CIRHR and OSOTF Awards

 CIRHR Awards

No application is required for CIRHR Entry Scholarships. Full-time MIRHR students with first class standing in the last two years of university-level study are automatically considered.  The value of these awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Below are some additional CIRHR awards:

Donald K. Aynsley Fellowship: Established as a tribute to his years of service as the former Registrar of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.  Value: $250

George Becigneul Memorial Award: In memory of the Director of Labour Relations (1964-1975) for the General Contractors’ Section of the Toronto Construction Association.  Value: $500

Noah Meltz Memorial Scholarship: Recognizes an outstanding Woodsworth College graduate who has been admitted to the MIRHR program.  Established in honour of Noah Meltz, former principal of the College and esteemed professor of industrial relations.  Value: $3,000 (approx)

Lorne T. Morgan Fellowship: In memory of UofT’s professor of political economy (1930-1962).  Preference given to undergraduates from commerce, economics and political science.  Value: up to $1,000

OSOTF: Ontario Student Opportunity Trust

The “OSOTF awards” refer to a class of awards that resulted from an Ontario government’s matching funds program for student assistance.   The annual interest earned by these endowed funds provides the award income.

To be considered for all of the awards below, students must complete the OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form (Part 1 and 2) and submit it by June 15.

Once an OSOTF application is approved and financial need has been established, awards are based on merit.

Eligibility is restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who will have an Ontario mailing address at the time the award is made.

* 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.

** Financial need is normally demonstrated when a negative balance appears in the “TOTAL NEED” field on page 2 of the form (e.g., “Total Expected Expenses” is higher than “Total Expected Resources”). However, graduate students living in Toronto often experience extenuating circumstances and require more money than the province-wide OSAP allowable claims. Extenuating circumstances can be reported on an additional page and in many cases students who show a small positive balance in the in the “TOTAL NEED” field may still be considered to have financial need.

Unless otherwise indicated, each OSOTF award listed below is valued at up to $3,000.

Avenor Graduate Award: Endowed by the international forest products company.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Scholarships in Youth Employment:  Preference given to students who have conducted research on youth-related issues.   Multiple awards with a value ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 each.

John Crispo Graduate Award:  Recognizes the founding director of the CIRHR (1965-1975).

Lancaster House Graduate Award:  Established by Jeffrey Sack, founder of a leading publisher of labour, employment and human rights law materials.

Noah Meltz Graduate Award:  Created to honour his service as Director of the CIRHR (1975-1985).

John O’Grady Graduate Award:  Established by the founding partner of the consulting firm Prism Economics and Analysis.

L. Victor Pathe Graduate Award: Recognizes his contributions to labour-management cooperation.  Preference given to students interested in innovative workplace practices.

Alexander C. Pathy Graduate Award:  Created by the former Professor of Management and Industrial Relations who served both as Vice-President Human Resources and Vice-President Business Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Bob Rae Graduate Award:  Honours the former Premier of Ontario (1990-1995), and noted author in labour and employment law.  Value: up to $6,000.

Gerald Starr Memorial Award:  In tribute to his career with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and devotion to improving global working conditions.  Value: $500.

Verma Graduate Award:  Established by Verma family members:  Mahendra, Yoga Shakti, Anil, Savita, Ranjan, Veena, Vikash, Eileen, Arvind and Ashok.

Peter Warrian Graduate Award:  Created by the former Legislative and Research Director, United Steelworkers of America

Lynn R. Williams Graduate Award:  Honours the former International President of the United Steelworkers of America (1983-1994) for his contributions to the trade union movement in Canada and abroad. Preference given to students interested in issues of workplace fairness and social justice.

Institute for Work and Health Scholarship:  Established for students who have demonstrated a past interest or expect to pursue work in the area of work and health.