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Application deadline: January 31 of every year

Community Volunteer Award - $500 bursary
The student applies him/herself for this scholarship which is awarded to a student who has demonstrated some community engagement, whether on campus or elsewhere.  When applying for this scholarship, the student must answer the following question in a written format using a maximum of 500 words: "What does volunteer work mean for you?  Explain the importance you associate to it and how you have contributed in that way to your community."

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Heart of UofS Award - $500 bursary
The student applies him/herself for this scholarship which is awarded to a student who is significantly involved with the University of Sudbury (e.g. takes courses, participates on committees, participates in activities, etc.).  The student must specify in writing, using a maximum of 500 words, what the University of Sudbury means for him or her.  The student can make reference to anecdotal comments and experiences enjoyed while here.

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Personal Development Award - $500 bursary
The faculty member nominates a candidate to receive this scholarship, awarded to a student for having made the most significant progress in their personal growth while completing their studies, whether that be in the last semester or during a longer period of time.

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Model Citizen Award - $500 bursary
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated great civic qualities such as respect towards fellow classmates and faculty members, punctuality, resourcefulness, good communication skills and good organizational abilities.  The student can apply him/herself, or someone else can nominate the candidate.

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*Selection Criteria for the Leadership Awards : Registered in a minimum of 6 credits at the University of Sudbury during the current academic year.

The Vladimir Berens Award in Philosophy
Dr. Vladimir Berens is an alumnus of the University of Sudbury where he has made a remarkable contribution to the teaching of philosophy for over thirty years.

The Teilhard de Chardin Award in Religious Studies
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1958) was an eminent French Jesuit who inspired generations of students with his extraordinary insight into the relation between the Church and humanity.

The Germain Lemieux Award in Folklore et Ethnologie 
R.P. Germain Lemieux, s.j., known world-wide for his work in franco-ontarian folklore, was the founder of the Folklore department at the University of Sudbury.

The Stella Kinoshameg Award in Indigenous Studies
Stella Kinoshameg is especially remembered for her insights into the value of Indigenous language and Indigenous perspectives in the educational process.  Her work became part of the foundations of Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury.

The James Taylor Award in Études Journalistiques
One of the most prominent Canadian specialists in Communications, Dr. James Taylor founded the Communications Department at the Université de Montréal and designed a similar program at the University of Sudbury.

The Senate Award will be given to a student who:
  • is registered in at least a third course of a chosen discipline offered at the University of Sudbury;
  • has demonstrated important academic progress since beginning their studies at the University.
The selection of the candidate will be made by each department and approved by Senate.


The prestigious Sword of Loyola is the University of Sudbury's highest award.  It was established in 1966 by the Board of Regents to recognize the graduating student who proved to be the most outstanding example of the University's ideal in scholarship, leadership qualities, and concern for others.

The Sword is linked directly to the University's relationship to the Society of Jesus.  In 1521, the courageous Knight Ignatius Loyola placed his sword on the altar as a symbol of his dedication to the greater glory of God.  His military service to the Spanish King was transformed into a ministry of service under the standard of Christ.  It is this event that is considered to have led to the founding of the Jesuit order.  The Sword of Loyola has come to symbolize the generous availability and involvement that marked the life of Saint Ignatius.

The prize consists of $1,521, accompanied by a certificate of recognition.

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The SHIELD OF LOYOLA was established in 1996 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the University of Sudbury Residence.  It recalls the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and his knightly vigil of March 24-25, 1521.  It symbolizes the virtue of caring for others and it is meant to recognize outstanding personal qualities.

The prize consists of $1,000, accompanied by a certificate of recognition.  The Shield will be awarded only in extraordinary circumstances.

The recipient must be registered in a course (6 cr.) at the University of Sudbury, or be a resident of the University of Sudbury Residence, or again be actively involved in projects of the University Parish.


This award was established on June 16, 1985, by friends of Mr. "Red" Pianosi, in recognition of the numerous and extraordinary ways in which he contributed to so many organizations in the community, and in particular, to the University of Sudbury.

The Pianosi Award is presented annually to students of the University of Sudbury who have clearly manifested qualities of leadership, as well as a real dedication to the service of their community.  The Award is intended to be an incentive to the recipient to follow in "Red" Pianosi's footsteps as a committed member of the community in an outstanding manner.

The selection of the recipient is based above all on both an assessment of a personal commitment to the service of the community, and an obvious potential to continue that service in the future.

The prize consists of a cheque, accompanied by a certificate of recognition.

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The Dr. John Sahadat Award was established by the University of Sudbury Students' Assocation in March 1996, in honour of Dr. John Sahadat, emeritus professor of the Religious Studies program.  Dr. Sahadat's outstanding contribution to student life had been in the areas of extra-curricular activities, counseling and teaching.  In all of these areas, his dedication, both to his profession and to his students, went far beyond the call of duty.  This award is presented on an annual basis to graduating students registered in social sciences/humanities and sciences/professional schools, who have attained the highest overall average.

Eligibility: The recipient of this award must be registered with the University of Sudbury for at least two years, one of which must be the year of his/her graduation, must be living in the University of Sudbury Residence in the year of his/her graduation, must be or have been enrolled in one (6 credits equivalent) or more courses offered by the University of Sudbury and must attain the highest overall average in his/her 10 best courses (60 credits in a 3 year program) or 15 best courses (90 credits in a 4 year program).

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