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OUAC Important Dates 2019/2020
September 27th-29th, 2019
The OUF is hosted by the Ontario universities and it’s the only event where all 21 Ontario universities come together in 1 place, just for you. And it’s free!
STA’s Student services will distribute access code letters for the OUAC 101 application
January 15th, 2020
Deadline for Ontario high school students to submit their completed application to OUAC.
Note: The OUAC still processes applications received after this date and distributes them to the universities; however, specific university deadlines will apply.
The initial application includes all final grades from completed Grade 11 and 12 courses and a list of all current-year courses in progress.
February 4th, 2020
Recommended last date for students to submit university and program changes and additional active choices to the OUAC to be considered for early admission.
Note: This is a recommended deadline. The OUAC will still accept and process application changes at any time.
May 27th, 2020
The latest date all high school applicants can expect a response from an Ontario university. This includes: an offer of admission; a refusal; or a deferral, once additional information is received.
June 1st, 2020
The earliest date an Ontario high school student may be required to respond to an Ontario university offer of admission and give a financial commitment (e.g., registration deposit, residence deposit, etc.).
All other admissions-related elements, including scholarships, other forms of student assistance or financial incentives, and offers of residence are considered part of the offer of admission. Therefore, a student may accept these other offers before June 1st, 2020, but Ontario universities will not compel a student in any way to make a decision earlier than this date.
Scholarship Information 2019/20
Please listen to announcements for any scholarship related information. Once information comes into the student services office this page will be updated.
The Loran Award
The Loran Scholar Program provides graduating students who demonstrate exemplary character, service and leadership with the opportunity to apply for scholarships valued up to $100,000 over four years of university. It also offers a mentor and internship program. Students applying for this prestigious scholarship must have a cumulative average of over 85% for the past 3 years. See the website: http://www.loranscholar.ca/ for more information.
High schools are allowed to sponsor up to 3 individuals each year for this award. If you’d like to be considered for a sponsored application, please complete the nomination application and return it to Student Services no later than Monday, September 30th 2019. The nomination application can be found here.
Please note that students do not have to be sponsored to apply for this award. Students who are not being sponsored by the school can apply to the direct pool by October the 24th.
The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships
St. Thomas Aquinas is now accepting nomination letters for The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships. Please read the eligibility requirements below carefully:
To be eligible to apply to the Pearson International Scholarship, you must be:
- an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit);
- currently in your final year of secondary school or have graduated no earlier than June 2019
- beginning your studies at the University of Toronto in September 2020 (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered; students starting their studies in January 2020 at another post-secondary institution cannot be considered)
The scholarship program is intended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within St. Thomas Aquinas. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community. In one page please explain why you should be STA’s nominee.
Please submit your one page nomination letter to student services by Nov 8th 2019
University of Toronto National Scholarship
Students interested in applying for the University of Toronto National Scholarship Program are asked to visit this link to learn more about eligibility and steps to applying. The deadline to apply is October 24th, 2019. A School nomination is not required for this award.
The 2020 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship program is offering up to $10,000 for post-secondary studies. Applications are due by October 25 2019.
To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be graduating high school (or be in the final year of CEGEP) with plans to enter university in the fall of 2020
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university
- Demonstrate critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required)
- Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
- Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
- Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 65
- Attend high school (or CEGEP) and reside in Canada
- Be Canadian citizens
For more information about eligibility and application dates please visit: https://www.horatioalger.ca/en/scholarships/
University of Toronto National Book Award
The University of Toronto National Book Award Program recognizes and rewards the very best Canadian secondary school students, regardless of which university those students choose to attend. These are students who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. They excel in academic pursuits, demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and have a strong involvement in the lives of their schools and communities. It is not necessary that the student intend to apply for admission to the University of Toronto. Award recipients receive a National Book Award recognizing their achievements, and as a symbol of their academic potential. It is a non-monetary award. The book will be presented to the student at their secondary school graduation ceremony at the end of the school year.
If you would like to be considered for this book award, please submit a one-page nomination letter to guidance by Monday October 14th 2019. In the letter please outline why you should be the school’s nominee.
Queens University Chancellor Scholarship
Students interested in applying for the Queens Chancellor Scholarship and plan on attending Queens are asked to please submit the completed application (link) to Student Services by Friday Nov 1st . This Scholarship does require a school nomination. For more information about the scholarship please visit http://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-assistance/admission-scholarships-bursaries-and-awards/major-admission-awards
Schulich leader Scholarships
Information regarding the 2019/2020 Schulich Leader Scholarships are now in Student Services. You can also access information on the Schulich Website http://www.schulichleaders.com/who-eligible . Please read the eligibility criteria carefully for this award. This scholarship does require a nomination from the school. Please submit your completed nomination application to student services by Friday December 6th.
TD scholarships are awarded to students across Canada who help support change, nurture progress and contribute to making the world a better place. Each Scholarship includes four years of tuition at any approved university or college in Canada, up to a maximum of $10,000 per year. Eligibility requirements and applications can be found at https://www.td.com/ca/en/personal-banking/solutions/student-banking/community-leadership-scholarship-for-canadians/
Application and essay are due no later than November 15th, 2019
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Information regarding the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award can be found at https://terryfoxawards.ca/
Applications are due February 1st 2020. This award does not require a school nomination.
Valued at $28,000, The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is one of Canada’s most established and prestigious awards.
US College Information
US Application Tips
Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way thats fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
- http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/test-center-code-search (Register for the SAT Test)
ACT Test Information
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.
- http://www.actstudent.org/regist/centers/ (Register for the ACT Test)
- http://www.actstudent.org/faq/ (Frequently asked questions about the ACT)
Sheridan has prepared a presentation providing an overview of OSAP, the application process, important information and tips for potential post-secondary students. In addition to this presentation, we also recommend that students visit the OSAP website (www.osap.gov.on.ca) for more information. OSAP Presentation VideoPost Secondary Application Information