Establishing a New Award

Student awards are a significant part of the College of Social and Applied Humans Sciences's (CSAHS) efforts to help students succeed. Over 200 CSAHS-specific awards, totaling over $500,000 are distributed annually, thanks to the generous support of alumni, donors and partners. Establishing an award is a truly meaningful way to improve the lives of students.

Building the Foundation

To begin the conversation about the award you would like to create, here is an overview of the options to consider. Once you’ve reflected on the impact you would like to make, a representative from the Alumni Affairs and Development team in CSAHS will help you accomplish your philanthropic goal of establishing an award. 


Kourtney Parker, CFRE
Senior Development Manager
k.parker@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120, ext. 56543

Cristina Coates
Alumni Advancement Manager
ccoate02@uoguelph.ca
226-971-0796 (cell)

Option A: Annual

Award distribution will be dependent on the duration of your donation. Minimum commitment of five (5) years required.


Option B: Endowment

Funds are invested into an endowment and the interest is used to fund the award in perpetuity. Funds need to be invested for one full fiscal year (May-April) prior to awarding and are subject to the annual endowment return performance. More information is available in the University's Endowment Investment Policy.

Undergraduate

Students enrolled in any CSAHS undergraduate program.

  • Annual minimum: $1,000
  • Endowed minimum: $30,000 to create a $1,000 annual award. However, additional funds can be added to ensure more timely distribution, or distribution in the event of an endowment performance that results in no allocation. We recommend planning for up to three (3) years of expendable funding. Example: gift of $33,000 - $35,000 will allow for timely distribution of the award.

Graduate

Students enrolled in a CSAHS master or doctoral program.

  • Annual minimum: $5,000
  • Endowed minimum: $150,000 to create a $5,000 annual award. Additional expendable funds can be added to ensure more timely distribution, or distribution in the event of an endowment performance that results in no allocation. We recommend planning for up to three (3) years expendable funding. Example: gift of $160,000 - $165,000 will allow for timely distribution of the award.

  • Entrance: Students entering their first year of study. The total award value will be split in equal installments, typically paid out semesterly through the first year.
  • In-course: Students currently registered in an academic term. Distributed in the Fall or Winter.
  • Graduating: Students who have completed their program. Distributed in Spring.
  • Travel: Students participating in a curriculum-embedded travel opportunity or pursuing a research or skill development opportunity.

Bursary

Provided to students on the basis of financial need. Eligible students must be Canadian or permanent residents. Bursaries are not required for graduate students as the University provides institutional level support. Due to the private nature of financial need, bursaries are not included in award events, and recipients must consent to release their name to donors.


Scholarship

Provided on the basis of academic achievement and/or non-academic merit (e.g. extra-curricular activities, demonstrated leadership, volunteerism). Recipients are acknowledged for their past achievements, and the award is given to encourage further study and accomplishment. Academic achievement for graduate students can be measured by research productivity (publications, presentations, conferences, experience), and/or coursework, and faculty assessment. Presented at an annual fall awards event.


Prize

Based on completed academic achievement and/or non- academic merit. Applicable to graduating students only.


Travel Grant

Provided to students who wish to travel as part of their studies. Travel grants are used to offset the additional costs of travel (e.g. airfare, registration fees, vaccinations, meals, accommodations). Travel grants may be distributed throughout the year. Travel grants must align with Safe International Travel Policy for Students.

  • Letter: Students submit an application indicating their alignment with the award.
  • Nomination: Faculty may recommend a student who they feel best aligns with criteria.
  • Automatic Selection: No application required. Selection may be based on academic merit (e.g. cumulative average) or financial need.

Note: Generally, the deadline to apply for an award is one (1) semester prior to awarding. A typical timeline for a CSAHS award to be established and awarded is 6-8 months.

 

Crafting Your Award

A new award can be tailored based on the criteria that is meaningful to you through eligibility, selection criteria, and conditions. Like an inverted triangle, we start broadly with eligibility and narrow the criteria down to fit your intended recipient.


Eligibility

Academic level, academic unit, degree program, research area, travel (exchange, conference, research), course completion, financial need, etc.

Selection

Academic proficiency, research performance, financial need, leadership, extra-curricular involvement, experience, background, etc.

Conditions

Tenability (can the award be held more than once?), preference (non-essential considerations), renewal.


Example

Undergraduate entrance scholarship for a student studying International Development who demonstrates academic excellence.

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate student entering the Bachelor of Arts program with a major in International Development.
  • Selection: Academic excellence.
  • Conditions: Preference for students who identify as Indigenous.