TRANSCRIPTS, PERSONAL PROFILES, AND LETTERS OF REFERENCE
Transcripts Paper transcripts are used mostly for scholarship applications and limited enrolment programs only. Now, most post-secondaries want an electronic transcript sent through your post-sec login. Electronic transcripts can be downloaded from your Student or Parent Connect or through your Student Secure Web on the Ministry of Education website. On your Student or Parent Connect page go to "Grades", then "Print" and save to download.
Personal Profile Academic performance is very important when applying to university or college but more and more faculties within the post-secondary institute require personal profiles. A Personal Profile is an written assessment of your achievements and contributions outlined in a resume or essay. Personal profile is: - reflection of your preparedness for university - your achievements and contributions.
Write about what you have learned and how it enables you to be suitable for the faculty to which you are applying? GPA universities want to know what you “bring to the table” or how you can enhance their school. The responsiblity is yours to prove you are suitable.
Your job, as an applicant, is to let the university see who you are by what you have chosen to be involved in. What to include… Your background, education and goals, Leadership/Participation activities... abilities, participation and contributions to your school and/or community.
Prove leadership and participation from one or more of the following areas: Social and Political (Student Council/Grad Council/ Interact etc.) Athletics Arts (performing, visual, music and writing) Community Involvement (Delta Youth Orchestra/ DYSL/Fundraising etc.) Hobbies – use your personal interests – these things make you interesting (rock climbing, travel, fishing, biking) Career Progression – what skills (from your part-time job) can you connect to the faculty to which you are applying.
Essay/Personal Profile Tone The tone of the resume,scholarship essay or personal profile should reflect your personal views on why you committed time and energy to these activities. Why did you contribute and what did you learn from it? How did this experience shape your vision of what you want from life? What have you learned and how does it make you suitable for the faculty to which you are applying? You want the reader to feel grateful that you shared your experiences with them. The selection committee will be looking for content and suitability but they will be influenced by style. Now is the time to use all those excellent essay-writing skills you have acquired over the last 13 years of school.
Letters of Reference for Scholarships and Bursaries Often two or three letters of reference are requested for scholarships and bursaries.
Most applications request reference letters to be written by teachers and/or people from outside the school system such as an adult family friend, a coach or club sponsor.
Make sure that the people you choose will speak positively about you!
Ask them to address the reference letter to the award sponsor and to save it in a word document so that the letter can be used several times with only having to re-address it. Try to avoid a “To Whom It May Concern” introduction – use the name of the donor or organization.
Provide your referee with a summary of details about yourself by using a resume or filling out a reference form available in the Career Centre.
If possible, provide a copy of the award application containing a copy of the criteria so an impressive letter can be written on your behalf.
Specify those things that you would like to be included in your reference letter. For example: your impeccable character, your many accomplishments, your charming and unique personality, your unfailing service… clubs, awards, prizes, academic standing, academic qualities and interests, etc.
Well written letters take time, so allow at least 2 weeks when requesting letters and transcripts. Make photocopies of your reference form, available in the Career Centre, so that you always have one available.
If you receive an award always send a thank you card to the donor. This is very important. “Good words cost nothing, but are worth much”