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Updates from the University Counselling Office

Important Information for Year 12s: 

All Year 12 students must update their Naviance account ASAP indicating all of the universities to which they are applying — this includes all universities in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming University virtual events: 

Interested in learning more about Imperial College in London, U.K.? Check out their webinars that include information sessions for prospective students as well as opportunities to hear about different areas of research being conducted at the university. 

Want to learn more about Durham University? Check out their on-demand virtual open day.  

Join the University of Victoria for an information session for students interested in the undergraduate program. More than just getting into university, the session will explore the possibilities and what your education can be. You’ll hear about the co-op program and why hands-on learning is so important, how you can engage with your surroundings, and how the UVic community can inspire you to succeed. The next session is on Monday, Nov. 29

Have an hour? Use it to explore your future at New York University from the comfort of your own home. One of the admissions counsellors will walk you through the admissions process, your academic options (spoiler: there are a ton), and the NYU student experience. Plus, there will be a live Q & A with student ambassadors.

Join Babson College for a live, interactive visit online Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. EST. 

Join Northwestern University for an online information session and campus tour. The information sessions, which last approximately one hour, will feature admission directors and current students, with the opportunity for real-time Q & A, and campus tours feature a 30- to 40-minute walking tour of campus with a student tour guide who will be answering your questions throughout the tour. The next session is on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Central Time. 

Join Northeastern University for a virtual information session that will provide the opportunity to engage with Northeastern’s admissions team, faculty, staff and students. You will learn about the distinctive academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, financial aid, and more.  

Join McGill University for virtual information sessions to learn more about McGill’s campus, student life, programs, the application process and living in Montreal. There are sessions throughout the month of November. 

Join Western University for a virtual information session that will review the Ivey HBA Program and AEO (Advanced Entry Opportunity) admissions process for High School Students on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. EST. 

Two more amazing scholarship opportunities are available to Year 12 students:

Please read the below information about the Schulich Leader Scholarships and Western University’s National Scholarship Program if you are interested in being nominated. UCC is able to nominate one student for the Schulich Leader Scholarships and four students for Western’s National Scholarship Program. Any student wishing to be nominated for either should submit a one-page letter to Ms. Isaacs (nisaacs@ucc.on.ca) by Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. explaining why you would make an excellent nominee for the scholarship and outlining how you meet the criteria that each scholarship committee is seeking out (please refer to their respective websites to gain more in-depth information for each). 

Schulich Leader Scholarships 

Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships. Up to 100 are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Half are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half are valued at $80,000 for science and math scholarships. Schulich Leaders benefit from an immersive network that will accelerate their career trajectory and provide access to invaluable resources.

The awards are based on exceptional academic achievement, leadership, charisma and creativity.  Strong consideration is given to students with financial need.

Western University National Scholarship Program

If Western is your top choice university, you should consider being nominated for this suite of awards that fall under Western’s scholarship program. These awards are based on outstanding academic achievement, (a minimum of 90% average calculated on all Year 12 courses, not just your “best six.” You do not need a 90% in every course, just an average!); you also need demonstrated ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit of learning. These scholarships also recognize exceptional achievement in extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics. A special emphasis is placed on a candidate’s commitment to community service through ongoing contributions to school and community life. If nominated, the scholarship application includes a 1000- to 1,250-word essay on an issue of public concern.

Students interested in the Beryl Ivey Award must fill out a supplemental application, as there is a financial need component to this scholarship.

We look forward to reading letters from those who are interested in being nominated for these exciting opportunities. Please let your counsellor or Ms. Isaacs know if you have any questions.

Other Scholarships to consider:

UBC Centennial Scholars due December 1st. 

UBC Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program due December 1st. 

Queen’s Major Admissions Awards other than the Chancellor’s Scholarship due December 8th.  

Generation Google Scholarship (North America) due Friday, Dec. 10. 

December 1 deadlines for these scholarships that do not require a nomination:

Boston University Trustee Scholarship 

Merit Scholarships at Vanderbilt

And a few more to consider:

The following scholarships do not require nomination…

Washington University in St. Louis Signature Scholar Programs due Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022  

St. Lawrence University Canadian Scholars Program due Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Babson College Weissman Scholarship due Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022