Scholarship and Student Loan Websites:
Who coordinates my
applications are coordinated by your Scholarship Coordinator Ms. Witwicki. If
you have any questions, contact Ms. Witwicki in the Student Services
What is my application
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.