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Tips For Completing Scholarship Applications -Start early!

Applying for scholarships is a lot of work and you want to make sure that you leave yourself enough time to complete them thoroughly.

-Neatness is extremely important. Remember that for every scholarship offered there are hundreds of applications so make sure that you don’t jeopardize your chances by submitting an application that is messy and full of errors. Check to see whether the application is to be typed or handwritten.

-Proofread your application and then ask someone else to proofread it as well. Check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

-If you write an essay and it asks for a specific number of words (500 for example) – do not go over the limit! This criterion is given for a reason and if you do not follow instructions, your application may not be considered.

-Do not leave any blanks. If a question does not pertain to you, write that down in the space provided.

-If you do not understand a question, phone the contact number and ask them to clarify.

-Check to see when the scholarship application is due and make sure that you have it in on time. Late applications are usually not accepted. Some applications differentiate between when the application has to be received in the office and when the application has to be post-marked by.

-Make sure that you are eligible for the award for which you are applying. Completing scholarship applications is a lot of work and you want to make sure that you are eligible before you start.

-If you are asking for reference letters make sure that you give your referees enough time to write the letter. You should also give them a copy of your resume and let them know specifically what you need. -Make a copy of your completed application and reference letters before you send it off.

Good Luck!

1. 2017 District #58/Authority Scholarships

There are 5500 District/Authority Scholarships distributed across school districts and independent school authorities that recognize graduating B.C. students for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength. Beginning in the 2015/16 school year, winners will receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

SCIDES AND CLC have the opportunity to award a minimum of 7 awards this year.

Qualifying for a District/Authority Scholarship

To win a scholarship, a student must apply and:

  • Meet the basic eligibility requirements
  • Meet criteria determined by the local scholarship committee, which requires a student to demonstrate outstanding achievement in any of the following areas:
    • Indigenous Languages and Culture (demonstrated at school or in the community)
    • Fine Arts (e.g., Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music)
    • Applied Skills (e.g., Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics)
    • Physical Activity (e.g., Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education)
    • International Languages with Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) or External Assessments, including A.P. and I.B. courses
    • Community Service (Volunteer Activity), which includes demonstration of local and global issues and cultural awareness
    • Technical and Trades Training (e.g., Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training)
  • Fulfil the B.C. graduation requirements of either the 2004 Graduation Program or the Adult Graduation Program by August 31st of the student’s graduating year
  • Have not previously received a District/Authority Award or a District/Authority Scholarship

Local scholarship committee criteria must ensure that winners have been cumulatively evaluated in the area of achievement chosen for presentation to the committee, and satisfy other criteria which may include factors such as attendance, punctuality, work habits and cooperation.

A student can receive only one District/Authority Scholarship in their lifetime.

For SCIDES and CLC, students will need to:

1. Fill out an application form, which includes a paragraph of about 250 words, telling us about the area of interest you are choosing to present, why you have chosen it and how you plan to incorporate it into your future

2.District Dogwood ScholarshipReference form

3. Complete a presentation to the KLC scholarship committee

DUE: May 15th of current school year

2. SCIDES PAC SCHOLARSHIPS

 These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

**The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year**

Number of Awards: 3

    1.   Academic (Humanities)
    2.     Academic (Sciences)
    3.    Trades and Technical

Amount of Award:

$750.00

Eligibility: 

Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.



CRITERIA:

1. Academic Scholarship (Humanities):

Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Humanities at post-secondary institution.

2. Academic Scholarship (Sciences):

Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Sciences at a post-secondary institution.

3. Trades and Technical:

Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 75% in all courses, and plans to pursue studies in Trades/Technical courses.


Selection Process for all awards:  Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions: 

This award is paid directly by the donor.  A letter of reference, from a non-relative, which indicates the student’s characteristics of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and good character is required.

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

3. SCIDES PAC BURSARY

These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

**The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year**

Number of Awards:

1

Amount of Award:

$500.00

Eligibility: 

Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.

CRITERIA:

Demonstrated good character, citizenship, and community involvement.

Selection Process: 

Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions: 

This award is paid directly by the donor.  A letter of reference, from a non-relative, which indicates the student’s characteristics of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and good character is required.

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution or training facility.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

4. External Scholarships 2016 - 2017

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  • Horatio Alger Scholarships: scholarship program for hardworking high school students across Canada (and CEGEP students in Quebec) who have faced adversity and overcome hardship. The scholarship is for students beginning their post-secondary studies in the fall of 2017.

    85 scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to students who apply before October 25, 2016. They can apply by visiting https://www.horatioalger.ca/.

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5. Other Scholarships and Awards Website Links

The following websites will give you information on scholarships, awards and financial aid that might be available to help you with the cost of post-secondary education.

1. Scholarships and awards are designed to give outstanding students support while they attend post-secondary institutions and selection for these awards may depend on any number of criteria.

2. Students may also qualify for loans through the government.

3. Most post-secondary institutions offer entrance awards. Check out the website of the institution that you are planning on attending. Some websites are listed below.