Award Applications

At Innis, most scholarships requiring an application are leadership awards — awards that recognize extracurricular engagement and commitment. Award information and application instructions can be found within each application form, and all application forms can be found at the very bottom of this page, within the application table. Additionally, a listing of all Innis awards can be found on Award Explorer, University of Toronto’s new awards system – a centralized, searchable database from admissions to in-course and graduating awards.


Admission Leadership Awards

These awards are for prospective and incoming new students. You may apply for an admission leadership award before you know if you have been admitted to the University of Toronto. The awards included in this application:


Leadership Awards for Returning & Graduating Students

These awards are for currently registered students who will be returning in the upcoming academic year, and students who are graduating in the upcoming June ceremony or who graduated the previous November. Due to the number of awards in this category, there are charts within the application form that list all possible awards, eligibility criteria and award values.


There are also two awards on this application for students who currently live, or have lived, in the Innis residence, and have demonstrated leadership within the residence: the M. “Fuzz” Friend Memorial Award and the Taddle Creek Residence Life Award. More details about these awards are in the aforementioned chart.


Other Awards Requiring an Application

The following two awards require the submission of a piece of academic or creative work.


Hungarian Helicon Foundation Award

This award is open to any full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Toronto, therefore students from all colleges and faculties are welcome to apply. As part of the award application, students are required to provide a piece of original academic work connected in some way to Hungary — to its culture, history, geography, etc. The recipient must have completed at least 4.0 credits, be returning to undergraduate studies at U of T in the upcoming academic year, and demonstrate financial need, as per the criteria outlined in the application. This value of this award is between $1,500 and $3,000.


Russell Canada Prize

Established in 2018, the aim of this award is to reflect the work of Peter H. Russell and encourage students to seek out, as he does, the unique character of our country.  It is awarded annually to undergraduate Arts & Science students. Preference will be given to Innis College students. Applicants must submit an outstanding “production” on some aspect of Canada in the form of a substantial piece of coursework (e.g., essay) or a substantial creative work (e.g., poetry, prose, drama, film, painting, or photography). The value of the award is approximately $1,000.


Lesra Martin Student Changemaker Award

The Lesra Martin Student Changemaker Award is premised on the understanding that access to education is the key to legal, legislative, and social change to improve Black lives. Recipients are those who effect change for Black lives using creative and innovative scholarship and/or co-curricular activity. Examples of scholarship could include digital social media projects, academic submissions, artistic installations, music compositions, and films.  Examples of co-curricular activity could be the formation of a club, student programming initiatives, and/or equity and outreach efforts. The award is designed to recognize student efforts that aim for: a shift in the public dialogue about productive ways to further inclusion; enhanced understanding of the dynamic dimensions of lived Black experience; expanding knowledge of how to address systemic barriers; and perhaps even recommendations for legislative or legal changes to guard against systemic barriers to Black lives.


Other Awards Not Requiring an Application

The College recognizes the top student in Arts and the top student in Sciences who graduated in November 2020 or June 2021 as our Governor General’s Silver Medal Nominees. In addition, the top female and the top male student overall, by grades, will receive the Principal Janet Paterson Scholarship. These do not require application; we will look at results when grades are out after the 2020-21 academic session is over.


Award Applications & Due Dates


Award Application Deadline
Admission Leadership Awards 19 April 2021
Leadership Awards for Returning & Graduating Students 19 April 2021
Hungarian Helicon Foundation Award 19 April 2021
Russell Canada Prize 19 April 2021
Lesra Martin Student Changemaker Award 19 April 2021