Scholarships, Bursaries & Student Loans
HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES
Step 1: Read the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook
Read the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook (updated March 12, 2013). This valuable resource is available as a pdf on this site. Reading this handbook is the first step for those interested in applying for scholarships and bursaries.
Step 2: Explore the EMCS Awards Database
Look over the EMCS Awards Database (PDF) ...updated May 5, 2013. This database is updated throughout the year so check back often. Make a list of the awards for which you’ll apply.
Step 3: Do More Research
Research other awards using the various websites listed in the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook. Two websites you should be sure to check are StudentAwards.com and BCScholarships.ca.
Step 4: Make a Timeline
Create a timeline/calendar to help you keep track of awards application deadlines and the various tasks you must complete along the way.
Step 5: Visit Post-Secondary Financial Aid Websites
Visit the financial aid website of the school(s) you plan to attend for information on entrance awards and bursaries. You’ll be automatically considered for some awards. Others will require that you complete an application.
Step 6: Prepare Your Application Materials
Using the instructions in the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook, begin working on your application materials e.g. scholarship resume, letter of application, application forms, portfolio, etc. Requirements vary depending on the award. Be sure you understand the application requirements for each award.
Step 7: Request Letters of Reference
Decide who you’ll ask to write you a letter of reference. Coaches, teachers, employers, and leaders of organizations for which you volunteer are good people to ask. Be sure you give your references plenty of notice. Don’t wait until right before award applications are due.
Step 8: Meet With Your School Counsellor
Make an appointment with your School Counsellor early in the school year for assistance with the award application process. Your counsellor can look over your scholarship resume, letter of application, etc.
Step 9: Request Your Transcript
A transcript is required for many scholarship applications. You may request your transcript from the office using the form found in the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook.
Step 10: Submit Your Applications
Organize your award applications and submit your applications to the appropriate person in advance of the deadline. For applications that must be mailed, remember to put them in the mail early enough so they arrive at the destination before the deadline.
Step 11: Write Thank You Letters
Prepare a draft/template of a thank you letter that you will send to donors of any awards you receive.
Click here for a summary of the three types of awards in the EMCS Awards Database (including who to submit your applications to).
EMCS Award Application Cover Page
Remember that applications for School Awards and Local Awards require an Award Application Cover Page.
School Award Application Form
ONE application serves as your application for ALL School Awards.
Print and complete the School Award Application form by hand OR...
Complete the fillable version of the School Award Application form on your computer and then print it.