“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams
Never mind spooky Hallowe’en! What’s scary is that the deadline to apply for this autumn’s AUSU award and bursary cycle is coming at you like a masked madman.
I know, I know—you’re already trying to get that last assignment done for your course—or course extension—that ends on October 31. Enough with the deadlines, already!
The good news is, you can do it all. AUSU’s award application deadline is October 31 but, lucky for you, a couple of AUSU’s awards have simple applications that you can do in minutes. Here are two you can prepare easily:
Academic Achievement Scholarship.
You can complete and submit your application in under five minutes. All you need is a copy of your current AU transcript preview—instructions to obtain this are embedded in the application form. Fill in your name and contact info on the online application form, upload your transcript file, and click to submit. To qualify for this award, students need to have completed at least 30 AU undergrad credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.85. There are six Academic Achievement awards available this cycle, worth $1000 each.
#Igo2AU Award. If you have experience taking and posting online videos, this application will be a snap. For those with little video experience, the application includes a link to instructions for uploading your video to YouTube. For this award, you need to create and post a maximum two-minute video in which you articulate your AU experience—possible prompts are provided in the application. (Bonus: since you’ve procrastinated, you can check out other applicants’ videos by searching for #Igo2AU on YouTube.) After you’ve posted your video to YouTube (make sure you’ve made it publicly viewable), complete AUSU’s online application form and provide a link to your video. Students applying for the #Igo2AU award don’t need to have completed a minimum number of credits, nor have achieved a minimum GPA. There are four #Igo2AU Awards available this cycle, worth $1000 each.
If you have the time and energy to throw together a more complex application, check out the Returning Student Award, Balanced Student Award, or the Student Volunteer Award, all of which require a minimum 300-word essay. The latter two also require letters of reference, so you’ll need to make sure you know someone who would be willing to drop everything and dash off a compelling letter for you.
AUSU also has bursaries available for this award cycle; these applications require you to assemble some financial information along with other requirements. Better get cracking if you want to meet the October 31 deadline on these ones.
Awards are open to current AU students who are enrolled in at least one AU undergrad course as of the application deadline. Information on AUSU’s Awards and Bursaries is available at www.ausu.org/services/scholarships-awards. Click on each award to see the full details and to access an online application form.
For all awards, make sure you read the Eligibility Criteria and Applications Procedures included on the online application. Before clicking to submit your application, read the Declaration of Applicant and click to check your agreement that all statements in the Declaration are true.