Awards and Financial Information

Granting of Awards

The awarding body is the Senate Awards Committee on the authority of the Senate of Victoria University, which from time to time empowers the College Registrar to make awards decisions based on clear guidelines.

For Awards presented at graduation, the Senate is the awarding body on recommendation of the Awards Committee.


Victoria University General Policy Statement


This policy applies to all student awards established in Victoria College and Emmanuel College of Victoria University. Its purpose is to ensure that the procedures followed in establishing such awards and in determining who will receive them are clear and consistent.


a) “AWARD” is a generic term used to indicate an item of financial or other value presented to a student.

b) “SCHOLARSHIP” is a financial award given on the basis of academic achievement, alone or in combination with financial need or other criteria (such as community involvement, artistic endeavours and athletics).

c) “PRIZE” is a financial award (usually of small value) given for proficiency in a specific subject or course(s). Selection criteria other than performance in a course or course(s) (i.e. an essay competition) may also be used.

d) “MEDAL” is a university medal awarded to a graduating student on the basis of his or her overall superior academic performance.

e) “BURSARY” (Grant) is a financial award given to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

f) “OSAP” – the Ontario Student Assistance Program provides government funded repayable loans and non-repayable grants to eligible Ontario Students.

g) “UTAPS” is University of Toronto Advanced Planning for Students. UTAPS grant support is provided by the University to students whose assessed need is greater than government aid will cover. Not applicable to TST students.

h) “OSOTF AWARDS” are awards established through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program. These awards are given to students who have financial need and are Ontario residents. (Residency is defined as having lived in Ontario for 12 months prior to beginning studies.)


The purpose of the Victoria University Awards program is to attract, recognize and reward academic achievement, and to ensure accessibility for students registered in one of the Colleges of Victoria University.

The terms and conditions of all awards established since 1990 must comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code and must be free of criteria based on personal characteristics such as race, ancestry, colour, ethnic origin, sex, creed, age, marital status, family status, sexual orientation or handicap. Some long established awards for male/female students will continue to be offered.

The policies and procedures of the Victoria University Awards program are developed by the Awards Committee and approved by the Victoria University Senate.

Except where otherwise stated in the terms of an award, recipients must be registered at Victoria College and must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree, or be registered at Emmanuel College.

Emmanuel College awards recipients are listed in the Victoria University Senate Minutes, which are published on the Victoria University website.

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