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Post Secondary Update #3

Important Information for our Potential Graduates
Posted on 10/31/2018
Graduation CapIMPORTANT DATES
All students wishing to apply to college and/or university should do so before Friday, December 21st, 2019 to ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline without complications. The applications are OPEN NOW and available online at the following websites:
University applications: www.ouac.on.ca
College applications: www.ontariocolleges.ca
Personal Information Numbers (PINs) have been distributed. If you plan to apply to university (through OUAC) and have lost your PIN, see Ms. Moore asap.

• It is critical that you begin the application process as soon as possible. Book an appointment with Ms. Moore to discuss your post-secondary options.
• When applying please use an email address that you check regularly, as colleges/universities use email as their main communication tool.
• Remember that your application will not be processed until you have paid the application fee - this means the colleges and/or universities will not see your application until you pay!

Any students looking for support with navigating or completing their application should attend sessions on the following dates at lunch:
College Applicants: Tuesday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 28th
University Applicants: Wednesday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 27th
**Students should be sure to have created their account through OUAC or Ontario Colleges and be able to log in before attending these sessions. If having difficulty, see Ms. Moore before these sessions.

CRITICAL INFORMATION – FULL DISCLOSURE & TRANSCRIPT MARKS
The last day to drop a class without it showing on your high school transcript is Friday, November 23th, 2018. Once you have completed your application, check the transcript selection of your application to ensure that your courses and marks are listed. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Ms. Moore immediately so that any problems can be resolved. Information changes from post-secondary institution to post-secondary institution so it is extremely important that students are familiar with the prerequisite course requirements for their program(s) of choice. Students should also be familiar with the university/college policy regarding repeated courses.

OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICATIONS
The Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) will transmit academic data to some out of province universities. Students authorize this collection by providing their OUAC reference number on their out of province application. McGill, Concordia, Bishop’s, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, UBC, Simon Fraser, the University of Calgary, the University of New Brunswick and the University of Victoria are currently using this system. If you are applying to an out of province university that does not use OUAC or an out of province college, please see Ms. Moore as you will need to send a transcript to that university/college. Transcript requests must be made with 48 hours notice to allow for processing time.

NOTE: You must apply separately to universities/colleges outside of Ontario. There is a separate cost for each application (these costs vary from school to school). Information about the application process for college and university is available in Student Services. Book an appointment with a counselor if you have any questions.

GRADUATION PHOTOS
Graduation portraits will take place in February 2019. Please keep this month in mind and watch for coming information.

UPCOMING BSS COLLEGE /UNIVERSITY VISITS
If you are interested in attending one of these information sessions, please sign up.
Queen’s University Thursday, November 1st 10:00 am
Lakehead University Monday, November 12th 9:30 am
University of Waterloo Monday, November 12th 12:00 pm
University of Guelph Tuesday, November 13th 8:30 am
Brescia University College Thursday, November 15th 10:00 am
Laurentian University Monday, November 19th 1:00 pm
Nipissing University Wednesday, November 21st 8:30 am
University Info Program (all universities in one place!): Tuesday, November 6th, 6:30pm at FSS
This is a fair-style event. There is no fee to attend – don’t miss out!

SCHOLARSHIPS
Queen’s University Scholarship Information – Application information for the Queen’s Chancellor’s Scholarship was released from Student Services in October. If you are interested in applying for this school-sponsored award (BSS con sponsor 1 student), you must complete the application package (available in the Scholarship Binder) and submit it to Student Services by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 to be considered. Applications to major awards considered admission bursaries do not require school sponsorship.
Website: www.queensu.ca/studentawards. Deadline: December 1st, 2018

National Scholarship Program– if you are interested in being considered for the National Scholarship Program at Western University please submit a detailed resume outlining your community involvement and academic achievements to Student Services by Wednesday, November 28th. This scholarship does require a school sponsorship, and BSS can sponsor 4 students (+1 additional International/VISA student).
Schulich Leader Scholarship – if you are interested in being considered for the Schulich Scholarship please submit a detailed resume outlining your community involvement and academic achievements to Student Services by Wednesday, November 28th. Also include the university program (s) you are applying for. Nominees must be enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) degree at one of the partner universities. Please visit schulichleaders.com to view the list of designated universities and STEM programs. This scholarship does require a school sponsorship. BSS can sponsor 1 student for this award.

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership - recognizes the achievements of youth who are making a difference and help them realize their educational goals
Website: www.td.com/scholarship Deadline: November 16th, 2018
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program – recognizes dedication to community services, humanitarianism, perseverance and courage in the face of obstacles
Website: www.terryfoxawards.ca Deadline: February 1st, 2019

Students wanting information on bursaries and other scholarships should check the binder in Student Services, as well as Financial Aid websites for schools of choice. Students can also visit www.yconic.com or www.ScholarTree.ca for information about scholarships and bursaries available across the country. New information is being added regularly – check back often!