1. Overview
  2. Selection Process
  3. Application


Established by June Girvan, this bursary is offered to students undertaking personal study in Reconciliation – managing and interrupting the transmission of trauma that has been inherited from the student’s ancestry in the Middle Passage and Slavery. The study may be in any discipline. Preference is given to candidates with personal ancestral ties to the Middle Passage.

Selection Process

Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the Student Experience Office to a full or part-time student in demonstrated financial need who is enrolled in any undergraduate degree program and is involved in student leadership, development, extracurricular activities, or community service opportunities.  Eligible recipients will be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or a protected person), and must meet OSAP’s Ontario Residency requirements. Endowed in 1999 by June Y. Girvan. Revised in 2021.

One recipient of this award will be selected by a selection committee* with membership as indicated below. The bursary consists of an award of $4,000, to be applied to the recipient’s student account and to be recognized as award recipients at the SOAR Student Leadership Conference. The award may be split equally should two eligible recipients be selected.

To qualify for the award, students must be a current full-time or part-time undergraduate student and must have ancestral ties to the Middle Passage and Slavery; be studying, personally or professionally the study of reconciliation; managing and interrupting the transmission of intergenerational trauma, demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and meet OSAP Ontario Residency requirements.

Applications Open October 1, 2023 @ 9 a.m.
Application Close December 1, 2023 @ 9 a.m.
Selection Process December 1 to December 15, 2023
Candidates Receive Notice of Status of Award December 20, 2023
Presentation of Award SOAR Student Leadership Conference January 2024


Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in October.

Please note you will need to complete the Financial Need Budget Template in advance and upload it in order to submit your application.

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