Awards & Scholarships

The Department of Psychology congratulates the award-winning students of 2021. Their achievements are remarkable, especially considering the challenges we’ve all faced during the pandemic. These students’ hard work and talent are exemplary, and we recognize and commend all they have accomplished during their academic journey at Western.

Dr. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton
Chair, Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology Awards and Scholarships

R.B. Liddy Gold Medal 

This is awarded to a graduating student highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Psychology Honours Specialization Graduates. Endowed in memory of the late Professor R. B. Liddy, Head of the Department of Psychology at this University, 1931-1954, by his children Catherine and James, both graduates of this University.

Current recipient: Jia-Wei Shih (Psychology Honours Specialization BA)

Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization BA 
This is awarded to a graduating student who has received the highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Psychology Honours Specialization BA Graduates.

Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization BSc
This is awarded to a graduating student who has received the highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Psychology Honours Specialization BSc Graduates.

Current recipient: Vanessa Di Cecca

Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BSc
This is awarded to a graduating student who has received the highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Psychology Honours Specialization Developmental Cognitive BSc Graduates.

Current recipient: Kimberley Henderson

Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BA
This is awarded to a graduating student who has received the highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Psychology Honours Specialization Developmental Cognitive BA Graduates.

Current recipient: Abagail Hennessy

Gold Medal for Honours Double Major, which includes a Psychology Major
This is awarded to a graduating student who has received the highest modular average amongst all of this year’s Honours Double Major, which includes a Psychology Major

Current recipient: Jesse Buchman (Chemistry Major/Psychology Major)

Nancy K. Innis Memorial Award 
This award is granted to the student who has achieved the highest mark in the course Psychology 3950F/G – History of Psychology.

Current recipient: Hannah Macdermid

Clark and Mary J. Wright Scholarship 
This award is granted annually to a fourth year student with an "A" average who upon graduation will be entering a graduate program, preferably in Developmental Psychology.

Current recipient: Hala Elshorafa

W.J. McClelland Award 
This award is granted annually to the graduating Psychology student whose Senior Honours Thesis is judged the most outstanding.

Current recipient: Noemie Bouchard

Linda Smith-Holbert Award in Early Childhood Education 
This award is granted annually to a third or fourth-year undergraduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the Psychology course offered in that year that relates most to study of early childhood education in the Department of Psychology. The Award was established in memory of the late Linda Smith-Holbert who was a highly-esteemed early childhood educator at University Laboratory School in the Department of Psychology from 1979 until 1989, by her family, friends, and colleagues.

Current recipient: Disha Rawal

Faculty of Social Science Awards and Scholarships

London and District Distress Centre Award is given to a student based on academic achievement and being and active volunteer in the London community.  This legacy award was established by a generous gift from the London and District Distress Centre (LDDC) to reward students for giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of those in the London community. Value $1,000.

Current recipient: Maya Ghai

Edna Jeffery Scholarship is given to an Honours Psychology student based on academic excellence in second year.  This award was bequeathed to the University by the late Mrs. Edna Jeffery. Value $500.

Current recipient: Maya Ghai

Faculty of Social Science Alumni Awards were established by Social Science alumni to recognize students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Value $1,500.

Current recipients: Sierra Sweet, Jackie Tan, and Facundo Lodol

Social Science Students’ Council Leadership Awards
Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students registered in the Faculty of Social Science (main campus) in the previous year and who are currently registered in the Faculty of Social Science (main campus) in their second, third or fourth year, with a minimum 70% average. Students will be selected based on their demonstrated leadership and participation in extra-curricular activities on campus and/or at the local, national and international levels. https://counselling.ssc.uwo.ca/awards/sssc_leadership_awards.html

Chancellor’s Prize in Social Science Bachelor Program
Awarded annually by the Dean to an outstanding Social Science student graduating with a 3-year or 4-year Bachelor Degree, based on performance in the graduating year. The award will consist of a suitably engraved gift from the Faculty of Social Science.

Chancellor’s Prize in Social Science Honors Program
Awarded annually by the Dean to an Outstanding Social Science student graduating with an Honors Bachelor degree, based on performance in the graduating year. The award will consist of a suitably engraved gift from the Faculty of Social Science.

Western University Awards and Scholarships

Governor General’s Medals
Awarded to two undergraduate students who achieve the highest academic standing in an Honors specialization or double Major leading to a 4-year Bachelor’s degree. 2 Silver Medals.

University of Western Ontario Gold Medal—Highest average in Psychology HBSc Module and Honors Double Major Module
Awarded for academic performance in fourth year for all honors programs when no other medal is awarded. Recipients must have (a) completed a prescribed academic program requiring five or more courses in the fourth year of an honors program, (b) taken the full complement of the prescribed courses for the fourth year of the academic program (both principal and elective courses) within that fourth year, and (c) achieved an average of at least 80% (“A) overall and in the principal courses of the fourth year.

Funding Opportunities

There are several internal and external funding opportunities for Canadian University students. Researching these opportunities takes time and diligence, but the effort may be well worth your while. Plan ahead, and take note of application deadlines.

Internal Funding Opportunities
Information about UWO‐based financial aid, including merit‐based and need‐based scholarships and awards, can be found at  https://registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/scholarships_awards/in_course/scholarship_awards.html and
https://registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/scholarships_awards/in_course/needs_based_awards.html  

External Funding Opportunities
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program (NSERC USRA)
Applications forms: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp

Fessenden-Trott Scholarship
https://scholartree.ca/scholarship/fessenden-trott-scholarship-program/0WPlIx3yy 
External Funding Search Engines:
Scholarships Canada: http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/ (Search by school—University of Western Ontario)
Student Awards: http://studentawards.com/
(A Canadian website for undergraduate and graduate students that generates a list of awards for which a student is eligible; free of charge).

CanLearn http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/index.shtml
(Grants, loans, bursaries, scholarships for Canadian university students)

National Educational Association of Disabled Students:
http://www.neads.ca/en/about/projects/ete2/scholarship/
(Awards for Canadian students or permanent residents with a permanent disability).

Class of 2021 Award Winners

Jia-Wei Shih (R.B. Liddy Gold Medal)

Vanessa Di Cecca (Gold Medal for Psychology Honours Specialization BSc)

Kimberley Henderson (Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BSc)

Abagail Hennessy (Gold Medal for Psychology Honors Specialization Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BA)

Jesse Buchman (Gold Medal for Honours Double Major, which includes a Psychology Major - Chemistry Major/Psychology Major)

Hannah Macdermid (Nancy K. Innis Memorial Award)

Hala Elshorafa (Clark and Mary J. Wright Scholarship)

Noemie Bouchard (W.J. McClelland Award)

Disha Rawal (Linda Smith-Holbert Award in Early Childhood Education)

Maya Ghai (Faculty of Social Science: London and District Distress Centre Award)

Maya Ghai (Faculty of Social Science: Edna Jeffery Scholarship)

Sierra Sweet (Faculty of Social Science Alumni Award)

Jackie Tan (Faculty of Social Science Alumni Award)

Facundo Lodol (Faculty of Social Science Alumni Award)