YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The change project together with Umoja would like to award scholarship to Umoja newcomer youth for their post-secondary education. The mission is to provide a post-secondary education to newcomer youth that would not be able to otherwise afford an education.
The Youth Scholarship Award will cover the following costs for an undergraduate four-year degree or program:
- Post-secondary education registration fees to an accredited university, college or technical institution in the Lower Mainland.
- Post-secondary education tuition fees to an accredited university, college or technical institution in the Lower Mainland.
- To qualify for this scholarship program you have to either be a dependent child of a current or former Umoja client, or have participated in Umoja out of school program or youth program or have volunteered during Umoja offered programs for at least 6 weeks.
- Applicants who are currently volunteers with the Umoja Homework Club and/or Summer Children Day Camps will be given higher consideration for the award.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in grade 12 or have graduated the previous year from Secondary School.
- Applicants must be applying to an accredited university, college or technical institution in the Lower Mainland.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they have applied for applicable provincial and federal education grants and be able to provide supporting documentation.
How Do I Apply?
- First E-mail: [email protected] to ensure eligibility.
- Submit a transcript of Grade 10, 11 and 1st term of Grade 12.
- Provide copies of any post-secondary accredited university, college or technical institution in Lower Mainland acceptance letters.
- Applicants will be required to submit a minimum 500 word essay outlining the following:
- Why does the applicant believe they should be selected for this award?
- A brief history of their arrival to Canada and family connections
- How has the applicant been involved with Umoja?
- How has the applicant given back to their local community?
- How does the applicant intend to give back to Umoja and their local community if they are awarded the scholarship?
- What does an education mean to the applicant?
- What are the applicant’s post-secondary goals and dreams?
- The Umoja Youth Scholarship exists to provide a post-secondary education to newcomer youth that would not be able to otherwise afford an education. Please explain the need for financial assistance.
- Submit application and required documentation by March 31, 2021.
- The panel will review all applications.
- Applicants who meet all of the required criteria will be interviewed by the panel.
- Successful candidates will be notified by the panel.
Responsibilities of Successful Candidates:
- Successful applicants will be required to volunteer a pre-determined number of hours at Umoja in the Homework Club and/or Children Summer Camps throughout the duration of the funded post-secondary education.
- Successful applicants will be required to provide transcripts to the panel at the end of each term or semester during the required post-term meeting with the panel.
- Successful applicants will be required to maintain a pre-determined GPA in order to be eligible for the funded post-secondary education.