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SCHOLARSHIPS A Guide to Scholarships, Awards & Applications Information On • Who should apply? • How do I apply? • When should I apply? • Why should you apply? • Where do I find the information? Why apply? • Expensive • College - $11 000-12 000 • University - $14 000-20 000 (if leaving home) • Summer jobs unlikely to cover costs • Parents helping? • OSAP? • Many awards go unclaimed as students don’t apply – grades not the only criteria Who should apply? • Just about everyone can apply • Over 60,000 individual awards by over 300 organizations • Automatic consideration & Need to apply types • University, College & Community • Not just highest marks!!!! • Many are for target groups eg.: cultural background, physical disability, orphans, Deca, involved in environmental issues, volunteer work, pursuing studies in …………. WHO SHOULD APPLY? Know your strengths: -Academics important but …..so are: -Leadership – school or community -Volunteer efforts -Community Involvement/service -Broad based activities (arts, music, athletics) -Entrepreneurship-have you filled an unmet need at the school or community level? -Special programs (ie. Exchange, gifted, or community) Stats on Scholarships • Of 7363 listed on Scholarships Entrance Awards Canada site • 17- agricultural involvement • 262 - athletic involvement • 631 - extra curricular • 615 - leadership role • 1115 - school or community service • 80 - students with a disability Where to find scholarships? • Scholarship board in • Private & public Guidance organizations or • O.S.AP. Forms fill out companies Queen Elizabeth II – • Employers – of yours Aiming for the Top or your parents, or Check it off on your relatives OUAC application • Unions, employee • Post secondary associations institution of your choice • Veteran organizations - website • Search sites • Charities Search sites • www.studentawards.com • www.scholarshipsCanada.com • www.schoolfinder.com • www.Woburnci.com under guidance section • Other high schools’ websites • Individual post sec. websites Search sites Financial planning for college: www.ontariocolleges.ca – click on “plan”, then “Money matters” Planning for university : www.universitymatters.ca/um_html/down load.htm For both: www.canlearn.ca How to apply • Do research!!! • On-line application • Mail in application • Resumes – keep track from grades 9-12 • Essays • Interviews • Some nominated by school • Reference letters • Follow the specifics of criteria and deadlines, etc. • Check spelling, grammar, and sentence structure • Be concise • What makes you more deserving than someone else? When do I apply? • Automatic consideration or deadlines? • Sept. – July deadlines • References – give plenty of time to teachers or mentors to complete • Some are specific on how you send the application. • Remember start early so you don’t miss out! Letters of Reference • One or more may be required • Show how you approach studies • Evidence of qualities, commitments • Teachers, counsellors or adults who know you well – it may specify • Give them an outline • Plenty of notice • Watch deadlines! REMEMBER THESE TIPS • Do's and Don’ts with Scholarships • • Do give yourself and others helping you lots of time to complete the application. • Do a rough draft on a photocopy not on the original application. • Do get parents and teachers to proofread your rough draft. • Do read the instructions carefully. • Do try to be creative unless it states otherwise. • Do apply for as many as possible. • Do type the final copy • Do copy your application and file it away for future reference. • Do track all your applications - when can you expect a reply? • Do ask for help. • Do give your references at least two weeks to write a letter for you and supply them with a copy of criteria needed and a list of your activities and accomplishments. • Do put a lot of effort into the application. You are competing with the cream of the crop and your application must be perfect. • Do make a photocopy of what you submit. • • Don’t let the original copies get dirty. • Don’t lie on your applications. • Don’t leave an unanswered question on the application form. • Don’t do your good copy the first time. • Don’t forget to check to make sure you have everything that they asked for. • Don’t miss a deadline. *Ask yourself * Is it realistic? Is it worthwhile? Do I fit this scholarship? QUESTIONS?
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