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Student Leadership Awards (Applications)

Please note

If you are chosen as an award finalist, you will receive an email by Dec. 9, 2019 asking for your reference’s contact information, whether they are a Seneca staff or faculty member or an external individual.

Below is a description of each award with the necessary criteria for eligibility and the award amount:

ACL Student Benefits Leadership Award ($1,000)

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

Alumni Student Leadership Award ($1,000)

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

The Barb Morel Humanitarian Award ($1,000)

ACL Student Benefits – the student health, dental and extended health plan insurance broker –is pleased to recognize the student who best exemplifies a ‘true humanitarian’ in all aspects of school and personal life. This award was established in memory of Barb Morel, a founding member of The Morel Group, the parent company of ACL Student Benefits, in honour of her many humanitarian endeavours. Full-time students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 are eligible.

Campus Living Centre Academic Award ($500)

Annually awarded to full-time students currently living at either the Newnham or King campus residences. The recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be able to demonstrate his or her contribution to student life at Seneca 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

Daniel Atlin Leadership Award ($1,000)

Awarded to a full-time international student who demonstrates integrity and civic engagement inside or outside of Seneca. This award recognizes Daniel Atlin's service to the Seneca Student Federation and Seneca in his role as Vice-President, Strategy and College Affairs from 2009 to 2015. This award is funded by the Seneca Student Federation Leadership Awards fee.

Grace Cuff Memorial Scholarship ($750)

Awarded to a King Campus student who has gone above and beyond for the Seneca community or their local community outside of Seneca. The recipient has devoted their time to helping others. Grace Cuff worked in Recruitment and Student Services at Seneca for more than 30 years, inspiring and empowering students to go beyond what they thought was possible to achieve more than they ever thought they could. Throughout the years, Grace affected the Seneca community with her kindness, warmth, positive attitude and unwavering support for students.

King SAC Award ($750)

Prior to the incorporation of the Seneca Student Federation in 1999, the King Student Administrative Council established an award to assist students in their second, third or fourth year of their program, and to assist graduating students. Students must demonstrate leadership qualities through active contributions to the development of the King Campus community, as well as maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Larry DeFlorio Leadership Award ($1,000)

This award has been established in honour and memory of Larry DeFlorio, Seneca’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Ontario Premier’s Award nominee, former faculty member and Co-ordinator of the Animation Arts Centre (AAC), as a tribute to his vision, leadership and contribution to Seneca life, students and alumni.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • students enrolled in their final year (or semester) of studies, in any diploma or certificate programs of the Animation Arts Centre within the School of Creative Arts and Animation – ANI, DAN, GAA and VFT
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • demonstrated leadership, compassion, personal integrity and generosity
  • academic curiosity and intellectual passion
  • contribution to others and to the community
  • involvement in student life (e.g. peer tutoring, organized study groups, educational and fundraising initiatives, sports, student government, etc.)
  • demonstrated ability to balance personal responsibilities and school involvement, and overcoming adversity

Laura Flanagan Memorial Award, (CNS, CTY, CTYC programs) ($1,000)

Established by the Computer Studies Student Council as a tribute to Laura Flanagan, Chair, School of Computer Studies, dedicated teacher and friend to all that knew her at Seneca, this award is open to any student currently enrolled in a full time, daytime program in the CNS, CTY or CTYC programs with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Applicants must demonstrate a unique or outstanding contribution towards Seneca life, student life or community work in a volunteer capacity. References for this award should be provided by a staff or faculty member who is related to the CNS, CTY or CTYC programs at Seneca.

Laura Flanagan Memorial Award, (CPA, CPD, CPAC programs) ($1,000)

Established by the Computer Studies Student Council as a tribute to Laura Flanagan, Chair, School of Computer Studies, dedicated teacher and friend to all that knew her at Seneca, this award is open to any student currently enrolled in a full time, daytime program in the CPA, CPD or CPAC programs with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Applicants must demonstrate a unique or outstanding contribution towards Seneca life, student life or community work in a volunteer capacity. References for this award should be provided by a staff or faculty member who is related to the CPA, CPD or CPAC programs of Seneca.

Sheppard Campus Student Federation Council (SFC) Academics Award ($550)

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

Student Mentoring in Life and Education (SMILE) Mentoring Program Leadership Award ($500)

This award is 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
  • community involvement or volunteer work outside of Seneca
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Seneca Student Federation (SSF) Leadership Award ($750)

The 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 Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and who have demonstrated financial need.

Student Life Achievement Scholarship ($500)

Financial awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in student life programming, including but not limited to orientation, equity and diversity; service-learning; campus clubs; or initiatives 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.

Urgen Kuyee Leadership Award ($1,000)

Urgen Kuyee was an engaged Seneca student and is now a proud alumnus. This award will be presented to a student in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or less who demonstrates leadership qualities toward the enhancement of the quality of student life at Seneca. The recipient must demonstrate a contribution to others and to the community by being involved in initiatives such as peer tutoring, organized study groups, educational and fundraising initiatives, sports or student government. Preference will be given to a student who is volunteering or has volunteered at Toronto Public Libraries. 

Vicki Milligan Carter Leadership Award ($1,000)

The Vicki Milligan Carter Leadership Award was created by the Seneca Student Federation 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 Seneca Student Federation’s Board of Directors, Vicki's zest to improve student life, assist anyone in need and make Seneca a better place spoke volumes about her commitment to Seneca. This award is open to any Seneca student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 who has shown academic achievement, leadership, commitment to people and a passion for all things Seneca. This award is funded by the Seneca Student Federation Leadership Awards fee.

Wayne Norrison Leadership Award ($1,000)

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 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 award is funded by the Seneca Student Federation Leadership Awards fee.