Allan Rock Scholarship Fund (762200302826)




Allan Rock Scholars Fund


This fund was created in honour of Allan Rock, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa from July 2008 to July 2016.

In July 2008, Allan Rock became the University of Ottawa’s 29th President and Vice-Chancellor since its foundation as Bytown College in 1848. He is a three-time University of Ottawa alumnus having graduated from the University of Ottawa High School before completing a Baccalaureate in Arts in 1968 and a law degree in 1971. His political career also had its roots at the University of Ottawa where he was elected president of the student federation in 1969.

In 1993, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Centre and named Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In that capacity, he introduced significant improvements to the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and other federal legislation. Allan Rock became Minister of Health in 1997, where he spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and more than doubled annual health research funding on a national scale. Subsequently, as Minister of Industry and Minister of Infrastructure, he introduced Canada’s innovation strategy, was responsible for Canada’s three granting councils and introduced legislation to create the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation to promote applied research in the social sciences and the humanities.

Allan Rock was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in December 2003. As the voice of Canadians at the United Nations, Allan Rock was an outspoken advocate of human rights, human security and reforming the UN. Allan Rock has received a number of awards including honorary degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada (1996) and the University of Windsor (1997). He received the Meritas-Tabaret Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Ottawa in 2007 — conferred to graduates who have made a significant contribution in their field and who have contributed to the reputation of the University.


To award scholarships to students who best exemplify the principles and purposes of the community and global engagement program at the University of Ottawa by devoting their time and energy to volunteering or other forms of community service in order to improve the plight of others.

The purpose of these scholarships is to infuse graduates with a keen sense of responsibility to others and an awareness of their obligation to “give back”, and to encourage alumni who, regardless of their chosen field, will use their good fortune as uOttawa graduates to improve the lives of others, either in Canada or abroad, in some meaningful way throughout their careers.



Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with the protected/refugee status or an international student;
  2. be registered as a full-time or part-time student to the University of Ottawa;
  3. be in good academic standing; and
  4. be involved or have been involved in volunteering and community service activities or initiatives, and demonstrate the intent to continue these volunterring and community service activities once they complete their degree.

Note: A past Allan Rock Scholar is not eligible to receive the award again.

  • Value of the award:                       Minimum $4,000
  • Number of awards:                       Variable
  • Frequency of the award:               Annual
  • Level or program of study:           Undergraduate and graduate
  • Application contact:                      Financial Aid and Awards Service
  • Application deadline:                    October 31



  • Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include:
  1. the Curriculum Vitae on Online Scholarships and Bursaries;
  2. a letter (300 to 500 words) from the applicant detailing how they aim to improve the plight of others through their past, present, and future volunteer and community service work; and
  3. two letters of recommendation.