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.

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;
2017 Len Coates Memorial Award First Year Winner
2017 Len Coates Memorial Award First Year Winner

Presenter Brad Hains with first-year Len Coates Memorial award winner Trevor Green.

Presenter Brad Hains with first-year Len Coates Memorial award winner Trevor Green.

2017 Len Coates Memorial Award
2017 Len Coates Memorial Award

Presenter Jim Kenzie and second-year winner Maggie Macintosh.

Presenter Jim Kenzie and second-year winner Maggie Macintosh.

2017 Len Coates Memorial Awards
2017 Len Coates Memorial Awards

Presenter Norris McDonald with winner Brendan Molina-Navidad.

Presenter Norris McDonald with winner Brendan Molina-Navidad.

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.

Past Winners

2017    First year: Trevor Green

2017    Second year: Maggie Macintosh

2017    Third year: Brenda Molina-Navidad

2016    First year: Holly Walker

2016    Second year: Kate Skelly

2016    Third year: Palak Mangat

2015    First year: Ben Waldman

2015    Second year: Patricia Karounos

2015    Third year: Viviane Fairbank

2014    First year: Hailey Salvian

2014    Second year: Yara Kashlan

2014    Third year: Ramna Shahzad

2013    First year: Yara Kashlan

2013    First year: Jasmin Husain

2013    Second year: Sonia El Boury

2013    Third year: Megan Jones

2012    First year: Sonia El Boury

2012    First year: Eric Mark Do

2012    Second year: Amir Tabrizian-Pour

2012    Third year: Angelina Irinici

2011    First year: Marissa Dederer

2011    Second year: Trinh Theresa Do

2011    Second year: Graham Slaughter

2011    Third year: Talia Ricci

2010    First year: Vidya Kauri

2010    Second year: Lakshine Sathiyanathan

2010    Third year: Raylene Knutson

2009     First year: Matt Braga

2009     Second year: Kevin Hamilton

2009     Third year: Brian Coulton