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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  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 to Ms. Taylor.  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.  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         

11 Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation 2015 applications and booklet of awards will be available on line January 2015 Due date: Feb District Contact: Erin Van Steen, ,(until Dec. 31, 2014) address Website: Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation 2015 applications and booklet of awards will be available on line January 2015 Due date: Feb District Contact: Erin Van Steen, ,(until Dec. 31, 2014) address Website:

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  Hard copies will also be available from Ms. Taylor in room 201 in January  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  Gives motivation to study consistently – leading to graduation  Encourages post-secondary education and job training programs  Recognizes and rewards student achievement in grades  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 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 (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 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 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 $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 ed 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) Mrs. Tyce(room 111) Mrs. Loughlin (room 205) Ms.Taylor(room201) Mrs. Tyce(room 111) Mrs. Loughlin (room 205) Thanks for coming!


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