Prizes and Scholarships | College of Arts

Prizes and Scholarships

There are several prizes and scholarships specifically for Philosophy students. Student Financial Services has a list with all the details, but here are summaries:


We are excited to announce a brand new scholarship: the Philosophy Excellence Scholarship ($1,500)!

No application required
Awarded to the student with the highest grade in a Philosophy 1000-level course
Eligibility: Students majoring in Philosophy who have completed a 1000-level course in Philosophy and who have completed a minimum of 2.5, and a maximum of 7.5, credits.


Edmund C. Bovey Scholarship in Philosophy ($1,500)

No application required
Awarded to the student with the highest cumulative average in Philosophy courses who has completed 6 semesters in the major honours, combined honours, or specialized honours program in Philosophy.

Guelph Philosophical Society Scholarship ($500)

Application: In-Course Financial Need Assessment Form, due October 7
Students with a major in Philosophy, in semesters 1 to 4, have a minimum cumulative average of 80% and have demonstrated financial need.

Jakob Amstutz Prize ($300)

No application required
Student with the highest cumulative average who has graduated during the previous fall or winter or will be graduating in the summer of the current academic year from the Honours Philosophy program.

Kip Hunter Prize (book prize)

Submission of essays is to the Chair, Department of Philosophy, via email: May 1
For the best essay, written by an undergraduate in a philosophy course. The essay may be either a required assignment for a course (in which case either the student or the instructor may submit it) or it may be specially prepared for the competition.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate who has registered for a philosophy course during the academic year in which the prize is awarded.

Kitty Newman Memorial Scholarship (3, $1,200 each)

No application required
Eligibility: Students entering the B.A. program in the College of Arts with a minimum 80.0% admission average.

Michael and Virginia Walsh Scholarship in Philosophy ($1,500)

Application: In-Course Financial Need Assessment Form, due October 7
Eligibility: Students registered in the Philosophy major of the B.A. program with at least 10.0 credits completed and demonstrated financial need.

Murdo MacKinnon Scholarship ($1,000)

No application required
Eligibility: Student(s) registered in an honours major program in the College of Arts in Music, Drama, Art History, Studio Arts, English, History, Philosophy, Languages and Literatures or French Studies with the highest cumulative average in his/her honour subject(s). Preference will be given to students who have done all of their work at the University of Guelph.

Norman Farb Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy ($1,000)

Application: In-Course Financial Need Assessment Form, due October 7
Eligibility: Students admitted (as defined in the University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar) who are registered in the Bachelor of Arts program with a minimum 75% cumulative average or 75% admission average and who have demonstrated financial need.