Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How many prizes and scholarships are available? What are their values?
There are five (5) Early Bird Prizes, each valued at $1,000 CAD.
There are fifteen (15) Scholarships. Each Scholarship is valued at $5,000 CAD. Of the fifteen (15) Scholarship recipients, one (1) will be selected to receive the additional $20,000 Grand Prize Scholarship.
2. What is the Scholarship application deadline?
The Scotiabank National Scholarship deadline is Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET
If you are located outside of the Eastern Time Zone, please make sure to take note of what your corresponding deadline will be:
Pacific: July 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon)
Mountain: July 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Central: July 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Eastern: July 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Atlantic: July 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Newfoundland and Labrador: July 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Scholarship recipients will be contacted in August 2018.
3. How do I qualify for the Early Bird Prize Draw?
To qualify for the Early Bird Prize Draw, simply complete and submit your scholarship application by May 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
4. When is the Early Bird Prize Draw?
The Draw will take place on May 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Potential Early Bird Prize winners will be contacted early June.
5. Can I win the Early Bird Prize and the Scholarship?
Yes, you could receive the $1,000 Early Bird Prize, the $5,000 Scholarship, and the $20,000 Grand Prize Scholarship. An applicant can be awarded up to $26,000 in cash awards.
6. What are the eligibility requirements?
The Scotiabank National Scholarship is open to yconic members who are:
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or international students with a valid student visa (permit must be for one year or longer)
- 16 years old or older at the time of application
- High school, CEGEP, or post-secondary students planning to enroll in a certificate, diploma or degree program in the 2018/19 academic year at a Canadian college, university or trade school
Individuals associated with the administration of the Scotiabank National Scholarship, including employees of yconic and their subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, promotional and marketing agencies, and any member of the immediate families of any of the foregoing and other individuals with whom any of the foregoing are domiciled, are not eligible to participate in the Scotiabank National Scholarship.
Being a customer of Scotiabank or not being a customer of Scotiabank will not be a factor in determining the final winners.
7. What is “CEGEP”?
CEGEP students are eligible to apply if they are planning to enroll in a certificate, diploma or degree program at a Canadian college, university or trade school in the 2018/2019 academic year and have met the scholarship eligibility criteria.
8. Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes, international students are eligible to apply for the Scotiabank National Scholarship and must have a valid student visa in which the permit must be for one year or longer.
9. I’m waiting for my permanent Canadian resident status to be approved – am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, however, you must ensure your permanent residence status has been approved and finalized at the time the Scotiabank National Scholarship is verified.
10. I attend or plan on attending a post-secondary school outside of Canada and I am a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada – am I eligible to apply?
If you are enrolled in or plan to enroll in an international post-secondary school and your program is not an extension of a Canadian post-secondary school program, you will not be eligible for the scholarship.
You may be eligible to apply provided you are participating in an exchange program as part of your course curriculum at a Canadian post-secondary school. Your certificate/degree/diploma must be issued from a Canadian post-secondary school.
11. What is the age of majority in my province/territory?
Provinces where the age of majority is 18:
- Prince Edward Island
Provinces and territories where the age of majority is 19:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
12. How are applications evaluated?
All qualifying applications will be evaluated by a judging panel comprised of educators, community members and representatives from yconic. The following criteria will be used for evaluation to determine the top fifteen (15) applications for the $5,000 Scholarship:
- Creativity/originality – 30%
- Clarity of thought and communication of content – 15%
- Grammar and spelling – 10%
- Overall content – 45%
Upon successful verification of eligibility, each applicant who submitted one (1) of the top fifteen (15) applications will be designated as a finalist for the Grand Prize Scholarship of $20,000. Each Finalist will be asked to submit a video (on a pre-determined topic) of two (2) minutes or less in length, to be evaluated by a judging panel comprised of educators, community leaders and Program Sponsor representatives. The following criteria will be used for evaluation of the $20,000 Grand Prize Scholarship:
- Creativity/originality – 30%
- Clarity of thought and communication of content – 20%
- Overall content – 50%
The Program Sponsor or their designate(s) will select the one (1) Finalist that best meets the criteria set out above. All final decisions will be made by the Program Sponsor. Winners will be confirmed no later than September 28, 2018.
All final decisions will be made by yconic.
Being a customer of Scotiabank or not being a customer of Scotiabank will not be a factor or have any weight in the evaluation process.
13. Are there any requirements/ tips for submitting the scholarship question?
- Your submission must be your own original work.
- Double-check your spelling and grammar – better yet, ask a friend to help proofread your application for errors.
- Read your application out loud – if you stumble, the sentence is probably too long or awkward. Make sure you’re as clear as possible.
- Do not include personal information such as names or specific addresses.
- Be detailed – use examples from your life.
- Use good judgement – don’t include explicit language that may be objectionable (think PG-rated).
- Be creative!
14. If I am selected, will I need to provide any other information?
The Program Sponsor, yconic, may require finalists to submit proof of age, proof of citizenship, and proof of school enrollment in a certificate, diploma or degree program at a Canadian college, university or trade school.
15. I’m having trouble viewing the website, what can I do to fix the problem?
If you are having trouble, the following contains information regarding technical requirements. Should you continue to have issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note – the online application works best in the latest versions of all modern browsers including: Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer is not supported.
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16. Where can I get help with my application?
For questions or help with your online application, please contact us at email@example.com. We will accept your inquiry at any time and we are committed to responding to every email within 2 business days.