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Grade 12 Essay Writing Contest - Credit Education Week
Hey guys, 

I was wondering if anyone applied for the grade 12 essay contest with credit education week. The topic this year was "what is the dumbest thing you have done with your money and what did you learn from it?"
I am curious to know if anyone knew when they would be announcing the winner and will they call or email?

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No scholarships visible?
I just signed up for yconic looking for some scholarships to apply to but as soon as I looked for matches, only one (Scotiabank) showed up. Has anyone else had this problem/knows how to fix it?
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Anyone in the honours science program at Trent??
Hi, I just wanted to know a bit about that program since I would like to apply there in January. Thanks
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Can I Get In!?
Here's some information and I'd love some opinions on whether I could get into the following schools for BA (either PoliSci or International Studies depending on the school).

Schools I'm applying to:
UofAlberta, UBC, McGill, UofT, Queen's, Waterloo, UVic, Dalhousie

Grade 11 Average - 92.6%
Grade 12 courses taken:
Law - 96%
Earth & Space - 90%

My current very preliminary sem. 1 looks like:
English - 92%
Chem - 85%
Business Leadership - 95 %
(91%ish average so far)

I'm in my second year as Student Senator of the school and second year as one of two student trustees in my school board, I volunteer with heart & stroke and cancer society, I've done six years of work with Me to We, I lead the Gender/Sexuality Alliance within my school... etc.

What do you think my chances of getting to those schools are? Scholarship possibilities? Thanks! 

PS no "trolls" please
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UofT National Scholarship?
What are your grade averages (from Grade 11) going into applying for the scholarship? Mine sits at an 83 average with my highest mark being an 89. This will probably decrease my chances to be considered but do you think my grades will flat out kill it?
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Current Carleton Student, Ask Me Anything!
I found that these threads really helped me when choosing the schools I would apply to and eventually attend, as I was getting the point of view of a current student. A little about me, I am in the Honours Math program studying Stats with a concentration in Actuarial Science, I also live in Residence. 
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Loran Scholarship Advice
Hey, has anyone here applied for the Loran Scholarship before? I'm in Grade 12 this year, and I am applying for it, but I wanted to know some more about it. What was the process was like for you? Did you get an interview? Any helpful tips for the application form? Were you able to get an interview? 

AMA: First Year UWO Mustang, Researcher, and Young Entrepreneur
Hey Yconic, 

I'm Benson and I'm one of your 2017-2018 student ambassadors! I'm a first-year health science student at Western University and I'll be answering any questions you might have for me. 

Who am I and what have I done?
-First-year health science student at Western University 
-Ex Co-op student at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto)
-Current research student at Sick Kids Hospital (With 1 co-authorship and currently writing the manuscript for a project I work on)
-Worked several part time jobs in high school 
-Ontario's youth entrepreneurship program (Summer Company) alumni
-Current Summer Company Mentor 
-Loran Scholarship Semi-Finalist
-Winner of many different smaller scholarships 

Feel free to ask me anything and I'll answer as quickly as I can!

Benson Law 
-Yconic Student Ambassador
Scholarship Aid
I'm in grade 12 right now and it's prime scholarship season. So I'm wondering if you have any tips for writing a scholarship resume? And what kinds of scholarship did you apply for? There are so many scholarships out there for nearly every type of person, whether they are artists or athletes or something completely different. How do I know a scholarship is right for me and pick something that I'd have more of a chance in getting?
Which ECs Will Increase My Chances of Winning Scholarships?
Extra-curricular activities and wondering which are the best to take in terms of university applications and winning scholarships have always been in the back of my mind. For years now I've been in a wide range of activities including music, athletics, drama, volunteering, environmental and community outreach club and art. Extra-curriculars are always good to have on scholarship applications, but the ones you pick and specialize in can impact it.  

So how do you make ECs worth it?  And which ones are most beneficial?

Impressive Extracurriculars
Activities cultivate a wide range of talents and strong character traits. Of course, like all things in life, the key thing is balance. Know your capabilities and aim to reach beyond that point, choosing activities from different categories. If you are unsure about an activity, take a trial course or ask to join for a day to get a feel for it. Try and see if you like it. Whats the harm? Listed below are several extracurriculars, including important traits athat are learned by joining. 

Leadership Skills
- Student Government (participation in school matters; responsible; role model)
- Athletics (physical endurance; teamwork; commitment)

Critical Thinking
- Academic teams (competitive, passionate about learning & challenges)
- Debate (thoughtful; educated in modern affairs; rational & analytic mindset)

- Arts (outside of the box thinking)
- Drama (expressive; personable; commitment to a group)

Community Involvement/ Life Experience
- Volunteer work/Community service (A must have!)
- Part-time jobs (work experience & real-world experience)
- Internships (dedicated; mature; capable of handling heavy courses)

Making ECs Pay Off

1. Follow your passions
Just because there aren't scholarships handed out in your field of interest, for example, paintball. Just because you won't get money from playing paintball doesn't mean you should stop it. If you are the lead guitarist for a classic rock band playing from your garage, miles away from getting a scholarship out of it, you can still use it to your advantage. Committees still look at you as a person, wondering what interests you and makes you unique. Knowing that you have the drive to follow your passions is a valuable asset. Colleges are aware that individuals turn it up a notch in terms of extracurriculars during senior year. So, it's better to choose what you love and benefit from the experience as a person not just for extra lines on your applications. 

2.  Focus your skills
In your activity, find a way to make yourself stand out from the rest. If you're not the fastest on your team, the strongest or the fittest, become the most educated person about the activity. Focus on something unique that you do really well. Make sure your coaches, instructors, teachers see your improvement. 

Scotiabank Scholarship/Bursaries
I have finished my applications, but when I click Submit. The web page does not do anything, so how do I know that my application has been sent? Is anyone else having the same problem?
TD Scholarship Approved chools
I am interested in applying for the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership, but in the terms and conditions it says that the recipient must attend an "approved college or university". Wondering if this means any college or university or if there is a list of schools that qualify?
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Who is applying to the Loran Scholarship?
Hey yconic, 

Alot of you are probably applying for the Loran Scholarship this year and I'm here as your yconic student ambassador to help answer questions you might have regarding your application/interview process. Last year, I was a nominated by my school and was also invited to the Toronto semi-final round. Feel free to ask away and I'll do my best to help you out based on my own experience. 

Also, feel free to AMA on my other thread!

Best of luck to everyone :)

-Benson Law 
yconic student ambassador 
Help with Loran Scholarship Essays!
So the deadline for the school nomination is coming up soon. I was wondering if anyone out there is using an editing companies to give themselves an edge. I know someone people from my school last year did and managed to make it as far as the final round. Is it worth paying a small price for a chance at a 100k?
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Recruiters visiting school-Questions you should be asking.
Hey yconic, 

For those of you who missed OUF, don't worry because university reps will most likely be visiting your school very soon. You should be aware because it is a smaller scale event, there might not be reps from all faculties but that doesn't mean you can't get some of your questions answered. 

Many of these reps are well accustomed to helping potential applicants so you should take full advantage of their time at your school. Some common questions that I heard last year were...

-The application process (e.g. Do you need a supp app?)
-Resources that are offered on campus 
-Different types of residences that fit your budget 
-Financial aid (e.g. Osap questions, bursaries offered, scholarships offered) 

I remember going to one of these events at my own school and getting many of my questions answered! What else should you be asking these reps? Share your questions below! 

Benson Law
-yconic student ambassador 
Ask Me ANything
Just a bit about me:

Hi! My name is Sarah Osifo and I live in Surrey British Columbia, however I was originally born in Warri Nigeria. I'm currently entering my First year of University at Simon Fraser University to study Health Sciences.. My passions include Film making, reading, and listening to music. I recently discovered I enjoy painting, and creative writing as well. I was an active member of my schools student council and girl’s leadership clubs. So if you have any questions on how to get involved in school, i have some great ideas :) This summer I worked as an intern at my church where I got to plan and lead kids’ day camps, work with the less fortunate at the Whalley strip, and use my creativity to improve the decor of our church. i'm really into Diy's so feel free to ask me about room or dorm decor for great prices! I'm also into hairstyling and I've been making my own hair since I was 14. My final year of high-school I was given the honour to be my schools valedictorian. It was a challenging task because I was involved in numerous programs at my school and was working hard to maintain my grade point average. i have some great tips on time management and how to combat stress during your final year!   Through that experience i learned the power of persistence and positivity. Because to really make an impact you must fully believe in what you are doing, and refuse to give up until you see results.

I will respond to questions as quickly as possible! and I'm a very open minded person so don"t be shy :)
How many are you are seriously looking for scholarships?
We all know that applying for scholarships are a big deal for financing your post-secondary education. Having gone through this process last year, I want to get a feel about how the grade 12's are doing this year?

-Have you started looking into scholarships (both large and small ones?)
-Have you applied for some that have already opened up (e.g. Loran?) 
-Since you won't have time to apply to all of them, do you guys have a strategy to balance schoolwork with scholarship applications?

Share with me your experience below. Got questions? Feel free to AMA and I'll help you out. 

Best of luck!

-yconic student ambassador 
University of Windsor Outstanding Scholars
Hello! I'm in Grade 12 and am considering attending University of Windsor for my undergraduate studies. Recently, I found out about a program at the University of Windsor known as Outstanding Scholars. I have looked it up, and the university website does say that I need a reference letter and a short application explaining why I qualify for the program. For those who have been admitted to the program, what do you think about it and what was your average for admission into the program? Thanks!
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AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
Similar Scholarships to Queens Chancellors?
Anyone know if there are similar scholarships that if you are nominated by your school, you basically get into your program of choice?
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I have been trying to forward an essay that I wrote for the above scholarship for the last hour when it is supposed to close at 3.00pm ET, and the time in Vancouver was 11.00 AM, and the site says the scholarship is expired. How can that be? Can anyone answer this I have taken screenshots of all the screens showing the times. This is not right
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Hey yconic! Welcome back to school :)
We at yconic want to take some time to wish everyone a happy student new year! 

We are also working really hard to improve our site and would like to know: 
1.If you could change anything about yconic what would you change and why?
2. If we could create any scholarship, what would you want the criteria to be?
3. What kind of prizing would you like us to give out? (money, gift cards to which stores, tickets, experiences...)

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Technical Issue with Scotiabank National Scholarship Application
I am attempting to select a school of interest in the "Post-secondary School" section of the Scotiabank National Scholarship Application. However, no matter what university or what 3 characters I type into the box, it says "No results found". Has anyone else encountered this issue? What should I do? I wanted to submit my application today so that I could be entered into the "Early Bird" round for additional prizes. :(
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