Awards – Detailed Descriptions

Below are descriptions of the awards available to MBA students, listing specific eligibility requirements and award criteria. The majority of awards offered through the Rotman School are available to both domestic and international students, unless noted otherwise. All awards consider academic merit; some awards also require applicants to demonstrate financial need. Please note that award values, are approximate. To find the application period for each award, please see the Award Quick Reference Chart.

Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Award Value: $2,000

This is awarded to the student (domestic or international) with the highest academic performance in the core courses of the Full-Time MBA program.

Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Fellowships Value: $500 (each)

This is awarded to students (domestic or international) who ranked in the top 10% in the class after the completion of the core courses of the Full-Time MBA program.

Bradley David Griffiths Memorial Scholarship at the Rotman School 

Value: $24,750 each

Established in memory of Toronto Financier and University of Toronto alumnus Bradley David Griffiths (BCom ’79), this is awarded to domestic students in the Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA program on the basis of: :

  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and/or a background in or interest in a career pursuing Finance, Investment Banking, or Energy
  • Ontario residency

Additional consideration(s):

  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee

Note: this award is also open to students continuing in the MBA program. Entering student applications will be assessed along with continuing student applications.

Carol Perry Scholarship in Health Sector Management Value: $3,900 total

To be awarded to a student at the end of their first year in the Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA program on the basis of:

  • Course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Health Sector Management
  • Domestic female student
  • Interest in management of health care systems
  • Academic Merit
Chung Canadian Indigenous Award at the Rotman School of Management

Value: $5,000

This award will go to a domestic Full-Time MBA student who exhibits the maximum potential for leadership in the Marketing area. Recipients will be selected on the basis of:

  • Canadian Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Status, Non-Status Métis, Inuit)
  • preference given to students with demonstrated leadership or community involvement
  • Academic excellence (no need to submit grades)
  • Financial need

Note: this award is also open to continuing students in the MBA programs, as well as entering and continuing Bachelor of Commerce students. All student applications will be assessed alongside each other.

CIBC Women in Financial Services Scholarship Value: $25,000 each

The Scholarship

The CIBC Women in Financial Services Scholarship was developed as a means of assisting strong female leaders who are pursuing their MBA to launch their career in financial services. The Scholarship is awarded to up to three candidates who will each be granted a one-time payment of $25,000 CAD. In addition to the financial assistance, each successful candidate will be paired with a CIBC senior leader who will act as a mentor for the duration of their studies.

Eligibility

Candidates will be considered for the Women in Financial Services Scholarship, should they meet the following criteria:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must identify as female and be enrolled in the first-year of the Full-Time MBA program and be willing to hold a summer internship
  • School of Management and interested in a career in financial services
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement and leadership capabilities
Class of 1997 Scholarship Value: $1,700 total

Established by the members of the MBA Class of 1997, these scholarships are awarded to one or two domestic students at the end of their first year in the Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA program on the basis of:

  • Overall contribution to the learning experience of classmates through leadership and commitment to excellence, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF/OTSS conditions
Class of 2002 Scholarship MBA Award Value: $1,400 total

Awarded to one or two Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA students on the basis of:

  • Outstanding contributions to Rotman and the wider community that have enhanced the Rotman experience of their peers, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Preference to students who have not received other Rotman awards in aggregate exceeding $2,000 per year
  • Financial need
Class of 2003 Trayten Jensen Memorial Award Value: $2,300

Established by the MBA Class of 2003 and the family of Trayten Jensen, this award is given to a domestic Full-Time MBA with outstanding contributions to the Rotman and/or wider community, detailed in online application and cover letter, and on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF II/OTSS conditions
Dean’s List No monetary value

This award recognizes students (domestic or international) who ranked in the top 11-20% of their class after completing the core courses of the Full-Time (FT), Morning and Evening MBA (ME), and Master of Finance (MFIN) programs.

Dean’s List, First Class Value: $500

This award recognizes students (domestic or international) who ranked in the top 10% in the class after the completion of the core courses of the Morning and Evening (ME) MBA, and Master of Finance (MFIN) programs.

Dean’s List, With Distinction Value: $2,000

This award recognizes the student (domestic or international) who achieved the highest GPA in the class after the completion of the core courses of the Morning and Evening (ME) MBA, and Master of Finance (MFIN) programs.

Duncan Taylor Memorial Award Value: tbd

This is awarded to the student (domestic or international) from the Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA program earning the highest standing in RSM 2129 Forecasting Models and Econometric Methods.

Gordon F. Cheesbrough MBA Graduate Fellowship Value: $3,000

Awarded to a (domestic or international) Full-Time, Morning and Evening (class of 2020 only) MBA student:

  • Preferably with experience and/or interest in ethics and/or corporate social responsibility; or secondly finance, detailed in online application and cover letter

Additional consideration(s):

  • Academic standing in RSM 1160 Ethics, RSM 1331 Finance I: Capital Markets & Valuation; and RSM 1232 Finance II: Corporate Finance
  • Course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Sustainability or specialization in Please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements
Heather M. Reisman Prize in Organizational Behaviour Value:tbd

This is awarded to the student (domestic or international) earning the highest standing in the required first year organizational behaviour course(s) in the MBA program: RSM 1360 Leading People in Organizations.

Honourable John Dawson Ground Prize in Leadership & Ethics Value: $500

This is awarded to the JD/MBA student with the highest grade in RSM 1160 Ethics and highest overall academic performance in the first year of the MBA program.

John A. Rogers Award in Leadership

Value: up to $6,000/year each for 2 years

Awarded to students entering the Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA programs on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 and GMAT score of 680 used for admissions into the MBA program

Additional consideration(s):

  • Cover letter should describe student’s approach to leadership and how it will contribute to a better world
  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee
John H. Watson Scholarship in Value Investing Value: $12,900 total

Awarded to Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA (class of 2020 only) students on the basis of:

  • Commitment to and interest in Value Investing, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Preference given to candidates who have completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC)

Additional consideration(s):

  • Academic standing or enrolment in RSM 2312 Value Investing
  • Academic standing in RSM 1331 Finance I: Capital Markets & Valuation; and RSM 1232 Finance II: Corporate Finance
Joseph Kerzner Award Value: $3,400

Awarded to a domestic Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA student on the basis of:

  • Background, interest and/or course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Accounting (please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements)
  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF/OTSS conditions

Additional consideration(s):

  • Academic standing in RSM 1320 Financial Accounting; and RSM 1222 Managerial Accounting
Kami/Martz Scholarship in Strategy Value: $4,900

Awarded to a domestic Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA student, on the basis of:

  • Academic standing or enrolment in RSM 2913 Getting It Done ®
  • Academic standing from the first year(s) of the MBA program
  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF II/OTSS conditions
Kathy Duffy Memorial Scholarship, Presented by Accenture Value: $7,600

Awarded to a domestic student on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the school and/or community, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Strong academic merit from MBA (no need to submit grades)
  • Interest in pursuing a career in the Consulting industry
  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF/OTSS conditions

Additional consideration(s):

  • Course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Consulting.  Please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements
Kevin Glass Scholarship

Value: $5,000

This award will go to an Executive MBA student on the basis of:

  • Merit
  • Financial need
Landrich Scholarship

Value: $10,000

This award will go to a domestic student in a publicly-funded master’s level Rotman on the basis of:

  • Preference to a student with a mobility impairment; secondly to a student with another type of disability
  • Financial need
  • Ontario resident

Note: this award is also open to students all of the Rotman School’s publicly-funded master’s level programs. All student applications will be assessed alongside each other.

Lisa Hamann Memorial Award Value: $1,400

Established by Ontario Hydro International Inc., this award will go to a female Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA student (domestic or international) who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities within the university or community, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Demonstrated interest in international studies, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Assessed high academic standing from MBA (no need to submit grades)

Additional consideration(s):

  • Committed to a holistic, healthy lifestyle
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted at a later date with instructions for completing a separate Ontario Hydro International application package
Lucio Cappola Memorial Scholarship in Leadership Value: $4,100

Awarded to a continuing Full-Time, Morning orEvening MBA student (domestic) on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities in the Rotman community or community at large, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF II/OTSS conditions
Martin Ossip Scholarship at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto  Value: $47,000 total

Awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the Jewish community and/or who exemplify ethics and values consistent with traditional Jewish faith and are in need of financial assistance.

Additional consideration(s):

  • Cover letter should describe student’s contributions to the Jewish Community and ethics and values consistent with the traditional Jewish faith
  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee

Note: this award is open to first-year and upper-year students in the MBA programs. All applications will be assessed together.

Mary Jane Felker Fellowship Value: $1,300

Awarded to an outstanding student (domestic or international) in the Full-Time MBA program who has made significant contributions to the Rotman community, detailed in the online application and cover letter.

Mary Verna Simmonds Rotman MBA Fellowship in Social Change Value: $1,000

Recognizes outstanding Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA students (domestic or international) with a demonstrated commitment to and rigorous understanding of one or more of the following areas: corporate social responsibility; corporate and global citizenship; non-profit and social enterprise; social justice.

Additional consideration(s):

  • Cover letter outlines demonstrated academic, professional and personal commitment to social change
  • Course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Social Impact & Sustainability.  Please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements
Master of Finance Director’s Continuing Scholarship Value: $3,000

Awarded to the student who has demonstrated scholarly excellence in the seven courses completed in the first three academic terms of the program, and in consultation with the program directors.

MBA Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs Value: Up to $10,000/year for 2 years

Awarded to students entering the Full-Time, Evening, Morning and Executive MBA programs on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated enhanced commitment to and respect for social entrepreneurship
  • Intent to take an entrepreneurial approach to producing positive social change in their community or country
  • Preference given to students with volunteer or work experience in the public and voluntary (not-for-profit) sector

Additional consideration(s):

  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee
Oded Raor Memorial Scholarship Value: $2,500

Awarded to students entering the Full-Time, Evening, Morning and Executive MBA programs on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership or contributions to the Jewish community and/or who exemplify ethics and values consistent with traditional Jewish faith and is need of financial assistance.
  • Preference given to students who have received other awards with an aggregate value less than $10,000 per year.
Peter Godsoe/Scotiabank Scholarship in Financial Engineering Value: $21,350

To be awarded to one first-year and one upper-year domestic MBA student on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Background and interest in Financial Engineering
  • Ontario residency

Additional consideration(s):

  • Cover letter explaining how MBA education, previous experience and this scholarship will contribute to realizing short- and long-term career goals
Peter Godsoe/Scotiabank Scholarship in International Finance Value: $21,350

To be awarded to one first-year and one upper-year domestic MBA student on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Background and interest in International Finance
  • Ontario residency

Additional consideration(s):

  • Cover letter explaining how MBA education, previous experience and this scholarship will contribute to realizing short- and long-term career goals
Ray and Jennifer Kruck Scholarship Value: $5,000

To be awarded to an entering international Full-Time MBA student on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Transition from non-business background into business
  • First preference to students with a visual or graphic arts background
  • Second preference to students with strong financial skills and interest in entrepreneurship
Rip Gauthier Memorial Scholarship in Marketing Value: $4,600

This award will go to a domestic Full-Time, Morning, or Evening MBA student who exhibits the maximum potential for leadership in the Marketing area. Recipients will be selected on the basis of:

  • Academic excellence in MBA (no need to submit grades)
  • Extracurricular activities in first year of MBA studies, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Financial need
  • Ontario residency

Additional application requirements:

  • Cover letter should outline studies and/or demonstrated leadership in Marketing
  • Planned specialization in Marketing. Please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements.
Risa Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Women in Capital Markets at the Rotman School of Management Value: $10,000 plus preferred interview process with Desjardins Capital Markets and/or CIBC for an internship opportunity relating to capital markets for summer of 2020.

Established in memory of Risa Goldberg (MBA 08), a Rotman School of Management alumna, this scholarship will be awarded to a first-year female student in the Full-Time MBA program who embodies Risa’s qualities

Eligibility

  • Must self-identify as a female and enrolled in the first year Full-Time MBA program (or third year of the combined JD/MBA) at Rotman School of Management and interested in a career in capital markets
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada after the first year of study (ie. summer 2020, winter 2021)
  • Must have a diversified educational or professional background outside of a typical finance only focus

Shortlisted candidates will interview with the Award Committee in early November.

Roger N. Wolff Prize No monetary value

Awarded to the graduating MBA student (domestic or international) with the highest overall (program) GPA.

Rotman 2004 Non-Profit Internship Scholarship Value: $2,300

Awarded to a domestic student in the Full-Time MBA program on the basis of a confirmed summer internship in the not-for-profit sector (Program Services will confirm with Career Centre); and:

  • Financial need
  • Must meet OSOTF II/OTSS conditions
SAPNA Award Value: $8,300

Awarded to a student entering the Full-Time, Morning or Evening MBA program and born in South Asia or Southeast Asia, with the preference being given to students born in India on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Student will be paying domestic fees in the year the award is held
  • Student will have been granted Canadian citizenship, permanent resident or protected person status more recently (i.e. newer Canadian)
  • Preference to students with higher academic standing (based on incoming GPA and GMAT score)

Additional consideration(s):

  • Copy of documentation showing legal status and date status granted (please attach to cover letter and resume as one document)
  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee
The Birch Hill Equity Partners Award at the Rotman School of Management Value: $5,600

Awarded to a domestic student in the Full-Time MBA program on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Preference to students who have excelled in the areas of finance and investment management as demonstrated by academic standing and work experience

Additional consideration(s):

  • Academic standing in RSM 1331 Capital Markets & Valuation and RSM 1232 Corporate Finance
The Donnan Family Scholarship Value: $5,000

This scholarship was established in honor of the Donnan family and will be awarded to a student who has work experience in food and consumer products.

  • Academic merit will also be considered
  • Financial need will be taken into consideration
The George C. Vilim Scholarship in Effective Management Value: $5,800

Awarded to a Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA student (domestic or international) on the basis of:

  • Achievement or enrolment in RSM 2913 Getting It Done ®
  • Academic standing from the first year(s) of the MBA program
The Graywood Developments Scholarship – Full-Time MBA Value: $10,000

Criteria

  • FT MBA (including MGA, Skoll and PharmD combined programs) class of 2020; JD/MBA classes of 2020 and 2021
  • interest in Real Estate
  • course enrolment indicating major in Real Estate
  • demonstrated financial need
  • academic merit

Additional consideration(s):

  • Course enrollment indicating pursuit of a major in Real Estate.  Please refer to the Electives Guide for course enrolment requirements
The International Student Fellowship Value: $28,000 total

Awarded to international Full-Time, Evening or Morning MBA students (assessed international program fees) on the basis of:

  • Academic performance in the MBA
  • Financial need

Additional consideration(s):

  • Leadership and contribution to the Rotman community, detailed in online application and cover letter
  • Must be on a study permit AND assessed international fees for the academic year in which the award is held.
The Leacross Foundation Award for Women at the Rotman School of Management Value: $16,450 each

Award will go to female students (domestic or international) in the MBA, MFin, MFRM, MMA or PhD programs who meet the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Experience, interest, or leadership in sectors in which women are under-represented

Additional consideration(s):

  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee
TorQuest Scholars Award Value: $12,500 each

To be awarded to one student of the Full-Time MBA student one JD/MBA student who are entering year two of the MBA program on the basis of:

  • Academic excellence with minimum 3.3 GPA from core MBA curriculum (this is verified by the PSO; no need to submit grades)
  • Demonstrated volunteer within his or her community (personal or professional)
  • Exhibited an intent to pursue a career in private equity
  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the Fall with the Awards Selection Committee
Wellington Financial LP Award in Technology Evaluation & Analysis Value: $1,000

Awarded to an international or domestic Full-Time MBA student on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated interest in technology or experience in the venture space
  • Academic merit
  • Financial need

Additional consideration(s):

  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted at a later date with instructions for completing a separate cover letter describing skills and interest in technology and or the venture space
Women in Capital Markets – Heather L. Main Award Value: $25,000 each for the final year of MBA plus a paid summer internship in the Capital Markets division at one of the participating financial institutions.

The Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship Fund honours the memory of a trail blazing woman in Canadian capital markets. It was established in 1998 to promote the industry and to encourage qualified women, in participating Canadian graduate business schools, to pursue careers in the capital markets.

The scholarship, mentoring, and internship program builds the practical skills and experience necessary to launch a successful career in capital markets.

Scholarship Program Details

  • $25,000 scholarship for the final year of MBA plus a paid summer internship in the Capital Markets division at one of the participating financial institutions
  • Women’s leadership training
  • Executive coaching
  • Mentoring during internship and final year of studies
  • One year complimentary student WCM membership
  • Recipients will be announced at a major WCM event and profiled in WCM’s newsletter and website
  • Successful Scholarship winners will also be expected to promote WCM and the HLM Memorial Scholarship at their Universities and with their sponsoring summer employer

Eligibility

The Scholarship is open to female students who are:

  • Enrolled in the first-year of the Full-Time MBA program or third-year in the combined JD/MBA program
  • Able to demonstrate her interest in pursuing a career in the Canadian Capital Markets
  • Able to demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership capabilities
  • Available to complete a 4-month summer internship during May – August 2020 prior to entering the final year or semester of the MBA or JD/MBA program

Shortlisted candidates will interview with the Rotman Award Committee in mid-October.