Important Dates and How to Prepare for Scholarship Season

 

Important Dates: 2020/2021

PLEASE NOTE: These dates and times are tentative due to the evolving Covid19 protocols. Please follow sss_career_center on Instagram
for the most current information.
 

UFV Presentation for Grade 12's              September 21, 2020, 3:30pm (Zoom)
 

Brittany Palmer Presentation                   October 15, 2020, 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)
 

Post Secondary BC( (ChooseBC)                     Monday, October 19, 2:00-6:00pm   
                                                                              Tuesday, October 20, 3:00-7:00pm

 

UBC Presentation for Grade 12's             October 26, 2020 at 3:00pm (virtual format)
                                                                                  October 13, 2020 at 3:00pm (virtual format)
                                                                                 
Register by creating a Future Student account here: https://account.you.ubc.ca/s/


University of Calgary                                     October 27, 2020 at 3:30 (Zoom)


Parents as Career Coaches                         November 3, 2020, 6:30-8pm (Zoom)


Group 1 Financial Awards Due                   February 11, 2021 


Group 2 Financial Awards Due                   February 25, 2021


District Authority Awards Due                    April 14, 2021

 

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 Application. 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
  • Look at the lists of Financial Awards, Provincial Scholarships, Entrance Scholarships and Online Scholarships found on the Sardis website. Please note that these will be updated by November 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: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/sin/apply.html
     
  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