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1 Bur Oak Secondary School Scholarship GuideBur Oak Secondary School
2 Session Goals Understand what a scholarship and bursary is Learn about the different types of scholarshipsAppreciate what the competition looks likeExplore how to become a competitive candidateUnderstand the process for finding and applying to scholarships
4 ScholarshipsA monetary award given to a student based on merit (it must be earned)meant solely for education (e.g. tuition, course texts, residence)Awarded based on several criteria; the criteria differs from one scholarship to anotherA minimal application fee is sometimes required
5 Scholarships tend to value... SkillsLeadership and InitiativeShown through your experiences and/or referencesCommunity InvolvementAcademicsExtracurricular Participationsports, councils, teams, clubs
6 Types of Scholarships Entrance Scholarships Merit Scholarships Based on your overall final grade 12 average OR your final average in your top six grade 12 “U” or “M” level coursesNo application requiredMerit ScholarshipsAwarded to the most accomplished student, usually in the areas of academics, music, art, or athleticsAn application is requiredCitizenshipBased on your extracurricular involvement and overall contribution to the community, both in and out of school (e.g. clubs, teams, organizations)Special CircumstancesBased on unique situations, such as your ability to overcome challenges, speak and study French, invest in the arts, practice a specific faith, etc.
7 Entrance Scholarships SchoolEntrance ScholarshipsWestern95%+ = $2500 x 4 years% = $2000 x 1 year% = $1000 x 1 yearMcMaster95%+ = $2500 x 1 year% = $1000 x 1 year% = $750 x 1 year% = $500 x 1 yearQueen’s90–94.9% = $ $2000 x 1 year95%+ = $4000 x 1 yearCarleton% = $1000 x 4 years% = $2000 x 4 years % = $3000 x 4 years95-100% = $4000 x 4 yearsBrock% = $750 x 1 year% = $1000 x 4 years 90-92% = $2000 x 4 years + free iPad93%+ = $3500 x 4 years + free iPadYork95%+ = $3000 x 4 years% = $2000 x 4 years% = $1000 x 4 years% = $500 x 4 yearsU of T92%+ = $2000 (many other scholarships that must be applied to)All colleges and universities offer theseStudents only receive ONE entrance scholarshipAt Carleton, you must maintain a A- (10.0 GPA) to receive renewable scholarshipAt Brock, must maintain an 80% at Brock to continue with renewable scholarship
8 Merit Scholarship: Athletics Athletic financial awards offered by Canadian universities must follow the criteria established by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)Scholarship maximum is capped at tuition and compulsory feesCandidates are eligible for awards that will go beyond this (e.g. Academic awards or those provided by Sport Governing Bodies)Contact the coach of the university team you are interested in about tryouts in Grade 12
9 Scholarship – Citizenship TD Scholarships for Community Leadership“We’re interested in hearing from students who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding dedication to solving a community problem or making their community a better place. For example, you may be cleaning up the environment, promoting social justice, or fighting child poverty.”Awarded up to $ towards tuition EACH yearAwarded $7 500 EACH year for living expenses
13 Scholarship – Citizenship Loran Scholar“We are committed to the greatest of Canada's natural resources: our youth. We work to identify and support talented students who show promise of leadership and a strong commitment to service in the community. We fund these citizens to study on Canadian campuses, to the benefit of their future and ours.”Tuition WAIVED at 1 of 25 partner universitiesAND$9000 stipend (renewable)$8500 to initiate a summer project/internship
14 Special Circumstances – Travel! The Amazing Travel Scholarship
15 Special Circumstances – Government MERF Scholarship (for those interested in government)
17 Bursariesa monetary grant (lump sum of money) given to a student who is in need of financial assistance to continue their education Typically issued to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need (documentation required)Bursaries DO NOT have to be repaidApplications are sometimes required
18 BursariesStudents who need financial assistance usually apply for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)OSAP = money LOANED to students; money must be repaid, in installments, after graduationStudents who are ineligible for OSAP are generally strong candidates for bursaries
19 Creating your ProfileWho are you?What do you stand for?
20 What can I do? Academic Achievement Community Involvement Extra-Curricular ParticipationHonour RollMeaningfully volunteer at schools, religious institutions, city initiativesStudent CouncilsSubject AwardsInitiate or participate in charity worke.g. join an organization (Canadian Cancer Society)School Clubs - Zero Footprint - Computer Club- Robotics ClubMusic CompetitionsGet involved in the communitye.g. Markham Youth Task Force, Empowered Student Partnerships (ESP)YearbookArt ShowsGet involved at BOSSe.g. Peer Tutoring, breakfast club, announcement teamAthletic TeamsMath ContestsBand and ChoirScience OlympicsImprov Team
21 The Winning Strategy Develop your skills Leadership and initiative are learned behavioursGet involved in your school and/or community and watch leaders in action. Emulate the behaviours you respect and find effectiveAsk leaders questions and for opportunitiesJoin a council, take initiative, and use your role to create changeBecome a director (this requires one year of council exp.)Start building your résumé NOWKeep it updated. Add honours and awards you win, extra- curricular activities, community volunteer work, and paid workHaving a résumé updated and ready allows you to better take advantage of opportunities that come up
22 The Winning StrategyMake a difference and be an agent of change. This requires applying your skills and building your team.Revitalize a club at B.O.S.S. or start a club with a team of people you know are investedWhat happened to the school newspaper?I have so many friends that love to dance, can I create a club and perform at assembles and school events?Ask the right questions and talk to the right peopleThe Breakfast Club at B.O.S.S. has so much potential. Mr. Hurlington, I have an idea…I love being a part of my church group. Ms. Lam, how can I take on more responsibility?Mr. Kumar, I really enjoyed attending the 30 Hour Famine last year. Is anyone planning one for this year?
23 To be exceptional, you must have FUN Those who win scholarships seldom win because they want the money, they win because they are passionate about a cause, are active citizens, and deserve it!Concerned about social justice?Start an awareness campaign as part of a council or club – use social media, the announcements, the caf projector, our school website, assemblies, and run lunch time eventsPassionate about sports?Step up as a team member and push your team’s practice regimentInitiate a sporting campaign at school (talk to Athletic Council) or in the community (talk to the City of Markham) to get people active.
25 The Process www.scholarshipscanada.com www.studentawards.com Sign up on scholarship websites to receive regular updatesBe aware of the different scholarships availableFollow guidance on TwitterCheck the guidance website for scholarship links and updatesCheck the bulletin board outside the guidance officeWhen applying, be aware of scholarship timelines and requirements well in advance
26 Completing an Application Be prepared to complete a personal statement or essayDo not let this stop you!Many scholarships go unawarded because students do not want to write 500 words. This is not a reason to lose hundreds of dollars!Book a guidance appointment to discuss your questions or to clarify components of the applicationWe are here to guide you, but the responsibility to find and learn about scholarships is your own
27 Personal Statement or Essay Assesses your writing and critical thinking skillsIs equivalent to an interviewInclude only relevant details. Do not pad your application with extraneous unrelated details.SAMPLE QUESTIONS Answer in 500 words or less: What leadership qualities do you possess and how do you strive to inspire others?Describe what you consider to be your most significant contribution to date and its value to your school or larger community. Why was it important to you and to others ?Describe a time you challenged yourself by taking on a task/project that was beyond your scope and capability at the time. Why did you do it? What happened?
28 Application Tips – Reference Letters Give the referee all the information they need regarding the scholarshipGive the referee a copy of your résumé that lists your accomplishmentsGive the referee TIME to write the letter; a couple of days is NOT enough timeSend thank you notes or s to people who write letters for you
29 Application Tips Tell the truth If necessary, request a letter of recommendation from teachers and/or community members at least 1 month before submissionIf necessary, notify your Guidance Counsellor at least 3 weeks ahead of the deadline
30 Application Tips Type the final copy of the essay Application forms should me very neat and printed in black inkFor your own records, make copies of your application before mailing it out
31 “Word hard to get the best marks; work harder to make those marks the least interesting thing about you.” Westmount Guidance Department
32 Big Scholarships University of Toronto Book Award Loran Awards TD Canada Trust ScholarshipTerry Fox Humanitarian AwardToyota Earth Day ScholarshipBurger King Scholars Award