Awards & Scholarships
Established in 2013 through the generosity of Economical Insurance, in support of excellence in Actuarial Mathematics education. The Economical Insurance Scholarships are distinguished as the highest-value awards among undergraduate in-course scholarships for students pursuing a Bachelor/Baccalaureate degree in Actuarial Mathematics at Concordia University.
Starting with the 2013-14 academic year, two $5,000 Economical Insurance Scholarships will be awarded annually for the following 5 years.
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is a leading property and casualty insurance company in Canada, offering a wide range of personal, commercial, farm and surety products.
- Hugo Latendresse (B.Sc. Honours, Actu. Math Co-op)
- Michelle Rutman (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu. Math Co-op)
The Arts and Science Scholars list is completed every after the last annual GPA has been calculated. Students who are identified as Arts and Science Scholars are invited by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science to an evening awards event during the following Fall term. For a student to be eligible as an Arts and Science Scholar, they must meet the following criteria:
- Be registered in an Arts and Science degree.
- Complete a minimum of 12 credits in both the Fall and Winter terms within the academic year.
- Have a GPA in the top 1% of their department (there is no minimum and the top GPAs will vary from year to year)
Arts & Science Scholars from our Department are as follows:
David Mamane, Andrew Brulotte, Qiu Ying Xu, Matthieu Hubert, Francois Lamirande
Emily Ditchburn-Trout, Olga Iacovlenco, François Lamirande, Davy Ly, Carol Neil
Established in 2010 through the benevolence of Morneau Shepell, the largest Canadian-based HR services company, this scholarship is intended to recognize and reward excellence in Actuarial Mathematics students who are entering their second year of studies.
Jason Azzoparde (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu/Math Co-op)
Vincent Carrier-Côté (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu/Fina Co-op)
Steven Ma (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu/Fina Co-op)
This scholarship is awarded annually by the Actuarial Foundation to college seniors who have successfully completed at least one actuarial examination, rank in the top quartile of their class, and are nominated by a professor at their school. Each year, several stduents receive the $2,000 scholarships, established by the estate of Juhn Culver Wooddy, a distinguished actuary who set aside funds to provide scholarships to actuarial students.
For the last three years in a row, Concordia students were recipients of this prestigious scholarship:
Jean Sebastien Cote (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu/Fina, Co-op)
Matthieu Hubert (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu. Math)
Jonathan Morin (B.Sc. Specialization, Actu/Fina, Co-op)
These scholarships are funded thanks to the generosity of Towers Watson and awarded by the Department to eligible and most deserving 1st and 2nd year actuarial students.
Yanbo Tang, Alessandra Fraquelli
Olivier Brown, Matthieu Hubert
Andrew Brulotte, David Mamane
Yadvinder Matharu, Vivian Lee
Also visit Financial matters for information about awards and scholarships, loans and bursaries, work study program and small grants program for students at Concordia University.
- Government of Quebec
- Government of Canada
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- Fonds Quebecois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT)
- ISM Doctoral Fellowship
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics invites applications for the above bursary from students registered in a graduate or undergraduate program in the Department. The value of the award is approximately $ 2,000 in total. The number of awards and the amounts of the individual awards can vary from year to year.
Preference will be given to candidates who meet some or all of the following criteria:
- Having a proven interest in the teaching of mathematics at the pre-university level.
- Having returned to academic study after some interruption.
- Having overcome some particular handicap or obstacle, e.g. in academic background, physical health, financial security.
- Having been active as a volunteer in some social, political or professional organization.
To be eligible, the applicant must be registered for at least 12 credits in the given academic year.
Applications must include:
- the applicant's name, address, social insurance number;
- an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
- a statement of purpose indicating in what ways the applicant considers him- or herself worthy of the award (maximum 500 words);
- a list of courses the applicant is enrolled in during the current academic year;
- a list of any financial support that the applicant is receiving during the current academic year (scholarship, bursary, teaching assistant, etc.)
Applications are to be submitted to the Departmental Graduate Assistant. The deadline for applications is January 25.
Brenda Carter (1937-1989)
Brenda Carter was born in Battersea, a borough of London, England, on June 24, 1937. At the age of eleven, she won a scholarship to Grey Coat School, Westminster, and from there went to Salisbury Training College where she studied to become an elementary school teacher. She taught first at a school in the Scilly Islands, then moved to successively more responsible positions in schools in the County of Surrey. In 1972 she was appointed head teacher of Duppas Junior School in the Borough of Croydon, a low-achieving school situated in socially mixed area. By the time she resigned from this position for reasons of health in 1984, the standards of work by the children at the school in academic subjects, sports, arts and music, had risen to above average levels.
In 1984 Brenda Carter married and moved to Canada. Unable to teach for physical reasons, she enrolled in a master's program in the history of education at McGill University. At the time of her death on April 12, 1989, she had just embarked on writing up a study of one-room schoolhouses in the province of Québec at the beginning of this century.
Without formal mathematical qualifications, Brenda had a strong intuitive grasp of mathematical processes and procedures, and while not a doctrinaire feminist, she very much wanted many more women to find the keen pleasure in mathematics that she had found in it. The Memorial Scholarship was established by her husband, David Wheeler, a Professor of Mathematics at Concordia University from 1975 to 1990, and funded by the generous donations of friends and colleagues.
David Wheeler (1925-2000)
David Wheeler was born in UK on February 16, 1925. Through a career extending over 50 years and spent in three different countries (UK, USA, Canada), David Wheeler has made many important contributions to mathematical education at large. He was a professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Concordia University, where he taught mathematics and mathematics education courses. He was the founder and long time editor of the journal, For the Learning of Mathematics, one of the renown international journals in mathematics education.
David Wheeler died in Vancouver on October 7th, 2000. One of his colleagues, Mogens Niss, paid a tribute to him in these words: "David Wheeler was a mathematics educator who never in a fraction of a moment forgot that, from his perspective, mathematics education ought to be provided to human beings, in order to serve their needs as human beings, and with due respect being paid to how human beings are different, and to how they live, feel and think. Hence empathy, open- and broadmindedness, an unpompous sense of reality, and not the least silent humour, should permeate the way we deal with mathematics education. All of these permeated David himself. We have indeed lost a giant in mathematics education, and some of us a dear friend as well."
The Nick Herscovics Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing full-time studies in the M.T.M. program. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and it is awarded based on academic excellence. The award can be held by the same person for a maximum of two years. The selection of the recipient is made by the Director of the M.T.M program in consultation with other members of the Department.
Application forms for the award are available from, and are to be submitted to, the departmental Graduate Program Assistant. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31.