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Part-Time In-Course Awards


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In-Course and Renewal Award Regulations

  1. In-Course Awards are monetary and non-monetary awards allocated on the basis of academic merit and, in some cases, other forms of earned merit. Non-monetary awards such as medals and books as well as monetary awards of nominal value (currently $100 or less) are called prizes.
  2. In-Course Awards are available to full-time and part-time students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (excluding the Physician Assistant and M.D. Programs), at the time of award application and selection, who are returning to McMaster to continue their studies.
  3. Any In-Course Awards requiring full-time status are available to students enrolled full-time or equivalent in both the fall and winter terms.
  4. Any In-Course Awards requiring part-time status are available to students who are not enrolled full-time in the fall and/or winter terms.  In addition, true part-time awards are only available to students who have completed at least 50% of all units attempted at McMaster on a part-time basis.
  5. In-Course Awards are available to all domestic and international students.
  6. In-Course Awards are not available to second degree students unless the terms of a particular donor award specify eligibility and they have not received the award previously.
  7. In-Course Awards are not available to students in their graduating term.
  8. In-Course Awards may also consider other forms of earned merit.  In order to evaluate earned merit, students may need to complete one or more additional requirements, including, but not limited to, submitting an application.
  9. In-Course Awards requiring an application that are determined by Grade Point Average require a minimum Grade Point Average of 8.0 on at least 18 graded units, while those determined by Fall-Winter Average require a minimum Fall-Winter Average of 9.5 on at least 18 graded units.
  10. In-Course Awards adjudicated without need of an application that are determined by Grade Point Average require a minimum 8.0 on at least 24 graded units, while those determined by Fall-Winter Average require a minimum 9.5 on at least 24 graded units.
  11. Available averages, units upon which averages are calculated, program level, and enrolled units, may be used to break any ties in an award competition.
  12. In order to be considered for an In-Course Award by application, students must submit a complete application by the specified deadline date.
  13. In-Course Award applications which meet award eligibility criteria are forwarded to a selection committee for review and ranking.
  14. Some In-Course Awards are renewable.
  15. Entrance, Indigenous Entrance, and In-Course Award renewals determined by Grade Point Average or Fall-Winter Average require a minimum 8.0 on at least 18 graded units.
  16. All In-Course Award payments are disbursed through the McMaster Student Account and applied to outstanding charges. A few exceptions to this regulation may be approved by the Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  17. In-Course Awards are typically disbursed no later than the end of September.
  18. In-Course Awards will be disbursed if the recipient continues to be enrolled in a McMaster degree program, or a specific McMaster program, when explicitly required by the terms of the award, or the student’s record reflects they are on exchange, on letter of permission, or participating in a coop or internship opportunity at McMaster University. 
  19. In-Course Award recipients will have their awards noted on their University transcripts. Entrance and In-Course renewals are not noted on transcripts.
  20. Registration in, or transfer to, another program of study and/or a change in course load may result in forfeiture of an In-Course Award or Entrance or In-Course Award renewal.  Students are advised to consult with the Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, prior to making any changes to their program of study or course load.
  21. If a student is approved to graduate or transfers to graduate in the fall, after the awarding decision and/or disbursement is made, the student will forfeit the award.
  22. Students who withdraw before November 1 will forfeit their In-Course Award or Entrance or In-Course Award renewal.
  23. Students who forfeit their In-Course award will have their award cancelled and their transcript notation removed if forfeited in first year of payment only.  Students must return the In-Course Award or Entrance or In-Course Award renewal funding to their McMaster Student Account. 
  24. Forfeiture of a renewable Entrance or In-Course Award also cancels all future instalments of the award.
  25. Students wishing to defer the stated value of an In-Course Award or Entrance or In-Course Award renewal to the next academic year should make the request in writing to the Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.  Approval is not automatic and deferments are not normally granted for more than one academic year.
  26. Students holding renewable Entrance or In-Course Awards who choose to accelerate their program and to complete their degree earlier than normal by completing Spring/Summer courses and who wish to employ the benefits of their renewable Entrance and/or In-Course Awards to defray the tuition and compulsory fees for those courses should make the request in writing to the Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  27. The University may choose not to grant an In-Course Award in the absence of a suitable candidate; may choose to limit the number of recipients selected where funding is limited; may choose to limit the number of recipients selected where too few suitable candidates exist; and/or may choose to generate applicant pools where complete applications have not been received.
  28. The University may remove specific In-Course Awards from the University Calendar, may revise the terms and stated value and/or suspend the granting of In-Course Awards (e.g. donor funds).
  29. In-Course Awards supported by donor funds may have additional eligibility and renewal requirements.


Automatically Assessed

Open to Two or More Faculties

The Alumni Association Scholarship

Established in 1974 by the McMaster University Alumni Association and later augmented by bequest of Harold E. Amy.

Requirements: One scholarship to be awarded to a part-time student who has attained the highest Grade Point Average at the most recent review.

Typically Available: 1 x $400

The MAPS Gold Medal

Established in 1996 by the McMaster Association of Part-time Students.

Requirements: To be awarded to the graduating student completing studies primarily on a part-time basis and who attains the highest Grade Point Average.

Typically Available: 1 x Medal

The William J. McCallion Scholarships

Established in 1984 in honour of Professor McCallion, B.A. (Class of ‘43), M.A. (Class of ‘46), first Dean of the School of Adult Education from 1970 to 1978, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to adult education and to the Department of Mathematical Sciences during 41 years of service.

Requirements: A variable number to be awarded to part-time students who have attained the highest Grade Point Average at the most recent review.

Typically Available: 8 x $250

The P.L. Newbigging Prizes

Established in 1982 in recognition of Dr. Lynn Newbigging for his outstanding contributions to the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Faculty of Science).

Requirements: Four prizes to be awarded to students with the highest Grade Point Average: (a) one to a student enrolled in 24 units or more in the three-level B.A. program in Psychology; (b) one to a student in a B.A. program in Psychology who has completed the program primarily on a part-time basis; (c) one to a student enrolled in 24 units or more in the three-level B.Sc. program in Life Sciences with a concentration in Psychology; and (d) one to a student in a B.Sc. program in Life Sciences with a concentration in Psychology who has completed the program primarily on a part-time basis.

Typically Available: 3 x $100

The University Scholarships

Established in 1978.

Requirements: Twenty scholarships to be awarded to part-time students who have attained the highest Grade Point Average at the most recent review.

Typically Available: 20 x $250


Open to the Faculty of Humanities

The Audrey Diemert Memorial Book Prize

Established in 1991 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Audrey Diemert.

Requirements: To be awarded to a part-time student who attains the highest standing in ENGLISH 2G06 A/B or ENGLISH 2I06 A/B.

Typically Available: 1 x $100 for books

The F.W. Waters Scholarship in Philosophy for Part-Time Students

Established in 1998 by former students, colleagues and friends of Dr. F. W. Waters, Professor from 1935 to 1959.

Requirements: To be awarded to a part-time student in a Philosophy program who, in the judgment of the Department of Philosophy, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. No student will be eligible to receive this award more than once.

Typically Available: 1 x $250


Open to the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Anthropology Prize

Established in 1982.

Requirements: To be awarded to the graduating student who has completed a program in Anthropology primarily on a part-time basis and who, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Typically Available: 1 x $100

The McMaster University Retirees Association Prize

Established in 1992 by the McMaster University Retirees Association.

Requirements: To be awarded to the part-time student enrolled in a program in Gerontology or Aging and Society who attains the highest Grade Point Average.

Typically Available: 1 x $550 

The Political Science Prize

Established in 1982.

Requirements: To be awarded to a graduating student who has completed a program in Political Science primarily on a part-time basis and who, in the judgment of the Department of Political Science, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Typically Available: 1 x $200

The Religious Studies Prizes

Established in 1982.

Requirements: Two prizes to be awarded to students who attain the highest Grade Point Average in a three- or four-level program in Religious Studies: (a) one to a student who has completed the program enrolled in 24 units or more, and (b) one to a student who has completed the program primarily on a part-time basis.

Typically Available: 1 x $100 each 

The Jack Richardson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2002 in memory of Jack Richardson by family, friends and colleagues.

Requirements: To be awarded to a part-time student who has completed at least Level II in an Honours Sociology program and who attains the highest Grade Point Average at the most recent review.

Typically Available: 1 x $400

The Sociology Prizes

Established in 1982.

Requirements: Two prizes to be awarded to students with the highest Grade Point Averages: (a) one to a student who has completed the three-level program in Sociology while enrolled in 24 units or more; and (b) one to a student who has completed a program in Sociology primarily on a part-time basis.

Typically Available: 2 x $100

The Anne Stein Memorial Prize

Established in 1981.

Requirements: To be awarded to the part-time student who successfully completes SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S and attains the highest grade in SOCWORK 3D06 A/B S in the same term.

Typically Available: 1 x $125

 Courses must be taken during the Fall/Winter terms.

The David Winch Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2003 in memory of Professor David Winch by his family, friends and colleagues.

Requirements: To be awarded to a part-time student in the Faculty of Social Sciences who has completed at least Level II and who, in the judgment of the Faculty, has demonstrated notable academic achievement.

Typically Available: 1 x $500


Awards by Application

Open to Two or More Faculties

The Gwen George Medal

Established in 2001 in loving memory of Gwen George by her family.

Requirements: To be awarded to a part-time student who has completed at least Level I of any program and who, in the judgment of a selection committee, has achieved notable academic standing and has demonstrated qualities of leadership and service to McMaster University and/or the Hamilton-Wentworth, surrounding or world communities.

Typically Available: 1 x $400 and a medal 

Applications may be submitted at the end of Levels I, II and III (IV if in a five-year program) on Mosaic. Students must have completed a minimum of 18 graded units to be eligible. Not open to students in their graduating year.

The Gordon Raymond Community Contribution Award

Established in 1996 by the McMaster Association of Part-time Students and other friends and colleagues in honour of Gord Raymond in recognition of his 27 years of service to McMaster University including 15 years as Coordinator of Part-time Degree Studies.

Requirements:  To be awarded to the part-time student who, in the judgment of a selection committee, demonstrates enthusiasm for life-long learning and/or had an influence on the lives of part-time students.

Typically Available: 1