Frequently asked questions


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How many scholarships are awarded each year?

A. Six scholarships are awarded annually to students entering the first year of the undergraduate Commerce program at the Smith School of Business - 2010 marked an exception as seven students received scholarships.

Valued at $80,000 per student, the scholarship is awarded in equal amounts of $20,000 annually throughout the four-year undergraduate Commerce program, provided that a minimum 75% average is achieved in the first year of study and a minimum 80% average is achieved in each subsequent year while enrolled in a full course load.

Since the inception of the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship in 1999, more than $3.7 million has been awarded to 89 students from the Atlantic Provinces.

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What are the eligibility criteria for the scholarship?

A. The D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship is awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

o Current resident of one of the four Atlantic Provinces
o Entering first year of the undergraduate Commerce program at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University
o Academic excellence
o Involvement in school or community activities
o Proven leadership

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What is the process to apply?

A. Students applying to the first year of study in the undergraduate Commerce program at the Smith School of Business can apply for the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship by submitting a single Major Admission Awards Application to Queen's University. Completed applications must be submitted directly to Queen's Student Awards Office in accordance with their stated guidelines and requirements.

For more information, visit http://www.queensu.ca/studentawards or contact the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards:

Email: awards@queensu.ca
Phone: (613) 533-2216
Fax: (613) 533-6409

Please note, students must also apply for admission to Queen's through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) at www.ouac.on.ca. For more information on the Smith School of Business at Queen's University admission process visit http://www.business.queensu.ca/bcom/application_process.php

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Is financial need a criterion?

A. No. The D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship is merit based - financial need is not a criterion for eligibility to receive the award.

Q.

How important are marks?

A. Marks are important - but so are extra-curricular activities and proven leadership skills. Overall, the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship is awarded to well-rounded students who demonstrate academic excellence, are creative and original thinkers, and who are actively involved in their school and community.

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How much does it cost to attend the Commerce program at the Smith School of Business each year?

A. While costs will vary somewhat based on overall personal choices, the advantage of receiving the D&R Sobey Atlantic scholarship is that the annual amount is designed to cover such expenses as tuition fees or accommodation and travel costs throughout the four-year undergraduate Commerce program.

For an overview of Commerce fees and other costs for the current academic year, visit Queen's School of Business website at http://business.queensu.ca/bcom/program_fees.php and click on the link Program Fees

Q.

Can I apply for other funding such as government bursaries and still be eligible for the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship?

A. Yes

Q.

Can I apply if I am a mature student?

A. Yes, providing you meet the following criteria:

o Current resident of one of the four Atlantic Provinces
o Entering first year of the undergraduate Commerce program at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University
o Academic excellence
o Involvement in school or community activities
o Proven leadership

Q.

Are recipients selected from each of the four Atlantic Provinces every year?

A. While the scholarship is open to Atlantic Canadian students, this does not guarantee that a student from each province is selected as a recipient each year. In fact, depending on the quality of the applicants the six scholarship recipients could all come from one province in Atlantic Canada. Overall, it is important to note that only those who meet the eligibility criteria are considered for the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship.

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How many students have received the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship to date – what can you tell us about the recipients?

A. Since the inception of the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship in 1999, more than $3.7 million has been awarded to 89 students. Today there are 53 alumni and an additional 24 recipients currently attending the Smith School of Business. They are a diverse group and their personal stories are inspiring - click on Your Atlantic Connection (http://dandrsobeyscholarship.com/home/your-atlantic-connection) to meet some of the gang.

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When is the deadline to apply?

A. Students applying to the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship must submit a Major Admission Awards Application to Queen's Student Awards Office by December 1 of each year.

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When are successful applicants notified that they have been selected as a scholarship recipient?

A. Successful applicants will receive the terms and conditions of their scholarship with their offer of admission by mid-to-late February.

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Who can apply for a D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship?

A. Students from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador who are applying to the first year of study in the Smith School of Business undergraduate Commerce program can apply for the D&R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship by submitting a single Major Admission Awards Application to Queen's University. Completed applications must be submitted directly to Queen's Student Awards Office in accordance with their stated guidelines and requirements. Please note, students must also apply for admission to Queen's through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) at www.ouac.on.ca. For more information on Queen's School of Business admission process visit http://www.business.queensu.ca/bcom/application_process.php.

Overall, the scholarship recognizes students who are well rounded - academically and in their extra-curricular involvement - and who are proven leaders with a compelling story of personal achievements and aspirations.