Scholarships are monetary awards given to graduates who have excelled in their program of studies and have been active in school and community activities. These awards are intended to help the graduate with the cost of their post secondary education. Scholarships generally fall into three categories, Provincial, Handsworth Scholarships, and External.
The Provincial Awards are based on excellence in the 5 mandatory provincial exams, (English 10, Science 10, Math 10, Social Studies 11, and English 12). $1,000 is awarded to the top 5,000 Grade 12 students in BC. $2,500 is awarded to the top 20 students in BC. At least a 73% final mark must be achieved in English 12. Students do not have to apply for a government scholarship; they will be automatically considered if they are enrolled in the appropriate courses and achieve the necessary results.
The Handsworth Scholarship Committee awards scholarships provided to Handsworth graduates through the generosity of service clubs, businesses, the Handsworth community and individuals. Grade 12’s must complete the Scholarship and Bursary application, which will be given to you in December. This application must be filled out by ALL GRADE 12 STUDENTS and returned to your Graduation Transition 12 teacher.
External scholarships include university scholarships and awards offered by outside agencies. Application for university entrance scholarships should be submitted in January/February. Typically, an applicant for a major entrance scholarship will have a 90% plus average in their academic courses as well as an outstanding record of Extracurricular involvement. Other external scholarships will be advertised in future Prospect newsletters. Most scholarship applications are quite involved and may require letter of reference or essays. Deadlines for scholarships are firm, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
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