Scholarship and Student Loan Websites:

Who coordinates my application?

All scholarship applications are coordinated by your Scholarship Coordinator Ms. Witwicki. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Witwicki in the Student Services department.

What is my application deadline?

Check individual scholarship deadline dates carefully! The deadline for most applications is May 15 but deadlines can change at any time. A deadline dates may be set earlier than stated in order to ensure enough time to process applications. Post Secondary Institutions have earlier deadlines.

What is a scholarship?

A monetary award based on academic merit, and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship, as exhibited by student participation and leadership in community and extracurricular activities.

What is a bursary?

A monetary award granted on the basis of academic merit but for students who are also in need of financial assistance to continue their education. Often, there are secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship.

What is a student loan/grant?

Student loans are provided by the federal and provincial governments to students who need financial assistance to continue their education. Sometimes, financial institutions also offer student loan plans. A grant is a portion of the loan that does not have to be paid back. Students in Alberta apply to Alberta Student Finance.

Tips for Success

Get involved! Most scholarships are not solely based on academic excellence. The donors are looking for well-rounded individuals who have been involved in leadership and citizenship activities. It is a good idea to seek volunteer opportunities at school, in your parish, youth groups, hospitals, service organizations, etc. and keep a detailed list of your involvement.

Be proactive! You will need to do a lot of research to find a scholarship that fits for you. Search the websites included in this document, look into scholarship opportunities at the post-secondary institution you plan to attend, ask about scholarships at your parents’ workplace or any club/association affiliation.

Plan ahead! Keep a file of all of your accomplishments, including academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and community involvement.

Read the criteria! Completing scholarship applications can be very time consuming. You want to ensure that you are eligible for the award before applying.

Do not wait until the last minute! Some scholarships require a lot of extra information… essays, letters of reference, resumes, and portfolios. Stick to the deadline.

Get a SIN Number! You will need a SIN number in order to claim any scholarships. www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/sin/index.shtml

Do you have any tips on completing the application?

  • Allow yourself enough time to complete each application, at least one to two hours.
  • Make sure the information you provide is neat and readable. If possible, type your responses to the questions.
  • When you are offering information, organize it in a way that will make sense to the reader. You can group it in categories, such as academic merit, leadership experience, extra-curricular commitments, personal strengths or financial need.
  • Answer the questions on the application form completely and honestly. Use dynamic language that is clear, assertive and succinct. Only give the information that is required. Do not pad your form with detail that isn’t requested.
  • If you need a letter of reference, contact your referee to make sure that they are comfortable with doing this.

How do I get a letter of recommendation?

· Give the referee all the information about the scholarship that you are applying for in writing.

· Also give them a written list of your accomplishments so that they can refer to these in their reference. Organize this list according to the criteria required for scholarship application.

· Let the referee know whether they should address the letter “To Whom It May Concern” or to a specific person. Give them the exact address and include a stamped and addressed envelope if the referee is required to mail the letter directly to the organization.

· Give your referee enough time to do the job well – at least two weeks.

How do I describe my community or extra-curricular activities?

· Give the exact name of the organization or agency you volunteer with. If space allows, describe your responsibilities and volunteer work.

· Estimate the number of hours you volunteer per week, month or year. This information gives a true picture of your community or extra-curricular activities in relation to your academic workload.

· Be specific about your leadership or organizational responsibilities.

After I have completed my application form, what’s next?

Be sure to sign the form and have your parents sign it if that is required. Then, submit the form to your Scholarship Coordinator (Ms. Witwicki in Student Services) with your supporting documents. Remember to keep copies of each application you submit.

How do I get my scholarship money?

You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) before you can receive any scholarship monies. If you don’t already have a SIN, apply for one now. In some cases, a cheque will be sent to you, with your notification letter. If proof of registration at a post-secondary institution is required before you can receive the award, with your notification letter, you will receive a yellow form to complete. Take the form to your post-secondary institution. Many scholarships for post-secondary education are paid directly to the institution into your tuition account once you have been officially accepted into your program.


Scholarship Information

Scholarship and Student Loan Websites:

Who coordinates my application?

All scholarship applications are coordinated by your Scholarship Coordinator Ms. Witwicki. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Witwicki in the Student Services department.

What is my application deadline?

Check individual scholarship deadline dates carefully! The deadline for most applications is May 15 but deadlines can change at any time. A deadline dates may be set earlier than stated in order to ensure enough time to process applications. Post Secondary Institutions have earlier deadlines.

What is a scholarship?

A monetary award based on academic merit, and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship, as exhibited by student participation and leadership in community and extracurricular activities.

What is a bursary?

A monetary award granted on the basis of academic merit but for students who are also in need of financial assistance to continue their education. Often, there are secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship.

What is a student loan/grant?

Student loans are provided by the federal and provincial governments to students who need financial assistance to continue their education. Sometimes, financial institutions also offer student loan plans. A grant is a portion of the loan that does not have to be paid back. Students in Alberta apply to Alberta Student Finance.

Tips for Success

Get involved! Most scholarships are not solely based on academic excellence. The donors are looking for well-rounded individuals who have been involved in leadership and citizenship activities. It is a good idea to seek volunteer opportunities at school, in your parish, youth groups, hospitals, service organizations, etc. and keep a detailed list of your involvement.

Be proactive! You will need to do a lot of research to find a scholarship that fits for you. Search the websites included in this document, look into scholarship opportunities at the post-secondary institution you plan to attend, ask about scholarships at your parents’ workplace or any club/association affiliation.

Plan ahead! Keep a file of all of your accomplishments, including academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and community involvement.

Read the criteria! Completing scholarship applications can be very time consuming. You want to ensure that you are eligible for the award before applying.

Do not wait until the last minute! Some scholarships require a lot of extra information… essays, letters of reference, resumes, and portfolios. Stick to the deadline.

Get a SIN Number! You will need a SIN number in order to claim any scholarships. www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/sin/index.shtml

Do you have any tips on completing the application?

  • Allow yourself enough time to complete each application, at least one to two hours.
  • Make sure the information you provide is neat and readable. If possible, type your responses to the questions.
  • When you are offering information, organize it in a way that will make sense to the reader. You can group it in categories, such as academic merit, leadership experience, extra-curricular commitments, personal strengths or financial need.
  • Answer the questions on the application form completely and honestly. Use dynamic language that is clear, assertive and succinct. Only give the information that is required. Do not pad your form with detail that isn’t requested.
  • If you need a letter of reference, contact your referee to make sure that they are comfortable with doing this.

How do I get a letter of recommendation?

· Give the referee all the information about the scholarship that you are applying for in writing.

· Also give them a written list of your accomplishments so that they can refer to these in their reference. Organize this list according to the criteria required for scholarship application.

· Let the referee know whether they should address the letter “To Whom It May Concern” or to a specific person. Give them the exact address and include a stamped and addressed envelope if the referee is required to mail the letter directly to the organization.

· Give your referee enough time to do the job well – at least two weeks.

How do I describe my community or extra-curricular activities?

· Give the exact name of the organization or agency you volunteer with. If space allows, describe your responsibilities and volunteer work.

· Estimate the number of hours you volunteer per week, month or year. This information gives a true picture of your community or extra-curricular activities in relation to your academic workload.

· Be specific about your leadership or organizational responsibilities.

After I have completed my application form, what’s next?

Be sure to sign the form and have your parents sign it if that is required. Then, submit the form to your Scholarship Coordinator (Ms. Witwicki in Student Services) with your supporting documents. Remember to keep copies of each application you submit.

How do I get my scholarship money?

You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) before you can receive any scholarship monies. If you don’t already have a SIN, apply for one now. In some cases, a cheque will be sent to you, with your notification letter. If proof of registration at a post-secondary institution is required before you can receive the award, with your notification letter, you will receive a yellow form to complete. Take the form to your post-secondary institution. Many scholarships for post-secondary education are paid directly to the institution into your tuition account once you have been officially accepted into your program.