Women's and Gender Studies

Awards and Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards, Scholarships, Bursaries, and Prizes for Women's & Gender Studies Students

The HADASSAH-WIZO Canada Award in Women's and Gender Studies

  • Application Process

    Students are nominated for this award by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; no application is required.

  • Conditions
    To be awarded annually to a student in any year of an undergraduate program in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies on the basis of high academic achievement. Financial need is one criterion of selection. Part-time students are eligible for this award.

  • Donor

    Canadian HADASSAH-WIZO in honour of the following women of distinction:

    Dasha Goody, Linda Hardy, Jane Karstaedt, Helen Paul, & Jan Reimer

  • Value

    $500.00

    two available


The Helga Dalman Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Process

    Students are nominated for this award by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; no application is required.

  • Conditions

    To be awarded to a graduating student with a Major in Women's and Gender Studies on the basis of superior academic achievement; to the student with the highest grade point on a full normal course load. Students who have accumulated the equivalent of a full-normal course load will also be considered for this award.

  • Donor

    Lillian MacPherson in honour of her grandmother.

  • Value

    $1000.00

    one available


Olga Hunchak Memorial Bursary

  • Application Process

    Students are nominated for this award by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; no application is required.

  • Conditions

    To be awarded annually to a student entering the third year in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies on the basis of satisfactory academic standing and financial need. 

  • Donor

    Endowed by the daughters of the late Olga Hunchak. 

  • Value

    $500.00

    one available



Other Relevant Awards


Michael Phair Leadership Award

  • Application Process

    Download and complete the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Application Form.

  • Conditions

    The Michael Phair Leadership Award is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transidentified, or queer (LGBTQ) specific award in the history of the University of Alberta. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in extracurricular and community activities. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, or queer communities.

    Any student continuing in an undergraduate degree program in their second, third, or fourth year of studies with satisfactory academic standing (2.0 or higher GPA) is eligible to apply for this award. Students from outside the University of Alberta are not eligible for this award.

  • Donor

    The Friends of Michael Phair, in recognition of his dedicated public service to the City of Edmonton and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited and queer communities of Alberta.

  • Value

    $1500.00

    two available


Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award

  • Application Process

    Download and complete the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Application Form.

  • Conditions

    The Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award is awarded to a student entering their first year at the University of Alberta in any undergraduate degree program. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in school and community activities. Preference given to students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified or queer (LGBTQ) communities.

  • Donor

    Orlando Books was a presence on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue from 1993 to the end of 2002. It was an activist, progressive bookstore that focused on feminisms, cultural, post-colonial, and queer studies, as well as literature from small presses. During its tenure, the bookstore hosted hundreds of readings for writers from across the country and also provided a meeting space for various community groups. In the late 1990s the store tried to place an ad in a local high school newspaper that read: Books for lesbian and gay students and their friends. When the principal refused to allow the students to print the ad, the bookstore owner and a group of educators decided that queer students needed more support within the school system. The group authored a booklet that was eventually published and distributed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association called Safe and Caring Schools for Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Guide for Teachers.

  • Value

    $2000.00

    one available