Student Awards

Nicol, Vince and Wensley Prize in Anthropology

Three prizes will be awarded: one each to the second-, third- and fourth-year anthropology majors having the highest cumulative grade point averages.  Students must have had an average of three full courses or equivalents per year since admission to York to qualify.  Established to honour former staff members, Irene Wensley, Rena Nicol and Beryl Vince for their exemplary service to the Anthropology Department and its students.

A committee within the Department of Anthropology selects the recipients.

The Louise Biely Yolles Scholarship

Awarded in alternate years to an outstanding full time anthropology major who completed 90 credits and with the highest CGPA demonstrating promise in at least one of these areas: social justice, ethics, psychoanalytic anthropology, child development, the role of mothers and fathers, gender studies, individual experience related to forms of culture and/or qualitative methods. Preference will be given to students with a history of participation in McLaughlin College activities.

A committee within the Department of Anthropology selects the recipient.

This scholarship was established through a bequest by and named after York graduate and former McLaughlin College course instructor Louise Yolles (MA'80).

Senior Anthropologist's Student Award

This award was established to assist an undergraduate student majoring in Anthropology who has completed between 60 and 90 credits with a cumulative GPA of 7.0 or higher.  The recipient must be currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need.

A committee within the Scholarships and Bursaries Unit in the Office of Student Financial Services selects the recipient.

Institute for Social Research Scholarship

This award will go to the full-time continuing undergraduate student majoring in Sociology, Psychology, Political science, Geography, Economics or Anthropology, who has achieved the highest grade point average on a minimum of 5 full courses - at least one of which is in the major- completed in the previous Fall/Winter semester.

A committee within the Scholarships and Bursaries Unit in the Office of Student Financial Services selects the recipient.

Banfield Scholarship in the Social Sciences

The C. Jane Banfield Scholarship in the Social Sciences will be awarded to entering full time undergraduate students studying in any field of the social sciences in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, who demonstrate academic excellence. Where candidates are equal in academic merit, financial need will be used as a deciding factor. Preference will be given to students who participated in York's Bridging Program for Women.

This scholarship was made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dr. C. Jane Banfield (1930-2016) a graduate of UBC (LLB'54, ma'59) and LSE (PhD'73). Dr. Banfield was a professor in York University's Dvision of Social Science from 1968 to 1998. In the early 1970's she founded the Law & Society interdisciplinary program, the first of its kind in Canada, and served as a director for many years. She was appointed by York University President Ian MacDonald as the University's first adviser on the status of women. She was tireless in her concern for student achievement, inspired many, and often said "law is far too important to be just to lawyers". Dr. Banfield's husband was York University Professor Robert (Bob) H. Haynes OC (1931-1998), a distinguished science biologist, who served York from 1968-1992.

A committee within the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Dean's Office selects the recipient.