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Based on my situation, I would really appreciate your opinions about which offer I should accept: a $26,000 entrance scholarship from UVic, or a $20,000 Centennial Scholars Entrance Award from UBC.
I am going into a bachelor of science, and my long-term goal is to enter medical school leading to credentials as a physician. UBC might give me an edge due to its reputation, but I may be better off financially if I accept the $26,000 offer from UVic because $6000 is a significant amount of money. I come from deep financial need, and that is why I need to consider these things very seriously.
Here are the facts:
Pros for UBC:
The Centennial award will appear on my UBC transcript after graduation (which would look very good to prospective medical schools).
If I receive external scholarships that cover my first-year tuition, any unused money from the annual allotment of Centennial Scholarship funds ($5,000) could be deposited to my bank account (so I could use it in the future or for living expenses).
UBC has the Science One program, which I have been interested in for some time now.
Cons of UBC:
Offers less money than UVic
Is not compatible with the UBC Student Housing Assistance Grant.
Pros of UVic:
Offers more money than UBC.
I am eligible to receive more entrance scholarships from UVic that can be combined with my current UVic offer.
Cons of UVic:
I am not certain, but I've heard that UVic does not give remaining entrance scholarship funds directly to students to use for living expenses or for subsequent years if their tuition is covered by other scholarships. (Does anyone know if this is true?)
Some other questions I have:
For UVic and/or UBC, if I receive more external scholarships than I need to use for tuition in first-year, can the financial aid office deposit the money into my bank, or save them for me in second-year? I'm asking because I know that a lot of scholarships cannot be deferred, but I don’t want to lose any scholarship funds; what would my options be?
Does anyone know if the UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award is compatible with other UBC Major Entrance Scholarships?
Does anyone know if UVic transcripts show that the student received an entrance award?
Anyhow, those are the things I need to think about. Thank you for your feedback!
All of the energy I've been putting into scholarship applications is paying off! I just found out that I am a finalist for a $5000 video scholarship contest for the SOS Safety Magazine!! From now until Jan. 31, there is a voting period open and whichever submission on the website has the most votes will win the scholarship. Every person can vote up to once per day for the next 3 weeks, and I am encouraging you to vote for me!
My video is focused around bullying prevention; it is ten minutes long, and I'd love for you to watch it! You can find it near the bottom of the webpage (it's the 2nd last one). There is currently a processing glitch with the voting system, but hopefully by tomorrow people will be able to vote (once the developers fix the problem).
Please put reminders in your phones and calendars to notify you every day to vote on the website! It only takes one click! Every day! This is a really big accomplishment for me, and I need all the support I can get!
Most important of all, THANK YOU!
Here is the link: https://sossafetymagazine.com/vote-2018/#
I had been looking at vet schools and medical early in grade 11, then when i got a fat L on my report card i realized maybe thats not the best approach. what kind of uni or college programs in business lead to a high paying job
I am applying for the Western National Scholarship this year and I would really appreciate advice from anyone who has applied/received the award before.
Estimated Average: 95%
Clubs & Sports Teams:
* President of Debate Club
* Founding Member of Diversity Club/Black History Month Committee
* Executive on Enhanced Council
* Member of Athletic Council
* Captain on Mentor Club (lead a team to guide gr. 9s)
* Played on badminton and table tennis teams for past three years
* Played on basketball team for two years
* Played on lacrosse team for past three years and will be one of the captains this year
* Teen Advisory Group at public library
* Assist treasurer at church and volunteer chorister
* Done some volunteering with black award shows but only one day events
* Volunteered at a Braids for Aids event (one day event)
* Volunteered at Bollywood Ignite event, led other volunteers to run a child sport area (two days)
* Newspaper carrier, 2014 (for 6 months)
* Kitchen assistant, part of YMCA summer work exchange, 2017 (6 weeks, full time)
* Sales associate at the Gap (september 2017 - present)
Do you think I have a chance even though I haven't done a lot of things in my community outside of school? Should I include volunteer experiences that I only did for one day (ie. the award shows, aids event and bollywood event)? And should my essay be formal/rigid or more personal; should I talk about how i feel personally connected to my topic or just treat it like a research paper?
I would love to gain your insight and advice. Thanks
I used yconic a whole lot when I was in high school so I thought I'd give back now that I am in university and I can relate to the phase of confusion and stress you seniors are going through. I am at the University of Guelph Biomedical Toxicology program (hoping for med school in a few years). I am also the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Chancellor's scholarship (a full scholarship to UoG). Note: I got into Mac iSci and western med sci. I can offer advice related to picking premed programs, app writing tips, or anything in between. Again, it's all going to be personal advice that may not apply to everyone. Ask away!
Doe anyone have any good scholarships that you recommend to apply for? And how many scholarships does the average student apply for? I'm in Grade 12 and will be starting university in ontario next year.
I want to make this thread for all the people who applied for Ivey's AEO starting fall 2018. If you can, please list your grades and E/C's so everyone can get a general sense of the competitiveness here.. Also when acceptances roll in, feel free to post any of that here!
Grades: 93 percent grade 12 competitive average
E/C's: President of a school club, community services w/ 250+ volunteer hours, & oversea volunteer experiences.
I just discovered that I am one of the finalists for the Loran Award!
I just have a few questions:
1. Are the interviews in finals different from regionals (are they more tricky, the time you spend in each interview, and how you are divided into groups)?
2. What to dress for finals?? - I am seriously nervous about this part because there is no mention about the dress code. I don't want to come over-prepared because I'm thinking of going business formal.
3. Do they ask you questions from your application anymore? - Because I also have to fill out a questionnaire prior to finals, and I don't know if they still go through my original application.
If you are a previous Loran Scholar or Finalist, or if you are one of the finalists this year, it would be awesome to have your support! Thank you so much in advance! <3
So I currently work two jobs in order to save up for university, but I've been calculating and I will run into some serious financial trouble by my third year. I am currently in grade 12. I've applied for as many scholarships as I could but many of them are highly competitive and it is not guaranteed that I will get anything. Since I have above a 95 average I have been offered many entrance scholarships but they won't be enough if I live on residence. Since I want to go to grad school as well, I am trying to plan as best as possible financially for the future. What are some things (if you are currently in uni or in general good with financing) that I could maybe implement to better budget for my future?
If you've been accepted into a program with a set admissions scholarship based on your grades (say, $3000 for 90+ average) if you finish high school with a 95+ average will the admissions scholarship go up as well?
For many of you who are thinking of applying for scholarships, it's important to remember that not all of them are the major ones (e.g. Loran, TD, etc) and that many of them are small scholarships which require much less work. Most of last year, I applied to many scholarships and accumulated some tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you.
1. Copy and Paste (Kinda)
Most of the scholarships ask the same questions (or some variation of the same prompt). So what I did what copy and paste the important parts and fill in the word count.
2. Make the first couple sentences impactful
I used the first couple sentences to make an impact for the judges. I never made my introductions monotone or boring. Since the judge is going to base your entire application on their first impression, It's always worth to take a risk.
3. Don't be afraid to play with emotions
Judges are human too. One of the best strategies is to paint yourself as someone who has overcome incredible struggle and appeared successful in the end. I have found that this has been one of the most powerful strategies I've used.
All in all, don't be afraid to use all the cards at your disposable. At the end of the day, getting scholarships is a difficult task.
*If I have any more tips , Ill remember to add them.
Since its almost the winter break, it's a good idea to start compiling a list of scholarships/contests that you might want to tackle in your free time. University and college is really expensive (especially if you want to live away from home) so any way you can get extra money means you won't need to rely so much on financial aid.
Here are some scholarships/contests that are pretty easy to apply to (make a video, write an essay, etc).
*It's important to remember that EASY does not mean that you will win. Easy (according to me) to me really just means a that there's not too much work involved. They may ask you for like a short video or an essay, all of which can be finished in a couple hours.
I'll do my best to update this page as the year goes by so bookmark it!