Our Inclusion Scholarships intends to support Black and Indigenous youth in Canada, providing opportunities and practical experience as they start their careers. This scholarship will help students get financial support, an exciting internship in a global financial institution, mentorship and professional coaching from our management team, and the possibility to have a full-time employment opportunity upon graduation.
We're committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone is treated fairly and respectfully, has equal access to opportunities and resources, and can fully contribute their thoughts, beliefs, perspectives and talent. The scholarship was named after former President and CEO, Dean Connor, for his passion and advocacy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout his career at Sun Life.
Up to twenty (20) scholarships will be available at the bachelor or master’s level.
These scholarships are valued at $5,000 CAD per year, available for one academic year. The scholarship also includes:
Eligible applicants must:
Scholarship Partners Canada (SPC), a division of Universities Canada, administers the scholarship program on behalf of Sun Life. Universities Canada’s mandate is to facilitate the development of public policy on higher education and to encourage cooperation among universities and governments, industry, communities, and institutions in other countries. Universities Canada is associated with leading firms in nearly every sector of the economy through its provision of scholarship services and management of more than 130 different scholarships programs on behalf of corporations, government agencies and private foundations throughout North America. For additional information, please visit www.univcan.ca.
Sun Life retains the right to change and/or end the sponsorship of the scholarship plan without notice.
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The supporting documentation described below is required as part of this application. If any of these documents are not received and accepted, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated. SPC will send a final follow-up email to the applicant on October 22, 2021 requesting any missing or incomplete documentation. Any applicant submitting supporting documents after this date will not receive a follow-up email. Supporting documents must be received by SPC on or before 1:00 PM EST, October 26th, 2021.
500-word personal essay in support of your candidacy, telling us about yourself and what winning this scholarship would mean to you.
Provide a copy of your current curriculum vitae.
Please provide a transcript of all your university marks.
NOTE: Recognizing the impact of COVID-19, SPC will accept unofficial transcripts, bearing the student’s name and date - from student accounts where official transcripts are not available.
Documents must be uploaded by submitting an online application or sent directly to the address below by 1:00 PM EST, October 26th, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: If any of the requirements noted above are not met, the application will be considered incomplete. Deadline extensions will not be granted.
The selection of scholarship recipients is made by a committee of Canadian university and college representatives chosen by SPC. Sun Life exercises no influence in shortlisting of candidates; however, we will be interviewing the preselected candidates. Once complete, the selection committee’s decision is irrevocable.
All applicants will receive confirmation by email of the results of the selection process, once available.
Successful applicants will receive confirmation of their scholarship in March 2022. Recipients will be required to complete the online scholarship acceptance process and forward any required documentation such as proof of registration from the educational institution they will be attending. It is the responsibility of the recipient to keep SPC informed of any changes to their contact information through the online portal.
Scholarship Partners Canada
Ref: The Dean Connor Sun Life Inclusion Scholarships
for Black and Indigenous Students
1710-350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1R 1B1
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