How to Prepare for Scholarship Season

Important Dates: 2019/2020

Post Secondary Institution Night                  September 16, 2019

Financial Opportunities Night                       October 17, 2019

UBC Lunch Presentation                                   October 28, 2019

Scholarship Meetings:

  • Early Scholarships Meeting                   September 17, 2019
  • General Scholarship Meeting                November 7, 2019

Scholarships Workshops during Flex

  • December 5, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 9, 2020

Group 1 Financial Awards Due                   February 11, 2020

Group 2 Financial Awards Due                   February 25, 2020

District Authority Awards Due                     April 14, 2020

Preparing to Apply:

There are many things that you can do right now to make the application process easier!

  1. Clean up your social media – Facebook, Instagram, etc. Your profile, posts, and comments on other peoples posts should show universities and scholarship committees that you are someone they want to associate themselves with, so if you have any doubt, delete!

  2. Create a Scholarship Resume to give to your references and to refer to when completing your applications. Be sure to include the name of the organization, the period of time you were involved, the dates of involvement, who you reported to and your total hours.  List all:
  1. Make a list of individuals you will ask for a letter of reference. Be sure to select at least one reference from in school and once from out in the community. 
  • Contact the individual to ask if you can use them as a reference.
  • Provide them with your scholarship resume so they have lots of information
  • Give them lots of time to complete it and return it to you.
  • Send a thank you email or note.
  1. Write a Career Statement.  You will need this for your SD33 Apploicaion. Save it as a word document so that you can print it when needed or copy and paste it into the application. For detailed instructions and examples, please see How to Write a Career Statement and Sample Career Statement.
  2. Optional - Write a working copy of a scholarship essay. Not all scholarship applications require an essay, but several external ones do. Refer to How to write a Winning Scholarship Essay and Powerful words for Scholarship Essays. Scholarship essay topics vary, but many of them will address leadership and volunteering. They may include questions such as the following:
  • Describe an important leadership experience or important initiative you undertook.
  • Describe your most important contribution to your school or community.
  1. Review the Financial Aid section of universities and colleges you are interested in. Make note of deadlines.
  2. Sign up for updates from at least one of the following websites and browse the internet for scholarships:
  1. Personalize your own scholarship list
  • Open the relevant PDF files found on the Internal Scholarships or External Scholarships links on the left side of the page. Please note that these will be updated by October 31 for the current school year.
  • Copy or print details of Scholarship/Bursaries for which you are eligible.
  • You may wish to create a spreadsheet to track the information and deadlines of the scholarships for which you will be applying. For an example of this, please see Sample Scholarship Tracking Spreadsheet
  1. Apply for a Social Insurance Number if you do not already have one. Application details are available here:
  2. Stay Organized!
  • Create a scholarship binder to keep all of your important documents in one place. These might include:
    • Official and unofficial copies of your transcript
    • Original, plus copies, of your letters of references
    • Certificates and/or awards
    • Career Statement
    • Working copies of your applications
    • Scholarship essay
    • Scholarship Tracking Spreadsheet
  • Create a Scholarships Folder on your computer to save all electronic copies of your career statement and scholarship essays. Many scholarships ask similar questions and you may be able to reuse these with minor changes.
  • Keep originals in plastic protector.Make photocopies of originals and keep copies behind originals