Award Search

This tool lets you view awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries offered at York University. Take a few moments to search for awards you may be eligible for: you can search by Faculty, award type, activity level or type in the name of an award that you may be familiar with. Unless otherwise stated, all full-time, part-time and mature students are eligible for all the awards in the system so long as they meet the published criteria.

For additional graduate awards, visit the York Financial Assistance section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. You can also see a listing of external awards elsewhere on this site.

Note: All awards listed on this website are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

The Career Foundation/Loyan Gilao Memorial Award

This award will be presented to a student, entering or continuing, in the Lassonde School of Engineering with preference to a student in computer science, computer security or computer engineering. First preference shall be given to a student who demonstrates clear and compelling passion for working within the Canadian-Somali community as indicated by a strong history of community service and leadership. The student must be a Canadian citizen, permanent residents or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrates financial need. Entering students must present a minimum admission average of 75 per cent and continuing students must present a cumulative grade point average of 7.00. In a given year if no appropriate candidate, students who have experience with any other Canadian-African community may also receive this award. This award is established in memory of Loyan Gilao, a Year 2 York University student, who was tragically killed on Aug. 8, 2005. Loyan was an outstanding Canadian citizen and gifted leader whose values espoused the need for peaceful communities and conflict resolution to reduce violence.
Application Process
To apply for this award, please fill out the current Student Financial Profile at Please fill out the Community Service and Extra-Curricular Activities sections detailing your involvement in the Canadian-Somali community. Please also include a personal statement outlining these contributions.

How to Interpret the Awards Search Results

1. Offered

The time of year when this award is offered. This gives you an idea about when you'll need to apply for the award. The most common is In-Course (Fall/Winter), indicating that the award happens during the Fall/Winter session.

2. Award Type

The type of award:

  1. Bursaries are based on financial need. Therefore, students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
  2. Scholarships are based on academic merit. Therefore, students with high academic standing are encouraged to apply.
  3. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Therefore, students with high academic standing and financial need are encouraged to apply.

3. Value

The value of this award.

4. No. of Awards

The number of these awards offered each year.

5. Description

Details about the award's origins, purpose, and eligibility requirements. For example, some awards may require a minimum credit enrolment, a certain grade point average (GPA), enrolment in a specific Faculty, or a certain citizenship status.

6. Application Process

This explains how you can be considered for the award. Many of the awards simply require that you fill out the Student Financial Profile (SFP) for the current session. Other awards may, for example, ask for reference letters and personal statements outlining your extra-curricular involvement.