Canadian Spirit Award

What is the Canadian Spirit Award?

The Canadian Spirit Award was established to financially support a student through Grade 11 and Grade 12 of the Diploma Programme at Stratford Hall up to a maximum of $20,725 in the 2017-2018 academic year and $22,231 in the 2018-2019 academic year. The student(s) awarded will exhibit strength of character, commitment to service, and high academic standing. The student(s) will also be able to demonstrate financial need, reside in Metro Vancouver, and be eligible to study in Canada.

What are the Award criteria?

  1. Academic Standing: A minimum of 73% in all of Grade 10 courses until the completion of Grade 10. The applicant must demonstrate Learner Profile attributes, have effective work habits, and be academically prepared for the rigor of the full Diploma Programme.
  2. Record of Service: Applicants must be able to demonstrate an on-going commitment to meaningful service and/or leadership experiences. Examples may include: ongoing volunteering, regular participation in community development activities, taking on leadership roles in their school and/or community, planning/initiating activities that address local or global needs.
  3. Financial Need: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the Canadian Spirit Award Financial Assessment package.
  4. References: Applicants are required to provide two, confidential written recommendations: one from an academic area of their lives and one that pertains to their character and/or service. These confidential referees should not be in the employ of the applicant or the applicant’s family, nor related to the applicant in any legal/familial way.
  5. Video submission: Applicants are required to submit a video no longer than five minutes and upload it to their YouTube account. The Video should tell us a little bit about the applicant and why this opportunity interested them, and then answer the question: How do you foster intercultural understanding and respect, and what more can be done to encourage this within our communities? The video URL will then be submitted along with the application.


How do I apply?

To apply for The Canadian Spirit Award, you will need to fill out the online application and submit all the required documentation on or before April 30th, 2017.

This will include:

  1. The YouTube URL to your video describing why you want to attend Stratford Hall and answering the question: How do you foster intercultural understanding and respect, and what more can be done to encourage this within our communities? The video URL will then be submitted along with the application.
  2. Submission of the completed Financial Assessment Package.
  3. Submission of the last two years of report cards, service record/documentation and two confidential reference letters.
  4. Submission of birth certificate, eligibility to study and proof of address.

What is the timeline?

Applications are due on April 30th, 2017. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be scheduled between May and June. The selection Committee will decide on an Award winner on/or before June 15th, 2017. The school retains sole discretion in selecting the award recipient.

Who is eligible and what are the terms and conditions?

Applicants must be entering Grade 11 in the 2017-2018 academic year and plan to attend university. Applicants must be fluent in English and have a demonstrable financial need as determined by the Stratford Hall Director of Finance based on a completed and truthful Financial Assessment package. The amount awarded to The Canadian Spirit Award winner will be proportionate to their assessed financial need. The funding for this award is transferred directly from a donor-advised fund to Stratford Hall. The school retains sole discretion in selecting the award recipient.

Applicants must also provide a copy of their birth certificate and/or proof of age, as well as eligibility to study in Canada if required. Proof of address within the Metro Vancouver area is also required. Students currently receiving any financial assistance from Stratford Hall are not eligible for The Canadian Spirit Award.

Each year, the Award funding is reviewed. The Award recipient must maintain a minimum of 5 in all DP courses and be considered to be in good standing with the school in regards to behaviour. If the Award recipient receives disciplinary action, including expulsion or suspension, the school reserves the right to withdraw the recipient's funding and seat at Stratford Hall effective immediately.

The identity of applicants will not be made known by the school unless permission is provided by the student and their parent and/or legal guardian. However, winners may be asked to speak to potential scholarship donors about their experience in order to help keep the scholarship funded.

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