Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards of Excellence!
This program comprises nine prestigious awards that annually recognize accomplished and inspiring member of the U of T community, honouring faculty, staff and students who make the University, and the world, a better place.
Scroll down to learn about the awards and corresponding deadlines.
Awards of Excellence winners in the news
Jeffrey Fasegha (BCom 2020), who won a 2020 UTAA Scholarship, has now won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He plans to specialize in African studies and public policy with a focus on the innovation economy—and continue his incredible work in equity organizations and with his hair services startup. Congratulations!
U of T's Most Distinguished Awards Program
Throughout its rich history, the University of Toronto has striven to promote and recognize excellence among its community members. The University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) has played an integral role in furthering this mission through its longstanding support of distinguished awards programs that acknowledge outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
The prestigious Awards of Excellence program dates back to 1921 with the creation of the John H. Moss Scholarship, awarded to outstanding student leaders. In 1990 the Faculty Award and the Chancellor’s Award were added to the program. Since 1990, seven more distinct awards or scholarships recognizing exceptional students, faculty, and administrative staff members of the University have been launched; most recently, the Jill Matus Award for Excellence in Student Services.
Though the criteria differ for each award, recipients all share a commitment to enhancing the university experience of their peers and leave a significant impact on the University through their efforts.
About The Awards of Excellence Student Scholarships
Awards of Excellence Scholarship Recipients are the leaders of their classes. Academically, they take advantage of the quality and breadth of learning and research opportunities provided by the University. Through leadership in athletics, student government, clubs and student groups, in addition to many leadership roles outside the university, they enhance the experiences of their peers by contributing to the development of diverse and strong student communities.
About The Awards Of Excellence Faculty and Staff Awards
Each faculty and staff member honoured through the Awards of Excellence reflects the University’s vision of becoming a leader among the world’s best public teaching and research universities – in discovery, preservation and sharing of knowledge through its teaching and research, and in commitment to excellence and equity. Award recipients provide students with academically challenging and exciting, well-taught programs, ensure that the university community is sensitive to the diversity of its population and share their discovery and knowledge through public stewardship.
A $1,000 award given to a student, alumnus/a, administrative staff or faculty member who has made significant contribution to improving the quality of academic or extra-curricular student life on campus.
Up to two $1,200 awards given to administrative staff members who demonstrate excellence in the area of student life and student services, and whose contributions specifically go beyond the parameters and duties of their daily jobs.
Two prizes of up to $1,500 each recognizing positive and lasting contributions to education and action in the fight against discrimination. Faculty, staff, and students may be nominated for this award.
An award of up to $2,500 given to a faculty member who has served the university with distinction in multiple leadership capacities, including committees, governance bodies and external organizations complementary to the university’s academic mission.