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Awards

Award Criteria

Application process

1992 Tenth Anniversary Award

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program who has demonstrated an outstanding level of personal growth and professional development (i.e., has gained self-confidence, developed interpersonal skills, more actively participated in activities and discussions and generally shown a great deal of personal change, growth and professional development).

Automatic consideration

The recipient of this award is selected by members of the graduating class during the first week of classes following the completion of OCCU 6222.

Elizabeth Bell Award (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Excellent evaluation in fieldwork education courses demonstrating integration of academic knowledge and professional reasoning within fieldwork experiences as a student practitioner. Automatic consideration

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Student Award
(gift certificate from CAOT)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program who have the highest academic standing in occupational therapy courses

  • OCCU 5000 Theories of Occupation, Enabling and Justice
  • OCCU 5001 Enabling Occupation 1
  • OCCU 5003 Dimensions of Professional Practice
  • OCCU 5004 Occupational Assessment and Occupational Analysis
  • OCCU 5005 Enabling Occupation 2
  • OCCU 5006 Wellness and Inclusion by Design
  • OCCU 6001 Enabling Occupation 3
  • OCCU 6002 Social Influences on Occupational Performance
  • OCCU 6003 Advanced Practice Issues
Automatic consideration

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) Future Scholar Award (cash award)

(awarded annually in September)

Second year students of the standard progression MSc(OT)-Entry Level program.  Presented annually to the student from the MSc(OT) program who demonstrates strong academic achievement in the research focused occupational therapy courses during the first year of the program.  The courses considered for the award include:
OCCU 5007 Research Approaches for Occupational Therapists
OCCU 5041 Evidence Based Occupational Therapy
Automatic consideration

Cardwell/Robinson Prize (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program who have demonstrated academic achievement aptitude and interest in on-site and fieldwork courses related to psychiatry and mental health.

  • OCCU 5001 Enabling Occupation 1
  • OCCU 6001 Enabling Occupation 3

At least one of the following fieldwork placements.

  • OCCU 5222 Fieldwork II
  • OCCU 6111 Fieldwork III
  • OCCU 6222 Fieldwork IV
Automatic consideration

Class of 1985 Award Plaque
(name engraved on School Plaque, receives a personal plaque)

(awarded annually in June)

  • Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program
  • An outstanding contribution to and actively involved in, activities of the class, school, university and community at large.
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in the development of their skills as an occupational therapist
Candidates nominated by their classmates for consideration are required to submit an application resume [PDF-20 kB]

Class of 2000 Award (name engraved on School Plaque and receives a personal plaque)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program who have demonstrated exceptional adaptability and perseverance throughout the program.

Automatic consideration

The recipient is selected by members of the graduating class.

Class of 2007 Yvonne Ling 25th Anniversary Award
(name engraved on school plaque)

(awarded annually in June)

  • Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program
  • Demonstrated excellence in academic performance
  • Made an outstanding contribution to fieldwork
  • Demonstrated a positive collegial attitude during the completion of the occupational therapy program

Automatic consideration

Dalhousie Occupational Therapy Student Involvement Award

(awarded annually in December)

  • Second year student of the standard progression MSc(OT) - Entry Level program
  • Have achieved good academic standing and be a member of the Dalhousie Occupational Therapy Student Society (DOTSS) or its successor
  • Have demonstrated active participation in the DOTSS and other school activities and have attained good academic standing
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and promoted school or DOTSS spirit
Peer nomination, submission of a resume and peer vote

Dalhousie Women’s Alumni Medal (medal)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) throughout the program.

Automatic consideration

Elsevier Canada Award (gift certificate from Elseiver)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program with the second highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) throughout the program.

Automatic consideration

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Entrance Scholarship (cash award)

(awarded annually in September)

The award is presented annually to the top student entering the first year of the standard MSc(OT) entry to practice program. Automatic consideration

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Second Round Allocation Scholarships
(financial award applied to any outstanding tuition fees)

(awarded annually in September)

  • In recognition of students who have demonstrated academic excellence during the first year of the MSc(OT) - Entry Level program with a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Up to eight Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in theMSc(OT) - Entry Level program
Automatic consideration

Fred Sammons Scholarship (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)


Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the student graduating from the standard program who has achieved the highest overall academic standing in the courses related to technology and design solutions that promote health, well-being and inclusion in everyday living
Automatic consideration

Grainger Award
(cash award)

(awarded annually in September)

  • Second year student of the standard progression MSc(OT) - Entry Level program
  • Demonstrated the application and integration of theoretical biomedical knowledge with professional therapeutic application
  • Demonstrated a professional, committed collegial attitude with their peers and instructors
Automatic consideration

John Stanley Melanson Award (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the student graduating from the standard program who has demonstrated professional behaviour, empathy towards others and involvement in the community Candidates nominated by their classmates for consideration are required to submit an application resume application resume [PDF-20kb]

Mary and John Eldon Green Scholarship

(awarded annually in September)

  • Awarded to the highest ranking student from Prince Edward Island entering the School of Occupational Therapy's MSc(OT) -  Entry Level program.
  • A second award is given to the highest ranking student from Prince Edward Island entering the School of Social Work.
Automatic consideration

New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapy (NBAOT) Award for Achievement in Fieldwork (gift certificate)

(awarded annually in June)

  • Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program
  • High fieldwork performance ratings
  • Demonstrate a high quality of application of theoretical knowledge and therapeutic principles in a variety of settings
  • Must have completed at least one fieldwork placement in the province of New Brunswick

Automatic consideration

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT) Book Prize (cash award)

(awarded annually in December)

Second year students of the standard progression MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually at the December Awards ceremony to a Newfoundland student entering the second year of the standard MSc(OT) program sequencing with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) Automatic consideration

Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB) Prize (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the graduating student from Newfoundland and Labrador with the highest G.P.A. throughout the standard two year MSc(OT) occupational therapy program

Automatic consideration

Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT) Book Prize (cash award)

(awarded annually in December)

Second year students of the standard progression MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually at the December Awards ceremony to a student entering the second year of the standard MSc(OT) program sequencing who has made an outstanding contribution to extracurricular activities (professional and social) in School of Occupational Therapy and the community and has the ability to promote class spirit

Candidates nominated by their classmates for consideration are required to submit an application resume application resume [PDF-20kb]

Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT) Student Society Award(name engraved on School Plaque; cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the graduating student who has contributed the most to the Dalhousie Occupational Therapy Student Society (DOTSS).  Any involvement in NSSOT is also considered Candidates nominated by their classmates for consideration are required to submit an application resume application resume [PDF-20kb]

Phyllis Kennedy Memorial Bursary

(awarded annually in December)

Second year students of the standard progression MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually at the December Awards ceremony to a student entering the second year of the standard MSc(OT) program sequencing who has demonstrated interest in their studies and the School extra-curricular activities or membership on Committees within the School or University, or other particular scholarly effort

Automatic consideration

Prince Edward Island Occupational Therapy Society (PEIOTS) Award for Community Occupational Therapy (name engraved on School Plaque; cash award)

(awarded annually in June)


Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the student graduating from the standard program who has high academic achievement in the following courses and with the project focus on community occupational therapy:
OCCU 5043 Program Evaluation for Occupational Therapy
OCCU 6000 Applied Research I
OCCU 6600 Applied Research II

Automatic consideration

Sheila Poole Run for the Rock Award (cash award)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT)-Entry Level program. Presented annually to the student graduating from the standard program who has demonstrated sound academic achievement, professional behaviour, involvement with athletics (varsity and/or community) and involvement with the community.  Preference will be given to students who have completed fieldwork education in Newfoundland Candidates nominated by their classmates for consideration are required to submit an application resume application resume [PDF-20kb]

Valedictorian Scroll (name engraved on School Plaque; receives a personal plaque)

(awarded annually in June)

Graduating students from the standard two-year MSc(OT) - Entry Level program who are selected by their classmates to be their valedictorian and speak on their behalf at the Convocation Brunch and Awards Ceremony held at the end of June each year.

Automatic consideration

The recipient of this award is selected by members of the graduating class during the first week of classes following the completion of OCCU 6222