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Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 45,300 students, including 2,600 Master’s and PhD students, 3,800 faculty and staff, and more than 216,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

Ryerson University is home to:

  • The Faculty of Arts
  • The Faculty of Communication & Design
  • The Faculty of Community Services
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • The Faculty of Law, Canada’s newest law school
  • The Faculty of Science
  • The Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest undergraduate business school
  • The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Canada’s largest, most successful continuing education program.

Located in the heart of Toronto, our students gain real-world knowledge through co-operative education and internships, and amplify their studies through zone learning and specialized minors. Choosing us means getting closer to where you want to be. Whether that involves working in your field or pursuing graduate studies, a Ryerson education will prepare you for success.

Ryerson has a longstanding commitment to supporting Indigenous students and Indigenous ways of learning. Ryerson’s Elder and Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, sits at the leadership table and is part of Ryerson’s commitment to increasing Indigenous representation at the senior level. The Elder and Senior Advisor works to further embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the university’s culture.

The cornerstone of the university’s commitment to the Indigenous community is Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS). Launched in 1994, RASS has steadily expanded to meet the needs of our growing Indigenous population, and adapt to the growth of Indigenous-related initiatives across the campus. The RASS support team includes a counsellor, an academic advisor, and Indigenous peer supporters who coach students one-on-one.

Bennett Awards for Indigenous Students

The Bennett Awards for Indigenous Students celebrate the passion and potential within each student recipient. Because of the Bennett Family Foundation’s generous gift, over the last academic year, 31 deserving students started working at Ryerson toward a bright future.

The Bennett Awards for Indigenous Students are awarded to Ryerson students who are:

  • Either First Nation status, recognized by the Federal Government, non-status, Inuit, or Métis;
  • Residents of Ontario; and,
  • Enrolled in any full-time, part-time, or continuing education program.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Any – Full time, part time or continuing education certificate program
Level of Study: Any – Undergraduate, Graduate, continuing education certificate
Indigenous Affiliation: Any
Other: Must be a resident of Ontario

Tory’s LLP Scholarships for Indigenous Law Students

Ryerson Law is committed to diversity and inclusion, and to building a robust scholarship and bursary program for its law students. International business law firm Torys LLP supports this drive with a generous commitment of their own. The Torys LLP Scholarships for Indigenous Students are renewable entrance scholarships worth $20,000 each, awarded to Indigenous students with high academic standing entering their first year at Ryerson’s Faculty of Law. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and demonstrate financial need. 

The Torys LLP Scholarships for Indigenous Law Students are awarded to:

  • Either First Nation status, recognized by the Federal Government, non-status, Inuit, or Métis;
  • Full-time Indigenous students enrolled in Ryerson Law with high academic standing;
  • Based on demonstrated financial need.

There are two awards available for Fall 2020. Students selected will require confirmation of enrollment to Ryerson Law for Fall 2020. The value is $20,000 annually, renewed for an additional two years, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements. Total funding package is $60,000.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Ryerson Law
Level of Study: Graduate
Indigenous Affiliation: Any

Ryerson Indigenous Student Awards, Supported by Hydro One

Four undergraduate awards of $8,800 each will be distributed annually to Indigenous student(s) enrolled at Ryerson University, who are eligible for funding through Indspire.

Although demonstrated financial need will be the primary consideration, other factors may also be considered such as involvement in and contribution to the community as a whole; and demonstrated academic merit and performance.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Any