How to Apply for Scholarships and Bursaries
Step 1: Read the EMCS Financial Aid Handbook
Read the Financial Aid Handbook (updated December 12, 2016). 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 April 20, 2017). 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. Three websites you should be sure to check are:
Yconic.com, BCScholarships.ca, StudentScholarships.org
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. If you want to request a reference letter from an EMCS staff member, use the reference request form and attach a copy of your scholarship resume.
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 transcript request form.
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.
What are the Three Types of Awards in the EMCS Awards Database?
- School Awards
- Local Awards
- External Awards
A useful summary of the three types of awards and who to submit your applications to:
Summary of the Types of Awards in the EMCS Awards Database
EMCS Award Application Cover Page
Remember that applications for School Awards and Local Awards require an EMCS Awards Application Cover Page.
School Award Application Form (updated April 8, 2017)
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, save it, and then print it.
Reference Request Form
Use this Reference Request Form if you wish to request letters of reference from teachers. Please remember to give teachers at least two weeks’ notice.
Transcript Request Form
Complete this Transcript Request Form and turn it in to the office to request your transcript.
Sample Scholarship Resumes
Sample Letters of Application