Workplace Readiness Scholarship & Mentorship Program

Easter Seals is pleased to partner with Sun Life to offer one scholarship worth $1,500 to be awarded to a student in Nova Scotia who is living with a disability and who is/will be enrolled at a post-secondary education program (university, college, etc in Canada) in the Winter 2023 semester. Eligible students are invited to apply to Easter Seals Nova Scotia by December 1st, 2022. The successful student will also be paired with a Mentor, who will provide advice, guidance and encouragement to the student for a period of one year from January to December 2023.

Purpose & Objective

The scholarship is intended for any person with a physical disability who is currently enrolled in or pursuing post-secondary education. The objective of the scholarship is to help reduce financial barriers for the student as they progress and work towards completing their post-secondary education and assist them in preparing for a successful transition into the workforce.

The scholarship recipient must also agree to participate in a twelve-month mentorship program from January to December 2023, where they will be paired with a volunteer mentor who can provide encouragement, guidance, and support for their studies, and in preparing for summer jobs, internships or part-time jobs and/or assist them in transitioning to the labour force after graduation.

The scholarship recipient must be a resident of Nova Scotia.

Application & Process

Scholarship candidates will be reviewed, and qualified and the successful candidate(s) will be selected by a selection committee of Easter Seals Nova Scotia. Decisions are final. Candidates will be given consideration based on the following criteria:

  • A resident of Nova Scotia
  • Have a disability
  • Currently attending or will be attending post-secondary education (college, university, vocational/trades program).

To download the application form click here.

Supporting documentation for application

The following documentation must be submitted with your completed application form:

  • A typed, one-page letter from you in which you have outlined why you should be selected for the award. You may include information on scholastic achievement, motivation, initiative, extra-curricular activities, challenges faced and overcome, financial need, and/or any other relevant information that you think would strengthen your application.
  • Please indicate in your letter if you are a current or previously registered participant/client in a program offered by Easter Seals. If you are not a current or previously registered participant/client in an Easter Seals program, please include a document/letter from a medical physician, therapist or social worker verifying your disability.
  • Documentation confirming that you are currently enrolled or will be enrolled in post-secondary education in Canada in Winter 2023.  

Important Notes

The successful student will be expected to:

  • Participate in a 12-month mentorship program between January to December 2023. The student will meet with the volunteer mentor designated to them, online, for a minimum of approximately one hour per month. The student and mentor can meet more often, if mutually agreed upon.
  • Complete a brief survey toward the end of the 12-month mentorship to help assess the value and impact of the mentorship program.

The application form and all supporting documentation must be received by December 1st, 2022 to:

Wanda Sinclair, Director of Development
Easter Seals Nova Scotia
22 Fielding Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1E1
Email: wanda.sinclair@easterseals.ns.ca

Please remember to review the application form to ensure all information and supporting letters/documentation is provided. Ensure you keep a copy of the completed form for your files.

If you have any questions, please contact Wanda Sinclair, Director of Development at 902-453-6000 ext. 224 or by email at wanda.sinclair@easterseals.ns.ca.