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

To be awarded annually to a student in any year of anundergraduate programin 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. Students must complete a Student Awards Application, which is administered by the Registrars Office; see the Undergraduate and Graduating Awards section of the Registrar's website for more details and to apply.

Value: $500, two awards available.

This award was made possible by Canadian HADASSAH-WIZO in honour of the following women of distinction: Dasha Goody, Linda Hardy, Jane Karstaedt, Helen Paul, & Jane Reimer.


The Helga Dalman Memorial Scholarship

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; no application is required.

Value: $1000, one scholarship available.

This scholarship was made possible by Lillian MacPherson in honour of her grandmother.


Olga Hunchak Memorial Bursary

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. Students must complete a Student Awards Application, which is administered by the Registrars Office; see the Undergraduate and Graduating Awards section of the Registrar's website for more details and to apply

Value: $500, one bursary available.

This bursary was endowed by the daughters of the late Olga Hunchak.


Women’s and Gender Studies’ Missing Indigenous Women (WGS-MIW) Award

The WGS-MIW $240 cash award is presented once a year to a student registered in WGS 280, WGS 480, or another course with Indigenous content, or content related to Missing Indigenous Women. Awardees must have been registered in an undergraduate WGS course and demonstrated an interest in missing Indigenous women or related research areas. Candidates for this award must be nominated by a course instructor.

Value: $240, one award available.

The WGS-MIW award is generously funded by an anonymous donor.


Viera Linderova Memorial Award

Awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. Selection based on academic standing. Preference is given to a student with a demonstrated interest in sustainability  and/or international travelStudents must complete a Student Awards Application, which is administered by the Registrars Office; see the Undergraduate and Graduating Awards section of the Registrar's website for more details and to apply.

Value: $1000, one award available.

This award was anonymously funded in memory of Viera Linderova. 


Other Relevant Awards

Michael Phair Leadership Award

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.

Value: $1500, two awards available.

This award was made possible by 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.


Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award

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.

Value: $2000, one award available.

This award was made possible by Orlando Books.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.