Awards, Prizes and Scholarships

Urban Studies Program Awards

Four yearly $250 awards

The Urban Studies Program has four yearly $250 awards.

  • Two are Marion Miller awards, named for a program student who died in the 1978 Cranbrook airplane accident. The Miller awards have three criteria. A student must be an Urban Studies Program major, have a good academic record, and have a record of good citizenship within the program or within York more widely.

The awards are endowed by Ms. Miller’s family and are given to:

  • a student completing his/her 3000-level work in the program;
  • a student completing his/her 4000-level work in the program.

Other prizes

The program also offers:

  • The Frances Frisken Prize, named for a now-retired faculty member,  who was strongly committed to undergraduate education.  This prize is awarded to the Urban Studies Program major with the highest numeric grade in SOSC 2710 (with ties settled by overall GPA that year);
  • The Urban Analysis Prize, awarded to the Urban Studies Program major with the highest numeric grade in SOSC 3700 (with ties settled by overall GPA that year and with the prize devolving to the student with the second-highest grade if the student with the highest grade receives the 3000-level Miller award).

Two yearly $500 awards

The Urban Studies Program has two yearly $500 awards:

  • The Lynn M. Bell Urban Studies Achievement Award is awarded to an undergraduate student in their 3rd or 4th year of study, majoring in Urban Studies. Applicants must have a minimum B (6.00) GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also submit a maximum 2-page letter describing their passion and interest in urban planning and/or urban studies, including any volunteer or community work they may have done in this field.
  • The Christina L. Sgro Entrance Award is given to an undergraduate student accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, who intends to major in Geography or Urban Studies. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate financial need, possess a minimum grade point average of 6.00, and be involved in community/volunteer work or extracurricular activities with their school. Applicants must also submit a statement describing their interest in the field of geography or urban studies.

Mohamed Naim Malik Scholarship

The Urban Studies program also has one $1000 award every other year (shared with the Geography Department).

  • The Mohamed Naim Malik Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies in their 3rd or 4th year of study who demonstrates academic excellence (7.50 GPA). To be eligible students must submit a one-page statement outlining their involvement/leadership in student life or with their local neighbourhood and discussing how their research or academic focus includes social or cultural diversity/inclusion. Mohammed Naim Malik was a tireless community leader and volunteer, whose impact is still felt in the communities he served. The goal of ensuring inclusivity is what motivated his community involvement. Through his leadership, he worked diligently to remove social and cultural barriers and celebrate diversity. Adjudication of the award will rotate between a student enrolled in Urban Studies and a student enrolled in Geography. The value of the award is $1000, and the funds will be applied to the student account at the University.

Department of Social Science and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Awards

Six Department of Social Science and Faculty of LA&PS Awards may also be of interest to Urban Studies Program students:

Social Science Bursary

  • Social Science Bursary. This annual prize of approximately $800 is awarded to a student majoring in one of the Department of Social Science interdisciplinary programs who has completed between 30 and 60 credits with a GPA of 6.0 or higher, is currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident, and demonstrates financial need. The Office of Student Financial Services selects the recipient in fall. For further information please contact the Department of Social Science.

Ellen Baar Award

  • Ellen Baar Award. This annual award of approximately $1250 honours the memory of Professor Ellen Baar, a member in the Department of Social Science strongly committed to interdisciplinary teaching. It is awarded to the student entering his/her final year as a major in a Department interdisciplinary program who received the highest GPA in his/her third year of studies, will have completed two Department of Social Science courses in their program, and demonstrates financial need. (If the student with the highest GPA does not demonstrate financial need, a transcript notation will record his/her achievement, and the funds will be distributed to the next-highest student who meets the criteria.) There is no application process; the successful student will be notified by the Chair of the Department of Social Science.

Otto Friedman Memorial Scholarship

  • The Otto Friedman Memorial Scholarship. This annual prize of approximately $500 is awarded to a student entering fourth year who has a strong interest in social theory, social policy, and planning or in the role of the arts in society; has a GPA of 6.0 or higher, and has a record of service within the York community. Applications may be obtained at the office of the Chair, Department of Social Science.

Lillian Lerman Book Prize

  • The Lillian Lerman Book Prize. This $50 award honours Lillian Lerman, a member of the Department who retired in 1991, in recognition of her dedication and contribution to undergraduate teaching. It is awarded to the student writing the most outstanding essay in a 1000-level Social Science course. Nominations are made by course directors. For further information please contact the Department of Social Science.

Gordon Lowther Award

  • The Gordon Lowther Award. This annual prize of approximately $700 is awarded to the student entering second year and enrolling in a Department interdisciplinary program who achieved the highest GPA in his/her first year. The student must be currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident, and demonstrate financial need. Applications may be obtained at the office of the Chair, Department of Social Science.

Faculty of LA&PS Essay Prizes

  • Faculty of LA&PS Essay Prizes. Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies essay prizes are awarded annually to four students in the Faculty, one at each of the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels, judged to have written the most outstanding essays at their levels. There are also four honourable mention prizes, and all essays appear in the Faculty of LA&PS yearly publication, Prize Winning Essays. The value of the prizes is $300 and $100 for honourable mentions. Essays are nominated by professors.