Monday, January 15, 2018

Cmolik Scholarships

TCF awards scholarships to deserving British Columbia students that have met adversity during their life and, in the opinion of the Student Selection Committee, demonstrated a good work ethic, tenacity, and other commendable attributes in achieving their academic and social goals; and without TCF's support may not have the means to attend a post-secondary institution.
BC students that have lived in Canada for a minimum of 8 years are considered by the Student Selection Committee based on a submitted written application and personal interviews.  TCF reserves the right to award scholarships in its sole discretion.  Decisions made by the Student Selection Committee are final.  Reasons for the decisions will remain private to TCF and will not be shared.  All applications submitted to the Student Selection Committee remain the property of TCF and will not be returned to the applicant.
TCF estimates the total cost of an undergraduate degree from a Canadian university, college, or trade school is approximately $7,500 for books and $27,500 for tuition.  Therefore, TCF will reimburse up to a total of $35,000 for books and tuition leading to an undergraduate degree or equivalent.  This amount will be paid as reimbursements throughout the duration of the recipients' post-secondary enrollment provided that the progress of the student meets the TCF's scholarship criteria.  Transcripts, a brief summary of student's progress, and original receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.  TCF reserves the right to change scholarship amounts and limits based on decisions made by the Board of Trustees of TCF to reflect current education costs.

Details

  • TCF will provide the successful candidate with a scholarship paid out over time, subject to the student meeting the criteria of TCF, by reimbursing the cost of tuition and books at the beginning of each semester.
  • TCF may advance funds to first year students to pay for their tuition and books, if required, by paying the amount directly to their school.  Advance notice to TCF Administrator is required for approval.
  • Transportation and living expenses are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Tuition fees reimbursed will not exceed the levels determined by the Board of Trustees of TCF, in its sole discretion. The levels will generally reflect those of major British Columbia universities; however, the Board will consider the institution and program selected by the student and may customize a scholarship that matches a student’s tuition needs within TCF's guidelines.
  • Master or Doctoral programs are not eligible for sponsorship reimbursement.
  • The maximum duration for funding is five (5) consecutive years from the start of the initial semester.  Students are expected to begin their post-secondary education in September of the same year they are awarded the scholarship.  Any exception requires pre-approval by the Chair of the Student Selection Committee.
  • Students must take a minimum of FOUR (4) COURSES PER SEMESTER, unless the Chair of the Student Selection Committee pre-approves this requirement prior to the student commencing that particular semester.   (Exception is the summer semesters where there is no minimum requirement).
  • To continue with the scholarship program, students must obtain passing grades in a minimum of three (3) courses per semester. If a student takes more than four (4) courses per semester, they must not fail more than one course to remain with the program.  A withdrawal from a course after the school's deadline is considered a fail.
  • The cost of a failed or withdrawn course reimbursed by TCF will be deducted from the student's next reimbursement.
  • The estimated total maximum value of this scholarship is $35,000 or $7,000 per year.
  • At the end of each semester, the candidate will provide TCF with a copy of their transcript from the institution they are attending (or at the end of the school’s reporting period, if not on a semester schedule), together with a brief written summary of their progress.
  • Students agree to, sometime in their future, fund a non-related person in furthering his or her post-secondary education either personally or by donating to TCF.
  • Scholarships are for consecutive school years and cannot be deferred from one year to the next without prior written permission from TCF.

Eligibility


Scholarship applicants must graduate from a British Columbia secondary school and have resided in Canada for the last eight years.  They must plan to attend and study full time at a post-secondary university, college, or trade school.  Students who have previously received a scholarship from TCF and did not meet the requirements will not be eligible to reapply unless invited to do so. Upon acceptance the student must remain in the program specified in the student’s original application to be eligible for further funding, or submit a Change Request Form to apply for a change.  Pre-approval must be received from the Chair of the Student Selection Committee prior to the change.
  • Award of a TCF Scholarship is conditional upon the applicant graduating from a BC secondary school and enrollment in a post-secondary institution, trade institute, or college.
  • Individuals eligible to receive full funding for their education elsewhere cannot apply for this scholarship.
  • Scholarships received by students in excess of $2,500 per semester from other sources will be deducted from TCF scholarship reimbursement amount.

Application Submission and Review Timeline


Scholarship applications must be submitted to the student's secondary school for approval.  All applications must be endorsed by the secondary school and a letter nominating the student be attached to the application (sample letter can be found under Secondary School Resources).  Each BC secondary school can submit one application.  In some situations, with prior approval of the TCF Student Selection Committee, schools may submit a second application.  Please contact the TCF Student Selection Committee Chair for approval at Kirsten@thecmolikfoundation.com.  All applications must be received via mail or submitted online no later than February 15th of any particular year.   The Student Selection Committee will review all applications and select a short list of candidates to interview. Candidates will be contacted by telephone to set up an interview time on a pre-determined interview date. Final selections will be made after all interviews are completed and communicated to the candidates as soon as possible and will be conditional on the student being accepted into the post-secondary institution specified in the application for TCF Scholarship.  
For applications submitted by students commencing their post-secondary education in September, please note the following information:
Application submission deadline: February 15th                                                                      
Interview Date: 4-8 weeks after submission deadline

How to Apply

The following information is to be submitted to the Student Selection Committee when applying for the scholarship:
1. Completed application form
2. Two reference letters, one letter should be from a teacher or faculty member if currently in school. In the letter, the person you choose must verify the following:
  • You require financial assistance to be able to attend a post-secondary institution.
  • You have the ability academically and emotionally to succeed in a post-secondary educational environment.
  • You are of good character.
  • You demonstrate the tenacity to achieve your goals.
  • They believe you will be a contributing member of society once you have achieved your educational goals.
3. Official transcript of Grade 12 and/or post secondary institution OR most recent report card
4. Current photograph
5. Letter from school stating that you are the student nominated to apply for the Cmolik Foundation scholarship from the school (Sample Cover Letter Template can be found under the Secondary School Resources tab)
Please submit online or mail your application to:

The Cmolik Foundation

c/o Foundation Administrator

210-2121 152nd Street
Surrey, BC  V4A 4P1

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