Awards & Scholarships

Entrance Awards

Apply online using the Financial Assistance Profile Application accessible from the Student Services website.  Look for the Financial Assistance section under myPresent.

Beverley-Ann (Baldock) Headley Award

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the Education program who is a Native Canadian, based on academic achievement (minimum 70% average) and community involvement. Financial need may also be considered in deciding between otherwise equally qualified candidates. Applications are available from the Faculty of Education and must be submitted by January 31 along with an essay (max. 250 words) describing the candidate's community involvement. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need, if required, and the Faculty of Education will select the recipient. This award was established by The Baldock Family to honor Beverley-Ann (Baldock) Headley. Beverley-Ann served all of her brief teaching career with love and enthusiasm at J.P. Robarts Elementary School. She had a special affinity for the Native community - sharing and finding peace in their values and reverence for all life. Value: 1 at $1,000. Effective: May 2004 - April 2012

The Canadian Heritage Writing Award

Awarded to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident registered in any undergraduate or graduate program at Western who submits, in English or French, any personal and recent work of creative writing, in any genre or length, on a theme of Canadian Heritage, that has not so far been published or entered in any other competition. Application should be directed to the Associate Dean of Arts by February 1st. Faculty of Education students may apply for this award. Value: Up to $250

Henry Jackman Award

Awarded annually by The University of Toronto Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa to a student who is currently attending a Faculty of Education in Ontario at a B.Ed. or a Master's level.

$300 - Interested students are expected to submit:

  1. A copy of their current student card
  2. Two written references from unrelated persons who have played a significant role in the candidate's education
  3. A two-page resume and
  4. A 500-word essay

Submission deadline September 29. For more information, contact Financial Services.

Bursaries

The Marion Merritt Beardall Education Bursary

The Marion Merritt Beardall Education Bursary is awarded by the Kent Regiment Chapter, IODE. $1,000. An applicant must be:

  1. Currently enrolled in an Ontario Faculty of Education
  2. A Canadian Citizen
  3. A graduate of a Kent County Secondary School
  4. In need of financial assistance

Applications for the following bursaries are available online through the Financial Services website http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/bursaries.html. Application deadline: October 31.

Antony J. Bergering Awards

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the intermediate-senior division of the Bachelor of Education program, including students in Technological Education, based on financial need and academic standing. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by October 31. Once the Office of the Registrar has determined financial need, the Faculty of Education will select the recipients. These awards were established by a generous bequest from Dr. Antony J. Bergering (PhD '75, Psychology) through Foundation Western.

Value: 8 at $1,500, effective May 2008 These awards are supported by matching funds from the OTSS program and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

Titia G. Bergering Awards

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the intermediate-senior division of the Bachelor of Education program, including students in Technological Education, based on financial need and academic standing. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by October 31. Once the Office of the Registrar has determined financial need, the Faculty of Education will select the recipients. These awards were established by a generous bequest from Dr. Antony J. Bergering (PhD '75, Psychology) through Foundation Western.

Value: 8 at $1,500, effective May 2008. These awards are supported by matching funds from the OTSS program and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

David and Charlotte Campbell Bursaries (2)

Awarded to full-time students in the Faculty of Education who demonstrate financial need. This fund was established through Foundation Western by David R. Campbell (BA 1938) and Charlotte Campbell. Value: Up to $600 each.

Marguerite Ruth Dow Scholarship

Awarded to a student registered in an English program at the Faculty of Education, based on academic achievement (minimum weighted average of 80%) and demonstrated financial need. Established through Foundation Western by Miss Dow, Professor Emerita, The University of Western Ontario, where she taught English and Drama in the Faculty of Education, 1965-1985. Value: $750

Anne M. Elliot Award

Awarded to a full-time student in the B.Ed. program who has achieved a minimum academic average of 70% and demonstrated financial need. Established through Foundation Western by Bruce Davies in honour of Anne M. Elliot, from Hamilton, Ontario who taught at the Strathcona Model School from 1908 to 1949. Value: $1,000

Richard Ivey Foundation Awards

Awarded to full-time students who are registered in any year beyond year one in the Faculties of Information and Media Studies, Health Sciences, Law, Music, and Social Science, or entering the Bachelor of Education program. Established through Foundation Western by the generosity of the Richard Ivey Foundation. Students must have a minimum 75% average and demonstrate financial need. Value: $2,500

Edward J. Izrael 125th Anniversary Alumni Award in Education

Awarded to a full-time student in the Faculty of Education based on academic achievement and financial need. Established through Foundation Western by Helen Izrael in memory of her son Edward J. Izrael (B.A. ’69, Arts and Diploma in Education ’69). Value: $1,000

The Helene Puskas Mayo Education Award

Awarded annually to full-time students in the Faculty of Education who have demonstrated financial need and maintained a minimum B average. Value: $1,800

Leonard Martin Wood Bursary

Awarded to a student in the Faculty of Education in the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate programs, based on academic achievement and financial need. Established by friends and family of Leonard M. Wood, B.A. ’34, teacher and principal with the London Board of Education for 37 years. Value: $650

Olive C. Young Awards

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the primary division of the Bachelor of Education program based on financial need and academic standing. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar website and must be submitted by October 31. Once the Office of the Registrar has determined financial need, the Faculty of Education will select the recipients. These awards were established by a generous bequest from Miss Olive C. Young through Foundation Western. Value: 9 at $1,500, effective May 2007 10 at $1,600, effective May 2008 These awards are supported by matching funds from the OTSS program and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

Note: In addition to the above, other bursary assistance is available through the Financial Services Office, UWO, to students who demonstrate financial need. Applications are required and can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar website at http://www3.registrar.uwo.ca/FinancialServices/index.cfm (Bursaries link).

Ontario Work Study Program Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. For eligibility requirements and applying, please visit http://www3.registrar.uwo.ca/FinancialServices/WorkStudy.cfm

Emergency Loans Emergency loans may be available to students in genuine financial need. Students should contact Financial Services, Room 190, Stevenson-Lawson Building for a counselling appointment. Some on-site counselling may be scheduled during Fall term. The liaison person for the Faculty of Education is Carol Hooper, Dean's Office, Room 1003, Faculty of Education.

Academic Achievement Awards

D. Carlton Williams Gold Medal in Education

Awarded annually to a student graduating from one of the programs of the Faculty of Education who achieves the highest degree of excellence in academic and professional subjects and makes an outstanding contribution to the programs and other activities of the Faculty of Education. The gold medal, coined by the Faculty of Education, is in honour of Dr. D. Carlton Williams, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., President of The University of Western Ontario between 1967 and 1977. It was struck for the first time in 1978 to recognize Dr. Williams' educational achievements and to mark with distinction his retirement from the University.

GOLD MEDAL - The candidate for the Gold Medal in Education shall be chosen by a Selection Committee chaired by the Associate Dean, consisting of the Chair of Preservice Program and one member of the Students' Council appointed by the Council. The Committee will be responsible for recommending a candidate to the Dean.

F.C. Biehl Memorial Award for Excellence in English Education

Awarded to the most outstanding student in the regular Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate or Intermediate-Senior programs. The memorial award was established in 1984 by family, friends and colleagues to honour the late Professor F.C. Biehl, a noted educator and author who held many posts in the school system of Ontario.

$800 - The award winner is selected by a committee, comprised of all instructors of English courses in the programs listed above, whose coordinator will recommend the name selected to the Dean.

J. Bowden Memorial Award

Awarded to an outstanding student enrolled in either the Junior-Intermediate or Intermediate-Senior program whose courses include one of the Social Science Teaching Subjects of Geography, History, Individual & Society and Family Studies. The memorial award was established by family, friends and colleagues of Professor John J. Bowden, a highly-respected member of this Faculty of Education.

$350 - The recipient will be selected by the Social Science Subject Group which will make its recommendation to the Dean.

Sylvia Cann Memorial Award (2)

Awarded to a student graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree from the Primary/Junior program, based on academic achievement. This award was established by the sister of Sylvia Cann through Foundation Western as a memorial to her commitment to education.

$500 - The recipient will be selected by a committee which will make its recommendation to the Dean.

Dean's Award in Education (up to 5)

This award was established through Foundation Western by gifts from Education alumni, and is awarded to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education whose activities have enhanced the life of the Faculty for their fellow students. Students must demonstrate a strong record of extra-curricular activities and a strong record of academic merit.

$150 each - Students will be nominated for this award by the Dean, the Associate Dean (Program), the Preservice Chair or any faculty member. The recipient(s) will be selected by a committee in the Faculty of Education.

John Dearness Memorial Preservice Award

Awarded annually to a student at the Faculty of Education who is enrolled in elementary preservice education who demonstrates excellence in both course work and practicum experience with respect to early literacy development. This award was established by the Tamblyn family, grandchildren of Dr. John Dearness, as a memorial to his commitment to education in the City of London.

$500 - Candidates for this award will be nominated by their language arts instructors and reviewed by a committee of relevant faculty members. The committee will make its recommendation to the Dean.

Dorothy Emery Memorial Award in Visual Arts Education (2)

Awarded annually to Visual Arts students in the Elementary and Secondary Divisions who have achieved exceptional academic standing in course work and have also demonstrated excellence in art education in practice teaching. One award will be made in each Division. This memorial award was established through Foundation Western by friends and family of the late Dorothy Emery, a teacher at the London Teachers= College, to recognize her professional skills, enthusiasm and ability to motivate students.

$400 each - The recipients will be recommended to the Dean by a committee of Visual Arts instructors which will make its recommendations to the Dean.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Award (ETFO)

Awarded to a student who, among other qualities, demonstrates academic excellence, achieves exemplary practice teaching reports and demonstrates initiative to broaden personal experience in the educational culture.

$500 - The recipient will be recommended by both the practicum supervisor and an associate teacher, in writing, to the Associate Dean.

Faculty Association Scholarships

For academic excellence. Tenable in the Faculties of Arts, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science and professional faculties. These scholarships were established by The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, and are awarded retrospectively in the Fall.

$800 each - The criterion for this award is academic excellence. The Dean recommends the name* of the recipient to The Faculty Association.

(* A sharing of a scholarship between co-winners is possible, if a single winner cannot be chosen.)

Faculty of Education Students' Council Award for Practice Teaching Excellence (4)

Established by the Students' Council, the intent of these awards is to encourage and reward those who, in the opinion of their mentors, display exceptional skills, interests and abilities in the field of Practice Teaching. These four awards will be made in the Program Divisions of: Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, Intermediate-Senior, and Technological Studies.

$150 each - Selection for the awards will be made by each Program Division whose coordinator will recommend the name selected to the Dean.

Margaret Fallona Award for Excellence in French Second Language Education

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the elementary or secondary French as a Second Language Teacher Education program, and has given evidence that he/she will further the development of French as a second language in schools during his or her career.

$250 - Selection of the recipient will be made by instructors of French as a Second Language courses who will make their recommendation to the Associate Dean.

Beatrice Helmkay Scholarship

Awarded annually to the student in Primary Education (Early Childhood Education) demonstrating outstanding achievement in Practice Teaching. The late Ira Beatrice Alder (née Helmkay), a former Math educator, established this scholarship for the purpose of training teachers. The recipient is selected on the basis of dedication and suitability for the profession, not just for academic excellence.

$600 - The award winner is selected and recommended to the Dean by a committee chaired by the coordinator of the Primary-Junior Faculty Course.

Matthew & Cornelia Koens Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student pursuing a Bachelor of Education Degree at any teaching level, based on academic achievement (weighted academic average) in the core foundations courses. This scholarship was established through Foundation Western by the late Peter Koens in honour of his parents Matthew and Cornelia.

$500 - The recipient will be determined by the Associate Dean (Program).

Laura and Ed McLeish Scholarship

Awarded to a student in the B.Ed. Intermediate/Senior program, based on academic achievement, preferably with Mathematics as a teaching subject. This award is made possible by a generous gift from Laura McLeish through Foundation Western.

$500.- The recipient will be selected by the Associate Dean (Program).

Helen G. Mitchell Award

Awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in the Classical/FSL/International Languages in both the academic program and practice teaching.

The recipient will be selected by a committee of instructors which will make its recommendation to the Associate Dean (Program).

Plaque and Certificate of Recognition to be presented at the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association Annual Spring Conference.

W. Bernard Neeb Award

Awarded annually by the Ontario Business Educators' Association to an Intermediate/Senior student enrolled in two teaching subjects in the Business and Computer Studies area. The recipient is chosen on the basis of academic record and performance in practice teaching.

Complimentary Full Conference Package presented at Spring OBEA Conference, Toronto - The recipient will be recommended to the Associate Dean by Business and Computer Studies instructors.

Jessie Margaret Ogletree Award

Awarded annually to a B.Ed. student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in science education. This award was established through Foundation Western by the family of the late Jessie Margaret Ogletree. Her son is John Ogletree, Faculty of Education Professor Emeritus.

$500 - The recipient will be selected by the Science instructors and recommended to the Dean.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Award (OECTA)

Awarded to the graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence and who is qualified to teach in the Roman Catholic Secondary School system.

$500 - The recipient will be recommended to the Associate Dean by the Instructor of Religious Studies.

The Optimist Award in Technological Education

Awarded annually since 1979 by The Optimist Club of London Incorporated to the most outstanding student enrolled in the Technological Studies program. The intent of this award is to make appropriate recognition of students who make major contributions to youth.

$200 - The recipient will be recommended to the Dean by a committee selected by faculty members instructing in technological education.

Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) Award (3)

Awarded to one student in each of the Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior programs, based on academic achievement in Science courses (minimum 80% average), and who demonstrate commitment and creativity in science preparation and teaching. Nominees will agree to submit a curriculum project or article suitable for publication in the Crucible, STAO's bi-monthly journal:

3 at $250.00 plus one year membership in STAO - Applications available from science instructors. Recipients will be selected by a committee of science instructors and STAO which will make its recommendations to the Dean.

W.S. Turner Award

Awarded to an outstanding student in the Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, or Intermediate-Senior (mathematics option) program. Selection will be based on excellence in course work at the Faculty, orientation to enlightened mathematics teaching and practicum performance. This memorial scholarship was established by family and friends of Dr. W.S. Turner, the founding Dean of Althouse College (1965-69), to honour his outstanding achievements as an educator.

$300 - Selection will be made by the Mathematics instructors who will make their recommendation to the Dean.

Milton & Helen Walker Scholarships in Mathematics Education (2)

Awarded to full-time students pursuing Bachelor of Education Degrees at any teaching level, based on academic achievement, with Mathematics as a teaching subject. These scholarships were established through Foundation Western by a bequest from Milton Walker (MD 1928) and Helen Walker (BA 1924).

$750 each - The recipients will be selected by the Mathematics instructors who will make their recommendations to the Dean.

Milton & Helen Walker Scholarships in Science Education (2)

Awarded to full-time students pursuing Bachelor of Education Degrees at any teaching level, based on academic achievement, with Science as a teaching subject. These scholarships were established through Foundation Western by a bequest from Milton Walker (MD 1928) and Helen Walker (BA 1924).

$750 each - The recipients will be selected by the Science instructors who will make their recommendations to the Dean.

The Dawson Woodburn Memorial Awards (2)

Awarded to any preservice student enrolled in music courses, Fine Arts Subject Group in the Faculty of Education. The student must have been successful in practice teaching, demonstrated interest in the use of Tonic Solfa and possess a high degree of knowledge and proficiency through use of Tonic Solfa. Established by the late Dawson Woodburn, Professor Emeritus, The University of Western Ontario.

$600 each - The recipients will be recommended to the Dean by a committee of music instructors.

The Don Wright Scholarships in Vocal Music (2)

Awarded annually to students enrolled as Choral majors in one of the preservice B.Ed. programs who have a strong interest in developing young voices, Grades 5 through 10. Dr. Wright is a renowned composer, athlete, philanthropist, and UWO alumni. These scholarships are endowed through the Don Wright Charitable Foundation.

$1,000 each - The recipients will be recommended to the Dean by a committee of music instructors.

The Don Wright Scholarships in Instrumental Music (2)

Awarded annually to students enrolled as Instrumental majors in one of the preservice B.Ed. programs. This scholarship was established by Dr. Don Wright. Dr. Wright is a renowned composer, athlete, philanthropist, and UWO alumni. These scholarships are endowed through the Don Wright Charitable Foundation.

$1,000 each - The recipients will be recommended to the Dean by a committee of music instructors.

The D. Younger Memorial Award (OSSTF/FEESO Faculty of Education Award)

The Younger Memorial Award was established in 1967 in memory of David Younger who for more than thirty years taught in Sudbury. In December 1960 he was elected third vice-president of OSSTF/FEESO and was serving as second vice-president at the time of his death. During his teaching career David Younger contributed his time and talents, at all levels within OSSTF/FEESO, to improve the status of public secondary school teachers of Ontario. This award, valued at $1,000 annually, shall be awarded to the graduating Intermediate/Senior or Technological Studies Teacher Candidate who applies for the award and who in the opinion of the faculty’s Selection Committee has shown a clear understanding and empathy for the values of unionism, is attempting to secure a job with a public secondary board, and who best exemplifies the criteria below (listed in order of importance, #1 being most important):

  1. Has demonstrated political or social activism that promotes the professional nature of teaching.
  2. Is an advocate for unionism and related values.
  3. Has shown leadership by supporting and advocating for fellow Teacher Candidates.
  4. Has shown leadership in organization of events which benefit fellow Teacher Candidates.
  5. Has demonstrated a high degree of professional competence.
  6. Is attempting to secure a teaching position that would make her or him an OSSTF/FEESO member.

Teacher Candidates must apply for the award using the OSSTF/FEESO Faculty of Education Award Application Form. The form is included in the Federation Day kit distributed to all Intermediate-Senior and Technological Studies students at the OSSTF/FEESO Federation Day.