Checklist for Scholarships: The most recent information I could find on Canadian scholarship money was that of the 17 million up for grabs, 5-7 million goes unclaimed. So, start searching the sites I have included at the bottom. Read the following for tips.
A) Register on one or more of the scholarship sites posted on this site. Try to treat this as a part-time job and set aside time weekly to apply for scholarships; this might mean you don’t need a part-time job at university.
B) Ask your parents if their place of business has scholarships. If they don’t, perhaps they could start the process and encourage their place of business to put one into place.
C) If you have a job, check to see if they have scholarships for their employees. Tim Hortons and Wendys are a few employers who employ youth and have scholarships for their employees.
D) Check the colleges and universities to which you are applying; some of them have many scholarships for which you may be eligble. Ask a strong writer to help edit.
E) Check your community or township; they may have scholarships available for students in their area.
F) Write a basic essay describing your leadership skills. It can be fine-tuned for each scholarship with this requirement. Ask a strong writer to help edit.
G) If you have a financial need, write a basic essay describing your financial need. Be specific: what are the circumstances surrounding your issues. This is private, shared only with the deciding body and will not go into the university files. This essay must be written in a matter of fact way. Ask a strong writer to help edit.
H) Ask your parents to help: find scholarships, talk to neighbours with older children already in university…
I) Google scholarships for your area of study; for example if you will be studying engineering, google engineering scholarships in Canada.
J) If the scholarships to which you are applying require letters of reference, ask the individuals to write it for you well in advance. Pay attention to what they are looking for in a letter of reference and communicate this to the person giving it to you.
K) If you find a scholarship for which you are not eligible, but someone else in the class is, pass it along to them.
L) Look at due dates; if one scholarship application is November and another in May, complete the one in November first. Keep track of this in your school agenda or on a calendar at home or in your locker.
Just for fun:
Various scholarships for those students studying in the Humanities: language, sociology…
For students wishing to pursue a career in the hospitality, foodservice and tourism industry:
If you have a learning disability or will be studying in a program related to students with learning disabilities:
Carol Thompson Memorial Fund Scholarship and the Doreen Kronick Scholarship
For students with visual difficulties or who are blind: (May)
For students interested in automotive industry:
For aboriginal students:
Geology and mineral engineering:
If you have an account at RBC: (To be updated in January.)
If you have been or are a member of 4H: (November)
Child of a Knights of Columbus:
If you are of black heritage: http://bbpa.org/membership/
If you are hard of hearing:
General list of scholarships:
http://www.warmuseum.ca/education/programs/the-colonel-douglas-h-gunter-award/ (April 15) This application requires an artistic bent. (April)
http://www.mensacanada.ca/rules.html (January – must be 18 to enter)
Science – need to write an essay
http://thechallenge.dupont.com/ January 31
Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Canadian ex-service persons: contact local Legion
Icelandic heritage and promotion of heritage:
At risk because of family, finances or other:
http://www.canadian-universities.net/Campus/Financial-Aid-Ontario.html (at various colleges and universities)
Need to write an essay on what a Catholic education has done for you:
Parents employed by a college or university:
Studying in medicene or dentistry:
Studying in French:
This scholarshipss requires you to look at your understanding of what you need for university. A good exercise to go through even if you don’t receive the scholarshiup.
This one is hosted by a community group called do something – some require dropping off food items. Check it out. (January)
The following are the ones which have been on my board for several weeks. I hope you have already checked out a few.
ontariocolleges.ca (After you apply.)