Scholarships & Awards

Innis Colleges offers awards for new, returning and graduating students. Our scholarship database allows you to search through these awards by selecting specific criteria based on your information.


Admission Awards

Potential students are eligible for admission awards. The vast majority of these are based on academics, specifically the admission average used to admit a student. Admission awards almost always go just to students coming into first year out of high school. Students transferring from another university/post-secondary institution normally do not qualify.


In-Course Awards

Returning students are eligible to receive in-course awards. These awards are usually based on CGPA and are often paid out when the recipient returns the following Fall/Winter session. If you change your Faculty or even your college, your eligibility for an in-course award may be affected.


Our in-course awards that are based on academic achievement are looked at once a year, in the Fall. As per the direction of our Innis governing committees, we look at students in the previous 12 months (previous Summer or previous Fall/Winter academic sessions) and pick out those who reached 5, 10, or 15 academic credits and look at the cumulative Grade Point Average. Typically a CGPA of 3.7 is needed for consideration. These credit thresholds (5/10/15) are based on credits completed at the Faculty for degree credit, and so do not include transfer credits or courses marked as extras. However, Credit/No-Credit courses count towards the credit total, even though these courses do not affect CGPA.


We also have several awards that require a specific academic connection, for example, high academic achievement for students in specific programs (Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, or Writing and Rhetoric, for example) or students studying in a specific category like Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences. Sometimes academic merit is judged not on cumulative Grade Point Average but a specific piece of academic work, like an essay or project.


Leadership Awards

These awards encourage and recognize students who use their talents and creative energies to make voluntary contributions to the world around them. Innis College recognizes that its students demonstrate leadership in many contexts, including the College, the University of Toronto, their communities, and their workplace. We offer leadership awards for returning and graduating students, and potential students. These awards may also consider academic achievement. These awards require an application to be considered, and the competition is usually held in the winter term.


Graduation Awards

Graduating students are eligible for awards that require recipients to be slated to or have graduated within a specific time frame.


Financial Need

Some awards require candidates to demonstrate financial need. Each department or division or college may decide this differently. At Innis, we focus on this question: does the student need to rely on external funding like a loan to be able to go to University? Or can the student otherwise demonstrate they lack enough money to get by?


We may collect this information by verifying that you have OSAP or other provincial student loan, or by asking you to complete an Undergraduate Grant Application. Some awards that need a candidate to demonstrate financial need, therefore, have applications, but sometimes students who are being considered for awards may be contacted for financial information.


A special notation that appears on many of these awards, which can be variously OSOTF, OSOTF or OTSS, is a special sub-group of need-based awards that were partially funded by the Ontario government. Such awards not only require a candidate to demonstrate financial need but also be an Ontario resident. As such, qualifying for or receiving OSAP is the simplest way to show eligibility.


Other Considerations

The above details do not cover every criterion an award may have. We’ve covered criteria around marks, leadership, affiliation (like program of study) and financial need. But some awards may be further restricted, like to a year of study, or a special personal circumstance. Our scholarship database allows you to search through all our awards by selecting specific criteria based on your information.


Emergency Financial Help

If you find yourself in an emergency financial situation, there may be resources available to you as a University of Toronto student.


U of T Scholarships

There are also other offices at U of T that offer scholarships. Our Upcoming Scholarships: U of T section has information on where to locate some of these awards.



If you have questions about a particular award at Innis, do not hesitate to contact Daniela Pirraglia, the financial aid counselor at the Innis College Registrar’s Office. Some help or advice may also be possible for awards outside Innis – it doesn’t hurt to ask!