VC calls for entries in the “What’s Your Story?” scholarship essay contest

Former WYS winner Mina Hegaard

Victoria College is currently accepting essay applications for the annual “What’s Your Story?” scholarship contest.  Students will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship funded by the Victoria College Foundation.  Essays should be submitted by the March 31 deadline along with an application.  Scholarship winners will be notified by April 20 and awards will be presented during a special donor appreciation breakfast that will be scheduled this May.

VC students who are currently enrolled, have at least a 2.0 grade point average and have completed at least six hours toward an associate degree or certificate are eligible to enter.  Applicants should also be planning to enroll in the fall 2011 semester.

Scholarship winners will have the opportunity to read their essay during an award presentation at a donor appreciation breakfast at the end of the semester.

Essay applications should highlight the student’s personal experiences at VC and use specific examples in developing a thoughtful and authentic response to the question “how has Victoria College changed your life?”

“Each year the judges select students whose stories are truly inspiring in terms of what a difference getting an education at VC has made in their lives,” said VC President Dr. Tom Butler. “All our students are unique and they all accomplish amazing things; the essay contest winners serve as great examples and representatives of the achievement all VC students should aspire to.”

Entries will be judged based on form and content and how well the essay captures the essence of the question posed.  Judging will be conducted by a committee of two VC faculty members, two VC staff members and two Victoria community members.   The committee will select the three best essays and award each winner a $1,000 scholarship to be used for tuition and other expenses in the following semester.

Scholarship winners will also be featured prominently in college marketing and communications materials as exemplary representatives of VC students.

“You have nothing to lose and winning the scholarship helps such a tremendous amount,” said Mina Hegaard, one of last year’s winners. “I don’t know if I would’ve been able to continue taking classes this semester if I hadn’t entered and won the essay contest.”

For more information about the scholarship contest, please visit the VC website at

Published: Thursday, 17 February 2011

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