Entrance Awards are available from Universities These awards are offered in various amounts and presented to outstanding students who excel in: - academics (90% averages or higher in Grade 11 and 12 courses especially) - athletics - fine arts - school and/or community involvement - leadership - all of the above. Each university or college has its own application and process. Applications are on the university post-secondary websites. If a student wants to be considered for a nominated scholarship please bring a personal profile to the Career Centre by September 30.
Private and Public Organizations These awards are usually "open" (e.g. Canada Trust, BC Hydro, Coast Capital) to students who meet the criteria of the award so very few are nominated (an example of a "nominated" awards is the ‘Loren’). The criteria are usually based on community and/or school involvement and strong academics. Often parental membership in a club or union or being in financial need may also be part of the criteria. You must do your own research for these awards by looking into places of employment, unions and organizations to which your parents and grandparents belong. Unions, businesses, and organizations also donate monies to universities and colleges to administer since the post-secondary institutes have access to deserving students. These awards vary in amounts and due dates. Lists of these awards can be accessed at the university or college websites.
Community and District Awards - see above Student Loans ( British Columbia Student Assistance Program) The basic purpose of the program is to supplement, not replace, your own financial resources and the resources of your immediate family. This year the Min. of Ed. is offering amazing student grants to enter TRADES - it is worth putting in an application. Apply on-line at https://studentaidbc.ca/ Usually post-secondary schools want these applications submitted by June 30th for a September start.
Athletic Awards Athletic scholarship info is usually distributed through each sport’s provincial association. Your coach should have good information. Students applying to NCAA Division I, II and III must also register with the NCAA Clearing House at http://www.ncaa.org/ and do the SAT exam preferably before December of grad year.
Other Sources: NCAA - National Collegiate Athletics Association (USA): www.ncaastudent.org/ (Contact: NCAA Eligibility Centre at P.O. Box 7136, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136. International Phone: 317-223-0700) Founded more than one hundred years ago as a way to protect student-athletes, the NCAA puts it's emphasis on both athletics and academic excellence. The NCAA is made up of three membership classifications that are known as Divisions I, II and III. Each division creates its own rules governing personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, benefits, financial aid, and playing and practice seasons – consistent with the overall governing principles of the Association. Every program must affiliate its core program with one of the three divisions. The NCAA oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA.
NCAA Guide for Canadian Students: http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA.pdf Determine your eligibility, find out about SAT minimal requirements, review a list of which colleges/universities offer your sport of interest. Students should start early in the process, (grade 10 or 11), as applications and meeting athletic as well as academic requirements can be complicated and take a great deal of time.