The essay should also discuss the applicant's vision of how this role will evolve in the future.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Awards Chair at CORS.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Respiratory Therapy

First year bachelor of respiratory therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

 

Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) Entrance Scholarship

Purpose

To support students in the first year of specified programs with the highest admission GPA.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Medical College Foundation

Award benefits

$1875.00

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in specified programs; highest admission GPA of at least 3.0.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Second year bachelor of respiratory therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarships

Purpose

To reward undergraduate students with high academic standings.

Background

Donor: Dr. A.W. Hogg

Award benefits

$1500 

Eligibility

Highest average standings, excluding students in the graduating year; qualified for the Dean’s Honour List; full normal course load in the next academic year.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships

Purpose

To reward undergraduate students with top grades.

Background

Donor: Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships

Award benefits

Determined annually

Eligibility

Highest average grades in specific subjects; university-wide undergraduate award.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Third year bachelor of respiratory therapy awards

Presented during the winter semester.

E.J. Thomas Prize

Purpose

The E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes aim to recognize and reward students in the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program, Master of Occupational Therapy program, and Master of Physical Therapy program for their outstanding community involvement.

Background

Established by colleagues and friends of E.J. Thomas, a trust fund at the University of Manitoba provides the annual interest to offer three prizes of equal value.

Value

$400.00

Eligibility

For Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy Program:
  • Completed the second year of the program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community
For Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Physical Therapy Program:
  • Completed the first year of the respective program
  • Maintained a minimum degree GPA of 3.5
  • Passed all clinical portions
  • Demonstrated outstanding interest/involvement in the community

How to apply

To apply for the E.J. Thomas Trust Fund Prizes, candidates must:

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is October 10.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Manitoba Blue Cross Medical Rehabilitation Scholarship

Purpose

To support students with the highest standing in the previous academic year.

Background

Donor: Manitoba Blue Cross

Award benefits

$1,000

Eligibility

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

Selection criteria

Highest academic standing.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Convocation awards

Presented at the convocation ceremony.

BOMimed Clinical Excellence Award

Purpose

To recognize graduating BRT students with excellence in clinical work and community involvement.

Award benefits

$500

Eligibility

Completed the third year of BRT program; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; excellence in clinical work and interpersonal skills; active involvement in professional and/or community activities.

Selection criteria

Clinical excellence and community involvement.

How to apply

None required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

College of Rehabilitation Sciences Medal in Respiratory Therapy

Purpose

To honor the BRT student with the highest cumulative GPA.

Background

Donor: College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Award benefits

Medal

Eligibility

Highest cumulative GPA (3.75 or above); full, normal course load throughout the program.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists Award

Purpose

To reward third-year BRT students for their involvement and promotion of the respiratory therapy profession.

Background

Donor: Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)

Award benefits

Registration for CSRT annual education forum

Eligibility

Completed the third year of BRT program; minimum degree GPA of 3.0; involvement in the professional association; promotion of the profession.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association Prize of Excellence

Purpose

The CORS-SA Prize of Excellence aims to recognize and reward graduating students in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, commitment to their profession, and maintain high academic standing.

Background

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students’ Association (CORS-SA) established this prize with a surplus of $30,000 from various fundraising initiatives. This endowment fund was created to honor students who exhibit strong dedication to the College, advocate for their profession's future, and excel academically. Starting from the 2020-2021 academic year, the annual interest from the fund will be divided equally to offer one convocation prize to a student in each department of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Additionally, the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative may contribute to the award when funds are available.

Value

  • Each prize is valued at $500.

Eligibility

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Master of Physical Therapy degree in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement
Respiratory Therapy

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Completion of the requirements of the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba
  • Membership in the CORS-SA for at least two years
  • Minimum degree grade point average of 3.25
  • Completion of the CORS-SA application form demonstrating commitment to the program and profession through leadership and community involvement

How to apply

To apply for the CORS-SA Prize of Excellence, students must complete the application form.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is August 31st.

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Elenore Haywood Lung Association Manitoba Convocation Prize

Purpose

To reward final-year BRT students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and excellence in the Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care course.

Background

Donor: Elenore Haywood Lung Association Manitoba

Award benefits

$1000.00

Eligibility

Enrolled full-time in the final year of BRT program; minimum GPA of 3.5; successful completion of the Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care course with the highest GPA.

How to apply

No application required.

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

University Gold Medal

Purpose

To recognize students with the highest GPA in eligible programs.

Background

Donor: University of Manitoba

Award benefits

Medal

Eligibility

Highest GPA (minimum 3.75) on courses constituting the last two years of an eligible program; completed at least 80 percent of the normal full course-load in each of the last two years.

Selection criteria

Highest GPA.

How to apply

No application required

Contact

For more information, contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Jal Tata award

Purpose

The Jal Tata Award, established in memory of Dr. Jal Tata, is a scholarship funded by his wife, Liz, and the Tata family in 2003. Dr. Tata, a dedicated faculty member in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, was passionate about advancing physiotherapy practice through research.

Background

In memory of Dr. Jal Tata, a faculty member in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences who passed away in 1980, his wife, Liz, and the Tata family established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba in 2003. Dr. Tata's commitment to research aimed to advance physiotherapy practice, inspiring the creation of this scholarship.

Value

The value of the award varies.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Jal Tata Award, applicants must:

  • Hold a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in physiotherapy.
  • Be enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the Master of Science (MSc) in Rehabilitation Sciences program offered by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study.

Award criteria

The Jal Tata Award:

  • Recognizes a student with high academic standing.
  • Focuses on research highly relevant to physiotherapy, including areas such as clinical practice, health promotion, health policy, and education.

How to apply

To apply for the Jal Tata Award, applicants must:

  • Complete the Jal Tata Award application form.
  • Include a statement of the research problem being investigated in the thesis work (maximum 300 words, with up to 10 references).

Deadline

  • Application Deadline: October 15

Contact

For more information, please contact the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at cors.awards@umanitoba.ca.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

Each year, more than $2 million dollars in university graduate fellowships are offered to full-time master’s and PhD students to recognize and support academic excellence. The fellowships are offered to students who have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and academic accomplishment.

Other UM sources of funding

External funding

While the University of Manitoba offers many scholarships 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.) also offer generous funding.

Please note that external awards are not administered or monitored by the University, do not appear on an official transcript, and are paid directly by the external organization.

Examples:

Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
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University of Manitoba
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