The National Book Award and National Scholarship Programs
The National Book Award
The University of Toronto National Book Award Program recognizes and rewards the very best Canadian secondary school students, regardless of which university those students choose to attend. These are students who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. They excel in academic pursuits, demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and have a strong involvement in the lives of their schools and communities. It is not necessary that the student intend to apply for admission to the University of Toronto.
Online Nomination Procedure:
Every secondary school across Canada is invited to nominate one student on the basis of the qualities and criteria identified above. The nominee must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, intending to begin university study in September 2016. Starting this year, nominations forms must be submitted by the schools online. The online nomination deadline for the 2016 National Book Awards is November 6, 2015 (11:59PM EST). Ask your school official if you might be considered.
Award recipients receive a National Book Award recognizing their achievements, and as a symbol of their academic potential. It is a non-monetary award. The book will be presented to the student at their secondary school graduation ceremony at the end of the school year. Students nominated for this award are invited to submit an application to the National Scholarship Program (see below).
The National Scholarship Program Supported in part by BMO Financial Group
Students who have been nominated by their schools as National Book Award recipients may submit applications to the National Scholarship Program. In addition, students who identify themselves as meeting the scholarship criteria are invited to apply directly for the National Scholarship, without having been nominated for the Book Award. Please refer to the composite profiles (pdf file) which illustrate attributes of successful candidates.
The application deadline for the National Scholarship Program is November 6, 2015 (11:59PM EST). Starting this year, we are moving to a fully automated, online application process. The 2016 competition is now closed. The link to the online application form will be made available here in September 2016.
You should apply if you are:
- An original and creative thinker
- Committed to your school and community
- A high achiever in academic and creative pursuits
- Enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration
- A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
- Currently in your final year of Canadian secondary school or first-year CEGEP
- Intending to start post-secondary study in Fall 2016
To apply, you’ll need to:
- Create an account for your National Scholarship application. The 2016 competition is now closed. A link to the online application form will be made available here in September 2016.
- Complete the online application, including a series of short essays and exercises. You must complete all sections of the application. Limits with respect to the number of words must be followed.
- Upload a transcript of your complete high school record to date, including final results for the 2014-2015 academic year. Official transcripts will be requested from students who are selected as finalists. You will be contacted by January 2016 if an official transcript is required.
- Arrange for a letter of reference. Please have someone in your school or community write a confidential reference letter supporting your application. You must supply the name of your referee and his/her institutional email address on your application form. Once you’ve submitted your application, an email will be sent to your referee with instructions for submitting the reference online. We strongly recommend contacting your referee well before submitting your application, to allow him/her ample time to prepare and submit a reference letter. Referees will have until one week after the application deadline to submit a letter of reference.
- Submit your online application by Friday, November 6, 2015 (11:59PM EST). Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make any further changes. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application.
On the basis of application criteria, about 20 students are selected as finalists. These finalists will be invited as guests of the University for on-campus selection interviews held in late February or early March. From these meetings, the selection committee selects approximately 10 students as National Scholars and the remaining finalists as Arbor Scholars. These scholarships are tenable only at the University of Toronto.
The National Scholarship covers tuition and incidental fees for four years, provides full residence support in first year, and includes an additional, renewable monetary award based on individual financial circumstances. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto.
Arbor Scholars (Runners Up)
Finalists not designated as National Scholars receive Arbor Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable and have a value of $6,000 in the first year and $1,500 per year for three additional years of undergraduate study. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto.