District Scholarships and Awards Program
Each year the Ministry of Education allots our school district a number of scholarships and awards based on the number of students enrolled in grade 12. In School District No. 22 (Vernon), candidates entering the
District Scholarships & Awards program must plan and complete a project to demonstrate a particular skill or interest. Application forms for this program are available every September.
Guidelines for District Scholarship and Awards Program.
Locally Awarded Bursaries or Scholarships
There are numerous locally awarded bursaries and scholarships for students within our school district. The school district makes available the "Application " for a one week period in mid March of each year. There are Scholarships for Automatic Consideration as well as Scholarships with Specific Criteria . Please contact your local secondary school counselor for more information regarding these scholarships/bursaries.
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KEY TO SCHOLARSHIPS
|Students are advised to check the counselors office in their respective schools for regular updates of the scholarship's availability and deadlines.|
The application describes the scholarship and lists the specific criterion. It will include instructions, an address and a deadline for submission. The form will require you to provide personal information such as your name, address, school, the program and the college or university applied for, and names of your references. Other sections of the application form may request such information as:
• a list of your extracurricular activities;
1. Applications must be neat. They should be checked for grammar and spelling. NO abbreviations should be used; full names of awards, clubs, certificates must be used. This is to ensure the scholarship sponsors and selection committees understand exactly what it is you are presenting.
2. Always work on a photocopied form first and then complete the original copy.
3. Have a counsellor, English teacher, and/or parent proofread the rough draft. This will help eliminate mistakes and make your application more polished.
4. Read all the instructions carefully. Record the deadline.
5. Have a system for keeping your information and various application forms organized. Some methods students have used that seem to have worked include the use of files. Information pertaining to each application form can be filed in a file folder. The name of the specific scholarship, and its deadline, can be written on the front cover of the file. They can be organized by the deadline dates, having the file that has the earliest deadline first. Secondly, use a calendar to keep track of the submission dates for each of the scholarships. This helps to keep track of the dates the forms have to be completed and mailed to ensure they arrive prior to the deadline. Record on the calendar not only the deadline, but also the date that you will need to mail it in order for it to arrive by the deadline. This is important, because this really is the deadline for you to have it finished and in the mail so it will arrive on time. Many scholarships can be submitted on line as well.
6. Request reference letters and transcripts well in advance of the deadline date. This gives the people you are asking enough time to complete the requested task. When you must send a transcript with your application use the most current transcript you can, which is after each term/semester. You can access your transcript through student connect. Reference letters may be photocopied. So if you make a number of photocopies of each reference letter, and then file them, they are easily accessible as needed.
7. When you request a reference letter, it is really helpful to the person writing the letter if you supply them with relevant personal information such as your employment record, extracurricular activities, sports/music involvement, special accomplishments, words to describe you, etc. Counselors have a simple form entitled,
8. Do be creative. This is especially true when you are responding to some of the essay questions.
9. Do apply for as many scholarships as possible. As a rule, your odds of winning something increase as you enter more competitions. Remember that once you have done all the preparation for one application, the rest will be easier to complete. In fact, many of the applications ask similar questions, so you can reuse or just edit your answers. In fact, essays that are saved on the computer can be altered and edited to fit the criterion for other essays that you may need to complete as part of an application.
10. Always type your essay unless the application specifies that it must be handwritten. If you must do it by hand, use blue or black ink and space your writing carefully. A scholarship selection committee may photocopy it, so it must be legible.
11. Before you send off your application, make sure you make a photocopy of the entire application and file it away in the specified file. It may be useful if the original goes missing or if you have to prepare a similar application.
12. Keep the application flat, with no folds. Keep if from getting dog-eared or soiled. Mail it in a proper sized, 8 ½ " x 11" envelope. It is probably best to send your application by Priority Post or by courier. A little extra money will purchase fast, secure delivery.
13. Do make sure that you have your own
14. Ask a counselor for help if you have any difficulties while filling out the forms. If necessary, they can contact the sponsor of the scholarship for more information.
15. Be honest on the application. If it is discovered that you exaggerated a part of the application, it could jeopardize your application and your good name.
16. Answer all questions and sections on the application.
17. Prior to sending your application, double check to make sure that you are sending everything that is required.
18. Where a letter of application is required -use 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, one side only. Use a regular business letter format, and keep the tone of the letter straightforward, concise, and unemotional. In addition to required information, content should include an outline of your interests, extracurricular/ voluntary activities, awards, employment, etc
19. Because many scholarships are decided by April and May, the marks you achieve in grade 11 and in the first semester of grade 12 are critical. Many scholarships, such as college or university entrance scholarships and district scholarships are decided well before students receive final marks for the second semester.
|Reference Letter Planner|
This form (please see school counselor) should be completed prior to requesting a reference letter. It can be done in point form. The information you provide in these 5 questions will be extremely helpful to the person who has agreed to compose a reference letter for you. It would be helpful to also provide them with a copy of your current transcript and a copy of the application form.
1. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. (List the extracurricular activities you have been involved in throughout high school. This includes your involvement in sports, music, clubs, leadership classes etc. Include the dates and years of involvement counselor)
2. COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK/INVOLVEMENT. (List and describe any community volunteer work or involvement. Include the dates and year(s) of involvement counselor)
3. SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS. (List ALL certificates, awards, leadership roles etc. that you have earned both in the school and community.)
4. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY. (Outline your employment history. Provide dates of employment, names of companies and employers, tasks performed, etc.)
5. CHARACTER DESCRIPTORS. (Provide at least six words that best describe you. Explain why you think these words are the best descriptors of your character.)
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