What if I am Awarded a Scholarship?

When will I know if I have got the scholarship or not?

  • The successful applicant for a scholarship is usually notified by letter or email.
  • Winners of the annual Claremont Scholarships are announced at the Claremont Graduation Ceremony.

Would I get a cheque or do I have a form to give to the University?

  • The form of payment differs with the donors and may be described in the information provided by the sponsor
  • Payment is frequently made directly to a student’s account at a university or college although smaller organizations may write a cheque payable to the student.
  • The District/Authority scholarship is in the form of voucher to your post secondary institution.

Can I still get scholarships after I have been accepted?

  • Yes. For example, the Sidney Rotary, BC P & VPA and Peninsula Co-op have deadlines in September and August.
  • Students can continue to apply for scholarships after they have started their post secondary studies. Universities often refer to the scholarships for a student’s second and subsequent years as “in-course” scholarships.

What are the possibilities with scholarships if I want to go traveling for a year after high school before starting university?

  • Some sponsors specify that a student must use their scholarship in the school year that they graduate.
  • B.C. Ministry of Education’s passport to education, provincial examination scholarships, and District/Authority scholarships allow a student 5 years to use the award; the award may also be used anywhere in the world that accepts a Canada Student Loan.
  • It may be advantageous to apply for a scholarship and then, if awarded, apply for a deferral.

    Are the available scholarships for the entire lower island?

    • A few scholarships are only available to lower island students in specific geographic areas or by school district (e.g. North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion).
    • Some scholarships are exclusively available to Claremont students 
    • There are also scholarships that must be used on the lower island (e.g., UVic entrance, Thrifty Foods-Camosun College, Academy of Excellence, Royal Roads University).

Can some scholarships (not from universities) only be used in B.C./Canada?

  • Most scholarships clearly define where the funds may be used.
  • Most local sponsors specify that funds must be used at BC PSIs.
  • Some larger organizations and the provincial government will allow scholarships to be used at designated PSIs across Canada and even around the world.

Can scholarships be used for only one school, are they transferable?

  • Entrance scholarships granted by a university are given to support the student attending that school and are not transferable.
  • Otherwise, donors will determine where, and when, scholarships are to be used.

Do scholarships count for universities across Canada? Are there many scholarships for universities abroad? Can we study with the scholarship in other countries too?

  • Most local sponsors specify that funds should be used at BC PSIs (e.g., Sidney Rotary, PEO).
  • Some larger organizations such as LORAN allow scholarships to be used at specific universities across Canada and abroad
  • The provincial government will allow graduation program examination and District/Authority scholarships to be used within a period of five years at any international post secondary institution that has been permitted to accept Canada Student Loans.

Can Canadian students apply for scholarships at International/American universities?

  • Yes

Can you use a scholarship from a local group abroad?

  • Depending on how their funds are raised, local groups may have to abide by BC Government regulations that stipulate that funds must be spent in BC.

How long can I use the money from scholarships?

  • Read details stipulated by scholarship donors
  • Many smaller organizations will require that their funds be used in the September following grade 12 graduation.
  • The provincial government will allow graduation program examination and Dogwood/District scholarships to be used within a period of five years at any international post secondary institution that has been permitted to accept Canada Student Loans

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