Beyond York - October 20 / 2017

The Young Writers' Lab

If creative writing is your passion and you want to develop your skills, please look into this program. (, offers creative writing workshops, essay workshops, book clubs, literary events, college admissions essay workshops and private English tutoring for young writers ages 7-19.  Young writers get the support and space they need to develop their ideas, their dreams and their stories. The instructors and peer participants provide aspiring writers with the encouragement and inspiration they need to take their work to the next level.

Scholarship Information

Click HERE for a summary of the scholarships and awards available to students  applying to Ontario’s universities.

Schulich Leader Scholarship

The Schulich Leader Scholarship is an undergraduate entrance scholarship for students intending to enrol in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at one of 20 Canadian universities. The award is valued at $80,000 over 4 years for the study of science, technology, or mathematics and $100,0000 over 4 years for the study of engineering. The final selection of the 50 winners will be carried out by the participating universities.

Each high school is allowed to nominate only one candidate for this award. The nominee must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and possess two of the three following attributes:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership;
  • Financial need.


Be entrepreneurial minded, intending to pursue a career in:

  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Engineering
  • Scientific research

(students intending to pursue a career in medicine or medical research are not eligible for this award) In order to be considered for nomination, interested students must write a short statement in which they indicate the nature of their interest in STEM subjects and their plans for post-secondary study in related areas. They must also provide a résumé outlining their extracurricular leadership and/or entrepreneurial activities and submit to Ms. Elliott by Friday, December 1. Our successful nominee will have to arrange for two letters of reference (at least one of which must be academic). The nominated student will be given a link to the online application. More details about the award can be found here.

The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary

Some of the largest scholarships in Canada for entering students. These range in value from $12,400 to $24,800 per year. The application opens on Wednesday, November 1 and must be submitted by Friday, December 15. Two academic reference forms are required to support the application. IB Diploma students are also eligible to apply for 20 dedicated IB scholarships.

More information is available here.

House of Commons Page Program

Each year 40 students are selected from high schools across Canada to work as pages in the House of Commons. Pages work on a part-time basis (15 hours per week) during their first year of study at one of the universities in the National Capital Region. The salary is $16,088 over a twelve-month period with a bonus of $1200 at the end of the program. Pages play a key role in the communications network on Parliament Hill. Delivering important messages and research papers to Members, linking MPs to their Hill offices, and serving House officials in various capacities, House of Commons pages are an important part of government services in the nation’s capital. To qualify, you must:

Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

Be graduating from a high school and commencing full-time studies at a university in the National Capital Region in September 2018; Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Saint-Paul University, or Universite du Quebec en Outaouais;

  • Have an overall academic average of at least 80%;

  • Speak both official languages at a superior level;

  • Possess superior interpersonal skills; show sound judgment; be reliable, tactful, and courteous; demonstrate an interest in the Canadian parliamentary system.

The deadline for applications is Monday, December 4. Apply online here.  

Bachelor of Knowledge Integration degree at the University of Waterloo

In September 2008, the University of Waterloo initiated a new degree program:  the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration. This degree is a flexible and challenging trans-disciplinary program for creative and diversely talented students; it offers them the opportunity to explore interests in both arts/humanities and math/science, building their program around a core of skills that will equip them to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and be able to adapt to a changing and complex world.  The centrepiece of the third year is a museum course in which teams of students design a museum exhibit on a topic of their choice; in fourth year, all students complete an independent senior research project. For more information, click here.

Study in Holland

Universities in the Netherlands are becoming increasingly attractive to Canadian students as they offer a range of excellent programs taught in English with an international perspective. The fees are often lower than those charged for similar degrees in the UK.  More information, click here.