Scholarships, awards and contests

PACS Scholarships and Awards | UWaterloo Awards | External Awards | Contests

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program at Conrad Grebel offers several awards and scholarships for PACS students. Below are descriptions of each award available for PACS students.

To apply, please review the PACS Scholarship Application Form (2017). If you have any questions please contact Rachel Reist, PACS Undergraduate Officer.

Deadline to apply is March 1. 


William Dick Peace & Conflict Studies Field Study Award

This award of up to $2,000 supports and promotes the Peace and Conflict Studies Field Study program among students at Conrad Grebel University College and those pursuing studies at University of Waterloo. Financial support for students will also aid the work of the agencies for which they volunteer. Recipients will be chosen using the following criteria:

  • Students pursuing a PACS concentration.
  • Students accepted for PACS Field Study program and placement with an non-governmental organization that does not provide adequate funding.
  • Students holding at least an upcoming one term residence contract at the college, with consideration given to students who have had at least 2 previous terms in residence, may be given priority.
  • Students with financial need, may be given priority.

Download the William Dick Field Study Award brochure (PDF).

Becky Frey Student Scholarship

In memory of Becky Frey, a Grebel student who died of cancer in 1996, a scholarship of approximately $1,000 will be awarded to a second or third-year student enrolled in the Peace and Conflict Studies program. The scholarship will be based on a combination of scholastic ability and financial need.

Mary and Walter Hougham PACS Award

This award was established to provide financial support for students studying PACS at Conrad Grebel University College who have demonstrated financial need.

This award is given to:

  • Students enrolled in the PACS program at Grebel.
  • Students who qualify for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding.
  • Students who demonstrate involvement in and commitment to the PACS program.

The Vic and Rita Krueger Family PACS Award

This award supports first-year students intending to major in PACS, who qualify for OSAP and demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of the PACS program. Recipients will be chosen giving preference to the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled in a PACS core course.
  • Students intending to pursue a PACS major.
  • Students who qualify for OSAP funding.
  • Students who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of the PACS program (through a letter of application that outlines personal experience in peace issues, study goals and long term career aspirations).

Two awards of approximately $1,000 will be awarded annually (50% in the student's first year and the remainder in their second year when PACS is declared as a major).

Download the Kreuger Family Award in Peace and Conflict Studies Award Brochure (PDF).

Elliot C. McLoughry Fund Scholarship

Recipients of this award must be PACS students who are making outstanding contributions to the PACS program through scholarly achievement in courses or research, and/or leadership in student peace organizations.

Peter C. and Elisabeth Williams Memorial Fund Scholarship

Annual scholarships from these funds are awarded to students in the PACS program at Conrad Grebel University College who promote peace and peaceful relations between people and nations. Recipients must be students who are making outstanding contributions to the PACS program through scholarly achievement in courses or field work. Nominations are normally made by members of the PACS faculty. Awards are approximately $400.

Lina Wohlgemut Award

This award offers assistance to PACS students from the developing world, students interested in service in the developing world or students interested in service within the context of the church. An annual award of approximately $600 is normally awarded.

Mennonite Central Committee Peace Award/PACS Internships

These awards are available to students pursuing a PACS plan who have been accepted to a Field Studies course.

Global Conflict Management and Transformation Award

This award supports and promotes the training of community leaders from areas of conflict around the world in theories and practical methods of conflict management and transformation. Funds will be used to offset costs of education for students from areas of conflict while they are enrolled in PACS courses or Conflict Management Certificate courses at Conrad Grebel University College.  

Recipients will be chosen with the following criteria: 

  • Students originating from an area of conflict.

  • Students who are giving leadership or have potential to provide leadership in the area of conflict management and transformation in their home community.

  • Students  enrolled in a PACS course (either as undergraduate, graduate or in the Institute of PACS Conflict Management Certificate program).

Letters of interest should be addressed to the Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College prior to March 31. The award will typically be approximately $5000.

*These awards are offered by Conrad Grebel. For complete details, visit their website. For more information regarding these awards contact the Rachel Reist, PACS Undergraduate Officer.

UWaterloo Awards

For other awards, bursaries and scholarships from the University of Waterloo, visit UWaterloo's Student Awards and Financial Aid page.

Neufeld-Oberle Memorial Award

This fund has been established in memory of Henry Neufeld and Thomas Oberle by their children to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who participate in an international exchange program offered by the University of Waterloo, or the university colleges, who have demonstrated financial need. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have lived in Ontario for the entire 12-month period prior to beginning their post-secondary education.

For more information on this award, visit the page for the Neufeld-Oberle Memorial Award.

Walter Metzger Memorial Award

Numerous awards are granted annually to full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Year Two of their program of study who are in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need. These awards are made possible by a generous gift from the late Walter Metzger.

For more information on this award, visit the page for the Walter Metzger Memorial Award

External Awards

Helmut Braun Memorial Award - Centre for Community Based Research

The Helmut Braun Award is an annual scholarship administered by the Centre for Community Based Research. For fourteen years the Centre has honoured and celebrated post-secondary students from Waterloo Region through the Helmut Braun Memorial Award.  It offers financial assistance for local post-secondary students with a vision for how they will contribute to Canadian society. This unique scholarship always draws students from both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo; and is expected to award 3 students with scholarships of $1,000. Full details of the scholarship, including the application form, can be found on the Centre for Community Based Research website.

Katherine Lemke Heinrichs Scholarship

The Katherine Lemke Heinrichs Scholarship provides a one-time $2000.00 gift for a 4th year student or post-graduate student who is studying in the areas of peace and conflict transformation, international human rights, and law and policy that relate to refugees and displaced persons.

For more information regarding the application process please visit the Katherine Lemke Heinriches Scholarship Website

Contests