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Woodlands Scholarships and Bursaries Overview. Overview  Definitions and Facts  What makes a good candidate?  Scholarship Timeline.  Nanaimo Ladysmith.

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1 Woodlands Scholarships and Bursaries Overview

2 Overview  Definitions and Facts  What makes a good candidate?  Scholarship Timeline.  Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation  Dogwood District/Authority Awards  Passport to Education  Graduation Program Examination Scholarships  Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships  Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship  Entrance Awards  Community and National Awards Overview  Definitions and Facts  What makes a good candidate?  Scholarship Timeline.  Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation  Dogwood District/Authority Awards  Passport to Education  Graduation Program Examination Scholarships  Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships  Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship  Entrance Awards  Community and National Awards

3 Definitions u Scholarship: Awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement u Award: Given to a student who has met certain criteria for the award. u Bursary: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial assistance or need. u Loan: sum of money that a student can borrow for a given period of time.

4 FACTS  The average undergraduate student in Canada graduates with $28,000 worth of debt and take 14 years to pay off.  Youth unemployment in Canada was 14.17% in 2014.  According to Statistics Canada’s Youth in Transition Survey, 36% of students who ceased their studies early cited financial reasons. u Source: Statistics Canada

5  Five options. You will likely need to choose two! 1. BEGGING: I’m referring to free money through scholarships, awards, bursaries, grants, fellowships, stipends. 2. BORROWING: Most popular way of paying for an education. Look as education as an investment. Borrowing can make sense. 3. STEALING: Tapping into RRSP, selling large assets. Should be your last resort. 4. SWEATING: Child working to pay for an education. Summer jobs, part-time during school. 5. SAVING: Have sufficient time to save and set money aside regularly. RESP etc. How do Parents help fund students?

6 MYTH: Scholarships are just for “Brainiacs”

7 Scholarship Timeline:  November 2014 – Submit email to Ms. Taylor. btaylor@sd68.bc.ca btaylor@sd68.bc.ca  November-December 2014 – Begin to develop a scholarship resume. u Collect reference letters u Apply for National and Community awards.  November-December 2014 – Begin to research Entrance Awards for the Universities or Colleges you hope to attend.  January-February 2015 – Explore the Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation Scholarship booklet. www.nlsf.cawww.nlsf.ca  March-June 2015 – Become familiar with other funding sources including eligibility for students loans. Find summer employment.

8 TIPS ON WHERE TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS  1.High School u Woodlands Website, Room 201  2.Institution of Study u (UBC, UVIC, VIU, SFU etc.)  3.Local Community (Remax) u (Community Clubs, Charitable foundations, local employers, etc.)  4.Your employer or your Parents’ employer

9 TIPS ON WHERE TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS  5.Professional Organizations u (Engineering associations such as A.P.E.G.G.A.)  6.Industry u (Future Employers)  7.Specific to Ethnic Origin or Citizens with Disabilities  8.Internet

10 TIPS ON WHERE TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS List of Databases to check  www.studentscholarships.org  www.bcsholarships.ca  www.ammsa.com  www.nursingscholarships.ca  www.nupge.ca/scholarships  www.engineeringscholarships.ca  www.listofscholarships.ca  www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards/  www.studentawards.com

11 Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation 2015 applications and booklet of awards will be available on line January 2015 Due date: Feb. 2015 District Contact: Erin Van Steen, 250-753-4074,(until Dec. 31, 2014) email address evansteen@sd68.bc.ca Website: www.nlsf.cawww.nlsf.ca Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation 2015 applications and booklet of awards will be available on line January 2015 Due date: Feb. 2015 District Contact: Erin Van Steen, 250-753-4074,(until Dec. 31, 2014) email address evansteen@sd68.bc.ca Website: www.nlsf.cawww.nlsf.ca

12 LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES  Approximately $460,000 given annually  $100 to $2500 awards  You can win more than one award  Awards for high GPA and participation  Other awards include: u Athletics u Citizenship and Leadership u High achievement in a particular subject u Family affiliations (belonging to a club, union, culture group, other organization)

13 STUDENTS MUST APPLY!  Some awards are valid for two years  The scholarship booklet is available on line www.nlsf.cawww.nlsf.ca  Hard copies will also be available from Ms. Taylor in room 201 in January 2015.  Students must also hand in completed Scholarship Resume to Ms. Taylor

14 EDUCATION PLAN  Fill in the top part to the best of your knowledge  Some awards are based on your plan to go into a specific program or institution

15 FAMILY INCOME SECTION  A parent MUST fill in the bottom part and sign to be considered for bursaries  Lower family income is a pre-requisite for getting a bursary  If income is below $60,000, the expenses should be explained so the committee understands the financial need  Examples: there are two older siblings going to college; there is an illness in the family; there are unavoidable high expenses, etc.

16 ELABORATION PAGE  Elaborate on your interests, competencies, participation, leadership, motivations, plans  Comment on any barriers in your way or that you have overcome  Anything that will help us represent you to the scholarship committee  Use a list format

17 AFFILIATIONS  Organizations or culture groups to which you or your family belong  You need to talk to your parents to discover all your affiliations  You must fill in the blanks with the member’s name, year, etc. when it’s asked for on the form  Questions?

18 Provincial Scholarship Programs: Dogwood-District Application is required Provincial Scholarship Programs: Dogwood-District Application is required

19 DOGWOOD-DISTRICT AUTHORITY AWARDS Dogwood-District Scholarships  $1000 for excellence in Fine Arts, Applied Skills, Physical Activities, Second Languages, Community Service, Technical and Trades training.  Last year Woodlands received awards.  School-based committee determines winners

20 DOGWOOD-DISTRICT AUTHORITY AWARDS Dogwood-District Scholarships (cont’d)  Students may receive all three awards: Passport, Provincial exam, and Dogwood- District  Applications will be available from Ms. Taylor in January/February 2015 in room 201.

21 BC Government Scholarship Programs: Passport to Education No application is required – based on Grade Point Average BC Government Scholarship Programs: Passport to Education No application is required – based on Grade Point Average

22 PASSPORT TO EDUCATION AWARDS  Recognizes and rewards student achievement in grades 10-12  Gives motivation to study consistently – leading to graduation  Encourages post-secondary education and job training programs  Recognizes and rewards student achievement in grades 10-12  Gives motivation to study consistently – leading to graduation  Encourages post-secondary education and job training programs

23 PASSPORT BOOK  Stamped with a dollar value  Applied to post-secondary tuition fees or other educational expenses  Passport books are kept at the students’ school and will be available in September.  Redeem within 5 years.

24 CRITERIA FOR AWARDING STAMPS  9000 stamps amongst eligible BC High schools  Must be a Canadian Citizen, or Permanent Resident.  Must be a BC resident, and enrolled in a BC Public School  Grade 12 stamp is $500  2/3 on academics, 1/3 on effort, work habits, citizenship, volunteering

25 Provincial Scholarship Programs: Graduation Program Examination Scholarships Provincial Scholarship Programs: Graduation Program Examination Scholarships

26 GOVERNMENT EXAMINATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Academic u Graduation Program Examinations Scholarships will be awarded based on students’ performance on the Grad Program Exams. 5000 available u Those exams include  Science 10  Math 10  English 10  Social Studies 11 or FNS 12  English 12/Comm 12 u Must have B in Language Arts 12

27 Check list to see if you are eligible for the Provincial Scholarship Program: CourseExam % English 10 Math 10 Science 10 SS11/FNS12 CourseSchool %Exam %Blended (Final%) English 12

28 GOVERNMENT EXAMINATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Academic u A student will receive a $2500 examinations scholarship if they  Qualify for the grad program examination scholarships  Rank among the top 20 scholarship students (based on their percentage score)

29 GOVERNMENT EXAMINATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Academic u Any student who achieves a perfect score (100%) in all five provincial exams from grades 10-12 (exam mark) will also be awarded an Academic Medal of Excellence. u To redeem your Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship, you will be mailed a letter, certificate and voucher in September.

30 Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships

31 Secondary School Apprenticeship u $1000 available to students registered as an apprentice in ITA u C+ in Grade 12 courses u 480 Paid workplace training before September 2015. u 900 paid workplace 6 months after they graduate.

32 Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship

33 u $5000 scholarship recognizing exceptional grade 12 students planning to enter field of teaching. u 20 available, application deadline is March 31, 2015 u Must have B in Language Arts 11, Science 11, Math 11, Social Studies 11. u Maintain B average in grade 11 and 12

34 Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship u Resume u Two references, one from community and one from school. u Evidence of commitment to a teaching career.

35 Entrance Scholarships To a specific institution... Entrance Scholarships To a specific institution...

36 ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS to Universities and Colleges  Must apply to a given college or university in order to receive their scholarship offers.  Some are automatic with your application, and some have a separate application processes.  Varying amounts up to full tuition at colleges and universities are granted.  Over 90% average on academic courses typically guarantees you will get offers.  The higher your average, the better offers you will receive – up to “full ride.”

37 ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS to Universities and Colleges u For example – Many Universities allows schools to nominate a certain number of their graduating class for a Major Entrance Award. u School committees determine the top applicants thus receiving our endorsement.

38 ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS  Check out the following websites. u UVICwww.uvic.ca u VIUwww.viu.cawww.viu.ca http://www2.viu.ca/FinancialAid/awards.aspx?area=16 https://www2.viu.ca/FinancialAid/applications.asp u UBCwww.ubc.ca u SFUwww.sfu.ca

39 National Scholarships Substantial applications are required National Scholarships Substantial applications are required

40 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS -competing against the country  Examples that have due dates coming soon:  Loran Scholarship$various amounts.  Terry Fox Foundation$7,000/yr for 4 years - up to $28,000  Canadian Association$1,000 for outstanding of Principalsleadership  Miller Thomson 200 awarded @ $1,000

41 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS  Students should search the suggested databases in our handout.  Other awards: u TD Scholarships u Remax Scholarships u BC Hydro Scholarships u Black Press Scholarships  As awards come in to the school, they will be posted onto the Facebook page, as well as emailed out.

42 Building a strong Scholarship Resume

43 SCHOLARSHIP RESUME – a listing of accomplishments and attributes  A Resume is a list of your accomplishments that you can cut and paste specific attributes to meet specific criteria for various awards.  Makes you aware of areas you may be weak in so you can work on them  Various deadlines for scholarships will happen at the same time. Be prepared with your scholarship resume.

44 SCHOLARSHIP RESUME – Building evidence that you’re worthy…  Template Handout is available from Ms. Taylor.  Must include u Personal information u Career Goals u Academics u School Service u Community Service

45 SCHOLARSHIP RESUME – Evidence of competency & character… u Work Experience u Leadership Roles u Conferences u Athletics u Interests

46 Creating your Scholarship Resume remember to.....  Keep it to one page.  Use bullets, underlining, bold fonts, capitals, and italics to highlight significant information.  Be sure there is enough white space throughout.  Use a laser printer if possible.  SPELL CHECK AND PROOF READ more than once!  Have someone else proofread your work.  Use good quality white or neutral coloured paper.  Use 1 font and Size 11 or greater for main text.

47 SCHOLARSHIP RESUME – Letters of Reference…  Collect a variety to showcase your academics, leadership, service and character.  Use different letters to meet the criteria of the scholarship.  Notify the person writing the letter in advance. A good letter takes time.  Ask the person to save the letter to allow for edits and to use for other awards, just changing the salutation.

48 DON’T MISS THE DEADLINE

49 Ms.Taylor(room201) btaylor@sd68.bc.ca Mrs. Tyce(room 111) ctyce@sd68.bc.ca Mrs. Loughlin (room 205) sloughlin@sd68.bc.ca btaylor@sd68.bc.ca Ms.Taylor(room201) btaylor@sd68.bc.ca Mrs. Tyce(room 111) ctyce@sd68.bc.ca Mrs. Loughlin (room 205) sloughlin@sd68.bc.ca btaylor@sd68.bc.ca Thanks for coming!


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