Scholarships & Awards
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible for scholarships?
There's a scholarship out there for everyone. They are awarded at all levels for students of all disciplines and backgrounds. Some you may have to apply for, while others you may automatically be considered for. The criteria for these awards vary. Academic achievement is not always mandatory for eligibility. Often, students who participate in school or community activities can win scholarships based largely on their extra curricular involvement. Likewise, students with specific talents, hobbies, ethnic backgrounds or family affiliations can meet award qualifications.
Who administers scholarships?
You may think of schools as being the only administrators of awards. However, there are many other kinds of institutions and groups that provide and facilitate scholarships. Sometimes you have to apply directly to these organizations, not your school. Examples of administrators include governments, trade unions, companies, corporations and individuals.
How do I get a scholarship?
Apply. It's that simple. Many students assume that they won't win, so they don't bother to apply. That's why many scholarships go untouched each year. Once you've identified which awards you qualify for, read over and carefully fill out the applications, gather any additional documentation and send them in early.
How long do scholarships last?
As if getting money isn't good enough, there are scholarships that extend beyond the initial amount that you were awarded. These scholarships are renewable. Yet, many of them are conditional upon maintaining a high academic average or an uninterrupted course of full-time studies. Some of these scholarships renew automatically, while others do not. The number of years or semesters that they last also differs.
Tips for Success:
1. Have hope - assume there is a scholarship for you. They are available and awarded for many reasons. For example, students can receive scholarships for: academic success, academic success combined with community service, volunteerism, leadership, school and community involvement and excellence in sports.
2. Get going - start your search early (grade 11 for entrance scholarships and now for everyone else)
3. Be prepared - have documents such as letters of reference, your resume, your portfolio, personal statements ready ahead of time – don’t wait until the night before the deadline to ask your teacher for a letter of reference.
4. Be fearless – don’t be afraid to contact the school or scholarship administrator if you have questions. They want to help you.
5. Use all your resources – use scholarship databases as well as your local school resources, teachers, student services, etc.