First, determine if you meet the criteria of the award! Applications must be submitted in a legible, presentable manner, complete with all necessary attachments by the published deadline. The necessary attachments are:
Letters of Reference Make sure the people you choose to write the reference letter know you well and will speak positively about you. Well written reference letters take time and effort so make sure you ask the referee at least 2 weeks before you need the letter. Always send a thank you note or bring a Starbucks or bake a couple of cookies for the referee, to say thank you for the reference letter.
Transcripts Transcripts can be accessed from "Student or Parent Connect". Go to "Grades" then "Print". Save this copy to your desktop to download to the post-sec you are applying. Ask the career advisor or counselor for an official signature and seal.
Keep Originals Always keep a copy of your completed applications.
Quality and Proofreading Your letters, resumes, or essays should look as complete as possible because you want to impress the reader. Proofread! Then get your parents to proofread!
Content Be Comprehensive. Include things that represent a commitment of time - contests, awards, conferences, theatre, athletics, public speaking, school or community involvement, honour roll, extra courses, languages, hobbies, work experience. Have parents, friends, teachers or anyone who knows you well check for errors and omissions. They might remember things you have forgotten.
Be Specific Elaborate with details so that the award selection committee knows your qualifications are based on fact. Avoid general statements such as “I like to work with people”. Instead, tell specifically with whom you have worked, on what, what you learned and with what result. For example... "During the school year, I represented our grad class on Student Council. One opportunity, fundraising for the Terry Fox Run not only strengthened my leadership skills but also toned my abilities to cooperate and coordinate with others. We raised over $5000". Our fundraising event ...
Be Specific With Style Explain specifically what you have done or enjoyed about your experiences. Vary your sentences with flair. For example: During my academic school years I realized… Being an active member in… My love for theatre has led to focusing on... I credit my motivation and ability to... My long term goals reflect my passion for... Ten years from now I see myself… Being apart of the ___ program has expanded my knowledge of...