Office of the Registrar
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards (2009/2010)
6 Convocation Awards

Convocation Medals and Awards are given at the Spring Convocation each year however, students who graduated at the previous Fall Convocation will also be considered for these awards. The "scholarship year" shall be defined as "May 1-April 30".

Governor-General's Medals

Two Governor-General's Medals are awarded at Convocation: the Gold Medal to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in his/her Graduate degree program; and the Silver to the undergraduate student obtaining a first degree who stands highest in the graduating class and has an average of first-class standing.

University Medals for Academic Excellence (St John's)

University Medals for Academic Excellence are given in the graduating year to candidates for Bachelor's degrees who are recommended by the appropriate Dean/Director/Department Head of each of the following: Anthropology, Archaeology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Drama and Music, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education (Primary/Elementary, Intermediate/Secondary, Post-Secondary, Native and Northern, Music), Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, Ocean and Naval Architectural), English, Folklore, French and Spanish, Geography, German, History, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Medieval Studies, Music, Nursing (B.N. and Post-RN), Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Police Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation, Religious Studies, Russian, Social Work, Sociology, Sociology/Anthropology, and Women's Studies.

University Medals for Academic Excellence (SWGC)

University Medals for Academic Excellence are given in the graduating year to candidates for Bachelor's degrees who are recommended by the Head of the Division of each of the following: Business Administration, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, General Science, Historical Studies, Humanities, Psychology, Social/Cultural Studies, Theatre Arts, Tourism Studies, and Visual Arts.

The University Medal for Excellence in an All-Course Master's Program

The medal is awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies to a student graduating at the Master's level who has demonstrated academic excellence in course work throughout his/her graduate program. One medal may be awarded in each academic year.

The University Medal for Excellence in a Thesis Based Master's Program

The medal is awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies to a Master's candidate who has demonstrated excellence in the production of a thesis. One medal may be awarded in each academic year.

The Advisory Board Chair’s Leadership Award

This award, established by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, is to be presented annually to the graduating business student (undergraduate) who has demonstrated the most chairperson-like characteristics through leadership in student affairs and service to the community during his or her university years. The award will be made by the Dean of the Faculty, on the advice of his colleagues, and in consultation with the Chair of the Advisory Board.

Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Excellence in M.N. Program

The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador offers an annual award to three graduating students of the Master's of Nursing Program. One award will be given for the practicum route, one for the thesis route and one for the Nurse Practitioner route. For the practicum award, it will based on a high quality practicum project as evaluated by the supervisor/co-supervisors. For the thesis award, it will be based on a high quality thesis as determined by review of both internal and external examiners. For the NP award, it will be based on recommendation of the program coordinator. In all cases the successful student must have achieved a minimum average of 75% in courses required for the program as well as hold an ARNNL license to practice. These awards are made at the annual Convocation. They will be awarded by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies based on a recommendation from the Director, School of Nursing.

The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador Award of Excellence in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) and Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Programs

The Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a $200.00 Award of Excellence to two graduating students who have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice. One award will be given to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program, and one to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) program.

The Austrian Ambassador's Prize

This prize, a book award, is to be awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of German and Russian, to a graduating student who has majored in German Language and Literature and has a consistently good academic record at the University.

The Captain Robert A. Bartlett Science Award

As a spontaneous expression of their admiration and affection for a man who has a lasting place in the history of polar exploration, the Explorers' Club of New York and two kindred organizations - the Wilderness Club of Philadelphia and the Harvard Travellers' Club of Massachusetts - donated a sum of money to this University, as a memorial to Captain Bartlett. The University has placed this money in a trust fund, the interest on which is the value of the award. It will be based primarily on academic excellence. Consideration may also be given to the demonstration of the spirit of scientific exploration. The award is made annually to a student graduating in Science, on the recommendation of the President.

The Brepols Book Prize in Medieval Studies

Brepols Publishing, Turnhout, Belgium, an international academic publisher with a very strong interest in medieval studies, has agreed to donate a prize consisting of a book to be selected from their current catalogue, to be awarded each year to an outstanding student graduating with Medieval Studies as a second major. The award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Co-ordinator of Medieval Studies. If in any year there is no outstanding candidate in the opinion of the Co-ordinator, it will not be awarded.

The Reginald H. Brown Q.C. Memorial Scholarship

The Reginald H. Brown Q.C. Memorial Scholarship is established at Memorial University of Newfoundland in memory of Reginald H. Brown, K. St. J., Q.C., through generous lead donations by Pamela Brown and Reg’s colleagues at Cox & Palmer. Described as “a lawyer’s lawyer”, Reg Brown was a loyal friend and colleague who combined a very challenging and successful litigation practice with the leadership of his law firm as managing partner of Cox & Palmer, an Atlantic Canadian law firm established only two weeks before his death in early 2007. Reg balanced his demanding professional life and leadership in service of his profession and the community with the philosophy that family came first. The Reginald H. Brown Q.C. Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded at convocation to a student graduating from any area of study and accepted at law school. Selection will be made on the basis of academic excellence (with a minimum of scholarship standing) and demonstrated leadership qualities as epitomized by Reg in charitable, athletic, artistic or political endeavours, whether in student life or in the community at large. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.

Dick Buehler Award in Theatre

This award is given to a student, at Spring convocation, who has completed the requirements for the diploma in Performance and Communications Media who will continue their training at an institution of higher learning or as an apprentice to an approved professional theatre or film company. Preference will be given to a student whose primary interest is in technical theatre. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Co-ordinator, Diploma In Performance and Communications Media.

The Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board B.B.A. Award for Excellence

This award, established by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, is to be presented annually to an outstanding student in the graduating class of the Bachelor of Business Administration program. The recipient will be selected based on a combination of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and general contribution within the program, the University, or the community. This award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

The Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board B.Comm. (Co-op) Award for Excellence

This award, established by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, is to be presented annually to an outstanding student in the graduating class of the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) program. The recipient will be selected based on a combination of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and general contribution within the program. This award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

The Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board M.B.A. Award for Excellence

This award, established by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, is to be presented annually to the outstanding student in the graduating class of the M.B.A. program. The recipient will be selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and general contribution within the program. Selection will be made by the Scholarship Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Business Administration, acting on the advice of the Dean of the Faculty.

Faculty of Business Administration Dean's Award

These awards are made by the Dean of the Faculty, on the advice of his colleagues, to graduating students who have demonstrated academic excellence together with leadership qualities within the Faculty of Business Administration and/or the University.

Faculty of Business Administration Dean's MBA Award

This award is made by the Dean of the Faculty, on the advice of colleagues, to a graduating MBA student in recognition of academic excellence together with demonstrated leadership qualities in graduate student activities and service to the Faculty and/or the University.

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Award

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Award is given to the top student graduating with an Honours or General degree majoring in Geography in each university in Canada. The award at Memorial University of Newfoundland is made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon a recommendation from the head of the Geography Department. Recipients receive a one-year membership in the association which includes a Subscription of The Canadian Geographer, a professional journal.

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, CSCE, Newfoundland Section Convocation Award

Each year the local section of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering awards a prize which consists of a certificate and $200.00 cash to the top student graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering - Civil, from Memorial University of Newfoundland. The successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment, dedication and consistent performance in academic as well as work terms. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering Medal for Academic Excellence

Each year the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering awards a medal and certificate for outstanding achievement to a graduating student in the baccalaureate program in Mechanical Engineering who also demonstrates commitment, dedication and consistent performance in academic as well as work terms. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Chancellor's Graduate Award

The Chancellor's Graduate Award is given at Convocation to the student of the graduating class who has demonstrated the greatest leadership contribution to graduate student life and other areas of the community during his or her university years. It is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards based on a recommendation from the President in consultation with the Dean, Student Affairs and Services and the Dean, School of Graduate Studies.

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Award

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Award is given at Convocation to the student of the graduating class who has demonstrated the greatest leadership contribution to undergraduate student life and other areas of the community during his or her university years. It is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards based on a recommendation from the President in consultation with the Dean, Student Affairs and Services.

The Cox and Palmer Prize in Law and Society

This prize is for the student graduating from the Law and Society minor program with the highest academic average. The recipient must have obtained an overall average of at least 75%, completed the course program in the normal number of years and be recommended to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards by the Co-ordinator of the Law and Society program.

The Dean's Honour Award in Engineering

This award is in recognition of outstanding contribution made to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science through leadership in student affairs and service to the community while maintaining high academic standing.

The David Dunsiger Award for Excellence

This award is for excellence in graduate studies in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and commemorates the contribution of Dr. A. David Dunsiger, a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 1974-79. It is awarded at the Spring Convocation to a graduate in the preceding year who produces work of outstanding quality. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Engineering Scholarship Advisory Committee, on the advice of the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The French Ambassador's Prize

This prize, the gift of the Ambassador of France to Canada, is a book award made at Convocation to an outstanding graduate whose major was French. The award is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of French and Spanish.

Fry Family Foundation Graduate Leadership Award

The Fry Family Foundation Leadership Award is presented to a graduate student who has been selected as Memorial University of Newfoundland’s most outstanding graduate student leader. It provides an award of $5,000.00 to the student who has contributed significantly to student life at Memorial University of Newfoundland, has assumed a variety of leadership responsibilities in various positions and has made a significant contribution to the betterment of their community. This award is given at Convocation to the student who has been selected to receive the Chancellor Award which is the most prestigious leadership recognition awarded by Memorial University of Newfoundland. This award will be made by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies.

Fry Family Foundation Undergraduate Leadership Award

The Fry Family Foundation Leadership Award is presented to an undergraduate student who has been selected as Memorial University of Newfoundland’s most outstanding student leader. It provides an award of $2,500.00 to the student who has contributed significantly to student life at Memorial University of Newfoundland, has assumed a variety of leadership responsibilities in various positions and has made a significant contribution to the betterment of their community. This award is given at Convocation to the student who has been selected to receive the Chancellor Award which is the most prestigious leadership recognition awarded by Memorial University of Newfoundland. This Award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.

The A.C. Hunter Prize in English

The A.C. Hunter Prize in English, established by the late Mrs. A.C. Hunter in memory of her husband, formerly Head of the Departments of English and French, and Dean of Arts and Science at this University, has a value of $100.00 and is awarded annually at the Spring Convocation to the graduating student majoring in English who stands highest in the General Degree program. The prize is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature.

The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Award

This award, which consists of a certificate and cash prize, is presented at the Spring Convocation to a graduating student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering Program) who has had a consistently good academic record in the professional courses required for the degree and who has made a significant contribution to the Faculty and to the IEEE student branch. It is awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The MBA Award for Academic Excellence

This award is to be presented annually to the student in the graduating class of the MBA program who achieves the highest academic standing.

Margaret Waterman Kelly Teaching Prize

This prize, valued at $500, is named in memory of Margaret Waterman Kelly, a teacher in pre-Confederation Newfoundland whose life exemplified the highest ideals of education and volunteerism. This prize was established by her daughter, Ursula Kelly, to commemorate this lifework. The prize will be awarded to a female student from Newfoundland and Labrador, enrolled in the Faculty of Education who, upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Primary, Elementary or Secondary), has demonstrated excellence in teaching combined with commitment to community service. The Prize will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards based on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Education.

The William J. May Prize in Post-Secondary Studies (Undergraduate)

This prize, valued at a portion of the annual income on the endowment, was established by friends and family of the late Mr. William J. May. Mr. May was Director of Technical and Vocational Education for the province for a number of years and received an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland for his contributions to that field. The prize will also consist of a small certificate suitable for framing and will be awarded to the undergraduate student of the graduating class who receives the Medal of Excellence for Post-Secondary Studies (formerly Vocational Education) in his/her graduating year. In a year when there is no suitable candidate it will not be awarded. The prize will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Education.

The Memorial University of Newfoundland English Student Society (MESS) Award

This award was established in 2000 as a result of funds raised by the Memorial University English Students' Society (MESS) and the Faculty of the Department of English Language and Literature. The MESS Award recognizes the outstanding contribution to student life at Memorial University of Newfoundland made by the Memorial English Students' Society. It will be awarded annually at the Spring Convocation to one or more graduating English Honours or Major students who have consistently good academic records and who have made outstanding contributions to student life. The award will be valued at the annual interest on the endowment and will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature.

The Grace Morgan Prize in Biochemistry (Nutrition)

This prize is for the student graduating in honors Biochemistry (Nutrition) with the highest standing. The recipient must have obtained an overall average of at least 75%, completed the course program in the normal number of years and be recommended to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards by the Head, Department of Biochemistry.

The Margaret Fitzpatrick Morgan Medal in Nursing

This award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Director, School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Harvey and Doris Murcell Scholarship in Religious Studies

This scholarship, donated to the University by Doris and the late Harvey Murcell of Harbour Grace, and valued at $500.00, is awarded to a graduating student majoring in Religious Studies. To be eligible for the award, a student must have scholarship standing. Financial need, and the student's contribution to the Department of Religious Studies, may be considered. The award is made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of Religious Studies.

Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Social Workers' Student Award

The Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of the Canadian Association of Social Workers makes this award annually to a graduating B.S.W. student selected by the Association in consultation with the School of Social Work.

The Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers' Association Medal

This medal is awarded to a graduating student in Education who has had a consistently good academic record in the professional courses required for the degree and who has made an outstanding contribution to the Faculty of Education and to the University.

Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador Anniversary Award

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador offers an Award in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to mark the occasion of fifty years of Engineering education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The award, to be tenable by a student in each year's graduating class, is to be awarded on the following conditions:

  1. high academic standing;

  2. outstanding leadership qualities;

  3. involvement in extracurricular activities;

  4. all-round contribution.

The selection of the winner is to be based on the recommendation of a Selection Committee within the Faculty.

Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Excellence

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador has established an "Award for Excellence", which may be made to a student at Memorial University of Newfoundland who obtains an Engineering degree in not more than eight consecutive academic terms and who has completed the prescribed courses with the highest average mark in all the courses. This award takes the form of a framed "Award for Excellence", suitably engraved, and presented by PEGNL at or about the time of Convocation

Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Excellence in Geoscience

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador have established an award for excellence in Geoscience which shall be awarded to the graduating student at Memorial University of Newfoundland who has shown the highest degree of academic excellence during his/her geoscience education. It takes the form of a framed "Award for Excellence" which is engraved and presented by PEGNL on or about the time of convocation. The award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon recommendation of the Head, Department of Earth Sciences.

The Prize of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

This prize, a book award, the gift of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada, is to be awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of German and Russian, to a graduating student who has majored in German Language and Literature and has a consistently good academic record at the University.

Drs. James and Leslie Rourke Dean's Convocation Award in Medicine

This award has been established by a generous donation from Dr. James Rourke, who started as Dean of Medicine in 2004, and Dr. Leslie Rourke. The award recipient will be the graduating medical student who has made an outstanding personal contribution to bettering the lives of others through volunteer work and humanitarian acts while maintaining high academic standing. Consideration will be given to students who have exhibited the following characteristics: altruism, kindness and compassion. The award, valued at a portion of the income on the investment, is made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards, on the basis of a recommendation from the Dean, Faculty of Medicine. The Office of Student Affairs of the Faculty of Medicine will assist the Dean in his or her choice of an appropriate candidate,

The Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award

The student graduating in Honours Chemistry and Biochemistry with the highest standing will receive a suitably engraved gold key and a year's Subscription to Chemistry and Industry. The recipient must have obtained an overall average of at least 75%, completed the course program in the normal number of years, and be recommended to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards by the Heads, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The Spanish Ambassador's Prize

This Prize, the gift of the Ambassador of Spain to Canada, is a book award made at Convocation to an outstanding graduate whose major or minor was Spanish. The award is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of French and Spanish.

The George M. Story Convocation Medal in Arts

This award was established in memory of Dr. George M. Story, Professor Emeritus of Memorial University of Newfoundland. The medal and a $100.00 prize are awarded to the student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts who has demonstrated, as did Dr. Story, both academic excellence and a strong commitment to serving the University and the community. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean of Arts.

The Swiss Ambassador's Prize

One prize in French and one in German are awarded annually to graduating students who have majored in these languages. The prize in French is awarded on the recommendation of the Head, Department of French and Spanish, and the prize in German on the recommendation of the Head, Department of German and Russian.

The Leslie Thoms Convocation Award

This award, valued at the interest on an endowment, was provided by friends and family of the late Mr. Thoms. It will be awarded at convocation to the undergraduate student of the graduating class who has shown positive, outstanding leadership in student affairs and activities during his or her university career while carrying a full-time course load for the majority of their undergraduate studies and maintaining good academic standing. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, Student Affairs and Services.

The Moire A. Wadleigh Graduate Award for Excellence in Environmental Science

This award for graduate students in the Environmental Science Program was established in memory of Dr. Moire A. Wadleigh, friend and colleague, caring teacher, dedicated scientist and beacon of excellence in Environmental Science and Geoscience. Two awards will be presented annually: one to the student completing the best Master of Science thesis in Environmental Science within the previous 12 months, the second to the student in the Master of Environmental Science program with the best project and report completed in that year. Successful students must have achieved an average of at least 80% in courses required for the program. Awards will made by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the Board of Studies of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science.

The Dr. James L. Walker Convocation Award

This award was established in memory of Dr. James L. Walker, a Brandon University department head, psychology professor and research consultant whose innovative teaching, socially relevant research and integration of research into treatment programs for Alzheimer’s patients transformed the lives of students, colleagues and patients. Valued at $1,000, it will be awarded at convocation to a graduating undergraduate student in the Psychology honors program who has demonstrated both academic excellence (a minimum of clear standing) and leadership within their community. The award will be conferred by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Head, Department of Psychology.

The Captain George C. Whiteley English Prize

This prize is the gift of Mr. George C. Whiteley, Jr., a student of Memorial University College, 1926-27, in memory of his father, the late Captain George C. Whiteley. The prize, of the value of $100.00, is awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature, to the student who graduates with B.A.(Hons.) in English with the highest standing. In the event that at any convocation there is no Honours graduate in English, the prize may be awarded to a graduating student of outstanding academic merit and promise in the General Degree program who is selected and recommended for the award by the Department of English. Other things being equal, the prize will be awarded to a student who has produced original work of literary merit.