Winter Semester Awards

Overview

Important

Winter Semester Awards are offered to graduating* students, with the exception of the awards with a ♦ after the name:

* To be considered a graduating student: You must meet all of the requirements of the DEC including the passing all of your courses, the English exit exam and comprehensive examination by May 31st.

Winter 2020 graduating students include those who graduated in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and those who will be graduating in Winter 2020. In some cases, award recipients must attend the graduation ceremony in the third week of June to receive their award. Please consult individual awards to verify criteria.

 

Application Required

Application-Based awards

During the application period for each of these awards, a link will become active in your Dawson College Omnivox portal (Student Services / Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships) that will lead you to the form you must complete and submit before the deadline, as well as information concerning other materials that may be required.

 

Note

Winter Semester Awards Application Period will be from March 10 – March 25th.

Field of Study Scholarship

Value: $500.00

Six scholarships are offered to graduating students based on their field of study in university in the upcoming fall:

  • one scholarship is offered for study in each of the following fields: Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science or Engineering, Science, Social Science, and
  • one scholarship is offered to a non-Francophone who will by studying at a French Language university (in any field of study)

The basis for selecting the recipient is: scholarship, leadership, community involvement.

Please note: the field in which you are studying at Dawson is not important, only the field in which you will be studying at university in the upcoming fall.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a graduating day student
  • you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • in addition to your application you must provide 2 letters of reference by the deadline (reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca)
  • you must provide proof of registration, in the​ eligible field, at university in the upcoming fall

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Fraser Kyle Award

Value: $1000.00

The award is given in the name of Fraser Kyle, a Paul Gallagher Award recipient and an exceptional student, who wanted to help others study what he loved. It has been made possible through the generosity of Fraser Kyle's family and friends and students at Dawson. It is hoped that by offering this award, it will help in a tangible way to ensure that others may be recognized for their growth and development at Dawson College, as Fraser was.

​The Fraser Kyle Award is awarded to a graduating student entering a Bachelor of Arts program in English Literature. The basis for selecting a recipient is academic achievement and contribution to the academic environment at Dawson. This contribution may take many forms: participation in student government, peer tutoring, or involvement in college clubs or other. The personal and academic growth of the student while at Dawson will also be considered. Grades, though considered, are not the most important criteria.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a graduating day student
  • you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • in addition to your application you must provide 2 letters of reference by the deadline (reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca)
  • you must be in Good academic standing
  • you must have made a contribution to the academic environment of Dawson
  • you must provide proof of registration in an English Literature program at university for the upcoming fall

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 9th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Hellenic Studies Award

Value: $1000.00

Created in 2011 by the Hellenic Studies Centre of Dawson College to recognize and promote students' interest and commitment to Hellenic Studies.

This award is given to a graduating day student who is in good academic standing and has taken or is in the process of taking 3 courses related to Hellenic Studies.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a graduating day student
  • you must be currently registered at Dawson College
  • you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • you must have taken or be in the process of taking 3 courses related to Hellenic Studies while studying at Dawson College
  • you must demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to Hellenic Studies
  • ​you must apply by the deadline

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Jennifer Harris Memorial Humanities Award

Value: $500.00

​The Jennifer Harris Memorial Humanities Award aims to acknowledge the formative impact of the humanities on Dawson College students and to reward one student with formal recognition for superior academic achievement.

This award is given to a graduating day student who either did well in all their Dawson Humanities courses or who showed substantial improvement in their Humanities courses during their time at Dawson.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating day student in good academic standing
  • must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • must plan on continuing beyond the DEC at the university level or pursuing creative or performing arts, studying art or design at the college level, or doing humanitarian work, or engaging in other noteworthy projects during the year immediately following graduation from Dawson College
  • in addition to your application you must provide 2 letters of reference by teachers or mentors who can attest to your all-around character (in terms of academics, athletics, community services, etc.). Ideally one letter should be from a teacher of Humanities at Dawson, and one letter from a second person of your choosing. Reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Raymond Ellis Memorial Award

Value: $500.00

This award is named after Raymond Ellis who was killed in 2005 in a tragic case of mistaken identity. Raymond graduated from Social Science in 2001 and at the time of his passing was a local business man.

This award is offered to a black male who thrives despite personal barriers. The recipient must be in good academic standing and have entrepreneurial and/or business career aspirations.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • ​be a black male
  • be a graduating student in good academic standing
  • have as a goal to be an entrepreneur or a businessman
  • must provide two letters of reference by the application deadline date (reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca)

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Tony Proudfoot Outdoor Education Award ♦

Value: $250.00

​​The Tony Proudfoot Outdoor Education Award is granted in honour of Tony Proudfoot, who made significant contributions to the Dawson College Physical Education Department as a Teacher, Coordinator of Outdoor Education, and Chairperson of the Department. It was established to enable students to take an intensive outdoor education course that they may not otherwise be able to afford. This fund will allow more students, as future leaders of our community, to pursue an educational experience that promotes leadership, adventure, cooperation, teamwork and environmental awareness.

Given to a student who has taken an eligible Outdoor Education Course during the course of which they have demonstrated any or all of the following qualities: exemplary leadership, a sense of adventure, teamwork, environmental awareness, the ability to overcome adversity, the initiative to support other people in challenging situations.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • be a day student
  • have taken an eligible outdoor education course offered by the Physical Education Department in the previous semester
  • have demonstrated exemplary leadership, a sense of adventure, teamwork and/or other qualities, during the time of the eligible outdoor education course taken
Special Notes:

​​Students who have taken an eligible course will receive a MIO with the application link, when the application period opens. The eligible courses will be listed in the MIO.​


Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

William McCallum Memorial Scholarship

Value: $500.00

The William McCallum Memorial Scholarship for the study of Law was established in 1977 in recognition of the contribution and many years of service given to Dawson College by the late William McCallum, Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1971 to 1977.​

​This award is given to a graduating day student who will be entering Law in university in the upcoming fall and who shows high probability of responsible citizenship, academic and professional success. The basis for selecting the recipient is as follows: scholarship, character, leadership and community involvement.The recipient may be eligible for up to three renewals of this award, provided they remain in Law and maintain good academic standing.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a a day student graduating this May
  • you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • you must provide proof of registration in a Law program at university for the upcoming fall
  • in addition to your application you must provide 2 letters of reference by the deadline (reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

Who can nominate: All Dawson College students who meet the criteria may apply.

Application Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

 

Application Not Required

These awards are either Nomination-Based or Grade-Based.

Nomination-Based awards:

You cannot apply for these awards. If you have been nominated, we will contact you directly to let you know. However, if you feel you would be a good candidate, you could discuss a particular award opportunity with a teacher. In most cases teachers and staff members can nominate.

Anastasia De Sousa Memorial Award

Value: $1500.00

​This award commemorates the intelligence, drive and determination of Anastasia De Sousa, who was killed during the shooting tragedy at Dawson College on September 13, 2006.

This award is given to a full-time (or deemed full-time) graduating student, who has a learning disability and has been able to overcome one or more major obstacles on the road to academic success.​ They must be studying at the Cegep level for the first time and have an overall average of at least 70% in every semester they have been at Dawson.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • must be a day or evening full-time (or DEEMED full-time) graduating student
  • must be studying at Cegep for the first time
  • must have a learning disability (do not need to be registered with the AccessAbility department)
  • must have maintained an overall average of at least 70% while studying at Dawson College
  • must be able to attend Convocation where the award will be presented by the De Sousa family

Who can nominate: AccessAbility Centre Staff can nominate students for this award.

Nomination Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Bruno Mital 'B' Positive Scholarship

Value: $1000.00

Bruno Mital was a graduate of the Community Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT) program here at Dawson College. He was a person who believed in community and he worked with organizations such as Kids Help Phone, Scouts Canada, and CCS. He later became involved with the Dawson College board of governors and was the chairperson of the board for two years.  Bruno always had a kind word or deed for all (including strangers) and he was there for so many people when they needed help.  Bruno's life was cut short by pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2014.

​This scholarship is designed to recognize a graduating student from Dawson College who has gone above and beyond to help their community, their fellow students, or the Dawson community, without seeking recognition.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • be a graduating day student
  • must be have gone above and beyond to help your community without seeking recognition.

Who can nominate: Dawson College faculty, staff and students can nominate students for this award.

Nomination Period: March 6th, 2020 - April 1st, 2020

Campus Life and Leadership Award of Merit

Value: $1500.00

This award is given to a student who has demonstrated through their participation, involvement, leadership and/or initiative in Campus Life and Leadership activities, a commitment in improving and/or enhancing student life at Dawson, while achieving and maintaining a high level of academic success.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating day student
  • must have grades 75% or higher
  • must have demonstrated, though participation, involvement, leadership and/or initiative in Campus Life and Leadership activities, a commitment in improving and/or enhancing student life at Dawson

Who can nominate: Dawson College Communications Office or Student Services staff members can nominate students for this award.

Nomination Period: March 6th, 2020 - March 25th, 2020

Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal ♦

​The purpose of the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal is to recognize the involvement, determination and constant striving of Quebecers who have or have had a positive influence in their community or the Québec nation.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Reside permanently in Quebec
  • Aged 29 or less
  • Registered in a program recognized by the MInistère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur
  • Demonstrated a sustained voluntary action at the community and social levels or have shown an inspiring attitude, a positive influence inside a group or community
  • Be able to achieve the objectives of her or his curriculum
  • Be nominated by Dawson College

Who can nominate: Dawson College faculty or staff members can nominate students for this award.

Nomination Period: December 1st, 2020 - December 15th, 2020

Paul Gallagher Award

Value: $500.00

T​his prestigious award is named after Dawson College's first Director General.

​Given to up to three graduating students in recognition of community involvement, leadership and academic achievement.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating day student in good academic standing
  • must have actively contributed to college life by having participated in the college or student government, sports, or other college activities, during which you have demonstrated leadership

Who can nominate: Dawson College faculty or staff members can nominate students for this award.

Nomination Period: March 6th, 2020 - April 5th, 2020

 

Grade-Based Awards

You cannot apply for these awards. If you become a recipient, we will inform you in early June.

Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal

​The Governor General’s Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The governor general of Canada continues this tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students.

​The COLLEGIATE BRONZE medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, post-secondary program (minimum two-year, full-time duration).


Eligibility Criteria:
  • be a graduating day student
  • ​have highest overall average of all day students in the final year of studies (at least two years, full-time duration)
  • meet the conditions of the Academic Honours ISEP Policy
Special Notes:

No application is required. The recipient will be notified in mid-June.​

Outstanding Achievement Award

Value: $500.00

In recognition of outstanding academic performance in college studies these awards are given to the graduating students who meet the conditions of Graduation Honours and have the highest average in the following categories:

  • Creative Arts, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences (two awards), Sciences (two awards)
  • Five groupings of Career Programs - Applied Arts, Business, Engineering, Medical, and Social Technologies.
  • Continuing Education in a DEC or AEC program
  • CORE courses (English, French, Physical Education and Humanities)

Eligibility Criteria:
  • be a graduating day student (except with regards to the Oustanding Achievement Award in Continuing Education)
  • have the highest average in the category of all graduating students who meet the Academic Honours Policy (Graduation Honours)
  • meets conditions of the Academic Honours Policy (Graduation Honours) as per ISEP
  • be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Ross Paul Award

Value: $500.00

​Presented to the graduating student with the highest overall average in their time at Dawson. Must meet the conditions of the Academic Honours ISEP Policy


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating day student
  • must have the highest overall average (in their time at Dawson)
  • must meet the conditions of the Academic Honours ISEP Policy
  • must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

 

Department Awards

These are awards that are offered to students in certain programs. Some information is here, but the recipient selection is taken care of through each specific department.  Please contact your Program Coordinator for more information.

Athletics

Adele Ivy McDonald Walton Award ♦

Value: $300.00

This award is named the Adele Ivy McDonald Walton Award, in memory of the late mother of Dawson Alumni Dwight Walton.

​Two awards are given each year - one to a female and one to a male - AAA basketball player who both succeed academically, show promise in their sport.


Catherine Ward Scholarship for Women's Hockey

Value: $3000.00

This scholarship is given to a graduating member of the Dawson College Women’s Hockey team entering a Canadian university where she will be pursuing her sport, and who shows a high probability of academic and athletic success.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating day student
  • must be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • in addition to their application, must provide two reference letters by the deadline (reference persons may email them directly to awards@dawsoncollege.qc.ca)
  • must show a high probability of academic and athletic success
  • must provide proof of registration in a Canadian university and of having been accepted to play on their university hockey team this upcoming fall
  • must not be a NCAA scholarship recipient or they will lose this scholarship
  • must attend the Convocation ceremony

Rob Springer Memorial Award

Value: $250.00

This award is named after Rob Springer an employee of the Dawson Helpdesk/IST who lost his life in February 2015. Rob was larger than life, both throughout the College in his role in IST and at PARC where he was known as Bear for his tireless support of and help to the teams, especially the women's hockey team. His legacy lives on through this award.

​Given to a graduating member of the women's hockey team will be attending university in the upcoming fall.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • ​must be a graduating day student
  • must be a member of the women's hockey team
  • must provide proof of registration in university in the upcoming fall

Biomedical Laboratory

Charles River Scholarship

Value: $500.00

Awarded to a graduating Biomedical Laboratory Technology student writing the CSMLS (Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science) exam in June


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating student in Biomedical Laboratory Technology
  • must demonstrate a particular aptitude and interest in Histotechniques by obtaining a minimum grade of 75% in Histotechniques (140-502)
  • must demonstrate financial need (by providing a copy of most recent tax assessment, and/or proof of financial aid through Dawson College)
  • in addition to the application must provide a letter of intent describing your current financial situation
  • must demonstrate good overall academic and non-academic performance and excellent professional behavior
  • must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • must provide proof of registration for the CSMLS exam

Community Recreation Leadership Tech

A. Ross Seaman Memorial Scholarship for Leadership ♦

Value: $500.00

​Ross Seaman's influence is remembered by many organizations, friends and colleagues. So much so, that a scholarship in his name was established several years ago. The A. Ross Seaman Memorial Scholarship epitomizes those influences he had on people. Each of the five organizations he worked with give a scholarship in his memory.

This scholarship is presented by the CRLT program each year to a second year student who displays leadership, community service, caring and a genuine concern for others inside and outside of CRLT.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be CRLT student, who during your second year displayed leadership, community service, caring and a genuine concern for others inside and outside of CRLT

CRLT Faculty Award

Value: $100.00

​Given to a graduating CRLT student who best exemplifies the skills and qualities of a recreational professional.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating CRLT student
  • must not be going on to study at university this upcoming fall
  • must be in good academic standing

Holly Bockus Outdoor Education Award ♦

The Holly Bockus "Play it Forward" Award was started after Holly's death (within the past 10 years) and is used to give a small financial award to a first year student.

Given to a first year student who shows creativity, empathy and other characteristics important to Holly.​


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a first year CRLT student
  • must have, during your first year, shown creativity, empathy and other characteristics important to Holly

Josie Gotfrit Memorial Scholarship

Value: $1000.00

This scholarship was created as a living memorial by the friends of Josie Gotfrit who was a CRLT faculty member, in order to help support a student who has demonstrated the the kind of human values that Josie personified: warmth, caring and strength.

​This scholarship is given to a student graduating from the CRLT progam and continuing on to study recreation and leisure or other human services.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating CRLT student
  • must be continuing on to the study of recreation and leisure or other human services at the university level this upcoming fall

Diagnostic Imaging

Stéphane Houle Memorial Award

Value: $300.00

This award commemorates Stéphane Houle, a valued instructor of Dawson’s Diagnostic Imaging Program and former chairperson of Radiological Technologies at Dawson College, who died from a sudden illness on October 9th, 2010. The award is established in Stéphane’s memory by his wife, Helen Stavaris (also a teacher at Dawson College - Business Administration department) to perpetuate the professional values that were important to Stéphane.

In recognition of professional conduct and integrity, this award is given to the graduating student of the DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PROGRAM who demonstrated excellent patient care AND the most significant improvement in clinical performance throughout stage/internship.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • must be a graduating Diagnostic Imaging Student
  • must have successful completion of the professional exam and admission as a member to the OTIMROEPMQ and/or Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • must have demonstrated excellent patient care, outstanding integrity, professional conduct, have promoted the profession through active participation in professional activities, and have made the most significant improvement during clinical practice

Interior Design

Michael Hendy Award

Value: $1200.00

The award commemorates the intelligence, drive and creativity of Michael Hendy, a graduate of the Interior Design program who passed away in 2010, at the age of 24, from meningitis.

This award is given to a first year student who has demonstrated academic promise in Interior Design at Dawson College and financial need.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a first year Interior Design student
  • you must have obtained an average of at least 70% in your first semester
  • you must be able to demonstrate financial need

Journeys

Journeys Award ♦

Value: $1000.00

​The Journeys Award recognizes a Dawson student who self-identifies as Indigenous and demonstrates a remarkable dedication to reaching her or his educational goals, a commitment to serving her or his community, and a positive influence on peers.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you ​must self identifiy as Indigenous
  • you must have demonstrated a remarkable dedication to reaching your educational goals, a committment to serving your community and having been a positive influence on your peers
  • you may be a part-time or full-time student
  • you do NOT have to be a Journeys student
  • there is no grade component or financial component

Nursing

Rose Pearlman Award

Value: $300.00

This award was founded by Beryl Moser in 1997, in honour of her mother, Rose Pearlman's 90th birthday. Rose was a former Winnipegger who studied and graduated with her Registered Nursing degree in the 1920's at the California Lutheran Hospital and practiced in Los Angeles until 1930 when she returned to Canada to marry Sidney Pearlman. During the depression she​ practiced nursing in the homes of terminally ill patients. When questioned on the award requirements, Rose replied "the person should be pleasant". As such the main criteria became bedside excellence.

​Given to a graduating student with outstanding empathy, communication skills and competent bedside manner.


Professional Theatre

Bertrand A. Henry Memorial Award

Value: $500.00

​This award was created to honour Bert Henry, a founder of the Professional Theatre program, by supporting graduating students who wish to create a production using the skills they acquired and refined at Dawson College.

This award is given to a graduating Professional Theatre student who wishes to create a production using the skills they acquired and refined at Dawson College.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • you must be a graduating Professional Theatre student
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • you may be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student
  • you must have demonstrated determination, initiative and creativity in your projects
  • in addition to your application you must provide an appendix about the project, including a budget, which you intend to produce following graduation

Cynthia Hendrickson Memorial Award

Value: $500.00

This award is offered in honour of Cynthia Hendrickson, who was a founder of the Professional Theatre program, who taught dance and movement for decades.

This award is given to a student graduating from the Professional Theatre program who has demonstrated collaboration, shown respect and generosity toward their peers and has excelled both academically and professionally.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • ​you must be a graduating Professional Theatre student
  • you must have demontrated collaboration, shown respect and generosity toward your peers and have excelled academically and professionally

Gary Plaxton Memorial Award

Value: $500.00

​Gary Plaxton was a major player in the theatrical industry in Canada: actor, producer, film maker. He taught Acting for Camera at Dawson as well as Pre-U Drama courses. He was well loved, generous, had a great sense of humour and dedication to the industry and his students. This annual award is made possible by a generous donation from his daughter, Elizabeth Plaxton.

This award is given to the graduating Professional Theatre student in good standing who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, generosity, and respect for the profession.


Eligibility Criteria:
  • ​you must be a graduating Professional Theatre student
  • you must be in good academic standing
  • exemplify the qualities of dedication, generosity, and respect for the theatre profession


Last Modified: March 10, 2020