About the award

Estimated at about $4,000

To provide financial assistance and to recognize the academic achievement of a student in the School of Journalism, in memory of Len Coates and his extraordinary contribution to the field of journalism. One award will be offered to a student entering each of the second, third and fourth years of study in the bachelor of journalism program.

Len Coates was a pioneer of automobile journalism in Canada, first at the Toronto Telegram and later at the Toronto Star. He was the first president of the Automotive Journalists’ Association of Canada.  Jim Kenzie of the Star wrote: “Len’s facile conversation, easy charm and fluid writing style only partly mask a rigid integrity – get the facts right; hold true to your principles; tell it like it is.”

Len Coates died in January 2006. The three Len Coates Memorial Awards were established by his friends and collaborators, Rod and Sandra Campbell, in conjunction with the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

2016 Len Coates Memorial Award
2016 Len Coates Memorial Award

Norris McDonald with 2016 winner Palak Mangat.

Norris McDonald with 2016 winner Palak Mangat.

2016 Len Coates Memorial Award
2016 Len Coates Memorial Award

2016 winner Kate Skelly with Doug Mepham.

2016 winner Kate Skelly with Doug Mepham.

2016 Len Coates Memorial Award
2016 Len Coates Memorial Award

Brad Hains and Andew Spearin with 2016 winner Holly Walker.

Brad Hains and Andew Spearin with 2016 winner Holly Walker.

2015 Len Coates Memorial Award
2015 Len Coates Memorial Award

2015 winner Viviane Fairbank with presenter Brad Hains.

2015 winner Viviane Fairbank with presenter Brad Hains.

2015 Len Coates Memorial Award
2015 Len Coates Memorial Award

2015 winner Patricia Karounos with presenter Norris McDonald.

2015 winner Patricia Karounos with presenter Norris McDonald.

Criteria

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident or a Protected Person;
  • be an Ontario resident;
  • Complete the Student Budget Form;
  • be entering second, third or fourth year of the four-year bachelor of journalism program;
  • demonstrate overall excellence in studies with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Your application package must include:

  • A cover letter stating only the award you are applying for, your name, your student number, your year of study and your CGPA;
  • A letter indicating how this award would make a difference in your life;
  • Student Budget Form;