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Merit-Based Awards for Community Engagement Programs

Merit-based awards are awarded based on demonstrated academic excellence, often in combination with other attributes such as contribution to a specific community. Most awards are presented at the annual Chang School Leaders in Learning awards ceremony held in the fall.

The following merit-based awards are specific to students who are participating in Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement and Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education. See the list of merit-based awards available to the general continuing education student population.

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Award Name Eligibility/Criteria Description Number of Awards Available Value How to Apply Application Deadline
Gervan Fearon Award for Access to Post-Secondary Education Students with demonstrated financial need who are registered or planning to register in the forthcoming Fall term for the Transition Foundations program through Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education To recognize students participating in The Chang School’s Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education programming 1 $1,000 Access to application will be available through Apply for Awards on AwardSpring

Fall 2022 application will be online from August 24 to September 7, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. midnight

Wellesley Institute – Blickstead Family Award Students with demonstrated financial need who are registered in the Transition Foundations Program through Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education To recognize students participating in The Chang School’s Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education programming 2 up to $750 Access to application will be available through Apply for Awards on AwardSpring

Fall 2022 application will be online from August 24 to September 7, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. midnight

LIFE Institute Jack Brown Award Students registered in a Chang School certificate or Gateway for International Professionals program.

To recognize students with a sound academic/career plan and demonstrated financial need as well as commitment to studies and activities that enhance the quality of life for seniors. 

1 $1,000 Access to the application will be available through ryerson.awardspring.ca September 30, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. midnight