Awards and scholarships

Financial barriers should never stand between great students and success

In the Faculty of Arts we strive to develop the whole student; one who succeeds academically and seeks out opportunities to apply their knowledge. When you enrich the student experience with scholarships and awards you provide financial stability and a vote of confidence in a student’s ability to succeed at Waterloo, both in the classroom and beyond. 

With support of alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and friends, we are growing the scholarships and awards available to all students. We extend special thanks to those donors who established awards between February and August 2021. 

New awards 

John Hamilton Co-Op For Social Good Work Term Fund 

John Hamilton (BA ’73, History) is a committed community champion, supporting a number of organizations locally and nationally, and he is proud to support the next generation of leaders and community developers along with the non-profit/registered charity sector through the Co-op for Social Good program. $10,000 will be provided annually to a registered charity or non-profit organization to fund one co-op student Work Term. The fund’s goal is to provide one Work Term annually for 5 years. 

Olive Carrick Award in English  

Nancy Mattes (BA ‘89, Drama and Theatre Arts, MEDI ’21) is a proud alumnus and a long-standing employee in Arts Advancement at the University of Waterloo. Her mother, Olive Carrick, has always been very supportive of higher education, ensuring all four of her children attended university. It was always a regret that she was unable to continue her education past high school as learning was a lifelong passion. Nancy and her husband Joe have established this award in honour of her 96th birthday and it will be given annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year Three or Four of the Literature program in the Department of English Language and Literature. 

Dupont-Peppler Award for Black or Indigenous Students  

Ian (BASc ’94, Mechanical Engineering) and Donna (BA ’94, Psychology) LeGrow came to the University of Waterloo together, got married in 3rd year, and have raised their two children in Canada and then the US, where they now reside.  In his role as a leader at a global software company, Ian sees first-hand the need to support post-secondary education for the Black and Indigenous communities. This award will annually provide at least one student $2,000 to help them achieve their dreams of a university education in the faculties of Engineering or Arts.  

Vasu Chanchlani-Canada India Foundation Entrance Scholarship 

Vasu Chanchlani (born July 1, 1952 – September 7, 2014) was an Indo-Canadian serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and trans-nations builder. He was co-founder of the Sigma Group of Companies and a founding member of the Canada India Foundation, a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India. This award will annually provide at least one student between $1,000 and $2,000 who is studying on an international study permit, are a resident of India, and are not receiving other major entrance scholarship funding.  

Award renewals 

William Medeiros Memorial Scholarship  

William Medeiros (Arts & Business, Political Science) was a University of Waterloo student who passed away suddenly in July of 2017. Beyond being a student, he was a camp counselor, a 1st degree black belt, a wrestler and most importantly a beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. William’s aunt, Lisa Coulman (BA ’88, Accounting and Financial Management), along with donations from friends and family, has made this fund available to full-time Political Science students in Year Two, Three or Four who have shown demonstrated leadership in extracurricular and/or volunteer activities within the school or community.  

Ali Arts Entrepreneurship Award  

As a student, Tanveer Ali (BA ‘09, Political Science) took advantage of UW’s entrepreneurial community and founded his first company in his third year of his undergraduate degree program. At the same time, Tanveer remained committed to his Arts education where he developed a full range of social, cognitive, critical thinking and leadership skills. Tanveer’s annual award will recognize one current Arts students each year who is developing new business ideas and award them with $2,500.