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Reaching for the Top Scholarship Opportunities Beyond First Year. Student Financial Services. Overview. Using the Web York Scholarships and Awards How Do I receive a York Scholarship Requesting a Refund External Scholarships Creating a Winning Application Summary .

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Reaching for the TopScholarship Opportunities Beyond First Year

Student Financial Services

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  • Using the Web

  • York Scholarships and Awards

  • How Do I receive a York Scholarship

  • Requesting a Refund

  • External Scholarships

  • Creating a Winning Application

  • Summary

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Current Students Web site

  • One stop for student services

  • Available 24/7 – get things done when it’s convenient for you…and avoid line ups

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York Scholarships

  • Scholarships are distributed primarily on the basis of academic merit (grades).

    • Some are awarded automatically

    • Others require an application

  • Online Award Search Database: full listing of York University scholarships

  • Deadlines:

    • Fall October 15

    • Winter January 31

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Renewable Entrance Scholarship

  • Value remains the same for all four years of university

  • To renew:

    • Maintain an 8.0 GPA

    • Enroll in a minimum of 24 credits each year

  • If the scholarship is lost one year it can be regained in future years.

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Continuing Student Scholarship

  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship

  • Automatic scholarship

  • Awarded in August to undergraduate students who:

    • Completed a minimum of 24 credits

    • Achieved a GPA of 8.0 in the previous Summer and Fall/Winter sessions

    • Did not receive the York University Renewable Entrance Scholarship

    • Scholarship amount varies each year

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  • Need-based awards

  • Some look at extra-curricular/community activities

  • Complete the Student Financial Profile


  • Complete the additional documentation form (for some awards)

  • All bursaries are listed in the Awards Search Database


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External Scholarships and Awards

  • Student Financial Services Web site:

  • External award search engines


    • (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada)


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Millennium In-Course Scholarship

  • Scholarship recognizes academic excellence, leadership and active citizenship in upper-year students

  • Eligibility Requirements

    • Completion of second year

    • Minimum cumulative GPA 7.0

    • No previous receipt of a substantial merit scholarship to support post-secondary education

      • no more than $3,500 in any one year

      • no more than $5,000 total to date

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Millennium In-Course Continued

  • Focus is on

    • Community Service

    • Innovation

    • Leadership

    • Academics

  • Value is $4,000 - $5,000 (may be renewable for additional year)

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How Do You Receive An Award

  • All York University awards are credited to your student account

  • You must pay your $450 enrolment deposit before awards will appear on your student account

  • If you have a credit balance after the charges on your student account are cleared, you can request a refund at

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Create a Winning Application

  • Read and understand the questions

  • Answer questions being asked thoroughly

  • Don’t wait until the last minute

  • Don’t leave answers blank

  • Write and re-write - use spell check!

  • Have your application proofread by somebody else

  • Consult with a friend, parent, TA, professor

  • Make a copy of your application for your records

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Create a Winning Application: Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Emphasis on quality, not quantity

    • Long-term vs. one-day events

    • Meaningful and significant activities

  • Outstanding applicants:

    • Are aware of the place they are living in

    • Choose activities to meet the needs of their community

    • Use leadership position to make positive contributions

    • Display true initiative and ongoing commitment

    • Take risks and move out of comfort zone

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Create a Winning Application: Extra-Curricular Activities

  • How can leadership and community activities best be presented in a scholarship application?

  • Explain position

    • What is the organization?

    • Who does the position manage/supervise?

    • Who does the position serve – York students? Club members? Community members?

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Create a Winning Application: Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Explain activities that the position was involved in

    • How often?

    • For how long?

    • How it benefited target audience?

    • What role did position play in these activities?

  • Make sure your application is easy to read

  • Use active language – verbs!

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Create a Winning Application: Choosing References

  • Choose your reference wisely

    • Choose someone who will give you the best letter

    • Should attest to your attributes, excellence, and support your application

    • Cannot be from relative or roommate/partner

    • Get their permission to act as a reference

  • Prepare your reference

    • Provide a copy of your completed application

    • Thank them afterwards and advise about outcome

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Tips for Seeking Financial Assistance

  • Be resourceful - there are a variety of funding opportunities at York

  • Don’t re-invent the wheel – save your answers to use for other applications

  • Be aware of deadlines – often change from year to year

  • Stay positive and stay focused – most rewards require hard work

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Questions and Contacts