Tips For Completing Scholarship Applications -Start early!


Applying for scholarships is a lot of work; leave yourself enough time to complete them thoroughly.  Once you've done one, though, minor tweaks allow you to adjust and apply for potentially many.  The first application is the most difficult.

  • Neatness and readability are extremely important. Present your work in a typed and well-organized fashion.
  • Proofread your application and fix all errors.  You need to show that you are capable of producing high quality work.
  • If you write an essay and it asks for a specific number of words (500 for example) – do not go over the limit! This criterion is given for a reason and if you do not follow instructions, your application may not be considered.
  • Do not leave any blanks. If a question does not pertain to you, write "NA" (not applicable) in the space provided.
  • If you do not understand a question, phone the contact number and ask them to clarify.  Be very clear, courteous and appreciative when you speak.
  • Submit your application on time.
  • Make sure that you are eligible for the award for which you are applying.
  • If you are asking for reference letters make sure that you give your referees enough time to write the letter. You should also give them a copy of your resume and let them know specifically what the scholarship is seeking.
  • Keep a digital copy of your completed application and reference letters.  These can be easily edited to fit the next application.


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1. District #58/Authority Scholarships

There are 5500 District/Authority Scholarships distributed across school districts and independent school authorities that recognize graduating B.C. students for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength. Winners receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

SCIDES AND CLC have the opportunity to award a minimum of 7 awards each year.

Qualifying for a District/Authority Scholarship

To win a scholarship, a student must apply and:

1. Meet the basic eligibility requirements

2. Meet criteria determined by the local scholarship committee, which requires a student to demonstrate outstanding achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Indigenous Languages and Culture (demonstrated at school or in the community)
  • Fine Arts (e.g., Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Applied Skills (e.g., Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics)
  • Physical Activity (e.g., Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education)
  • International Languages with Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) or External Assessments, including A.P. and I.B. courses
  • Community Service (Volunteer Activity), which includes demonstration of local and global issues and cultural awareness
  • Technical and Trades Training (e.g., Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training)

3. Fulfil the B.C. graduation requirements of either the 2018 Graduation Program or the Adult Graduation Program by August 31st of the student’s graduating year.

4. Have not previously received a District/Authority Award or a District/Authority Scholarship.  A student can receive only one District/Authority Scholarship in their lifetime.

For SCIDES and CLC, students will need to:

  1. Fill out an application form, which includes a paragraph of about 250 words, telling us about the area of interest you are choosing to present, why you have chosen it and how you plan to incorporate it into your future;
  2. Complete the District Dogwood Scholarship Reference form; and
  3. Complete a presentation to the KLC scholarship committee

DUE: May 15th of the current school year

2. SCIDES PAC SCHOLARSHIP

These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year

Number of Awards: 3

  • Academic (Humanities)
  • Academic (Sciences)
  • Trades and Technical

Amount of Award: $750.00

Eligibility: Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.

CRITERIA:

  1. Academic Scholarship (Humanities): Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Humanities at post-secondary institution.
  2. Academic Scholarship (Sciences): Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Sciences at a post-secondary institution.
  3. Trades and Technical: Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 75% in all courses, and plans to pursue studies in Trades/Technical courses.

Selection Process for all awards:  Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions: 

This award is paid directly by the donor.  A letter of reference, from a non-relative, which indicates the student’s characteristics of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and good character is required.

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

3. SCIDES PAC BURSARY

These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year

Number of Awards:  1

Amount of Award:  $500.00

Eligibility:  Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.

CRITERIA:  Demonstrated good character, citizenship, and community involvement.

Selection Process: Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions: 

This award is paid directly by the donor.  A letter of reference, from a non-relative, which indicates the student’s characteristics of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and good character is required.

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution or training facility.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

 

4. External Scholarships 2018-19

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  • Horatio Alger Scholarships: scholarship program for hardworking high school students across Canada (and CEGEP students in Quebec) who have faced adversity and overcome hardship. The scholarship is for students beginning their post-secondary studies in the fall of 2019.

    85 scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to students who apply before October 25, 2018. They can apply by visiting https://www.horatioalger.ca/.

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5. Other Scholarships and Awards Website Links

The following websites will give you information on scholarships, awards and financial aid that might be available to help you with the cost of post-secondary education.

1. Scholarships and awards are designed to give outstanding students support while they attend post-secondary institutions and selection for these awards may depend on any number of criteria.

2. Students may also qualify for loans through the government.

3. Most post-secondary institutions offer entrance awards. Check out the website of the institution that you are planning on attending. Some websites are listed below.