The Step by Step Process:
1. Fill out the Letter of Reference Request and present to your two or three selected referees/teachers along with the Teacher-Letter-of-Recommendation-Form.
- Make a copy for practice/rough draft
- Make sure all the information is correct and neatly written
- Select your referees carefully. Your advisor, a teacher of the subject area you are most interested in pursuing, your counsellor, an administrator, a sponsor of a club, team activity etc., a community person with whom you have worked or volunteered, and/or your employer are all reasonable choices.
- Always ask them personally, give them a copy of your resume (even if it is only a draft copy) and allow them a week to complete it.
- If you use a community person, always ask for their permission to photocopy it to use for several scholarships applications.
2. Fill out the FRANCES KELSEY SECONDARY APPLICATION FORM (fillable PDF but print out and sign) necessary for each scholarship or bursary.
3. Create a Covering letter
Cover Letter Sample– an example of a scholarship cover letter AND Cover Letter Sample 2 with Annotations to help you understand the “whys”
Also, some very good examples and templates for resumes and cover letters at Myblueprint.ca
- Should be word-processed. You may use special paper, but try to stay conservative.
- Can be addressed to either the people personally or a general “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Scholarship Chairperson”.
- Approximately 3-4 paragraphs: Introduce yourself and state your educational plans and goals, tell what you have been involved with in the last four years (clubs, courses, activities…), and state your specific reasons for applying for this scholarship including personal reasons of financial need and why it would be helpful to you
- In your letter, try to be personal yet specific, proud of your achievements, show understanding of the criteria for the award, be neat and presentable.
4. Complete/Update your Resume
Click on the academic resume sample for an example
A great tool is found by using Microsoft Word. Select File, then New, then Resume Wizard/Templates. Follow the instructions and input your information (keep your purpose in mind when selecting the style/type of resume to create). Remember the following:
- The Resume should be 1 to 3 pages long
- Always start with your goal or your educational plans
- Include the schools you have attended and when
- Include any academic/school awards
- Include any clubs, activities, teams etc. you have belonged to
- Include your community involvement
- Include any work experience, jobs etc. you have had
- List any other areas of interest, skills, achievements
- List the 3 people you will ask for letters of reference including their address and phone number
- Always start with the most recent activities, dates, etc. and work backwards. Usually going back to grade 9 is sufficient.
The qualities that most scholarship committees look for: enthusiasm, teamwork, character, hard work, purpose, ability to overcome obstacles, community service, perseverance and responsibility.
5. Obtain a Transcript of marks
Students can print their own transcripts from Student Transcript Services. Make sure it is as current as possible and all the information on it is correct.
6. Put the package together for photocopying and/or submission, in the following order:
- application form
- cover letter
- letters/checklists of reference
**Remember to hand in a Master List of the Bursaries/Scholarships that you are applying for with your packages. The list should include your name and the name and number only of the bursaries/scholarships that you are applying for. This list is strictly for office use.