- Scholarships are awarded at all grade levels for excellence in a wide range of achievements such as academic, athletics, citizenship, community involvement, subject areas, and due to financial need.
- Although most scholarships are applied for in Grade 12, the work that students do in Grades 10 and 11 helps to earn those scholarships. Leadership skills, volunteer experiences, citizenship and academics are large components of many scholarships.
- Scholarship information is posted on the Student Services Office bulletin board beside the Main Office and by searching helpful websites.
A scholarship is awarded first on the basis of academic achievement while a bursary is awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Neither has to be repaid. More Information is available from Student Services.
Many post-secondary institutes and scholarship granting agencies, require references. Teachers and administration write many letters for students. Being specific in the purpose of the reference letter and ensuring students allow ample time to complete the letter is always very helpful and makes for a stronger reference in the end.
Western University National Scholarship Program
- Students who have applied to Western University and who have achieved a minimum overall average of 90% on all Grade 12 Core Classes can seek nomination for the National Scholarship Program. Please express your interest to your counsellor by Monday, January 30th
The 4-Step Process
Step 1 - Use Search Engines
This is probably the most important step, as it is likely to yield the largest number of results, and the data you get is easy to use (i.e. it’s sortable, hotlinked and concise, and it refers only to scholarships you actually are qualified for).
There are two major Canadian search engines:
These search engines are better for Canadian post-secondary studies than U.S.-based search engines. They have tens of thousands of scholarships in their databases.
- Create an account. It’s free!
- Fill out the registration form in detail. The more information you provide in the form, the better a job they can do of matching you with the right scholarships.
Step 2 - Check for School-Based Awards
All schools offer various entrance scholarships of all 4 types; some offer more money than others. Some are automatic consideration, but others require application. Check the websites of each school carefully In general, it is more important to find the right school than to go for the best scholarships.
However: If you are at or near the top of the honour roll, it might be worth your while to look at the extremely valuable scholarships they offer to the best of the best. Many universities have special scholarships targeting students with certain characteristics (e.g. a specific cultural/ethnic background, or a disability etc.)
- If you possess one of these special characteristics, your chances of obtaining a scholarship from the school that targets it are obviously enhanced.
- Finding these scholarships, however, would be an onerous job. Fortunately, the vast majority of universities publish all their scholarship information to the Student Awards and Scholarships Canada search engines and you therefore do not have to worry too much about missing one of these.
- If there is a scholarship at a certain school for a special characteristic that you possess, you should already have found out about it through step 1.
Step 3 - Check Your Connections
Many, many scholarships go unawarded year after year because they are so narrow in focus and are not known to the search engines.
- Any organization that you or your extended family are associated with could have one of these. Enquire. Ask your family and contacts to enquire on your behalf.
- This step is a bit more time consuming than the first two and will yield few, if any, results.
- However, any scholarship you do find using this method will have very few other applicants and therefore you will have a really good chance of receiving it.
Step 4 - Apply to Education Matters/Rutherford
The Rutherford Scholarship is given to any Alberta resident who is either a citizen or a landed immigrant whose marks in Grades 10, 11, and/or 12 are in excess of 75% on five selected subjects.
- This scholarship is applied for in the summer before entering post-secondary.
- Education Matters is the organization that coordinates a number of scholarships exclusive to students attending CBE or Calgary Catholic schools.