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Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

This is the list of Awards available only to students enrolled in the History programs.

​Nipissing University offers and administers a wide range of scholarships and need-based awards and bursaries provide numerous awards to any qualified student.

Please visit Student Awards and Financial Aid for the complete list.


A.V. (Vern) McKinnon Memorial Award

Value: $500

Presented to the third year full-time student in a History major who has demonstrated an exceptional interest in the study of History, and who is deemed most deserving by the History faculty.

Cup Gunning Award

Value: $525

Presented to the person who was a full-time student over the previous year at Nipissing University in a History major, who has shown a strong interest in Local Community History, and is deemed most deserving by the History Department. Should a suitable candidate not be found, consideration is given to students showing a strong interest in Military History. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

Dr. Robert J. Surtees Honours History Scholarship

Value: $450

Established in honour of Dr. Surtees' dedication, spirit and commitment to Nipissing University. This award is presented annually to a full-time, fourth year Honours History student who makes a personal contribution in the field of athletics or extracurricular activities at the university or in the community at large. The recipient is selected by the History department.

Nipissing University Alumni Association History Award

Value: $600

Presented to a second, third or fourth year full-time student of a History major on the basis of academic merit (minimum 70% average). The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

Smith Award

Value: $2050

Established to honour the lives of Janet Morton and her parents, Bill and Helen Smith and to recognize their dedication to the North Bay community. It strives to encourage dynamic and creative people to become potentially outstanding teachers of history. The award is presented to a student in his/her final year of full-time study, majoring in history at Nipissing University, who plans to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree in the following year, either at Nipissing University or at another university. The recipient will demonstrate an enthusiasm for history through his/her studies at Nipissing University, both inside and outside the classroom. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Students are nominated by the faculty.

Stan Michael Lawlor Memorial Award in History

Value: $1450

Established to honour the life of Stan Michael Lawlor. It recognizes his dedication and desire to encourage and promote History studies at the graduate level. It is presented to a deserving, graduating student in History at Nipissing University who plans to pursue graduate History studies in the following year, either through Npissing University or elsewhere. The recipient must demonstrate enthusiasm for history through his/her undergraduate studies at Nipissing University, both inside and outside the classroom. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

Students are nominated by their department.

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