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MILLENNIUM EXCELLENCE AWARD PROGRAM

2008 ENTRANCE AWARDS

In 2008, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation will grant 1,052 entrance awards to students beginning post-secondary studies for the first time as part of its Millennium Excellence Award Program. The entrance awards seek to recognize the leaders of today and tomorrow and emphasize the importance of supporting their contributions to our countrys future. Millennium excellence awards are not prizes for benchmarks achieved they are investments in the development of exceptional individuals who will have long, productive careers and whose accomplishments will benefit Canada as a whole. The Foundation distributes up to five per cent of its annual allocation through its Millennium Excellence Award Program. NUMBER AND VALUE The Foundation will grant the following entrance awards for use during the 2008-2009 academic year: 100 national awards of $20,000, disbursed in annual allotments. 241 provincial/territorial awards of $16,000, disbursed in annual allotments. 711 one-time local awards of $4,000. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA In order to be eligible for an entrance award, a student must: Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Be entering his or her first year of full-time undergraduate studies leading to a first post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate. Be enrolling in a Canadian post-secondary institution (college, CEGEP , university or institute) recognized by his or her provincial student loan program in the 2008-2009 academic year. Be enrolling in a program of at least eight months duration leading to an undergraduate degree, certificate or diploma. Candidates for national and provincial/territorial awards must be enrolled in a program of at least two years duration. SELECTION CRITERIA Good citizenship, demonstrated by positive and verifiable service to the community Academic achievement Demonstrated capacity for leadership and ability to motivate others Demonstrated interest in innovation. RULES AND REGULATIONS Post-Secondary Admission: It is the responsibility of the individual to apply and gain admission to a college, CEGEP , university or institute in Canada. Entrance awards are conditional upon the Foundations receipt of notification of full-time enrolment from the selected post-secondary institution. Renewal Requirements: Provincial/territorial and national award recipients will be expected to maintain a high academic standing as well as demonstrate a continued commitment to leadership, community service and innovation. CALENDAR DECEMBER 14, 2007 JANUARY 18, 2008 MAY 2, 2008 MAY 16, 2008 Application deadline postmarked Acknowledgement of receipt by mail to all applicants Notification by mail/email to all entrance award recipients Deadline for recipients to accept their awards

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Application Instructions
YOU SHOULD READ ALL FOUR PAGES OF THESE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY. If you have any questions, please call the Foundation at 1-877-786-3999 or (514) 985-0026 or excellence@bm-ms.org .

STEP 1: GETTING STARTED Before you begin your application, please make sure you have read the cover page thoroughly. Check that you are eligible and that you meet the selection criteria. You may obtain more information by calling the Foundation or by consulting our Web site at www.excellenceaward.ca Check that you have all six pages of the 2008 application form and the one-page 2008 personal information form. STEP 2: COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM Additional application forms may be downloaded from our Web site at www.excellenceaward.ca. Use the original application form. Do not recreate or reformat the form on your computer; if you do, your application will not be accepted by the Foundation. Use a typewriter or a computer (minimum character size: 10 point). To use a computer to complete the application form, you may download the file from our Web site, complete it and print it. If you do not have access to either a typewriter or a computer, you may print neatly with blue or black ink only. Please do not use a pencil or other coloured ink. Applications that are illegible will be disqualified. Answer all the questions on the application form. Answer the questions within the space provided. Do not add appendices, extra pages or material such as certificates. They will not be read by the Foundation. Only applicants who are entering a post-secondary institution as mature students or have been out of school for longer than two years may include a one-page description of their employment and/or volunteer history. Have someone check your application for spelling mistakes. Sign and date page 1 of the application form. Use only the province of your permanent home address when you complete the Province/Territory of Residence section. If you are currently attending boarding school, your permanent home address is the address of your parent(s)/guardian(s). Include two copies* of the fully completed and signed six-page application form with the pages in the proper numerical order in the application package that you will send to the Foundation address that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. You will find these addresses listed in section STEP 10 of these instructions (page 3 or page 4).
* Please note that for all application documentation being requested in duplicate or two copies, you must submit either two photocopies or one original and one photocopy. It is suggested that you keep a copy of your application for yourself.

STEP 3: COMPLETING THE PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM The information contained in the personal information form will be used for all Foundation correspondence. Please ensure that the information that you provide us is complete, accurate and up-to-date. Type or print clearly in blue or black ink only. Please do not use a pencil or other coloured ink. Ensure you have filled in every field. Include two copies of the fully completed personal information form in the application package that you will send to the address on page 3 or 4 that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. STEP 4: THE ENDORSEMENT When choosing an endorser, make sure that you ask someone who knows you well. They should be aware of your involvements and be able to write of them in detail. Your endorser must complete and sign page 6. The endorser must submit, in duplicate, a signed one-page reference letter on letterhead. If the attached letter is longer than one page, the extra pages will not be read. Make sure you allow sufficient time for your endorser to fill in page 6 and to write the reference letter. Include two copies of the one-page reference letter in the application package that you will send to the address on page 3 or page 4 that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language.

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STEP 5: THE TRANSCRIPT/RECORD OF STUDIES Academic transcripts should provide your secondary school marks (grade nine/ten or secondaire III to date), results of upgrading courses and marks received on pre-university courses (if applicable). Transcripts and records of studies cannot be sent separately or at a later date. In Alberta, a copy of your latest report card bearing the seal of your school and the signature of a school official will be accepted. Include two copies of the official transcript of your academic record or record of studies in the application package that you will send to the address on page 3 or page 4 that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. STEP 6: FOR MATURE APPLICANTS ONLY If you will be entering a post-secondary institution as a mature student or if you have been out of school for longer than two years, please provide us with duplicate copies of the following documentation: A one-page description of your employment and/or volunteer history with a brief explanation of why you want to begin post-secondary studies. Please include your most recent record of studies. If you do not have a high school transcript or if you have completed your secondary studies more than five years ago, you do not have to include it. If you have been granted admission to your program on the basis of an admission assessment, include two copies of this assessment with your application. You should include results of upgrading courses and marks received on pre-university courses if applicable. STEP 7: PREPARING PACKAGE TO MAIL You may only submit one application package to one of the Foundations P .O. Boxes. Any subsequent application packages received by the Foundation will be discarded. All application material must be mailed in one 9 x 12 envelope to the Foundation. Do not fold your application. Include two copies of the fully completed PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM. Do not staple these together or to the application form. Sign and make a photocopy of your application. Staple the remaining pages of the APPLICATION FORM together in the following order: Pages 1 through 6 and one-page reference letter + transcript/record of studies/admission assessment + one-page description of employment and/or volunteer history if you are entering a post-secondary institution as a mature student or if you have been out of school for longer than two years. Submit both copies of your complete application package The complete application package must be mailed to the address on page 3 or page 4 that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. STEP 8: APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IF: Your application form is fully completed, legible and signed The endorsement page (page 6 of the application form) is completed and signed You have submitted in one envelope: O Two copies of the PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM O Two copies of the APPLICATION FORM O Two copies of the one-page reference letter (signed by endorser) O Two copies of the academic transcript or record of studies or admission assessment Your application is mailed to the proper P .O. Box and postmarked no later than December 14, 2007. STEP 9: MAILING DEADLINE POLICY Your application to the Foundation must be postmarked, (Canada Post) by December 14, 2007. You must use Canada Posts regular mail, Xpresspost or Priority Courier service because the Canada Post office boxes used by the Foundation do not accept hand deliveries or packages sent by privately operated couriers. Packages sent by privately operated couriers will be returned to you. The Foundation is not responsible for any postal errors and it will not accept any application that is postmarked after December 14, 2007, regardless of the circumstances. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application package is postmarked by the deadline date. Therefore you should take into account the time needed by the postal service for processing your application and allow sufficient postage when mailing it. If your application is incomplete, incorrectly addressed or late, you will be disqualified from the competition.

The Foundation is not responsible for applications that are lost before they are delivered to one of the following addresses. Applicants WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED an acknowledgment of receipt must contact the Foundation before March 1st, 2008 in order for their application to be considered.
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STEP 10: WHERE TO APPLY Submit your application to the address that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver and Lower Mainland: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 48780, 595 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V7X 1A6 Vancouver Island: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 35011, Hillside Postal Outlet Victoria, BC V8T 5G2 BC Mainland & Interior: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 490 Enderby, BC V0E 1V0

ALBERTA If your postal code starts with T1, T2 or T3: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 5765, Station A Calgary, AB T2H 1V2 All other postal codes starting with T: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 40026, Baker Centre Postal Outlet Edmonton, AB T5J 4M9

SASKATCHEWAN Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 32026, Erindale Postal Outlet Saskatoon, SK S7S 1N8

MANITOBA Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 2313, Station Main Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6

ONTARIO All French applications in Ontario: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 2187, Station D Ottawa, ON K1P 5W4 If the first two characters of your postal code are between N1 and N7: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 25042 Kitchener, ON N2A 4A5 If your postal code starts with N0, N8 or N9: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 186 Fergus, ON N1M 2W8 If your postal code starts with P: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 6030 South Porcupine, ON P0N 1K0 If your postal code starts with L0or L1 or K: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 2187, Station D Ottawa, ON K1P 5W4 If your postal code starts with L4, L6 or L7: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 20001 Barrie, ON L4M 6E9 If your postal code starts with L2, L3, L5, L8 or L9: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 65607, Dundas Postal Outlet Dundas, ON L9H 6Y6 If your postal code starts with M: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 38055, Castlewood Postal Outlet Toronto, ON M5N 3A8

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Submit your application to the address that corresponds to your permanent address or to your preferred language. QUEBEC All English applications in Quebec: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 77026 50 rue Bgin Gatineau, QC J9A 2V4 Montreal Urban Community (French Only): Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 97522, Succursale Wellington Verdun, QC H4G 3M6 If the first two characters of your postal code are between G1 and G9 or between J1 and J9 (French Only): Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 25023, Succursale Jean-Gauvin Quebec, QC G1X 5A3 If the first two characters of your postal code starts with J0 or G0 (French Only): Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 450 Barraute, QC J0Y 1A0

NEW BRUNSWICK French Applications: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 3002 Fredericton, NB E3A 5G8 English Applications: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 22002, Lansdowne Postal Outlet Saint John, NB E2K 4T7

NOVA SCOTIA Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 27123 5595 Fenwick Street Halifax, NS B3H 4M8

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 1653 Summerside, PE C1N 2V5

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation P .O. Box 21309 St. John's, NL A1A 5B2

YUKON, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES & NUNAVUT Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Box 31151 Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5P7

CONTACT INFORMATION www.excellenceaward.ca Toll free: 1-877-786-3999 or (514) 985-0026 or excellence@bm-ms.org

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Personal Information Form


IMPORTANT: INCLUDE TWO FULLY COMPLETED COPIES OF THIS FORM IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE THAT YOU WILL SEND TO THE FOUNDATION. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY (BLUE OR BLACK INK ONLY). THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM WILL BE USED FOR ALL FOUNDATION CORRESPONDENCE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE IS COMPLETE, ACCURATE AND UP-TO-DATE.

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

LAST NAME (use capitals)

Home Address: City: Home Telephone Number: ( Gender: Date of Birth:


DAY

Suite: Province: ) O Male |


MONTH YEAR

Postal Code:

Province/Territory of Residence: Social Insurance Number: Place of birth:


CITY

O Female |

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PROVINCE

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COUNTRY

Email Address:

(*entrance award recipients will be notified at this email address.)

Status for 2007-2008 academic year (Please select one of the following): O Out of school O In public high school O In private high school O In public CEGEP O In private CEGEP

Name of School (if currently in school): School Address: Name of Elementary School: Preferred Language of Correspondence: City: City: O French O English Province: Province: Postal Code: Postal Code:

Post-secondary Program of Choice for 2008-2009 academic year: O University degree Career choices: 1st How did you first learn about this scholarship? O Guidance counsellor(s)/Principal/Teacher(s) O Poster or notice at school O Friendship Centre/Band Council Office O Public College diploma/certificate 2nd O Private College diploma/certificate 3rd

O Friend(s) O Other:

O Parent O Community group

O Advertisement in media O Post-secondary institution

O Foundation Web site

Please check to indicate that you have submitted the following with your application: O O O O 2 2 2 2 copies copies copies copies of of of of the the the the application form (all six pages), fully completed, legible and signed personal information form, fully completed and legible one-page reference letter (signed by endorser) transcript of your academic record or record of studies or admission assessment

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Application Form
IMPORTANT: SUBMIT TWO FULLY COMPLETED AND SIGNED COPIES OF THIS APPLICATION FORM (PAGES 1 TO 6) WITH TWO COPIES OF YOUR ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT, RECORD OF STUDIES OR ADMISSION ASSESSMENT, TWO COPIES OF THE REFERENCE LETTER AND TWO COPIES OF THE PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM.

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

LAST NAME (use capitals)

Date of birth:
DAY

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MONTH

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YEAR

Place of birth:
CITY

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PROVINCE

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COUNTRY

Gender: O F O M

O I am a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. (Check if applicable) Home Address: Home Telephone Number: ( ) City: Email Address: Province: Postal Code:

Education: (List schools attended starting with the most current. If possible, please include elementary school.)
SCHOOL NAME FULL ADDRESS TELEPHONE NUMBER APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF STUDENTS YEARS ATTENDED (START/END) DATE OF GRADUATION (if applicable)

SECTION A: Name of Mother/Father/Guardian: Full Address: Telephone: ( ) Occupation: City:

O Living O Deceased Province:

O Same as my home address Postal Code:

Name of Mother/Father/Guardian: Full Address: Telephone: ( ) Occupation: Younger City:

O Living O Deceased Province:

O Same as my home address Postal Code:

How many brothers do you have (#)? Older

How many sisters do you have (#)? Older

Younger

SECTION B: (for applicants entering a post-secondary institution as mature students) Marital Status: Current Occupation: SECTION C: What language(s) do you speak at home?
I certify that the information provided on this application form and in the accompanying documentation is true, accurate and complete. I have read the regulations in the 2008 entrance award application and in the other documents accompanying this application. I agree to be bound by all of them. Moreover, I authorize the provision of any information held or to be held by secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, community organizations and others, relating to my application, including but not limited to personal evaluations and transcripts, to the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (the "Foundation"). I understand and accept that: (1) such information, as well as the personal information contained in this application, will be used by the Foundations selection committee for the purposes of selection, for statistical analysis and to facilitate ongoing administrative correspondence with applicants, necessary to further the objectives of the Millennium Excellence Award Program and to improve the selection process; (2) the Foundation will not release application evaluations or the results of the evaluation process, except to inform me whether or not my application has been accepted; and (3) for all questions regarding my personal information held on file by the Foundation, including updates thereof, I may contact the Foundation at the address contained in the application. Finally, if my application is selected for an award, I authorize the publication of my name and province of residence on the Foundations Web site.

# of children:

Ages:

Signature:
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PROVINCE/TERRITORY OF RESIDENCE

1. List career interests: (You can write more than one or uncertain if you have not decided.) (a) (b) (c)

2. List the post-secondary institution(s) (college, institute, CEGEP , university) and program(s) to which you are seeking admission for the 2008-2009 academic year in order of preference.
POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION LOCATION PROGRAM YEARS OF PROGRAM

1 2 3

3. (a) Were you required to complete a certain number of community service/extracurricular hours in order to obtain one of the following? (check all applicable) O High School or CEGEP Diploma O An award (please specify) O Other (please specify) (b) If you have checked any of the above boxes, please indicate (for each category) what the requirements were and how you met them. O Entrance into your chosen post-secondary program O Course or Class Credit

(c) Does your school provide class time or any other assistance to facilitate your in community service, leadership or extracurricular activities? If so, please specify.

4. Describe the community in which you live and how it has influenced the person you have become.

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5. Activities:

In this section list the school, community, athletic/artistic, employment and other activities in which you have been involved during the last three academic years. All information must fit within the space provided. No extra information will be read. List your activities in order of their importance to you and include position(s) held and period of involvement (example: 1. Yearbook Committee, Member 05-07, Editor 08-09).You may not list the same activity in more than one box. If you have been out of school for longer than two years or if you are entering a post-secondary institution as a mature student, attach a one-page description of your employment and/or volunteer history with a brief explanation of why you want to begin post-secondary studies. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Po s i t i o n ( s ) H e l d Ye a r ( s ) ( S t a r t / E n d D a t e ) COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (VOLUNTEER WORK): A c t i v i t y Po s i t i o n ( s ) H e l d Ye a r ( s ) ( S t a r t / E n d D a t e )

Activity

ATHLETIC/ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES: (For athletic activities, indicate whether you were part of a school team, house league or club sport. For artistic activities, indicate whether it was school-based or community-based.) # A c t i v i t y Po s i t i o n ( s ) H e l d Ye a r ( s ) ( S t a r t / E n d D a t e )

EMPLOYMENT: (Please indicate whether the job was held during the summer, the school year, as part of a co-op program or on a full-time basis.) # Activity Po s i t i o n ( s ) H e l d Ye a r ( s ) ( S t a r t / E n d D a t e )

COMPETITIONS AND/OR CONFERENCES: (Please indicate those in which you have participated on behalf of your school or community.)

ACHIEVEMENTS AND/OR HONOURS:

HOBBIES AND/OR INTERESTS:

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6. (a) List the three most important activities in which you took a leadership role. For each one, briefly state why it was important for you to assume the responsibility of leader.
ACTIVITY LEADERSHIP POSITION(S) HELD YEAR(S) OF INVOLVEMENT (START/END DATES)

1 REASON: 2 REASON: 3 REASON:

(b) Using one or two specific examples from the leadership experiences listed above, describe your successes and failures and how they have contributed to your development as a leader.

7. Describe one of the most important initiatives you undertook which addressed an unmet need at school or in the community at large. What steps did you take? What were the results of your actions? (If you are a mature applicant, you may also use an initiative that you undertook at work.)

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8. What has been one of your most meaningful contributions as a volunteer to the betterment of your community? Why? What was its significance or impact on the community?

9. Describe a situation in which you challenged yourself by undertaking a task or project that was beyond your capabilities, knowledge or skills at that time. What difficulties did you encounter and how did you deal with them?

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ENDORSEMENT: Please submit a complete copy of your application to your endorser. This person must have observed you in your public role and be familiar with your various activities. When choosing an endorser, make sure that you ask someone who knows you well. He or she should be aware of your involvements and be able to write about them in detail. This person may be a supervisor, a teacher or a community leader. This person cannot be a relative. You must submit this form in duplicate (two copies) with your application form. ENDORSER: Full Name: Full Address: Telephone Number (during business hours): ( ) (after business hours*): ( ) Title:

(* For reference check purposes, please provide a telephone number at which a Foundation representative may reach you after business hours.) Email: I have known the applicant for the period of I,
NAME OF ENDORSER

to , wish to endorse

in my capacity as

NAME OF APPLICANT

as a candidate for an entrance award. I attest that I have read this application and that it truthfully represents the candidate. Signature: FOR ENDORSER: Millennium Excellence Award Selection Criteria: Date:

demonstrated positive and verifiable service to the community academic achievement demonstrated capacity for leadership and ability to motivate others demonstrated interest in innovation.

Instructions:

Please return to the applicant, in duplicate, the signed endorsement letter. In this letter, tell us something that does not come through in the candidates answers that demonstrates how this individual has displayed initiative and a commitment to leadership and community service. Use concrete examples. The endorsement letter cannot exceed one-page. Extra pages will not be read. The endorsement letter must be printed on letterhead. (Please provide an explanation if letterhead is not available). Please make sure to read the completed application form before writing your letter and signing this endorsement page.

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