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Scholarship Application Process

Process
  • Students must apply using the official Application Form (available on website or obtained through their school) and submit the form along with required documentation as outlined below and in the application itself.
  • Applications are assessed by the RAYS Scholarship Selection Committee. Their recommendations are presented for approval by the RAYS Scholarship Committee and the RAYS Board.
  • Students chosen for interviews will be notified in mid-May. Successful candidates will be notified in early June.
  • Students are to complete all parts of this application in a legible manner. If you have any questions about any of the content or the application, please contact the Scholarship Committee  at info@RAYSScholarships.com
  • Each year a number of community members dedicated to supporting post-secondary education for local youth, commit to fund university scholarships. The number of scholarships and the individual value vary from year to year. A RAYS scholarship has a potential value of $20,000, payable over a four-year course of study to a maximum amount of $5,000 per year.
  • Scholarship payments are made twice yearly – up to one half the value on or about September 1st and the remainder by December 31st.
  • Continued awards are contingent on the recipient meeting certain criteria including academic performance. These criteria are outlined in a letter of agreement signed by each recipient along with a parent or guardian.
  • The recipient of a RAYS scholarship may accept other scholarships, bursaries or awards, but must disclose these as part of the scholarship application and interview process.
Am I Eligible?

To qualify for a RAYS scholarship, a student must meet all of the following:

  • The student must be entering first year at a publicly funded University in Canada.
  • The student must be currently attending, or have graduated within the last year, from Stayner Collegiate Institute, Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Our Lady of the Bay Catholic High School, or Centre Dufferin District High School.
  • The student must have a minimum 80% average in Grade 12, based on College or University preparatory courses (initial evaluation will be conducted on the basis of final Grade 12 marks, if Grade 12 has been completed, or on Grade 12 first term final marks and second term interim marks, with the latter to be confirmed at the end of the school year).
  • The student must reside in the outlined area on the map below. If you are concerned about meeting the residency requirement, contact info@RAYSScholarships.com

Application Process

All applications must include the following:

  • A personal essay (approximately 500 words) highlighting important aspects of your journey to high school graduation and your aspirations for university and beyond.
  • A RAYS Scholarship Application with all sections completed including the Educational Funding Form.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or guidance counsellor, with his/her telephone number.
  • A letter from an employer, volunteer organization or a character reference (non-family), who has known you for at least two years, with his/her telephone number.
  • Proof of academic achievement that includes all of: first term Grade 12 final marks, second term interim marks and an Ontario Student Transcript.
  • A university acceptance letter.
  • An Ontario Student Assistance Plan (“OSAP”) printout exactly in the format that is attached to this document. Financial need is one of the most important criteria for allocating the RAY'S Place Scholarship and all of the information included in the OSAP template is required so that we can accurately measure applicant need. The OSAP Aid Estimator can be found at : https://osap.gov.on.ca/AidEstimatorWeb/enterapp/enter.xhtml
Selection Criteria

The successful scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen on the basis of the following:

Financial need – this is the most important criteria for the RAYS scholarship. We want to assist students who might otherwise struggle to pursue post-secondary education in the absence of our scholarship. We assess financial need based upon the information submitted to OSAP and our understanding of the costs of your post-secondary education.

Funding initiative – we expect our scholarship applicants to contribute to the cost of their post-secondary education. Many recipients have been saving for years. Some have support from family. Others are not able to make a contribution as their work earnings have been used to support family expenses. The Educational Funding Form and Work Experience Forms are used to evaluate this criterion.

Academic achievement – our applicants have performed very well in high school. The minimum average in Grade 12 is 80%.

Leadership and community support – we look for applicants who have demonstrated the ability to manage the demands of school while making a contribution to their community, either at school or more broadly. Students have the opportunity to tell us about their activities. The Community Leadership – Volunteer Experience Form is used to evaluate this criterion.

Essay – RAYS wants to understand, as much as possible, the full context for each student’s situation and aspirations as they impact their desire to attend university. We would like to understand the challenges they may face in achieving their aspirations and any obstacles they have overcome during the high school years to accomplish their goals. This might include any unique family circumstances, the family’s need to pay for sibling’s post-secondary education, significant efforts to balance school work against other interests or obligations and the contributions that others have made to help you get to where you are today.

Interview – members of the Scholarship Selection Committee will interview finalists for the RAYS scholarship. The primary objective of the interview is to learn more about the details provided in the applicant’s submission and assess their maturity and preparedness for post-secondary education.

How to Submit my Application

The downloadable or online scholarship application must be completed and printed in its entirety. Please complete it clearly and legibly or online - the essay must be typed. Completed applications are due or postmarked by Friday May 1, 2020. Mail to:

RAYS Scholarship Committee
PO Box 2052,
Creemore, ON L0M 1G0

The Scholarship Selection Committee reviews all applications. The top five or eight applicants are chosen for interviews. Interviews will be scheduled in the middle of May. Successful applicant(s) with be notified of conditional scholarship award(s) by Friday May 29, 2020.

Final confirmation of awards will come in early July once final marks are received and the Scholarship Selection Committee has completed any due diligence on the conditional scholarship recipient(s). The Scholarship Selection Committee will, at their sole discretion, verify any information in the successful conditional applications including financial need, other financial support such as scholarships or tuition waivers, and contact references or employers and volunteer organizations.

Scholarship Application Checklist
  • I reside in the Scholarship catchment area described in this application or have received approval to apply from the Scholarship Committee Chair.
  • I plan on entering my first year of university in September 2020.
  • I currently attend Stayner Collegiate, Collingwood Collegiate, Our Lady of the Bay Catholic School, or Centre Dufferin District High School.
  • I have completed all parts of the Scholarship application form.
  • I have enclosed an up-to-date Ontario Student Transcript
  • I have enclosed two letters of recommendation as directed in the application instructions.
  • I have enclosed my essay
  • I have enclosed an official “Letter of Acceptance” from the university I plan to attend.
  • I have enclosed a complete 2-page OSAP Aid Estimator report.
  • I submitted/mailed my application before May 1, 2020.
  • I understand that if I receive a Scholarship I will sign a “Letter of Agreement” which stipulates the conditions of continuation of my Scholarship in future years.