What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

Scholarships are awarded to recognize the high level of excellence a student has achieved in their studies.

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Financial need is determined based on each of the following factors where applicable; student and parent/partner income, the number of dependents in the family, and the applicant’s assets, including savings.

How do I know if I qualify for a bursary?

To be eligible for a bursary, applicants must:

  1. Be a student in good academic standing;
  2. Enrolled in a full-time program;
  3. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  4. Have accumulated government student financial debt;
  5. Have exhausted all OSAP opportunities/eligibility; and
  6. Complete ALL sections of the Bursary Application Form.

How do I know if I qualify for a scholarship?

Each individual scholarship has its own set of criteria. For details, please refer to the main Scholarships and Awards page.

What does 'matching funds' mean?

In some cases, when a donor sets up an award for Michener students, their donation amount will be matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. For example, if someone wants to set up a $500 scholarship at Michener, OTSS will also donate $500, making the scholarship worth $1000 overall.

How do I know if I qualify for a 'matching funds' scholarship?

To be eligible for a “Matching Fund Award/Scholarship” a student must:

*OSAP Residency requirements:You have always lived in Ontario

  1. You have always lived in Ontario
  2. Ontario is the last province in which you resided for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student.
  3. Ontario is the last province in which your parent(s) have resided for 12 months in a row.
  4. You now reside in Ontario AND you have resided in Canada for less than 12 months in a row.
  5. You now reside in Ontario, but none of the above statements applies to you.

If points 4) and 5) are true for you, you may not be eligible for OSAP, however you may meet Michener’s definition of eligibility and may still be eligible for a Matching Fund Award/Scholarship if you can show financial need through either the Financial Need Assessment Form or Bursary Application Form.

How do I apply for an award?

To apply, submit all supporting documents required by the award criteria to the Registrar’s Office in one of the following ways:

By email:



By mail:

Office of the Registrar

Attention: Scholarships & Awards Committee

The Michener Institute for Education at UHN

222 St. Patrick Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1V4


In person:

Drop off all documents at the Office of the Registrar on the 5th floor.

How do nominations work?

Some of the awards at Michener are granted by nomination only. Nominations are provided by Michener faculty, clinical coordinators, or program chairs, as specified in the individual description. Where an award criterion requires a nomination and letters of support, the letter of support cannot come from the original nominator.

Can I apply to more than one award?

There is no limit to the number of awards you can apply for. You may win multiple awards, provided that the listed criteria for each are met.

If I apply for multiple awards, do I need to submit multiple applications?

You may apply for multiple awards using one Application Form. However, you do need to read the criteria for each award carefully and submit all required supplemental documents.

Can I submit my application in multiple emails? For example, if I have completed the application page but haven’t received a letter of reference yet?

If you are submitting multiple emails, please be sure to reference materials to come, or to reference original application in subsequent emails.

Who decides the winner of each award?

In most cases, recipients are selected by the Scholarships & Awards Committee, unless otherwise noted in the award description. The Scholarships & Awards Committee is made up of Michener donors, alumni and staff. The selection is based on each individual award criteria.

When should I submit my nomination or application by?

The deadline for both nominations and applications is July 30 of every year.

When will I receive my award?

All awards will be received at the annual Awards Ceremony during the following fall or winter term.

Are awards considered taxable income?

Yes, awards are considered part of a student’s taxable income for the year. Michener will issue T4A forms to all recipients by the end of February, reflecting the value of the awards issued in the previous calendar year.