Needs-Based Bursaries

The Robert and Ruth Lumsden Scholarships in Earth Science

Awarded to full-time students in the Department of Earth Sciences on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. For all candidates registered in second year of any program in Earth Sciences, the minimum academic requirement is 70% overall average in first year courses. For all candidates registered in third or fourth year of an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization in Earth Sciences, the minimum academic requirement is a 70% cumulative average from all courses designated as principal courses. These awards were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA'79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA'78).

Value: 8 at $1,800 each Effective: 2018 - 2019 Academic Year 

How to Apply: Financial Assistance Profile Application forms can be obtained from Student Center, and must be completed and returned by September 30.

*Awarded by the Department of Earth Sciences in consultation with Faculty of Science Academic Counselling in the Fall 

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Undergraduate Awards in Science

Awarded annually to students in the Faculty of Science on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement (minimum B+ average). These awards were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78). These awards are offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. 

Value: 6 at $1,500 Effective: 2016-2017 academic year

How to Apply: Financial Assistance Profile Application forms can be obtained from Student Center, and must be completed and returned by September 30.

*Awarded by the Department of Earth Sciences in consultation with Faculty of Science Academic Counselling in the Fall 

Friends of the Gardens Bursaries

Available to any student who demonstrates financial need and who is progressing satisfactorily. Preference will be given to a student in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or Environmental Sciences. Established by Friends of the Garden, a dedicated group of volunteers committed to enhancing the beauty of The University of Western Ontario campus.

Value: $1000 each, number will vary based on funds available annually 

How to Apply: Financial Assistance Profile Application forms can be obtained from Student Center, and must be completed and returned by September 30.

The Robert W. Hodder Travel Bursaries

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science, or full-time graduate students enrolled in the Geology or Geophysics graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, on the basis of financial need, to enable them to participate in graduate or undergraduate student field trips and workshops in the geology of mineral deposits.  

Recipients will be selected by a committee of three consisting of the Faculty member responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in mineral deposits - Geology; the Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences; and, the Outside Advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists. Financial Aid Services will determine financial need for undergraduate candidates, and the Department of Earth Sciences will determine financial need for graduate candidates. 

This bursary received matched funding through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program and students must meet Ontario residency requirements.

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (in addition to award-specific criteria):

  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person
  2. Resident of Ontario*
  3. Demonstrates financial need

* In order to be considered a resident of Ontario (as per the OSOTF program’s guidelines) one of the following statements must be true:

  1. Student has always resided in Ontario or Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student;
  2. Student who is married can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and, during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies; or
  3. A single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies.

Value: Number and value will vary up to a maximum of $4,000 (minimum award value $500) Effective: 2017-2018 academic year 

How to Apply: Financial Assistance Profile Application forms can be obtained from Student Center, and must be completed and returned by September 30. Students will complete an additional application form and return it to the Earth Science Academic Program Coordinator (Amy). They must also include a brief description of the trip in which the money will be used towards.