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D.R. Campbell Merit Award

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM

The D.R. Campbell Merit Award was established by the Students’ Council in order to provide recognition for individuals who make a significant contribution to the improvement of the quality of life at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Selection is made by a committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students.

The recipient of the award is presented with a framed certificate at the annual Celebration of Distinguished Services. Any member of the UTSC community is eligible to receive the award, subject to the following criteria:


  • registered at the University of Toronto Scarborough in two or more courses
  • maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better


  • employed at the University of Toronto Scarborough for two years or more
  • the reason for consideration for the award is not related to research, academic publications or course work

Administrative Staff

  • employed at the University of Toronto Scarborough for two years or more

Teams are eligible to be nominated for this award

The award may not be given to the President of the Students’ Union, the Vice-President and Principal, or the Vice Principal (Academic) and Dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough in the same year that the person is serving in office.

Selection Criteria
The award is presented for “outstanding contribution” which is deemed to mean:

  • Dedicated service to U of T Scarborough beyond the person’s normal role
  • Initiation and development of a new U of T Scarborough program, facility, event, or publication

For more information on what to include in your nomination package, please refer to the D.R. Campbell Merit Award Sample Nomination Package for more details. The nomination package must be submitted through the form below. Please contact us at for information on the D.R. Campbell Merit Award.

The list of past recipients can be found at our Past Award Recipients page.

Background on D.R. Campbell D.R. Campbell, was a former principal of U of T Scarborough as well as a scholar, Second World War veteran, and agricultural economist. Campbell became a professor and associate dean at the University of Toronto, where he served from 1964 to 1970. Subsequently, he served as an economic advisor to Jordan in 1962, and in Kenya from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, Campbell returned to Canada to serve as principal of what was then called Scarborough College at U of T, where he led the campus until 1976. He spearheaded the creation of the first co-operative education program at U of T. He was subsequently appointed president at the University of Manitoba, where he served as president from 1976 to 1981, followed by the post in Kenya. In 1984, he became director of the international development office of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), making efforts to assist Canadian universities in establishing productive relations with universities in the developing world. He returned to Africa in 1981 as part of a project with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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(Can be a UTSC staff, faculty, student, alumni or a member of Campus Council and its committees)