December Newsletter




December 8th - UBC SLC EMS Nomination

December 10th - UBC Major Entrance Scholarships

December 15th - Burger King Scholarship

December 16th - EMS Schulich Nomination

December 18th - French for the Future National Essay Contest

January 29th - YVR Art Foundation Scholarship

January 31st - The Mensa Canada General Scholarship

January 31st - SFU Major Entrance Scholarship

January 31st - David C. Lam Scholarship and TCF Refugee Award

February 12th - The Cmolik Foundation Scholarship

MARCH (Early) - EMS/District Scholarship Meeting

MARCH (Early) - EMS/District Scholarships DEADLINE

Please stay tuned by following @gradEMS for hourly/daily/weekly/monthly updates




GPS Meetings @ Senior Lunch (Career Centre)

December 11th

January 15th

February 12th

March 4th

Post-Secondary School Visits @ EMS

September 16th: Bishop's University

October 8th: Simon Fraser University

October 14th: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

October 21st: University of British Columbia (6:30 – 8:00PM)

November 5th: University of Calgary

November 9th: Western University

November 18th: McGill University (8:15 - 9:30 AM)

November 24th: University of Alberta

January 13th: University of Victoria (JUST ADDED)***




UBC Student Leadership Conference

The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is one of Canada’s largest student-run conferences, taking place at the University of British Columbia every January. Through a series of inspiring speakers and interactive workshops, delegates are provided with resources to help them develop as leaders to thrive within the campus community. The SLC will be taking place Jan 9, 2016.

The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) will facilitate a collaborative and inclusive educational environment, which will inspire the campus community, provide valuable peer-to-peer learning experiences, and engage students as they share and develop their leadership skills effectively. The SLC will provide delegates the means to expand their individual leadership potential as well as avenues to apply those skills, on individual and group levels, within the global community while embodying social, economical, and environmentally sustainable practices.

Register here

Now, we know that we have many amazing student leaders at Earl Marriott interested in attending UBC and we would like to invite one student to represent our school, and attend this conference. UBC will cover the cost of registration and a welcome breakfast before the opening ceremony.

To Be Nominated:

The grade 12 student we nominate must standout and be tracking to UBC for 2015/2016. Perhaps you embody the talent and skill it takes to be a leader on a daily basis. For example you could be student body president, manager of the yearbook committee, or a peer mentor. Leadership skills are demonstrated in unique ways, and we are looking for the student that best fits the SLC's theme "Make History"

If you are interested in being nominated, please do the following:

1. In a short paragraph, tell us why you should be nominated, and how you fit the SLC's theme "Make History."

2. Email your response to krembenios_b@surreyschools.ca with the subject line "UBC SLC Nomination" by, Tuesday December 8th, 2015 @ 4:00 PM PST.

Schulich Leader Scholarship

Launched in 2012, the $100 million Schulich Leader Scholarship Program funds 40 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities.* Our most promising students can pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are innovators. They are Schulich Leaders. 50 scholarships are awarded each year.

Please note, the Schulich Leader Scholarship program is only for students enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) degree at one of the partner universities (which you're going to have to research on your own).

How to apply:

All potential candidates are required to submit a 250 word essay (font size 12, 1" margins, double-spaced, word document) by Wednesday, December 16th @ 3:35 PM PST, to krembenios_b@surreyschools.ca. The subject line must read EMS Schulich Nomination

Essay Question: "Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math."

Selected candidates will be contacted in January for an interview with the Earl Marriott Scholarship Committee.

UBC Major Entrance Scholarships

Major Entrance Scholarship

UBC is looking for the most accomplished and promising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to join our community. The Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) program offers the most prestigious awards available to entering students at UBC, including a one-time award of approximately $5,000 and renewable awards of up to $40,000 payable over four years.

These scholarships recognize students who excel across the board and who have demonstrated academic and leadership achievements in the arts, community, athletics, and school.

What is new about this award?

Students are no longer nominated for the award. Students will be automatically considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship if they apply to UBC through the online application by December 10. This is the only way to apply for a Major Entrance Scholarship. The information that Canadian applicants submit in their Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of the online application will be used for admissions and for consideration for the Major Entrance Scholarship.

Who is eligible?

High school and CEGEP students who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

How do students apply?

Students wishing to be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship must submit their online application by December 10. This includes paying the admission fee and completing all sections of your UBC online application. All high school applicants will be evaluated for the Major Entrance Scholarship based on theirAcademic Profile and Personal Profile sections of the online application.

When will students be notified?

UBC will contact all applicants who are being considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship by the end of day April 28. Only applicants who are being considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship will be contacted.

International UBC Scholarships

The diversity that international students contribute to our community enriches it immeasurably. UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $10 million CAD annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students.

Click here for more information.

French for the Future National Essay Contest

Open to students in grades 10 to 12 across Canada (Secondary IV and V, and CEGEP I in Quebec), the Contest will award a total of $215,000 in scholarships, giving its winners the chance to pursue their postsecondary studies partially or completely in French.

The scholarships, valuing between $1,000 to $12,000, are offered in partnership with the following 8 postsecondary institutions:

(Read more about the participating Universities)

  • the University of Ottawa (ON)
  • the Université Sainte-Anne (NS)
  • the Université de Moncton (NB)
  • the Université Saint-Boniface (MB)
  • the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean (AB)
  • the University of Lethbridge (AB)
  • Laurentian University (ON)
  • Glendon College of York University (ON)

Deadline to participate: December 18th, 2015

Click here for more info

The Art Institute Scholarships

Through a range of competitions and other opportunities, The Art Institute is offering over $135 million in full and partial scholarships to new and current students in the 2015-2016 school year. They also offer a variety of financial resources to help qualified students meet their costs. Their dedicated Student Financial Aid Officers will help you explore all your options-including grants, loans, and scholarships-as you start on your journey toward bringing your ideas to life.

Use the links below to learn more about grant and scholarship opportunities:

Scholarships for High School Students

Earn up to 20% of your tuition with The Art Grant.

The Mensa Canada General Scholarship

The Mensa Canada General Scholarship is an award of $1000, and is offered annually, as funding permits. Applicants are invited to write a short essay in which detail their career plan, list their accomplishments to date, and describe what they plan to do order to achieve their future career goals. Please see the rules page for complete eligibility details.

Application deadline is January 31, 2016. The results of the competition will be announced in late July or early August, 2016.

The Cmolik Foundation Scholarship

TCF awards scholarships to deserving B.C. students that have demonstrated a good work ethic, tenacity and other commendable attributes in achieving their academic and social goals, and who without our support may not have the means to attend a post-secondary institution.

Please be sure to read the Scholarship Criteria prior to completing the application form below. You must print the Application Form (PDF) and submit your application to Mr. Krembenios (mailbox) no later than Friday, February 12th, 2016.

Interview Date: March/April date to be announced

Burger King Scholars

Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program has awarded $25.3 million in scholarships to more than 24,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2015 alone, the Foundation awarded $2.7 million to close to 2,500 students in North America.

Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Primarily funded by the BURGER KING® system and guests through annual fundraising activities, scholarships are awarded in the spring of each year. Our ultimate goal? To provide one $1,000 scholarship for every BURGER KING® restaurant in North America—that’s more than $7 million each year!

The application period for the 2016-2017 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2015 and closes Dec. 15, 2015. Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply now.

Chinese Government Scholarship Program

Students from British Columbia have the opportunity to study at a Chinese university on scholarships from the Chinese Government.

In British Columbia, the Ministry of Advanced Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, administers the recruitment of students and the routine management of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

Students who study abroad gain valuable exposure to Chinese language, culture and business practices, as well as a chance to develop enriching life-long relationships across the Pacific.

The scholarships are provided to graduating secondary school students and students enrolled in post-secondary studies in undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. Full and partial scholarships are available.

PSI Selections Form

Are you planning on attending Post-Secondary next year? If so, your transcripts can be sent to various universities, colleges and institutes using the Student Secure Web on the BC Government website.

Prior to graduation, you can indicate which institutions you plan to apply to and have your transcripts sent electronically to them. Complete the Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) Selections form using Student Secure Web. PLEASE NOTE, THAT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS MAY STILL ASK YOU TO SEND THEM TRANSCRIPTS SEPARATELY. MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHECK YOUR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS!

Students access the online PSI Selections form from the Student Secure Web at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/. Schools do not have access to this site. This is a personal document that requires students to provide authorization for the ministry to release their information to outside institutions.

Click here for step-by-step instructions

University of Guelph National Scholarship Program

These 12 scholarships are considered the University of Guelph's most prestigious undergraduate awards. Students with an outstanding academic record, who have made significant contributions to their schools and their communities, who have demonstrated innovative and unique approaches to implementing change and/or bringing about improvements to life, and who demonstrate the greatest potential to be future leaders are invited to apply.

These scholarships will be allocated as:

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  2. Are entering the first semester of any degree program at the University of Guelph or the University of Guelph-Humber;
  3. Have not previously attended a post-secondary institution;
  4. Have at least a 90% admission average;
  5. Have made significant leadership contributions to your school and/or community.

Student Application Deadline: January 25, 2016 11:59 pm (EST)

Reference Letters Deadline: February 1, 2016 11:59 pm (EST)

This application will be available beginning December 1, 2015

Continue to the online application form.

Quest University Canada

Some Important Dates and Deadlines:

The Early Action Deadline is December 1, 2015 students who complete their free online application and submit their supporting documents by this date, will have an admission decision before January 1, 2016. After this date, we will review applications on a rolling basis starting January 15.

The Recommended Application Deadline is February 1, 2016 – we recommend students complete their Admissions application by February 1 due to the limited number of spots available for the Fall 2016 class. We will review applications after this date if space is available.

The Scholarship Deadline is March 1, 2016 – a student’s Admissions application must be complete before applying for scholarships. If a student is applying for both scholarships and financial aid, these applications must be submitted at the same time. After March 1, students are only eligible to apply for need-based financial aid. Students are reviewed only once for scholarship and/or financial aid.The majority of our students receive some form of scholarships or financial aid to offset the cost of tuition.

The Enrolment Confirmation Deadline is May 1, 2016. Students must confirm their enrolment by this date.

Counsellor Visits to Quest:

The best way to learn about Quest is to experience it. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit us, we encourage you to do so. We now offer travel grants for high school counsellors and educators who would like to attend an on-campus Preview Day. The upcoming dates are: October 17, November 14, December 5, February 13, and March 12.

Click here to learn more and register.

B. Davis Scholarship ($1,000)

The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2016.

Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to apply for our scholarship. While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.

Our website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. We are trying to improve the students’ chances for success. The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application.

The deadline for applications is May 23, 2016

Amount of Scholarship: $1,000

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at awards@studentawardsearch.com

The Post Secondary Institutions of British Columbia (NEW WEBSITE)

PSI-BC is pleased to announce the launch a new “Public” website that gives counsellors, parents and students easier access to basic information on all our member institutions.

Please check out this new “public” website at: www.psibcinfo.com

The new “public” website is being developed as a central resource where students, and parents, can more easily find and/or access key information. It’s also mobile friendly.

You will also find COMMUNITY EVENTS and CAMPUS EVENTS & UPDATES pages that will list Open Houses, Information Sessions and any other events or major news items that you and your students and parents might want to know about; the website will provide basic information that is linked to institutional websites.

Dartmouth Undergraduate Science Essay Competition

The Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science is sponsoring an international science essay competition for high school students.

By providing an interdisciplinary forum for sharing undergraduate research, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science highlights the important and exciting work being done by Dartmouth students and faculty. Through the international science essay competition, the undergraduate editorial board seeks to include a broader array of voices in exploring the recent effects and future promise of science in our society. A complete explanation of the contest, along with rules for participation, can be found online.

RE/MAX Western Canada Quest for Excellence Bursary ($1,000)

RE/MAX of Western Canada has renewed the Quest for Excellence bursary program. This year we are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students.

This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. Students can enter online at www.remax.ca > about RE/MAX > In the Community > Quest for Excellence.

2016 Quest for Excellence program is open for submissions from September 14, 2015 until midnight March 14, 2016. Only online entries will be accepted.

SFU Major Entrance Scholarships


SFU invites secondary school students who have applied for admission to the Fall term to apply to their Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) Competition. To be eligible, regular secondary school applicants must have a minimum admissions average of 90% for the Faculty they have applied to (not rounded up) and IB diploma applicants must have a minimum of 31 IB points. MES winners will be announced in April through to the end of May.

The Major Entrance Scholarship Application is now open.

MES applicants coming from a BC/Yukon regular secondary school must self-report their grades by February 15, 2016.

MES application deadline: January 31, 2016

You will be considered for all of the following Major Entrance Scholarships by filling out one application form.

2016 Major Entrance Scholarship Application>

David C. Lam Scholarship & TCF Refugee Award

The deadline for the David C. Lam Scholarship and TCF Refugee Award is January 31, 2016. Select AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES in the left-hand menu to find out more information as well as view the application procedure for each award.

For more information about our efforts to help refugees and our inspiring past recipients, please read our newsletter HERE.

Read “Crazy about Climbing for the Cause”.

YVR ART Foundation Scholarship

$5,000 Scholarship Award Applications for 2016 are now OPEN!

We are now accepting applications for the Youth and Mid-Career $5,000 Scholarships for BC and Yukon First Nations artists. Click HERE for the Call for Applications document. Scholarship applications may be submitted by mail, courier, in person or online. Click HERE to find the online application as well as a downloadable PDF application form.

The deadline for scholarship applications is January 29, 2016.

If you need any assistance with the application process please contact the YVR Art Foundation at 604.276.6261 or by email. Click here for email.





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