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Graduand Awards

Graduand Awards are available to graduating students who qualify for the awards on the basis of achievements in their first baccalaureate degree program. Most awards are determined on the basis of academic performance only, and require no application from students. Some awards, however, require students to apply through Mosaic and submit supplementary documentation (e.g. resume, reference letters) in order to be considered.

If you are planning to graduate at a fall convocation ceremony, you will be considered for graduand awards during the following May.

Eligibility

Some awards are open to students across the university, while others are intended for students studying a specific discipline. One award may be looking at a student’s overall academic performance and extracurricular activities, while another may looking at the grades in only one specific course. In addition to basic eligibility criteria to hold awards, specific terms can vary greatly, so it is important to look at the specific conditions in the award descriptions.

Click here to view the full academic regulations and conditions for eligibility to receive Graduand Awards (Award Category E) and Specific Achievement Awards (Award Category D).

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Christine Chauvin.

When to Apply

Students must apply through mosaic by 31 March 2018. Supplementary documentation (e.g. statement, CV) must be submitted by 30 April 2018 to Student Financial Aid and Scholarships in Gilmour Hall 120.

How to Apply

Students can now apply through your Mosaic Student Centre:

  • Click ‘Apply for Financial Aid’
  • Choose ‘Aid by Application’

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact Nancy Solano, Awards Officer, at solanon@mcmaster.ca

Awards Requiring an Application

Faculty-Wide Awards

The Humanities Medals for Special Achievement

Established by the University in 1982. Up to five medals to be awarded to graduating students in the Faculty of Humanities in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarship and contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of the University including such areas as the creative and performing arts and faculty government.
Value: Medal

Program-Specific Awards

CLASSICS

The A.G. McKay Prize in Classical Studies

Established in 1990 by Professor Emeritus A.G. McKay. To be awarded to a graduating student from an Honours program in Classics who, in the judgment of the Department of Classics, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership.
Value: $200

THEATRE AND FILM STUDIES

The Amelia Hall Gold Medal

Established in 1985 by members of the Class of ’38 in recognition of Amelia Hall (Class of ’38), D. Litt. (Class of ’75), one of the great pioneers of Canadian theatre and a consummate actress, who performed on Canadian stage, screen, radio and television for 35 years. To be awarded to a graduating student who, in the judgment of the School of the Arts, has made a significant contribution to drama during the student’s University career.
Value: Medal