AUSU will be splashing out $15,000 in a few weeks. Do you want some?
May 1 is the deadline for the next round of AUSU scholarships, awards, and bursaries. With only a couple weeks to go, it’s time to start looking at which awards you qualify for. Most AUSU award applications require you to gather information and documents together. An early start means you won’t be scrambling May 1.
Here’s a snapshot of each award; for full details visit AUSU’s Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries page:
Academic Achievement Scholarships (2 at $1000 each.) This one is a snap to apply for: fill out the online application form, upload a recent AU transcript preview, and you’re done. The awards go to the two applicants with the highest GPA over the past 30 AU credits.
Balanced Student Awards (2 at $1000 each.) Are you juggling AU studies with a job, and/or family commitments and/or community work and/or whatever? If you can squeeze in time to write a minimum 300-word essay describing how you make it all work, this award could be yours! You’ll need two reference letters; check the application form for details.
Returning Student Awards (2 at $1000 each.) Were you away from formal studies for a while before starting at AU? Has it been tough? Tell AUSU all about it in a minimum 300-word essay and you could walk away with $1000. You’ll need to supply information about your education since high school; check the application form for details.
Student Service Awards (2 at $1000 each.) Do you do volunteer work? Provide details of your volunteer activities in either point form or essay style (minimum 300 words) and you might see some money for your efforts. You’ll need a reference letter from a volunteer supervisor; check the application form for details.
AUSU Bursaries (5 at $1000 each.) In a financial crunch? If you can demonstrate financial need, AUSU might help you out with some extra cash. You’ll have to provide lots of financial information, so check the application form carefully and get started early.
Single Parent Bursaries (2 at $1000 each.) Are you a single parent with dependent children at home? Tell AUSU all about it in a minimum 300-word essay and one of these awards could be yours! Usually only one Single Parent Bursary is awarded each award cycle, but there were no eligible applicants for the November 2016 award and it was carried forward. The application requires detailed financial information, so check the application form carefully and get started early.
To qualify for any of these AUSU awards, you need to have completed at least 12 AU credits, and have a minimum GPA of 2.00. (Some awards have steeper requirements; the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the Single Parent Bursary both require at least 30 AU credits completed.) Read the awards application form carefully for full requirements.
AUSU has two award cycles each year; the other deadline is November 1. Additionally, AUSU has bursaries available year-round: the Computer, Emergency, Health Care, and Travel Bursaries. Be sure to check out the details for those, too.
Barbara Lehtiniemi is a writer, photographer, and AU student. She lives on a windswept rural road in Eastern Ontario.