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Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards

Through a variety of scholarship and awards, financial support is available to help students in the School of Occupational Therapy achieve their academic goals.

Occupational Therapy Award (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)

This is awarded to a full-time graduate student in the MScOT, based on financial need and academic achievement (minimum 78% average).

Award Amount: $700 annually

Marilyn Ernest Scholarship

This is awarded to a full-time graduate student in the MScOT program who has demonstrated excellence in both academic and fieldwork courses. One scholarship will be awarded to a student entering the second year of the program based on the cumulative total of the fieldwork courses OT9580 and OT9581 and the cumulative total of academic courses completed in terms 1 and 2 of the program.

Award Amount: $1,000 annually

Norman and Leah Orenstein Award

This is awarded to a full-time graduate student in year 2 of the MScOT program with a strong academic record (minimum 78% average) and a history of interest in community service with the elderly. The award alternates between the Schools of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

This award was established in 1987 by Mrs. Mina Orenstein and Mr. Rubin Orenstein.

Award Amount: $450 annually

Hobson Award in Occupational Therapy

This award assists in the completion of a Supervised Research in Occupation (SRO) project in the field of gerontic occupational therapy and or science. It is awarded for the best suitable proposal received each year. Key elements in judging the quality of submissions will be the scholarly integrity of the proposed study, the clinical relevance of the foreseeable findings, and adherence to the core values of the occupational therapy profession.

Application Process

Awarded annually to a full-time current or graduating student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program who will be presenting their Supervised Research in Occupation project at a professional conference. Preference will be given to a student who is attending the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists' Conference. Other eligible conferences may include the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists, the Geriatric Refresher Day or the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. The student must submit a copy of the conference abstract, evidence of acceptance to present and a maximum one-page letter explaining their interest in participating in the conference to the School of Occupational Therapy. The School of Occupational Therapy Awards Committee will select the recipient. At least one representative of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award is made possible by a generous donation from Professor Sandra Hobson in honour of her parents, Beth and Reg Hobson.

Award Amount: $300 annually

Marilyn Ernest Graduation Award

This is awarded to the graduating student in the MScOT program who has best demonstrated excellence in both academic and fieldwork courses. The scholarship is awarded based on the cumulative total of all fieldwork and academic courses in the program.

Award Amount: $1,000 annually

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Student Award

This is awarded to the graduating student who demonstrates consistent and exemplary knowledge of occupational therapy theory. The student’s knowledge is demonstrated by obtaining the highest academic standing in occupational therapy coursework throughout the entire MScOT program.

Award Amount: $200 gift certificate for CAOT products

Ann Bossers Fieldwork Excellence Award

This awarded to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average in fieldwork courses at the end of 1200 hours of fieldwork.

Award: Book Prize

Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT) Award

This is awarded by the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists to recognize an outstanding graduating student who demonstrates strong and continued achievement, leadership or interest in one or more of the following:

  • Public, government, political, research, advocacy or marketing issues facing the profession of Occupational Therapy in the province of Ontario (e.g., thesis presentation, member of a relevant committee, public speaking, involvement in university/faculty issues, participation in professional organizations [i.e., OSOT, CAOT, COTO]).
  • Current health care trends in terms of provincial legislation (e.g., thesis, organization of/participation in activities in response to documents, proposed legislation, lobbying).
  • Public/peer/client education promoting the profession of OT (e.g., career day, university open houses, fund raising event, conference planning, presentation, etc.).

Nomination Process

Nominees for the annual OSOT Student Award are nominated by classmates, self, faculty, or other relevant individuals who know their professional commitments. In the event that there are multiple nominations, selection of a recipient is determined by a vote of classmates, faculty and colleagues. A call for nominations for this award is circulated to Student Liaisons and Faculty at mid-point of the final year.

Recognition of the OSOT Student Award recipient is made annually at the Annual General Meeting and at the university convocation and announced in OSOT’s newsletter. Recipients also receive a complimentary annual membership in the Society.

School of Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Travel Support Fund

This support fund is designed to offset some of the students’ costs of participating in clinical placements outside the city of London. The award ranges based on student costs. For more information, contact the School of Occupational Therapy.

Award Amount: $400 maximum

Faculty of Health Sciences Study Abroad Support Fund

This is a competitive award designed to provide financial assistance for students engaged in academic study and/or practice education placements in an international setting. Complete information is available on through the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Award Amount: $600 maximum