About the 2024 Jean Lumb Awards


Purpose:The 27th annual Jean Lumb Awards will be presented to outstanding high school students who have achieved excellence in one of the following areas:
  • Academics
  • The Arts
  • Athletics
  • Community Services
  • Defence of the Environment
  • Dignity of Life
  • Excellence (New)
  • Innovation
  • Innovation in Technology (New)
  • Leadership
  • Overcoming Adversity (New)
  • Trades & Apprenticeship

    One applicant who is accepted to and enrolled to attend the University of Toronto Scarborough will be automatically considered for a separate University of Toronto Scarborough Entrance Award.
  • Eligibility:You must be:
  • Enrolled full-time in any grade in a high school school or secondary school in Canada
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Of Chinese heritage
  • Value:$1,000 per award
    Deadline for applications:Monday, May 20, 2024, at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time
    Judging:Our panel of judges evaluates and selects the winners. The nine award winners will be contacted by August 31, 2024.
    Awards Criteria:Academics Award
    The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and exceptional promise for future academic distinction. Factors to be considered are outstanding scholastic achievement; achievements acknowledged by scholastic bodies; breaking new ground in a field of study or knowledge, or showing promise of making a significant contribution in a specific field; broader significance of nominee's contribution to the academic community; evidence of leadership, discipline and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    The Arts Award
    The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding achievement in Creative Arts and/or exceptional promise of future artistic achievement. Factors to be considered are outstanding scholar or practitioner of drama, music, art and/or dance; recognition accorded for artistic performance (top prize winner in a music festival, recipient of dance scholarship, etc.); achievements which gained individual honour and distinction (performances, exhibitions, etc.); breaking ground in an area of the arts, or shows promise of making a significant contribution in a specific field; significance of nominee's contribution to the broader artistic community; evidence of leadership, discipline and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Athletics Award
    The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding achievement in sports and exceptional promise of future athletic distinction. Factors to be considered are outstanding athletic achievement through consistent performance of a sport or sports; achievements which gained individual honour and distinction to the athlete, the school and/or other athletic endeavour; commitment to fairness and integrity in competition; significance of nominee's contribution to the broader athletic community, excluding paid or compulsory coaching and work required for sport certification or team eligibility; evidence of leadership, discipline and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Community Service Award
    The successful candidate must have a record of significant service and involvement. Factors to be considered are significant in enriching the lives of groups or individuals over an extended period of time; exceptional service through charitable organization(s) or community group(s); exemplary commitment to volunteerism; significance of the nominee's contribution to the community; evidence of ongoing leadership and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Defence of the Environment Award
    The successful candidate must have a record of significant service and involvement in the defense of the environment. Factors to be considered are significant roles in environmental protection; encouragement of others to reduce their impact on the environment; fostering of innovation in the protection of the environment; benefit to human health; awareness raising about the protection of the environment; evidence of leadership, discipline and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Dignity of Life Award
    The successful candidate must have a record of significant service and involvement in building hope in communities and promoting respect for the dignity of life, including those of young, adult, elderly, and/or individuals with disabilities toward inclusion into society. Factors to be considered are significant roles in enriching the lives of groups or individuals over an extended period of time; exceptional service through charitable organization(s) or community group(s); exemplary commitment to volunteerism; significance of the nominee's contribution to the community; evidence of ongoing leadership and dedication; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Award of Excellence (New)
    The successful candidate is an extraordinary applicant from British Columbia who is tops in his/her chosen field, e.g., academics; sports; community services; the arts, etc. Factors to be considered are top standing in his/her chosen field; ambition to succeed; dedication and commitment; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Innovation Award
    The successful candidate must show originality of the innovation. Factors to be considered are uniqueness or novelty of innovation of a process, service, or product that has expanded and/or added value to its area; lasting impact and/or benefit of the innovation that is commensurate with the overall need or magnitude of the area being addressed; degree of achievement or quality of ingenious and/or entrepreneurial thinking to discover, create or conceive the innovation; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Innovation in Technology Award (New)
    The successful candidate must demonstrate originality for an innovation in technology. Factors to be considered are a game-changing process, service, or product for a creative solution to a technological problem; an outstanding outcome that successfully leverages a lasting impact; a benefit that is commensurate with the overall need or magnitude of the area being addressed; degree of achievement or quality of ingenious and/or entrepreneurial thinking; achievement in relation to challenging circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Leadership Award (New)
    The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and future potential. Factors to be considered are leadership role in student and community service at local, city, provincial, national and/or international levels; recognized achievement and impact in areas that contribute to the long-term advancement and well-being of community, e.g., education, sports, health; achievements in inspiring, engaging, and leading others; evidence of ongoing leadership and dedication to inspire hope for the future; achievement in relation to circumstances or obstacles overcome.
    Overcoming Adversity Award (New)
    The successful candidate must have a record of overcoming obstacles through personal perseverance and/or community advocacy and involvement in the face of adversity. Factors to be considered are significant service and involvement in building hope and inspiration with resilience, strength and spirit to make a difference in communities; facing hardships and persevering to make a difference in their endeavours; turning adversity into advantage to achieve success.
    Trades & Apprenticeship Award
    The successful candidate will be enrolled full-time in a college, community college, college of applied arts or applied technology, CEGEP in Quebec, or career college, to study for a specific job in an industry, including applied arts, electronics, culinary arts, health services, human resources, or trades, such as carpentry, electrical or plumbing.
    Award Ceremony:October date in 2024 to be announced.