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  • October 2, 2013


  • Post-Secondary Fair
  • Thursday November 7, 2013
  • 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Scholarships and Awards Agenda

  • Scholarships Purpose / Definition
  • Types of Scholarships / Awards/Bursaries / Grants
  • Student Commitment
  • Financing Your Education
  • Resources and Websites
  • Discussion

Purpose of Scholarships

  • To provide funds for post-secondary education
  • To recognize student achievement
  • To provide funds for extended opportunities in post-secondary
  • Prestigious

What is a Scholarship?

  • A non-repayable sum of money awarded to a student to help finance post-secondary education
  • These funds are used for post- secondary education purposes: tuition, books and/or residence

Types of Scholarships & Awards

  • Entrance Scholarship
  • Merit Scholarship
  • Athletic Scholarship
  • Bursaries
  • Grants
  • Nominated Scholarships
  • High School Scholarships

Thornhill Secondary Awards

  • Kertland Memorial Scholarship (Lion’s Club)
  • W. Stanton Schoeler Memorial Award
  • TSS School Council Award
  • Markham District Energy Sustainability Award
  • Stephen Luther Memorial Award
  • YRDSB Director of Award
  • Determined by: School Awards Committee

Who Offers Scholarships and Awards?

  • Employers - Talk to your parents. Ask your boss.
  • Companies – TD/Canada Trust, Burger King
  • Sears, IBM, Bank of Montreal
  • Organizations / Associations / Foundations
  • Mensa Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, The Dennis Waldman Foundation, Future Aces – Herbert Carnegie Foundation, Lions International
  • Governments Ontario Tuition Grant
  • OSAP
  • Schools – University, College

Additional Points of Interest

  • Scholarships based on academic achievement, may be renewable if high marks are maintained
  • You may apply for and be granted an unlimited number of scholarships (except for university scholarships)
  • Most scholarships are not taxable
  • Entering contests (Math, Science and Essay) can earn you scholarships

Are You a Good Scholarship Application Candidate?

  • Well-rounded (academics, community service, extra-curricular, leadership)
  • Excellent time management and ability to research and plan
  • At least an 80% average and above
  • Students with high grades 9-12, have an advantage

Tracking Your Volunteer Hours For Community Awards

  • If you have met or exceeded your required 40 hours of community involvement, it will be your responsibility to track any additional hours.
  • A tracking form is available on the T.S.S. Guidance website.

Appropriate Candidacy Cont’d.

  • Dedicated to the application process
  • Willing to seek help from family, friends, teachers, Mentors, and Scholarship Coach
  • Part of a special group (ethnicity, athletic, and exceptionality)

Your Parents/Guardians Can Help

  • Assist in preparing a financial plan
  • To provide encouragement
  • Aid in the research process
  • To investigate a network of contacts and resources
  • To review applications / resume

Before You Apply

  • Plan ahead and do your research
  • Prepare a resume and order transcripts
  • Request 3 letters of recommendation from a teacher, a community and an extra-curricular supervisor
  • Know everything there is to know about the scholarship (expectations, requirements, eligibility, deadline for applications)

Application Etiquette

  • Fill in all sections of the application unless not applicable
  • Always tell the truth
  • Use standard white paper for essays and resumes
  • Ensure the application is proofread
  • Type the final copy of the application or write neatly
  • Photocopy application package before mailing

Students with Exceptionalities

  • Students identified with a disability can receive accommodations and may also qualify for additional financial assistance at university and college
  • Students are responsible for providing the school with documentation of their disability
  • Scholarships are available for specific disabilities and special needs in general
  • National Educational Association of Disabled Students

Financial Aid for Students with Special Needs

  • Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Ontario Special Bursary Program (OSBP)
  • Canada Study Grant for High-Need Part-Time Students (CSG/HN/PT)
  • Part-Time Canada Student Loan Program (PTCSLP)

Useful Scholarship Websites

  • Database of Scholarships, Bursaries & Grants
  • One-stop resource from the federal government
    • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    • Thornhill S.S. Guidance

Website Spotlight

Studentawards .com

  • There are thousands of scholarships and awards with non-academic attributes:
  • • Being creative, nice or tall
  • • Volunteering
  • • Where you live
  • • Playing sports (hockey, soccer, etc.)
  • • Your heritage or what languages you speak
  • • Entering a contest, responding to a survey

  •…easy as 1, 2, 3
  • 1.Students register and complete a profile
  • will search their database of over 10,000 awards worth over $70,000,000
  • 3.Students can then apply to the awards in the search results.

TSS Awards

  • The deadline to submit your application for TSS Scholarships and School Nominated Scholarships is Friday October 18th 2013

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