Scholarship Program Outline
Africville Heritage Trust (“AHT”) Society
Scholarship Awards Program
The AHT Scholarship Program (the “Scholarship Awards Program”) was established in 2013 by the AHT and Waterbury Newton (wnns.ca), the law firm that represented the Africville Genealogy Society and many former Africville residents in an action against the former City of Halifax. The fund will provide up to five (5) individual scholarships totaling $5,000 annually to students in any field of post-secondary study at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution. The Scholarship Program will be administered by the Scholarship Committee, which will consist of:
- The Executive Director of the AHT;
- One Board member of the AHT;
- One representative selected by Waterbury Newton;
- Two community members who do not sit on the Board of Directors of either the AHT or the Africville Genealogy Society.
EligibilityTo be considered for the Scholarship Program, the applicant must be (Mandatory Criteria):
- a Canadian citizen;
- a former Africville resident or a descendant of a former Africville resident. The Scholarship Committee may also consider applications from applicants who do not meet this requirement, but have through their educational pursuits, demonstrated an effort to further the purpose of the AHT (to keep alive the memory and spirit of the community of Africville through interpretation, education and dialogue), through community advocacy initiatives, research, publications, and training;
- a graduating high school student or mature student entering a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, or a student currently attending a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, provided the student is returning to school the following year; and
- is not an employee (unless the employee is a student completing a summer term, work-term, internship, or similar term position), or a board member of the AHT, or an immediate family member of a member of the Scholarship Committee.
- participation in extra-curricular school and community activities;
- honours or awards received or other community recognition;
- work experience;
- goals and aspirations;
- academic achievement;
- unique personal or family circumstances, such as financial need; and
High School ScholarshipAvailable to students who will graduate from high school with an average of not less than 75% overall, and are entering their first year of post-secondary studies.
College/University ScholarshipAvailable to students who are currently enrolled in and/or returning to a college, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate field of study at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution. The student must demonstrate academic achievement in their previous and/or current field of study of not less than 75%.
Mature Student ScholarshipAvailable to applicants who have not pursued secondary or post-secondary studies in the five years preceding their application.
ApplicationApplications and supporting materials must be sent to the Scholarship Committee and postmarked no later than midnight on March 31. The AHT endeavors to mail each applicant an acknowledgment of receipt of their application by April 30. Subject to the receipt of final transcripts, incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All applications received by the AHT are considered private and confidential and will be reviewed only by AHT employees and Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated only on the information submitted. Therefore, applicants should endeavor to answer all questions as completely as possible in the scholarship application, and address all of the criteria outlined above. Applicants must complete the scholarship application and provide the following documentation supporting their eligibility:
- copy of birth certificate or other documentation supporting their Canadian citizenship;
- documentation supporting their former residency in or direct lineage to the community of Africville (i.e. parent, grandparent, great-grandparent);
- names and contact information for three arm’s length references;
- proof of acceptance or enrollment in a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution and the criteria that you must meet to earn a diploma/degree in your program of study;
- personal statement addressing the topics outlined in Section C of the application; and
- official transcripts for the current or most recently completed field of study, as well as previous secondary and post-secondary studies. Transcripts must contain the applicant’s name, school, name of courses taken, grades earned for each course, and the period in which each course was taken. For students who cannot provide final transcripts until the completion of their current year of studies, they must provide an official transcript with their application and an updated transcript immediately upon completion of the current year of studies.