Frequently Asked Questions
How is the minimum average calculated?
The 85% minimum average calculation for high school students includes the most recent three years of final grades on the student’s transcript. Cegep students must have a minimum R score of 29.
If the official transcript in your province only shows the last two years of final grades, that transcript will be sufficient to apply.
I am currently a student at a university or college. Can I still apply for your award?
I am a student applying from outside of Canada. Can I apply?
I am hesitant to move away from home for university. Should I still apply?
I am interested in attending a university that is not on your list of participating universities. Am I still eligible for your awards?
I am interested in attending a private university. Am I eligible for this award?
How to Apply
When are applications available? Where can I get them?
The application process is entirely online. If you would like to submit a sponsored application, please contact your guidance counsellor to inquire about the sponsorship process at your school. Students at Cegeps can also consult the list of Cegep representatives.
What are the deadlines?
For those entering university in 2021, the deadline for submission of sponsored applications is October 15, 2020 (before 8:00PM Eastern Time) and the deadline for direct pool applications is October 22, 2020 (before 8:00PM Eastern Time).
What counts as an official transcript?
Who can write my reference letter and how do I submit it?
You must request a reference letter from a teacher, a member of the community or someone else who is familiar with your activities. The reference writer may not be a family member or a friend.
After your application is finalized, your reference writer will receive a reference request email from email@example.com. This email will contain a link to the online sponsorship form, where your reference writer will be able to see your application and access the online reference form (250 words maximum).
For sponsored applicants, the online reference form must be completed before sponsorship confirmation, and both forms must be completed before the October 15, 2020 deadline. For direct pool applicants, the online reference form must be completed before October 22, 2020.
What is the difference between a sponsored and direct pool application?
A sponsored application is one that is nominated by the school. Each high school can sponsor up to three students, and each Cegep may sponsor up to eight.
Direct pool applications do not include school sponsorship and can be submitted one week later (October 22, 2020).
How do I request sponsorship from my school?
Please contact your guidance counsellor, teacher or school administrator to express interest and to learn about the sponsorship selection process at your school. If you are currently attending a Cegep, you can consult our list of Cegep representatives for the right person to contact at your school. You will then need to select Sponsored by my school in the online application, and subsequently enter the name and email address of a school contact in the Educational Background section.
When both the application and reference letter have been completed, the school contact will be asked to review your application and fill out a short online form confirming whether or not your application is sponsored. Applications that are not sponsored will be evaluated in the direct pool.
Who is my Cegep representative?
What should I do if my school will not sponsor anyone?
See your guidance counsellor and stress the importance of school sponsorship. Remind them that, historically, more provincial awards are granted to sponsored applicants than direct pool applicants. If your school still declines to sponsor any students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not sponsored, then you may still apply as a direct pool applicant.
I missed the deadline for the application. Do you consider late applications?
We do not accept any late applications. Students who miss the sponsored application deadline of October 15, 2020 (8:00PM Eastern Time) can still apply through the direct pool (deadline October 22, 2020 at 8:00PM Eastern Time).
If my reference writer or school sponsor is away, can I get an extension?
No. Both the reference and school sponsorship forms must be completed before the application deadline.
If your reference writer or school sponsor is unable to complete their task before the deadline, you may ask another qualified individual to do so. For example, a vice-principal may agree to complete the sponsorship form if your principal or guidance counsellor is unexpectedly away.
If the school sponsorship form is not completed before the application deadline of October 15, 2020, you may submit a direct pool application without sponsorship, provided that both your application and reference are completed before October 22, 2020.
When will I be notified about the status of my application?
Once your application is fully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Afterwards, only applicants selected as semi-finalists are notified of the status of their application.
If selected as semi-finalists, candidates are invited to participate in online interviews via videoconference. These interviews are an opportunity for semi-finalists to connect with one another, meet the local leaders who serve as our interviewers, and gain valuable interview experience. Candidates selected for semi-final interviews will be contacted at least 2 weeks in advance of their interview date.
After semi-final interviews, our committees invite outstanding semi-finalists to participate in national interviews which will be held online in February and March of 2021. Our committees also grant provincial & territorial awards and honour citations to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the semi-final regional level.
How do I support a student's application?
How can candidates apply if internet connectivity is an issue?
In remote regions where internet connectivity may be an issue, arrangements can be made to submit a mailed or scanned application. Please contact us at 416-646-2120 for details. Note that prior arrangements must be made in order to submit an application this way.