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Scholarships and Bursaries

A100: Seneca Indigenous Student Bursary

Awards are available for aboriginal students (non-Status, Status, Metis or Inuit) who have completed two terms of study. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A102: ACL & Associates Ltd. Bursary

Award to assist a student in any diploma/certificate program. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A103: Alumni Student Leadership Award

Seneca Alumni has established an annual award for student government and club leaders. Applicants must have:

  • served two or more semesters as a volunteer leader
  • demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing the quality of student life at Seneca
  • partnered with Seneca Alumni on initiatives in the past year
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A104: APC/ACC Leadership Awards

The Seneca Student Federation (SSF), representing all Seneca student governments, will annually present awards to students who have demonstrated a unique or outstanding contribution towards improving the quality of student life at Seneca. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A105: Atkinson Charitable Foundation Bursary

Award to assist a student in any diploma/certificate program. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A106: Baker & Baker/Seaboard Life Insurance Bursary

Award to assist a student who has completed one semester in a diploma or certificate program. Eligible students must be Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and who have demonstrated financial need.

A107: The Bruce Berman Alumni Bursary

Awards to assist students of Native ancestry enrolled in full-time programs at Seneca. In order to be eligible for this award, the students must have successfully completed their first year of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A108: Campus Living Centres Inc. Academic Award

Campus Living Centres Inc. annually presents an award to two registered full-time students; one living in the Newnham campus residence and one living in the King campus residence. The recipients must maintain a C+ (65 per cent) or better average and be able to demonstrate his or her contribution to student life at the college through direct involvement in at least two of the following areas:

  1. social activities organized through recognized student bodies such as student governments, clubs and formalized residence groups
  2. sporting activities, such as intramurals, varsity athletics and residence organized events
  3. academic and educational activities such as tutoring, organized study groups, educational campaigns and fundraising initiatives.

Students employed by Campus Living Centres are not eligible for this award. Students can obtain applications for this award from the front desk of either residence.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A109: Chawkers Foundation Bursary

Award to assist students in financial need who are registered in any diploma or certificate program. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A111: Friends of Seneca Association Bursaries

Awarded to students enrolled in any full-time program of study. Candidates may be nominated by Seneca staff or faculty, or apply independently through the Financial Aid Office. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee based on a combination of demonstrated financial need, academic achievement and dedication to academic endeavours.

A112: General Bursary Fund

Awards to assist students registered in any diploma or certificate program, who have successfully completed at least one semester of study. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A113: Governor General's Academic Medal

Awarded to a student who achieves the highest academic standing in the final year of a full-time postsecondary diploma program.

A114: Annie Wong Leung Kit Wah International Student Award

Bursaries to assist international students who have completed at least one semester of a postsecondary diploma or certificate program.

A115: Marie Labatte Award

Awarded to a female student who is enrolled full time in any diploma or advanced diploma program within the Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences and plans to pursue a degree program at Seneca in the subsequent academic year. The recipient will have a minimum GPA of 3.6 (80 per cent) and will have demonstrated volunteer leadership in the community or at Seneca. Strong consideration is given to a candidate who is interested in pursuing a career in government, health, education or social service. Previous recipients are eligible to apply if she continues to meet the award criteria. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons residing in Ontario and have demonstrated financial need. The award amount will be applied to the recipient’s account in the following September.

A117: The W. Roy McCutcheon Alumni Award

Bursary to assist a student in any full-time program.

A118: Michael McKenzie Scholarship

To encourage and assist those students with Sickle Cell Anemia in their decision to undertake full time postsecondary study at Seneca College. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and Ontario residents, have demonstrated financial need.

A119: W. T. Newnham Leadership Award

This trophy and award is presented to a student in their final year of studies, who has demonstrated their ability to function as a leader of students leaders in the enhancement of the quality of student life at Seneca. A minimum GPA of 2.5, plus outstanding leadership related to a short-term project or a yearlong activity will be the major criterion.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A120: Olympia and York Achievement Bursary

Awarded to assist a student registered in any diploma/certificate program.

A121: Stephen E. Quinlan Award

The Seneca Student Federation (SSF) will annually present a trophy and award that was created to recognize and honour retired President, Stephen E. Quinlan. A large trophy with the name of each year's winner will be displayed at Seneca and the winner will receive a replica trophy as a keepsake.

Any Seneca employee may nominate a student for the award by submitting a letter of nomination to Student Services. The major criteria for the award include:

  • academic achievement (minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0)
  • significant contribution to assisting other students in a voluntary capacity
  • contribution to assisting others in the community beyond Seneca
  • demonstration of strong personal integrity, sound character and tenacity

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A122: Sandy Sandomierski Bursary

Award is open to any Seneca student enrolled in a full-time postsecondary or tuition-short program. Selection is based on academic performance with a strong emphasis on excellence and financial need.

A123: SABE Scholarship

Awarded to students who are members of the Seneca West Indian African Association (SWIAA) and/or enrolled in the College Opportunities program and have demonstrated financial need. Selection is based on academic achievement (G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher), leadership skills and community involvement.

A126: Peter N. Ross Scholarship

The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic standing, financial need and their contribution to Seneca student life. Applicants should attach a summary of their achievements to their application form.

A127: Isabel Jones Bursary

An award to assist a student registered in any diploma or certificate program.

A129: Seneca Alumni Association Bursaries

Awarded to assist students enrolled full-time in any program, who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A130: Stephen E. Quinlan Next Generation Bursary

Awarded to the child of a Seneca Alumni Association member who is pursuing a full-time diploma or post-diploma program, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and has demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A131: Seneca Cup

The most prestigious college award is the Seneca Cup. This award acknowledges academic proficiency and contributions made towards improving the quality of student life at Seneca. Any graduating student enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree program demonstrating the following characteristics is eligible for nomination. The criteria include:

  • ability and scholastic achievement
  • personal integrity/sound and good character
  • contribution to others and to the community
  • involvement in student life (e.g. sports, recreation, student government, peer tutoring, etc.)
  • proven ability to balance personal responsibilities and school involvement
  • will graduate from the program in the semester that they have been nominated

A132: Seneca College Teaching Masters Association Bursary

Awarded to assist sole-support parents who are in financial need and registered in any full-time postsecondary program.

A133: Sheppard Campus SFC Academics Award

This award is open to any student enrolled in the second or third year of a full-time program who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, initiative and dedication to academics. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A134: Donald Sim Scholarship

In honour of a past member of the Seneca Board of Governors, this award will be presented to a student for his/her academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular college activities and personal qualities.

A136: Snap Studios Inc. Award

Award is given to an international student in any full-time program who has displayed financial need.

A137: Student Life Achievement Scholarships Leadership

Financial awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in student government, campus clubs, the Seneca newspaper, radio station, or special events of a cultural or artistic nature. Students with outstanding contributions to their community are also eligible. The applicants must have achieved high academic standing throughout the semester. This award is presented at the annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A138: Student Life Bursary

Award to assist a student enrolled in any diploma or certificate program.

A139: The University Women's Club of North York Bursary

Awarded to assist a domestic, non-graduating, female student in any multi-year program. Eligible students will have demonstrated financial need, maintained academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 3.0) and shown evidence of participation within Seneca (extracurricular activities) and/or the community at large. Selection is made by the Awards Committee.

A143: Max Silver & Milton Brody Memorial Award

Award is offered to mature students returning to school to upgrade their education with demonstrated academic achievement. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A145: ACL and Associates Ltd. Leadership Award

ACL Student Benefits, the student health, dental and extended health plan insurance broker, will annually present two awards to students who have shown outstanding leadership. to the recipients of this award must have maintained a G.P.A. of 2.5 while making significant contributions to the Seneca community or their community. This award recognizes a student who is the "unsung hero", someone who quietly works behind the scenes to make Seneca a better place while still maintaining their academics and juggling other responsibilities.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A147: RBC Bursary Foundation Fund

Bursary fund open to all Ontario students across Seneca, and is awarded primarily on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A148: Wayne Norrison Student Government Award

The Seneca Student Federation (SSF) will annually present an award to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the enhancement of student life at Seneca. This award was created to recognize and honour retired Seneca Vice-President, International and Business Development, Wayne Norrison, for his many years of outstanding leadership and support for the SSF. Any Seneca student (excluding SSF council members) may apply for this award to recognize leadership related to student life at Seneca. Applicants must have achieved high academic standing throughout the semester.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A149: Seneca Student Federation Inc. Annual Bursary Award

Available to full-time students who have demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons residing in Ontario and have demonstrated financial need. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee.

A150: Vicki Milligan Carter Award

This award was created by the Seneca Student Federation (SSF) to honour Vicki Milligan Carter, a long-time employee of Seneca, on the date of her retirement. As a former faculty member, departmental chair, director of Student Services and voting member on the SSF Board of Directors, Vicki's zest to improve student life, assist anyone in need and to make Seneca a better place spoke volumes of her commitment to everything Seneca.

This award is open to any Seneca student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who has shown academic achievement, leadership, commitment to people and a passion for Seneca.

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A151: SMILE Mentoring Program Leadership Award

One award to be presented annually to a SMILE mentor. Applicants must have:

  • served as a SMILE mentor for two or more semesters (including the current semester)
  • demonstrated leadership and contribution toward the enhancement of student life at Seneca
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A153: International Student Levy Bursary

Awarded to assist international students registered in any diploma, certificate or degree program.

A154: Markham Student Levy Bursary

Awarded to assist students registered in any diploma, certificate or degree program at the Markham Campus.

A155: Newnham Student Levy Bursary

Awarded to assist students registered in any diploma, certificate or degree program at the Newnham Campus.

A156: Seneca@York Student Levy Bursary

Awarded to assist students registered in any diploma, certificate or degree program at the Seneca@York Campus.

A159: BMO Financial Group Endowed General Bursary

Bursaries to assist students in any full-time program who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A160: TD Financial Group Bursary

A bursary to assist a student in any full-time program, based on demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A162: Seneca College Board of Governors' Entrance Scholarships

Awarded to students entering Seneca directly from high school, based on high academic standing in their final year. Emphasis is placed on the academic courses English, mathematics and sciences at the Grade 12 level. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A169: George Terry Endowed Bursary

One award will be given to a second-, third- or fourth-year full-time student. Preference will be given to a student athlete who has volunteered or worked with inner city communities/priority neighbourhoods, members of at-risk communities or new immigrants. Selection will be made by the faculty members based on the stated criteria. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A170: Newcomer Award in Honour of Jack & Ann Talesnick

Awarded to any full-time or part-time student who is designated as a permanent resident (verifiable) with honour-list standing in at least one semester. May be awarded as an in-course or graduating award. Eligible students must be Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A171: Campus Living Centres Bursary

Awarded to full-time students who are in their second year of the program. Recipients will have good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0). Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A172: Seneca College Alumni Association Entrance Awards

Awarded to first-year full-time students enrolled in any program. Selection is based on high academic achievement. Additional consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

A173: Xerox Canada Endowed Bursary

Awarded to a first- or second-year student enrolled in any program with high academic standing (cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0) and demonstrated financial need.

A174: Susie Vallance Award for First Generation Students in Postsecondary Studies

Awarded to one first-year student who is the first in their family to attend postsecondary studies. Eligible applicants will have a minimum GPA of 2.0, with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to community or college leadership initiatives.

A176: Seneca Retirees Association Endowed Bursary

Awarded to a student enrolled in the second year of any program and has a minimum GPA of 2.5. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons residing in Ontario and have demonstrated financial need. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee based on the stated criteria.

A177: Marcia Donaldson Student Ambassador Award

An award for students who meet the following criteria:

  • worked two or more semesters (including the current semester) as a Student Ambassador
  • fulfilled all the requirements of their position description consistently and effectively
  • an outstanding team player
  • contributed, supported and promoted the Student Services Department and its objectives
  • represented the Student Services department with honour, integrity and professionalism to the Seneca community
  • demonstrated initiative and leadership above and beyond their regular duties that has enhanced the value of the Student Ambassador Program

This is a Student Leadership Award. For information and how to apply, please visit the Student Leadership Awards website.

A178: Ermine Drummond Second Chance Endowed Bursary

Awarded to a student enrolled in the College Opportunities Program. Preference is given to a student who has good academic performance, demonstrated commitment to working to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their career/educational goals, and a good work ethic and attitude. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and Ontario residents, have demonstrated financial need and completed at least one semester of study. Selection will be made on faculty members’ recommendation. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who volunteer in the college or in the community, verified by a letter of reference.

A181: Patricia Kemp Memorial Bursary

Awarded to a student enrolled in the College Opportunities Program. Preference is given to a student who has good academic performance, demonstrated commitment to working to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their career/educational goals, and a good work ethic and attitude. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and Ontario residents, have demonstrated financial need and completed at least one semester of study. Selection will be made on faculty members' recommendation. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who volunteer in the college or in the community, verified by a letter of reference.

A183: Seneca Renewable Entrance Scholarship of Merit

Renewable Entrance Scholarships available to international students. Multiple awards of $1,000 are given to full-time students who are entering into a diploma or graduate certificate program. Selections are made by the Awards Committee based on previous academic record (i.e. high school grades or postsecondary grades) with an average of 80 per cent or higher. The renewable scholarship is based on grades in continuing years of the student's program of study and the student maintaining full-time status. Renewable scholarship amounts are:

  • 80 per cent or higher, or GPA of 4.0 = $1,000
  • 75 per cent or higher, or GPA of 3.5 = $750
  • 70 per cent or higher, or GPA of 3.0 = $500

A189: Cindy Hazell Award for Non-Direct Full-Time Students

Awarded to a non-direct, full-time student in any postsecondary credential program. Non-direct is defined as students who have been out of high school for at least one year prior to enrolling at Seneca. Students who have taken one or more high school courses in the past year, including night school or correspondence courses, are not eligible. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.

A194: SSF Endowed Bursaries

Bursaries available to students who enrolled full time in any program and have demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents. The selection of recipients is made by the Awards Committee based on financial need.

A195: SSF International Student Bursaries

Awards are given to international students who have successfully completed at least one semester of full-time studies and have demonstrated financial need. The selection of recipients is made by the Awards Committee.

A196: Métis Nation of Ontario Awards

Métis students can apply for the Métis Student Bursary Program (MSBP) at the Financial Aid Office, Aboriginal Student Liaison Centre or through Student Support Services at the participating college or university. Bursary applications are available to students following registration in the fall. Deadlines are school-specific and bursary recipients are announced at the beginning of each school year. Students may reapply for bursaries and/or scholarships each year when they register for classes. The amount of bursaries will vary depending on the accumulation of interest each year.

Note: this is an external award that requires a paper application available in the fall term.

A197: Hyatt Family Foundation Bursary

This in-course bursary is open to all full-time students in any program who demonstrate financial need.

A198: Campaign for Students Bursary for International Students

Awarded to international students in any faculty who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee.

A200: Henry Zhang Scholarship for International Students

Awarded to an international student in a full-time program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee.

A201: TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarship

Awarded to a student in their final year of any full-time program at Seneca. The recipient must demonstrate high academic standing. Recommendation is made by the Awards Committee.

A202: SSF International Student Award

Awarded to a non-graduating international student who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This student must demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to a student who has not received an award or scholarship in the same cycle. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee.

A203: SSF Domestic Student Award

Awarded to a non-graduating domestic student who is returning in the fall semester, has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or high and has demonstrated high financial need. OSAP, Second Career, or students on government-funded programs are not eligible for this award. Preference is given to a student who has not received an award or scholarship in the same cycle. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee.