Hi, I’m John. I’m an APSEA Itinerant Teacher in the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia area for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. In this series of videos we’re going to be talking about awards: what is an award, what are the different kinds of awards, what are they used for, where do you go to find them? And once you find them, then what do you do? These videos will answer all these questions. And you don’t need to worry about remembering everything I’ll be talking about, because at the end of the final video there’ll be a link to a guide that covers everything, with lots of links to award sites you can start visiting today. Also, at the end of the first three videos I’ll give you a quick and easy activity that you can do at home with your families: your parents, brothers and sisters. These activities are all about money, or career, so have fun with them.
First question: What is an award? An award is money that you apply for online. If you apply for it online and get it, you don’t need to pay it back. It’s yours, to be used for college or university, otherwise known as post-secondary education, or education that happens after high school. And you’ll need this money because college and university can be expensive: tuition, books, supplies, transportation, all kinds of things. And if you’re going to pay for it yourself, you may need to do one or all of three things: get a job, apply for a Canada Student Loan, or apply for an award or five or ten or fifty awards. And remember: Student loans need to be paid back, but awards don’t. Awards are free money. You just need to know where to look for them. And you need to get lucky, because lots and lots of students are applying for the same awards you are. So just because you apply for an award, doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. That’s why it’s a good idea go apply for as many awards as possible.
In our next video we’ll be talking about the difference between awards, scholarship, bursaries and grants. But before we get to that, let’s do an activity:
For this activity, you don’t need any supplies to play it. Your family sits around a table and one person starts by saying out loud the name of something that can be bought with money, or something related to money. Then the next person in line says the first thing they can think of when they hear that word, and so on. For example, let’s say the first word is “money.” The next person in line might say “green.” And you keep going until the last person to speak can’t think of another word. Then that person gets knocked out of the game and you start all over again. So, a sample round might look like this, and for this example I’ll be playing with my friend Casey here. Ready? “Money-green-tree-grow-seed-pumpkin-halloween-vampire-teeth-dentist,…Once someone can’t add anymore words to the list, they’re knocked out.
Join me next time for the next awards video, and the next game.