Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Support

References

Scholarships can be very competitive; in many cases, the reference letter can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful application. 

This page contains information and tips for references; students/applicants should visit the specific competition page for more information.

Information for references

  • Your reference letter is a required component of the student’s application. Without it, the student’s application will be considered incomplete, and they will be disqualified from the scholarship competition. 
  • Reference forms must submitted through our secure online form; your unique link will be sent to you via email. 
  • Reference letters submitted in any other format will not be accepted. 
  • If you are unable to complete the reference form by the deadline indicated below, please advise the student as soon as possible so that they may choose a new reference. 

Tips for writing reference letters

  • Leadership competitions

    • Focus on the student’s leadership traits, abilities, and achievements; do not focus on their academic achievements.

    • Specifically describe at least one of the student’s leadership activities or achievements. 

    • Speak to the student’s growth as a leader, and to their future growth potential. 

    • Be as objective as possible.

  • Scholastic Distinction competitions

    • Focus on the student’s academic traits, abilities, and achievements. 

    • Specifically describe at least one of the student’s academic achievements. 

    • Specifically describe any extracurricular activities that the student participated in that went above and beyond the required curriculum. 

    • Speak to the student’s academic/intellectual growth and curiosity, and to their future growth potential. 

    • Be as objective as possible.

  • International scholarships

    Although a formal reference letter may not be required, please be prepared to comment on the following attributes of the applicant, being as specific as possible: 

    • Ability to think critically and independently 

    • Overall intellectual ability 

    • Writing and language skills 

    • Work habits, work ethic, motivation, and initiative 

    • Leadership/involvement in student government 

    • Leadership/involvement in student clubs, groups, and teams 

    • Leadership/involvement in the community 

    • Potential for leadership and growth

  • First Peoples' House and Métis Education Foundation Awards

    • Focus on the student’s involvement within a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit community, emphasizing the level of involvement, their leadership traits, abilities and achievements; do not focus on their academic achievements. 

    • For students applying to the Métis Education Foundation Awards, focus the attention on the involvement within the Métis community specifically. 

    • Specifically describe at least one of the student’s community/leadership activities or achievements. Speak to the student’s growth as a leader, and to their future growth potential.  

    • Be as objective as possible.