Scholarships & Awards

A number of scholarships, awards and prizes are administered by the School of Kinesiology to recognize undergraduate students in our programs who have displayed achievement, leadership and competency. An annual awards night is usually held in November to celebrate students who have been the recipients of these scholarships, awards and prizes, along with the generous donors and supporters of the School.

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Awards & Prizes in BKIN

Dr. Sandra Hartley Award in Kinesiology

An award is offered annually by Dr. Sandra Hartley (BOE ’71, MPE ’77, Ed.D ’93) for a Bachelor of Kinesiology student who has achieved good academic standing, while managing increased responsibilities as a parent, caregiver, sport leader, manager, and/or coach. Preference is given to students who are (1) parents, or (2) caregivers. Dr. Hartley is a Professor Emeritus in healthy, active aging at the University of Alberta, where she taught from 1971 to 2006. She is an accomplished gymnast who competed at the Olympic and World levels. Dr. Hartley is in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame and was the first recipient of the Marilyn Pomfret Trophy, as Woman Athlete of the Year in 1971. Her passion for education and advancing sport compelled her to complete 12 years of advanced education at UBC while raising a family. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

W. Gordon Brandreth Prize in Kinesiology

Prizes have been made available through an endowment by Mrs Bertha Brandreth in memory of her husband, W. Gordon Brandreth for outstanding BKIN students. The prizes are made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Lieutenant James Douglas Hamilton Prize

A prize, in memory of Lieutenant James Douglas Hamilton, a graduate in Physical Education and a former member of the COTC at UBC, who, on April 13, 1952, was killed in action in Korea, is offered by the Kinesiology Alumni and Undergraduate Societies. The award is open to third year students in Kinesiology showing academic and physical proficiency. The prize is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Kinesiology Undergraduate Society Prize

These prizes have been initiated by members of the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society and are intended to recognize students who have made unselfish contributions to student and faculty life. These prizes will be awarded annually to students in third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, who have maintained a high overall academic average and have demonstrated leadership qualities through extra-curricular activities within the field of Kinesiology. Reference letters by professionals in the field should support the application. The prizes will be made on the recommendation of the School in consultation with the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society.

R.F. Osborne Prize

A prize, in recognition of Robert F. Osborne’s long and dedicated service to Physical Education, is award to a student in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, with general academic proficiency, leadership and service in the field of Physical and Health Education. The prize is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

John B. Service Memorial Prize in Kinesiology

A prize has been endowed by family and friends in memory of John B. Service. The award is offered to a student specializing in the Kinesiology and Health Program, and is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology. In the case of graduate students, recommendations will be made in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Robert F. Osborne Memorial Award in Kinesiology

An award has been endowed in memory of Dr. Robert F. Osborne’s outstanding service as coach, teacher and administration during his 33 years as a faculty member at UBC, 27 of them as Director of the School of Physical Education and Recreation. The award is available to undergraduate students returning to the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program who have exhibited excellence in academics, athletics, and service in sport and recreation. The award is made on the recommendation of the School.

J.J. McRae Memorial Prize

A prize, endowed by Mrs. R.F. Osborne in memory of her father, J.J. McRae, is awarded to a student in third or fourth year of the Physical Education and Health program of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with general academic proficiency who has made a contribution to youth work. Special consideration is given to a student who works with individuals who are blind or visually impaired or other disability communities. The prize is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Peter Andrew Marron Memorial Award

An award has been endowed in memory of Peter Andrew Marron by his father, George A. Marron. The award is available to a student in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program who is pursuing studies in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program, or involved in research work, who displays scholarship, leadership and perseverance. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Leonard Osborne Memorial Prize

A prize, endowed by Robert F. Osborne, in memory of his father J. Leonard Osborne, is awarded to a student in the third year of the Physical Education option of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, with general academic proficiency, who has demonstrated expertise and leadership in the field of coaching. The prize is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Dr. Richard L. Ramsay Award in Kinesiology

An award is offered annually by Margaret Ramsay and family in honour of her late husband, Richard (Dick) Ramsay. The award is open to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Kinesiology who are also involved in the recreational activities at UBC. Dick Ramsay developed the Recreation-Education degree program at UBC in the mid-1960s. He felt strongly that leadership skills were not only learned in the classroom but from engaging in the local community. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Barbara Schrodt Award in Kinesiology

An award has been endowed by Barbara Schrodt for an undergraduate student entering or registered in the third or fourth year in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program who has been an outstanding playing member of a women’s field hockey team at UBC and is taking courses related to teaching physical and health education. The award is not to exceed $1,000 and is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology in consultation with the Intercollegiate Coordinator, Department of Athletics.

Carley “Kitty” Rosaline Kennedy Memorial Leadership Award for Indigenous Students

An award has been made available through an endowment established by the School of Kinesiology, in memory of Carley “Kitty” Rosaline Kennedy/ In Kitty’s words, “Follow your heart but let your body lead the way and BE the health for the life you want to live.” The award is for a third or fourth year Indigenous student in the School of Kinesiology who has demonstrated inspirational leadership in their community and in Indigenous programs at UBC. To be considered, students need to be registered in any courses in the School of Kinesiology. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Henrik Moberg Parker Memorial Award in Kinesiology

Awards have been made available annually through gifts from friends and family in memory of Henrik Moberg Parker (2001-2020) for students in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program who are participating in varsity or sports clubs. Preference will be given to students who volunteer with children who have special needs. Henrik was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from Vancouver College in 2019, he entered the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at UBC. Henrik was a leader on his hockey team and volunteered regularly with children who have special needs. He was an avid yachter and sailor, was recognized as one of British Columbia’s top sailors from age eleven, and represented Canada at international competitions. This award was established in recognition of Henrik’s accomplishments as an athlete, and his work to support children who have special needs. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Scholarships in BKIN

Physical Education Alumni and Kinesiology Faculty Scholarships

Scholarships have been endowed by alumni of the School and Kinesiology faculty, past and present. The scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program who have displayed academic achievement, leadership, and competency in their field of specialization. The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

William B. McNulty Kinesiology Scholarships

Two scholarships have been made available by William B. McNulty (BPE ’68, MPE ’70, MA ’83). The awards are made to students entering the second, third or fourth year who have combined academic excellence with an outstanding contribution in student or community affairs. Emphasis is put upon “service above self”. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Heather Lawson Memorial Scholarship

As a memorial to Heather Lawson, a third-year student in the School of Physical Activity and Recreation who was tragically killed in a skiing accident in March 1972, this scholarship was endowed by her parents. It is awarded to a student, preferably a woman, enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, with a specialization in the Interdisciplinary Studies program who is proceeding to the fourth year of the program. The basis of the award is sound academic standing all round qualities of leadership. The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Janie and Hector Wright Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship has been endowed by Janie D. Wright (BPE ’56) in memory of her parents. The award is offered to an undergraduate student in Kinesiology and is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

School of Kinesiology International Student Scholarships

Scholarships are offered to continuing international students in the School of Kinesiology, Vancouver campus. Students selected for these scholarships must have completed at least 30 credits towards their undergraduate degree or be entering the second year of their program. Students must demonstrate strong academic achievement, engagement in the School, and the potential to make a scholarly contribution within their chosen field of study. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.

Mary Isdale Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship is offered to a student who achieves high academic standing in the third year of any field of study. Consideration is given to eligible students who, over a period of years, have demonstrated particular interest in highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, piping or drumming. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology. Students who participate in other forms of dance may be considered if no other applicants meet the first criteria.

Anne D. Tilley Scholarship in Kinesiology

A scholarship has been endowed by Ms. Anne D. Tilley for an undergraduate or a graduate student enrolled in the School of Kinesiology who is interested in the field of developmental disability/intellectual disability. The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology, and in the case of a graduate student, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Captain C.Y. Wu Scholarship in Kinesiology

A scholarship has been endowed by Captain C.Y. Wu and Dr. C.H. Wu, to a second or third-year student in the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program who has demonstrated an interest in aquatic coaching or management. Preference is given to a student with a background in aquatics. The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology.