Student Awards

The Annie Kaplansky Award is available to students who are majoring in Economics (Keele Campus) who have completed their first year of study (a minimum of 30 credits).  All applicants must have achieved a minimum of B (6.0) from their first 30 credits to be considered for this award.  Recipients must be Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents, or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.  This award has been established to honour Annie Kaplansky and her personal commitment to hard work and achievement of excellence.  To be considered for this award, students must complete a Student Financial Profile by the Fall published deadline. The recipient of this Award will be selected by the Department of Economics, sometime in late Fall of the following academic session.

The Chris Sloan Prize awarded based on academic achievement and contribution to the Department of Economics.  It is open to students both in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.  This prize was established in the memory of Chris Sloan, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Economics from 1969 – 1987.  The recipient of this Award will be selected by the Department of Economics and awarded sometime in the Fall Term.  Please note that the prize may not be awarded every year.

The Edward A. Beder Memorial Scholarship are two scholarships awarded annually to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students – one to a student majoring in economics and the other to a student majoring in political science.  Both students must be entering the third- or fourth-year of their program.  To be considered for this award (based on the 2015/16 academic year), students must complete a Student Financial Profile by the Fall published deadline. The recipient of this Award will be selected by the Department of Economics, sometime in late Fall.

The George Doxey Award awarded to students who are majoring in an economics program offered at the Keele Campus.  Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residence or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.  This award was established in honour of George Doxey, the founding Chair of the Department of Economics and the former Master of McLaughlin College.  To be considered for this award (based on the 2015/16 academic year), students must complete a Student Financial Profile by the Fall published deadline. The recipient of this Award will be selected by the Department of Economics, sometime in late Fall.

The Stanley L. Warner Memorial Prize is awarded to the student submitting the best essay in fulfilment of the writing requirement of the economics degree.  This award was established in memory of Stanley L. Warner, Professor of statistics and economics, to celebrate his many contributions (an application is not required).

The Tait Montague Book Prize is awarded each year to the Economics student who has achieved the highest standing in the Economics 1000 3.0/1010 3.0 Principles courses (an application is not required).

The William Jaffe Book Prize is awarded to an economics major who has achieved the highest standing in both Economics 4059 3.0/4069 3.0 History of Economic Thought I & II (an application is not required).

The William Pearson Scott Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in Economics or Political Science who is entering either the fourth year of an honours program or the first year of a graduate program (an application is not required).

The John Robinson Award in Economics is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Economics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who has completed at least 48 credits within a minimum cumulative grade point average of “B” (6.00). Preference may be given to a student who is currently enrolled in Public Finance course. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected person, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. To be considered for this award, students must submit a Student Financial Profile . Students with disabilities have the option of submitting a paper application. Paper copies of the application are available at any of the disabilities service providers on campus.

The Malcom Streete Bursary is an award that will be given to a student entering the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies from Oakwood Collegiate High School or a high school in Jane-Finch or Regent Park communities.  To be eligible, a student must enrol in at least 24 credits, demonstrate financial need, have been involved in their community and declare an interest in studying in the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, human geography, political science or sociology). Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected person, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated involved in the African or Caribbean community.  The recipient is chosen by the Office of the Associate Dean, Students – The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

The Ron Bordessa Prize is awarded to a Liberal Arts and Professional Studies student with the best academic performance among those who have completed at least 36 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.0 (B+) and who is majoring in an area of the social sciences: political science, sociology, interdisciplinary social science, Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity, social work or economics.  In making the selection, a student’s special needs or circumstances may be taken into consideration.  Established in honour of Ron Bordessa, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, who served as Dean of Atkinson for two terms.  The recipient is chosen by the Office of the Associate Dean, Students – The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

The Tony Elias Jr., B.A. Memorial Award is awarded to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies with a major in economics.  Applicants must be enrolled in third year and beyond, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 6.0 (B), be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected person, be Ontario residents and be in financial need.  A student may only receive this award once.  This award was named in honour of Tony Elias Jr., a former graduate of York.  The recipient is chosen by the Office of Student Financial Services.

For further information, on these and other awards, undergraduate bursaries, scholarships and prizes, please visit

Student Financial Services Centre (SSC), 416-736-5614.