Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award

The Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is named after Robert J. Tiffin, who served as York University’s Vice-President, Students for nine years. Established through his strong leadership, dedication and integrity, Tiffin transformed his operation into one of the most professional student service organizations in the country, serving one of Canada’s largest student populations.

This award recognizes students whose leadership has contributed to the growth, development, and vitality of York University.

Who can be nominated?

Undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled and exhibit leadership, dedication, integrity, enthusiasm and the pursuit of excellence through their endeavours.

All members of the University community (students, faculty, staff and alumni) are encouraged to submit nominations for this award.


Selection will be based on leadership and/or involvement in the York community and outstanding academic achievement.

Recipients will be honoured at an award reception and have their name added to the awards display in the Vari Hall Rotunda. They will also receive a certificate and have the award noted on their transcript.

Nomination Deadline

The nomination deadline is February 28, 2020.

Nomination package must include:

  • a letter of recommendation from a primary nominator (maximum of 500 words);
  • a statement of support from a secondary nominator representing one nominating constituency (York University students, staff, faculty or alumni) not represented by the primary nominator (maximum of 350 words);
  • a candidate statement that describes how co-curricular involvement at York University has affected their university experience and helped to enhance the quality of life on campus (maximum of 500 words; include the student number at the top of the page);
  • a current resumé/CV, including detailed descriptions of involvement at the University.

Please submit your application here

Rob Tiffin Leadership Award - Form


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