By COLE FROUDE
Going to college can have its fair share of financial stress, but Conestoga College has plenty of ways to give you and your wallet some breathing room through bursaries and awards.
“We have many awards and bursaries to give out ranging from program specific awards to entrance awards,” said Student Awards officer Joanne Buchholzer.
Students can make an appointment in the Student Client Services Building, located across from the Early Childhood Education building, to talk about what kind of awards and bursaries they are eligible for. “Students should also check their Conestoga email frequently. That’s where all the information can be found such as if you are eligible, the criteria and how to apply as well as the deadline and the value of the award,” Buchholzer said.
The emails will also have additional information about applying for other awards such as the Carol Gregory Student Leadership Award, Rick Casey Courage to Cope Award and the Conestoga College Student Assistance Fund.
This semester Student Services is making the application process even easier by introducing a general application. It saves students from filling out application after application for each individual award as this covers most of them and only needs to be submitted once per semester.
The general award application is now available online through the Student Portal – select the Financial tab then click on the My Awards Applications.
With a bit of research students may be able to get more financial help through other agencies such as Scholarships Canada and Scholarships America. A sample listing can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/financial-aid/awards/outsideassi.jsp
Students are also encouraged to check in with their teachers to get information about program specific awards.
In the future Conestoga hopes to integrate the awards database and the college’s website to offer students a complete list of available awards, scholarships and bursaries.