Residence Awards & Bursaries

Students who live in Renison Residence have access to awards and bursaries each year. Students are invited to apply for the awards and bursaries, and recipients are decided upon by Renison's Student Affairs & Community Education Scholarships Committee.

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David Hartry Memorial Award

Rev. Canon David Hartry

Award Value: $1,500 award for one student annually

Term Awarded: Winter

The Rev’d Canon David Hartry, former Chaplain and Warden of Residence at Renison, died on Monday July 9, 2007.  David was an extremely popular and active member of the Renison and Kitchener-Waterloo communities.  He had a great sense of humor and wit, compassion and generosity, and was loved by students, faculty and staff alike.  In that spirit, the annual David Hartry Memorial Award recognizes a student who exhibits those qualities within the Renison University College community. Note that Dons are allowed to apply for this award.

To be eligible for this award, a student must: 

  1. Be a resident of Renison.
  2. Demonstrate positive student life involvement.
  3. Demonstrate academic excellence.
  4. Demonstrate financial need.

Photo caption: "The Rev'd Canon David Hartry signs UW's honour roll after being named an Honorary Member of the University at Spring Convocation in May 1998 as UW registrar Ken Lavigne looks on."

Dunker Family Centennial Award

Carl Dunker

Award Value:  $1,000 award for one student annually

Term Awarded: Winter

This award was established by the family of the late Mr. Carl Dunker, one of the founders of Renison University College, and is granted annually to a resident student in recognition of their contribution to the life of Renison.

To be eligible for this award, a student must: 

  1. Be a full-time student.
  2. Be a resident of Renison University College.
  3. Have a GPA of 75% of higher.
  4. Be able to describe their activity and involvement in residence life.

Photo caption from published photo: "NEW COLLEGE - A residence for Anglican students at the University of Waterloo, Renison College was officially opened last night. Shown are (left to right) Carl Dunker, chairman of the board; Rt. Rev. G.N. Luxton, bishop of Huron, and Mrs. R.J. Renison. The college was named after the late Archbishop Robert John Renison, former bishop of Athabasca and Moosonee." Source

Jacob Hillerby Memorial Award

Jacob Hillerby

Award Value: $2,000 award for one student annually 

Term Awarded: Winter

This award is founded in memory of Jake Hillerby, who, as a baby, was fascinated with switches and gears and showed a focused determination to figure out how different objects worked. He seemed destined to be an engineer one day, just like his father and grandfather, using his engineering degree to solve problems that could improve people’s lives. Jacob died before he got that chance, so his family and friends have donated the money for this award to support other students to use their engineering skills to improve people’s lives in some way. This award will be given to an engineering student living at Renison University College, who can demonstrate financial need and shows an intention to use their engineering skills to improve people’s lives.  

To be eligible for this award, a student must: 

  1. Be living in residence at Renison University College at the time of their application.
  2. Be registered full-time in a program in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
  3. Be able to demonstrate financial need.

Photo caption: Jacob Hillerby