Application Guide 2021

This guide provides some suggestions for completing the EKO Scholarship application.

The online application form must be filled out completely. We cannot accept incomplete applications.

Be sure to submit your application by the May 31, 2021 deadline.

Applicants must have received service and/or supports from an EKO member organization.

Applicants must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident/landed immigrant, convention refugee or a protected person living in Canada as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to be eligible.

Members of Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth may also be considered for the EKO Scholarship for Indigenous students.

Candidates who have previously applied are encouraged to submit a new application, however those who have received an EKO Scholarship are no longer eligible.

Applicant Information

Name: (Provide first and last name)

Address: (Complete mailing address)

E-mail address: (e-mail for correspondence regarding the scholarship)

Phone number: (Best phone number to be reached at)

Please indicate preference for how EKO can reach you e.g. by text, email or telephone.

Current School (for applicants currently enrolled in a secondary school)

Post-Secondary Institution or Career College (anticipated university, college, Indigenous Institute or career program you will enroll in for Fall 2021)

Name of Program (anticipated area of study/intended major or career training)

Application Status (please indicate if you admission to the program is confirmed or pending)

Name of the EKO member organization where you received services and/or supports)

You may ask a clinician or program administrator at the centre where you receive or have received services to provide you with a letter confirming that you are or have been a client. Please ask for this letter well in advance. The clinician or administrator you ask will be grateful to have time to prepare the letter. If you are no longer in touch with a clinician at the centre where you received services, please contact the centre main number and ask the receptionist for assistance.

Essay: Personal Impact Statement (Up to 500 words)

NOTE: You are not required to address each of the questions below. The following are offered as a guideline for thinking about what to write about your volunteer roles and extra-curricular activities for this section of the application.

  • What were my specific responsibilities of the volunteer role?
  • Did I work in a leadership capacity?
  • How does this role demonstrate my leadership skills?
  • How does this role demonstrate my initiative and work ethic?
  • Did I lead a group of other volunteers?
  • Was I a member of a committee?
  • Did I work alone or as part of a team?
  • How did my involvement impact others?
  • Please note the start and end dates of role
  • Highlights of your accomplishments and an estimation of time spent volunteering for reach role
  • How have I grown as a leader?
  • Which of my personal qualities/skills developed through my volunteer roles might set me apart from others?
  • How has my involvement impacted my peers and my community?
  • How have your volunteer activities changed you, your peers, and your community?

The Selection Committee will be looking for a comprehensive and well-communicated statement of your involvement, so please elaborate on specific examples of your volunteer roles and responsibilities that demonstrate who you are as an individual and as a leader. Please keep your essay at no more than 500 words.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from school or community mentors will support your application (Recommenders may be a teacher, coach, community leader, school administrator; someone who knows you well and can speak to your strengths). Choose your recommenders with the same thought and care that you put into your personal essay. Strong letters of recommendation differentiate you from other candidates.

Students can reach recommenders via email, in person or by phone. For assistance reaching school mentors who you may not be in touch with regularly, please email your school principal, whose email address can be found on the school’s website.

Recommendation letters should discuss your ability and potential, and should shed light on your character and personality. They should explain what drives you, and what experiences have contributed to who you are today. The best recommendations highlight your key characteristics and demonstrate those traits through specific anecdotes and observations. Those reading the letters should get the sense the recommender was excited to write about you, and is inspired to help you on your path.

The letters should:

  • Detail how long and in what capacity the supporter knowns you
  • Discuss your commitment to service
  • Describe your exceptional leadership in your community or at school
  • Explain why you are a strong candidate for the EKO Scholarship

Note: Be sure to ask recommenders at least a week or two to provide you with a thoughtful letter.

The Selection Committee considers each applicant’s:

  • Educational goals and direction
  • Approach to overcoming barriers
  • Involvement with their community
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated leadership ability

Following submission, all applications will be carefully reviewed and considered by the Selection Committee and the EKO Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified shortly after.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.