SCHOLARSHIP
INFORMATION
SESSION
SEPTEMBER 2014
FACTS
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The average undergraduate student in
Canada graduates with $24,000 worth
of debt.
According to Statistics Canada’s Youth
In Transition Survey, 36% of students
who ceased their studies early cited
financial reasons.
Source: Studentawards member base & Statistics Canada
COSTS OF EDUCATION
First year domestic tuition fees by program at York
University for the 2013-2014 school year were as
follows:
 Arts and Science ($6,953.89)
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Business and Commerce ($8,670.79)
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Engineering and Applied Sciences ($8,618.29)
Source: www.electronicinfo.ca
COSTS OF EDUCATION
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If you plan on living ON CAMPUS in residence
your first year of university will cost
approximately $18,000
This means that an average four year
program will cost you 72,000?
Source: York University, Fall 2013
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Begin your research early
 Look closely at the colleges and universities that
you are applying to for their own Entrance
Scholarships
 For example, York University offers automatic
scholarships and awards, and other’s that require
an application. For more information go to:
http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/funding#cdn-hs
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General Scholarships
 Community Scholarships
 Maple Graduation Awards
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HOW DO I FIND SCHOLARSHIPS,
BURSARIES AND AWARDS?
www.studentawards.com: get matched with
money for school
 www.fundyourfuture.ca: great financial planning
tools here
 www.scholarshipscanada.com
 www.canlearn.ca: provides interactive planning
tools to help you make important decisions about
saving for, selecting and financing your post
secondary education
 www.electronicinfo.ca
 College/University Financial Aid Office Websites
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MYTH:
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE JUST FOR “BRAINIACS”
Real students DO win real money
There are thousands of scholarships and awards that
reward students for non-academic attributes:
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Being creative
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Being tall
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Being nice
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Volunteering
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Playing hockey, soccer etc.
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Where you live
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Your heritage or what languages you speak
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Entering a contest, responding to a survey
Source: studentawards.com
WHAT TYPE OF STUDENTS ARE SCHOLARSHIP
PROVIDERS LOOKING TO REWARD?
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In addition to academic success and financial need,
scholarship providers look for applications who can
demonstrate:
Originality and Passion – what makes you stand out from
all the other applicants?
Volunteering & Community Service – do you give back to
the community? Have you volunteered beyond the 40 hour
requirement?
Leadership & Initiative – are you a founding member or
have you taken an active role in a club or organization?
Talent – Do you have a vision? Scholarships reward fresh
thinking and new ideas
Special targeted areas – specific heritage or cultural
background, gender, special needs, geography and more
Source: studentawards.com
STUDENT LOANS
OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)
 You can apply for OSAP once you accept a program
(mid to late June)
 OSAP is only meant to supplement one’s educational
costs, not pay entirely
 On average, students receive $7000 - $8000 if they
qualify for OSAP – only in special circumstances will
a student receive the full $11, 900
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York University OSAP Presentation
SCHOLARSHIP TIMELINES
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The Guidance Department will post and announce
scholarships on a regular basis from September to June.
All of this information can also be found at
http://maple.hs.yrdsb.ca
Additional information related to Scholarships may be
found on the bulletin board directly outside of guidance.
Students applying for scholarships are reminded it is
your responsibility to meet all deadlines.
There are an abundance of scholarship opportunities
available; we encourage you to go on these sites, see
what is out there, and apply to as many as possible.
SCHOLARSHIP TIMELINES
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Make an appointment with your Guidance
counsellor to ask questions about the process or
get help with up-coming applications
Organize your documents early (transcript
requests, letters of references)
Don’t wait until the last minute – start your
work well ahead of deadlines
MAPLE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS
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Check the Maple HS website to look for information
about applying for the Graduation Awards. These
applications will be due in May.
Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer
Award
Enrico Cimino Memorial Award
Director’s Achievement Award
Roy Foss Leadership Award
The Student Trustee Award for Character
City of Vaughan Proficiency Award
Lion’s Club Award
Maple Perseverance Award
TRANSCRIPTS
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TRANSCRIPTS are required when applying for
Scholarships
REMEMBER to submit a “Transcript Request Form”
to Guidance well ahead of the time you need it.
The Transcript Request Form can be printed off from
the Maple HS website under Scholarships.
The first 2 transcripts that are printed are FREE of
charge. Each additional transcript after the first 2
will cost $1.00
KRISTI FUNG – GRADUATE MAPLE HS, 2012
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Currently attending
University of Waterloo with
an Honours in Biomedical
Science Major
First year cost was
approximately $16,000 and
78% was funded by
scholarships, bursaries and
awards
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