May 18th, 2023 – GrantMe Newsletter #5

Imagine an astronaut with dreams to go to the moon, but no ground team, no engineers and no training to prepare them for space travel. Today, students have the potential to go to the moon, but they need expert support to chart a course, build the rocket, and steer them to new heights. 

We’re building the tools, know-how, and structures to solve the big problems of education, lift students up to achieve more, get into their best schools, and grab control of their careers. Cover letters are just the beginning. Update your LinkedIn profile—class is now in session.

Today’s syllabus:

  • Canada falling in the World University Rankings list (for now)
  • Cover your bases with our guide to cover letters
  • We’re going to the US and you’re invited

💯 Trending

🧗‍♂️ Canadian universities are slipping down the list of the world’s highest ranked universities in 2023. Compared to last year, more than two-thirds of Canadian universities have fallen down the ranking, with the University of Toronto clinging to the top.

📣 Highlights

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Blue and gold: The Saskatchewan government has announced funding opportunities for Ukrainian students who have arrived in the province over the past year. Eligibility for student tuition will require entrance under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program and a plan to pursue part-time or full-time studies at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution.

Too cool for clown school: Jugglers from the University of Waterloo had a ball at the Juggling Festival on May 13–14th after a two-year pandemic hiatus. In its 29th year, the festival featured workshops and competitions and drew jugglers from Norway, Israel and the United States, not including Party City.

The blacker the berry: Dalhousie University is set to roll out a Black and African diaspora degree that studies the uniquely Canadian Black experience in Nova Scotia. Program director Isaac Saney describes its approval as a “historic and poignant moment” for Black studies in universities across the country.

Breaking the wheel: Controversies surrounding Paralympic sports have led to calls for investigation into the national sports system. At Western University, a team of researchers are now exploring the effectiveness of safeguards by interviewing para athletes ages 18 and older.

💎 Free resource

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At GrantMe, we have a love affair with job applications. It’s more than a spring fling—we’ve been reviewing and supporting applications for years—and our love letter to you is our guide to writing cover letters. 

Sure, you could rely on ChatGPT to write a cover letter to an employer, school or scholarship committee, but 1) they’ll know and 2) a personally crafted document increases your chances of meeting the application requirements. Did we mention they’ll know?

Cover letters are required for more than just jobs. In addition to blogs, we have you covered with an editing team and 1-1 support to help you find opportunities and prepare for interviews. To learn more about how our editing and coaching services work, book a call with us and find out how we can help you land the role of your dreams.

Upcoming deadlines

  • Canadian Museum of Nature Inspiration Adult Award (May 27)
  • ICNA Sisters Canada Earth Day 2023 Scholarship (May 30)
  • Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students (May 30)
  • Sean Murphy Memorial Scholarship (May 31)
  • BC District Authority Scholarships (May 31)
  • BC Achievement Scholarships (May 31)
  • AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship (May 31)
  • RRCF Scholarship (May 31)

🙋 The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students is available for full-time students in financial need (excluding the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Quebec, which have their own student aid programs). This isn’t just for high school students: if you have been out of high school for at least 10 years, you could receive $1,600!

🌎 New in the GrantMe-sphere

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Did you know there’s support for getting into schools in the US? We’re the proud partner of AdmissionPrep, the program that shows students and parents what it takes to be accepted into top American schools like the University of California Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Want to learn how to do it? Our webinar Moving Down Parallel 49 will be happening on May 25, 2023, at 6:30 PM PT. Join us to understand how the US application process works and how to prepare for it.

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