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.

Abshir Hassan Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Community Service

The Abshir Hassan Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Community Service will be presented each year to an incoming undergraduate student who has made a positive impact in their communities. To be eligible, applicants must be high school students graduating from Westview Centennial Secondary School, C. W. Jeffreys, Emery Collegiate Institute, John Polyani Collegiate Institute or York Memorial. Students must possess a minimum B average in their last year of high school and provide a written statement demonstrating their commitment to creating change in their community, as well as their volunteer and/or leadership activities. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need. A passionate teacher who strived to make a difference in his community, Abshir Hassan was a hard-working and caring individual well known and admired for his work with youth. As a dedicated student, Abshir earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from York's Faculty of Health and then his Bachelor of Education degree for York's Faculty of Education. At the time of his death, Abshir was working on his MEd, with plans to pursue his PhD at York.
Application Process
To be considered for this award, submit the scholarships and bursaries application available through You must include a statement in the Personal Statement section and complete the Volunteer/Extracurricular Activities fields.

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.