For applicants to Waterloo Engineering, we have a selection of scholarships that range from ones based on only the admission marks (Merit and President’s Awards) to others that are based on both marks and extracurricular information. For making these awards, we use the Admission Information Form (AIF) evaluation, so no other application is required for most of the internal Waterloo scholarships. People seem to like that we keep it simple this way.
There is one exception to this, for one of our major awards: the Suncor Energy Emerging Leaders Award, worth up to $10,000 for applicants to Chemical, Civil, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering. From the awards website: “These scholarships are funded by a generous donation from Suncor in recognition of the outstanding programs at the University of Waterloo and to meet the needs of the Canadian oil and gas industry through trained human resources capable of playing a leadership role in the sector.”
Aside from the money, this is quite a nice scholarship because it also includes other events and mentorship opportunities, such as an annual banquet on campus and possible work term employment. Suncor is a major player in the Canadian energy sector, both petroleum and renewable energy.
The exception about this award is that a separate application is required. In the past, this was a form to be filled out and submitted to us, but new this year is an online video interview process hosted by Kira Talent. You can see more information about the interview system from this link. The nice thing is that it can be done at a time that is convenient for you, and the interview is stored for later review by us.
We think that the interview will allow applicants for this scholarship to put forward a better case than the dry old paper form allowed. So I would definitely encourage applicants to Chemical, Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering to give it a try and see if they can win this significant award. Deadline for this year is March 18 2016.
A few other comments about scholarships in general:
- There are no “full-ride” scholarships offered through Waterloo Engineering. The $10,000 level is about the highest they go, although you may be able to find higher ones from external foundations using a scholarship database.
- These entrance awards are not available to transfer applicants, only for those attending a post-secondary institution for the first time.
- Waterloo is relatively young (established in 1957) and doesn’t have huge endowments for scholarships, so the amounts are relatively modest. You might receive higher scholarship offers from other institutions, but remember that the paid co-op work experience can make up any difference, and then some.
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Let me expand on the comment about co-op earnings. One of our Software Engineering alumni from 2014 created this online calculator which may help estimate earnings versus spending, at least for Software Engineering students. Caveats: typical salaries differ between fields, and the data is getting older.
Thanks for another great post! I have two questions about the AIF. For the employment section, I have already essentially secured a job (applied, finished interview) but I will start working in the summer of this year (so I haven’t started yet). Should I indicate this on the AIF under employment? And if I have an activity that I know will end on a specific date in the future, do I put that date as the end date or just the current date since that is where i am up to?
If you know future dates for certain, then you could use those.
Hello again, I am in sort of a dilemma. On my OUAC i put comp eng as my first choice with the intention of putting electrical and systems design as alternates. I just found out that comp and elec eng are treated the same for admissions, so it doesn’t make sense to apply to both. So, I wish to change my first choice to mechatronics, then comp eng and systems design as alternates. How would I go about changing my first choice from comp to mechatronics? Thanks.
You’ll have to consult the OUAC website about making changes. I don’t have any experience with that.
Hey Mr.Anderson. This blog has been really helpful even when I’m not looking for Waterloo related articles.
I had a question where if I did very well (100%) in the Grade 10 English provincial test ( British Columbia), would it be acceptable to write it down on my AIF? Would it be given any value?
Put it down if you think it helps your overall case. I can’t predict how a reviewer will react.
If chemical engineering is your alternate choice, can you still apply for the SUNCOR scholarship.
Yes you can apply, but unless you get an offer and enroll in Chemical Engineering you won’t be able to hold the scholarship.