Award Search

This tool lets you view awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries offered at York University. Take a few moments to search for awards you may be eligible for: you can search by Faculty, award type, activity level or type in the name of an award that you may be familiar with. Unless otherwise stated, all full-time, part-time and mature students are eligible for all the awards in the system so long as they meet the published criteria.

For additional graduate awards, visit the York Financial Assistance section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. You can also see a listing of external awards elsewhere on this site.

Note: All awards listed on this website are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Mary Lyons Excellence Award

The Mary Lyons Excellence Award will be awarded annually to an entering or continuing interuniversity volleyball or basketball student athlete who has shown outstanding leadership and demonstrated excellence in sport. To be eligible for this bursary, students must meet the current Ontario University Athletics/Canadian Interuniversity Sport requirements for athletic awards. Entering students must have a minimum admission average of 80% and continuing students must have a minimum GPA of 5.5 in their previous year of study. Preference will be given to female athletes. Where there are student athletes of equal qualification/merit, the award will be given to those with financial need. This award has been made possible by the generosity of Mary Lyons, inaugural Coordinator of Women's Interuniversity Sport at York University. Through her exceptional efforts in initiating and developing the women's athletic program, recruiting a strong coaching staff and establishing an active and effective student governed Women's Athletic Council (WAC), York established one of the best reputations in women's university sport at both the provincial and national level. Should there be no eligible basketball or volleyball student athletes in a given year, the award may be given to an interuniversity student-athlete who meets the balance of the criteria.
Application Process
To be considered for this award, applicants must complete the Student Financial Profile available at

How to Interpret the Awards Search Results

1. Offered

The time of year when this award is offered. This gives you an idea about when you'll need to apply for the award. The most common is In-Course (Fall/Winter), indicating that the award happens during the Fall/Winter session.

2. Award Type

The type of award:

  1. Bursaries are based on financial need. Therefore, students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
  2. Scholarships are based on academic merit. Therefore, students with high academic standing are encouraged to apply.
  3. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Therefore, students with high academic standing and financial need are encouraged to apply.

3. Value

The value of this award.

4. No. of Awards

The number of these awards offered each year.

5. Description

Details about the award's origins, purpose, and eligibility requirements. For example, some awards may require a minimum credit enrolment, a certain grade point average (GPA), enrolment in a specific Faculty, or a certain citizenship status.

6. Application Process

This explains how you can be considered for the award. Many of the awards simply require that you fill out the Student Financial Profile (SFP) for the current session. Other awards may, for example, ask for reference letters and personal statements outlining your extra-curricular involvement.