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Application deadline extended to: Monday, March 7, 2022, at 5:00 pm (AST)

Workplace Readiness Mentorship Program

Easter Seals is pleased to partner with Sun Life to offer two scholarship and mentorship opportunities, to be awarded to two students in Prince Edward Island currently enrolled in the Winter 2022 semester.

Purpose and Objective

The $1,000 scholarship is intended for any person who identifies as living with a disability who is currently enrolled in post-secondary education. The objective of the scholarship is to help reduce financial barriers for the student as they progress and work towards completing their post-secondary education and to assist them in preparing for a successful transition into the workforce. The scholarship can be applied towards any costs the student deems is necessary in order to aid them in progressing or completing their post-secondary studies. This includes tuition, equipment, technologies and other supports/costs they need to attend school and complete their courses/certificate/diploma/degree.

The scholarship recipients must also agree to participate in a six-month mentorship program from March, 2022 to the end of August 2022, matching them with a volunteer mentor who will provide encouragement, guidance, and support for their studies, and in preparing for summer jobs and/or transition to the labour force after graduation. Easter Seals Canada will work to match scholarship recipients with volunteer mentors, who will provide guidance and advice to scholarship recipients to boost their academic success and assist them in preparing for and transitioning successfully into the workforce (e.g. summer jobs, full-time employment after graduation). As much as possible, Easter Seals Canada will strive to pair students up with volunteer mentors who are most closely aligned with their field of study and/or preferred career aspirations.

The scholarship recipients must currently be a resident of Prince Edward Island.

Application Process

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of a combination of Easter Seals staff and volunteers who will choose the successful candidates.  Decisions are final.

Eligibility

Candidates will be given consideration based on the following criteria:

  • A resident of PEI.
  • Identifies as having a disability.
  • Currently attending post-secondary education (college, university, vocational/trades program).

Supporting documentation for application:

The following documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be considered complete and eligible for review:

  • A typed, one-page (maximum) document from the candidate outlining why they should be selected for the award. The document may include information on scholastic achievement, motivation, initiative, extra-curricular activities, challenges faced and overcome, financial need, and/or any other relevant information.

Important Notes

The successful recipients will be expected to:

  • Participate in a 6-month mentorship program (tentatively starting March 2022 and running to the end of August 2022). The recipient will meet with the volunteer mentor designated to them at least once per month during this period for a minimum of one hour, or more if mutually agreed upon between the recipient and mentor.
  • Complete a brief survey toward the end of the 6-month mentorship to help assess the value and impact of the mentorship program.

Application Form:

The online application form is available at https://form.jotform.com/220346273806050

Deadline for Application

The application form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than Monday, March 7, 2022, at 5:00 pm (AST). Late applications will not be accepted.  The two selected recipients will be notified on or before Friday, March 11th.

Contact

For more information or to submit questions about the scholarship, please contact Easter Seals PEI Executive Director Kelly Mullaly at kelly@eastersealspei.org.