Students at Holland College now have an easier way to apply for scholarships, bursaries and other awards. The Student Services & Support department at the college recently set up new online software which will save time, effort, and money in the application process.
“In the past, students had to sift through a list of 250 awards on our website and seek out which ones they were eligible for,” says Melissa Josey, Student Services Advisor – Outreach and Awards.
“Each student could be eligible for up to 10 awards. Formerly, they had to submit paper copies of their high school transcript, resumé, and biography for each award they applied for,” she says.
“Now, students are automatically connected with awards they are eligible for, and can upload their transcript, resumé, and biography once and apply for multiple awards.”
After the applications are received, they are reviewed by a selection committee of about 20 college staff in Admissions, Student Services, International Student Office, and Financial Accounts.
“We get many thank you notes from students, and the college is so appreciative of donors who support students, because the money changes a student’s life.
“Through the generosity of donors, hundreds of students benefit annually from award money exceeding a total of $500,000.”
Melissa says the application process can take just 20 minutes to complete. “Last year, students testing the new software gave it rave reviews.
“The intensive part of the application is the financial information. It asks for a budget outlining what you have and what you need. Another intensive part is the biography, which is a new component. It’s the best way to get a picture of the students’ academics, financial situation, athletics or volunteering, and their future goals. Most students have a great story to tell.”
The application deadline for entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards is March 31, 2020. Prospective students must have an active Holland College application to apply for a student award.
For more information on scholarships, bursaries, and awards, call Holland College’s Student Services & Support department at 902-566-9374 or email [email protected]. Visit www.hollandcollege.com/admissions/money-matters/studentawards.php.