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.

Fokus Media Awards

The Fokus Media Awards were established by Fokus Media to provide support to current Communication Studies majors who are interested in pursuing a career in advertising, marketing or media. One award will be open to undergraduate students in LA&PS who are enrolled in the courses COMN 3700 or COMN 3701. The award will be granted to the student who has the highest grade point average in either of these courses, demonstrates financial need and will be continuing as a Communication Studies major. To be eligible students must submit a letter outlining how one or both of these courses contributed to their knowledge of advertising and marketing and how this knowledge shapes their career plans. The second award will be open to all 4th year undergraduate students in LA&PS who are graduating from the Communications Studies program. The award will be granted to a student who has completed 84 credits, who has the highest overall grade point average in the program and demonstrates financial need. To be eligible students will submit a letter outlining why they want to pursue a career in advertising, media and marketing.
Application Process
In addition to the required statements, applicants must also 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.