Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships and Awards are non-repayable and often require high levels of academic merit or other accomplishments. They may require an application.
The Department distributes a number of awards to graduating students at the annual Convocation and Awards Ceremony. Most of these awards have been established by private donors and corporate bodies. While the majority of the recipients of these awards are chosen by the Evaluation and Awards Committee and do not require an application, students will be notified by email of any awards requiring nominations or applications.
List of Awards
Breathe in Life Research Poster Award
This award was established by the family of Anne Barbetta who in her teaching career inspired her students to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives. The award is presented to the student research group judged to have created the “best” poster for Student Research Day.
C. Estelle Cunningham Book Prize
This prize was established in 1982 to honour the outstanding contribution made to the profession by C. Estelle Cunningham in her many years of service as the Chairman of the Provincial Physiotherapy Licensing Board. The prize will be awarded to the graduating student who has submitted the best major paper in partial fulfillment of the MSc Physical Therapy Degree Program.
Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy Student Award
This award is presented to the student who demonstrated an aptitude in manual therapy practice for the course Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association Cardiorespiratory Division Entry Level Student Award
This award recognizes physiotherapy students who excel in the cardiorespiratory area in both theory and clinical practice, and who have a special interest in this area of physiotherapy. An application is required.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Award of Excellence
This award is to recognize a student in the final year of the program who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities for the promotion of the physical therapy profession and/or improvement of the quality of student experience at the University of Toronto. A nomination is required.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Orthopaedic Division Annual Student Award
This award is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and an interest in orthopaedics. The recipient is deemed to be the highest ranked student based on a combination of the candidate’s demonstration of leadership, advocacy and interest in orthopaedics. A nomination is required.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association Oncology Division Student Award
This award is presented to a graduating student in the final year of the MScPT program who demonstrates academic excellence in the area of oncology physiotherapy and/or leadership and community engagement in the area of oncology.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association Rising Star Distinction
This distinction is to recognize and acknowledge a student or new graduate physiotherapist (PT)/physiotherapy assistant (PTA) who has demonstrated potential to be an excellent PT/PTA in paediatric practice through her/his exceptional contribution to paediatric education, clinical practice, and/or research. Students are nominated by his/her academic institution and the winner is selected by the CPA (Paediatric Division).
Canadian Physiotherapy Association Student Award
This award was established in 1981 and it is presented to the physical therapy student in the graduating class who has attained the highest aggregate mark in academic and clinical physical therapy courses for the entire MSc Physical Therapy degree program.
Carlos Melendez Memorial Award
This award was established in 1997 by family and friends in honour of Mr. Carlos Melendez, who was a first year physical therapy student in the Department of Physical Therapy Program. The award is given to the graduating student who best exemplifies the strengths of humanity and compassion towards others that Carlos demonstrated. A nomination is required.
CBI Health Group Prize for Excellence in Student Research
This award is presented by CBI Health Group to the student group for the final paper in the research component of curriculum. Their study is considered to be innovative, has the potential to advance practice, and is an important topic for physical therapy. This group demonstrates the potential of all of our Physical Therapy graduates to be outstanding clinician-researchers.
Central Toronto District – Ontario Physiotherapy Association Award
Established in 1983, this award is presented to the graduating student who has shown outstanding contributions in promoting the physiotherapy profession to the public through volunteer work; National Physiotherapy Month, Career and/or University Fairs, volunteering as a trainer for a sports team or actively participating in Association and/or Divisional activities at the Provincial or National level.
Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Gold Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy
This award was established by Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon in 2011 and is presented to the student in the graduating class of the Physical Therapy Program who attains the highest average throughout his/her studies in physical therapy.
Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Silver Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy
This award was established by Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon in 2011 and is presented to the student in the graduating class of the Physical Therapy Program who attains the second highest average throughout his/her studies in physical therapy.
Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical Therapy
This academic excellence award is to recognize the student in the graduating year most likely to fulfill the role of an academic practitioner based on consistent distinction in clinical and research practice in the MSc Physical Therapy degree program.
Mary Sauriol Business Practice Prize
Created by the colleagues of Mary N. Sauriol, and generously supported by the University Women's Club of Toronto, the Mary N. Sauriol Business Practice Prize recognizes a student who has developed an understanding of business practices as they relate to the private sector and has demonstrated excellence in orthopaedic clinical practice.
Molly Verrier Award
This award was established on behalf of the friends, family and colleagues of Professor Molly Verrier to award the graduating student who actively participates to advance the practice of Physical Therapy and empower their classmates. The recipient has also achieved high academic standing.
Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize
Mount Sinai Hospital has developed this award to recognize the student in the graduating class who has attained the highest academic and clinical marks in orthopaedics. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the teaching hospitals directly affiliated with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Olive Wallace Pester Fellowship in Physical Therapy
This fellowship is awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy who has demonstrated distinction in clinical practice and shown promise for improving quality of care and patient outcomes. The student shows a passion for embracing a broad range of complementary therapies that considers not only the physical aspects of their patients but also their emotional and spiritual well being of their patients throughout their assessment and management. An application is required.
The Heart and Breath of Physical Therapy Award
This award is to recognize the graduating student who has excelled during her/his cardiorespiratory clinical internship and also has shown particular interest in the cardiorespiratory field in the MSc. Physical Therapy degree program.
The Hospital for Sick Children Prize in Paediatrics
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in paediatrics throughout the PT program, this award is to acknowledge a student who has shown a particular interest and aptitude for the clinical application of PT theory to paediatrics.
Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship
Established in 1987, this award is presented to the student with the highest standing in the second year of the MSc Physical Therapy program.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network Patient Quality of Life Award
This award recognizes the graduating student who has demonstrated the attributes and ability to improve quality of life for people living with a long-term disability as a result of illness, accident or the aging process. An application is required.
University Health Network Book Prize
This award was developed to recognize a student in the graduating class in the MSc Physical Therapy degree program who has demonstrated excellence in clinical and academic work in the area of neuroscience.
The SGS website lists many awards offered by the University and you are encouraged to review these and apply for any awards for which you are eligible.
There are also awards offered by agencies and institutions outside of the University. You can review a list of external awards compiled by SGS. Some external awards that may be of particular interest to MScPT students include:
- Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS; additional details below)
- Opportunities from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- Soroptomist Foundation of Canada Grants
- Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Program
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
The OGS Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program at the University of Toronto is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The awarding graduate unit contributes one third the cost of the total award received by students.
The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term and MScPT awardees typically receive $15,000 total. The application portal opens in the fall and the deadline is early January. The Department will communicate deadlines and additional information to current students by email.
Prospective students should be aware that applicants who are not granted admission to the the MScPT program, will not be considered for an OGS.
For more information, please visit the Ontario Graduate Scholarship website.