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.

Kenneth B. Benson Scholarship

The Kenneth B. Benson Scholarship will be awarded annually to a third year student enrolled in the Civil Engineering program and its Structural Analysis course (CIVL 3130) with the Lassonde School of Enginering who demonstrates good academic standing in his/her studies and leadership qualities. Kenneth B. Benson has worked in the steel industry for over 50 years, and established Benson Steel in 1980. With the reputation of a first class Fabricator able to tackle the toughest challenges, Ken's business knowledge, ability to mentor, coach and lead along with his integrity make him an industry leader. His impact is evidenced through the successful completion of such projects as Roy Thompson Hall retrofit, GM 16 Bay Expansion, Dover Elevator, Baycrest Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario transformation and hundreds of other projects within the province of Ontario and abroad. For many years, Ken sat on the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Board of Directors as an active member, and more recently as an Honorary Director. The student recipient for the year prior will be invited to attend the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Annual Conference with reasonable travel expenses covered by the Institute. Student recipients must agree to have their first and last name, faculty, major and year of study announced at the annual conference and listed in conference literature. In addition, each year's student recipient will be given the opportunity to interview for a summer internship at Benson Steel.
Application Process
To be considered for this award, submit the Student Financial Profile available at and provide a statement outlining your leadership experience/qualities. Applicants must submit a letter outlining their leadership and community involvement to the Secretary, Awards Committee, 105 Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, 11 Arboretum Lane.

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.