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University of Toronto National Scholarships

The University of Toronto National Scholarships target students “who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. The National Scholars will be those who not only excel in academic pursuits but also have an enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and an involvement in the life of their school and community.” Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents intending to begin post-secondary study at the University of Toronto in September 2015.

For the ten finalists selected as National Scholars, the University of Toronto will cover tuition and incidental fees for four years, will provide residence support in the first year, and will include an additional, renewable, monetary award based on individual financial circumstances.

The finalists who are not designated National Scholars will receive an Arbor Scholarship valued at $5,000 for the first year, renewable at $1,500 for subsequent years. Both the National and Arbor Scholars will be assigned a faculty member to act as a mentor during their initial year of undergraduate study and will be invited to attend various special events in their honour.

If you feel that you fit the above criteria, you are invited to download an application here.

The deadline for your application to arrive at the university is Friday, November 7. You must arrange for a transcript with Ms Berndsen before Friday, October 24. You should ask a teacher to send a reference letter on your behalf in time to meet the deadline.

Do not leave this application to the last minute. It is a complex one and requires lots of time and thought. The competition is extremely fierce. Your university counsellor would be delighted to help you edit your application.

Remember that teachers need lots of notice in order to produce a highly polished, persuasive reference; please provide your referee with the completed Scholarship Referee Request Form (available on the UCO Haiku site) well before the deadline and then add his or her name to your Naviance account.