Jim, Joan, and Jill McEwen each received an excellent education at a Vancouver Secondary School during the 1960s and 1970s in challenging circumstances and went on to rewarding careers in engineering, law, and medicine, thanks to outstanding teachers and parental encouragement. The McEwen Family Awards are the family’s way of expressing its gratitude, by providing recognition to students who have excelled academically in the face of personal or family adversities, who have demonstrated the imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed in their innovations, and who have demonstrated their compassion by helping to improve the quality of life of others throughout their education. Recipients of the McEwen Family Awards are asked to consider establishing similar awards in the future, if their circumstances permit.
Each applicant is only eligible for one McEwen award, so students should apply for only one or two awards with criteria that are most pertinent to their specific situation. If their application better reflects the criteria of another McEwen award, they may receive a more suitable award.
Applicants must submit a written personal statement that explains how personal experiences and achievements reflecting the specific criteria of the award. PLEASE READ EACH AWARD DESCRIPTION LISTED BELOW so that personal statements are pertinent to those that are being applied for. Each applicant should submit one personal statement for each award that is being applied for as there are different areas of focus for each award. All submitted information will be held in confidence by the JO Scholarship Committee. Please include any information that would be significant to the application, such as the following information:
- To supplement the financial information provided on the JO Scholarship Application, is there any further confidential information that reflects financial need, especially if that need may make it difficult or impossible for to pursue post-secondary education at this time?
- Is the applicant the first in their immediate family to plan to go to university, college, or other post-secondary institution? What is motivating them to do so?
The personal statement should not exceed two pages, should be double-spaced with minimum 12 point font (500-600 words). At the top of the page, please include applicant name, student number, homeroom, email address, and the McEwen award(s) being applied for. Some applicants may be contacted to obtain further information.
Please include a teacher, administrator, staff member, or community mentor, who is most familiar with the supplementary information provided in your personal statement. A letter of recommendation can be submitted by the reference to support the application.
Applicants must be actively engaged in activities to improve the lives of others, within their school or in the larger world.
Applicants should demonstrate one or more of the following:
- they have excelled academically, especially in the face of personal, family or financial adversities;
- they have shown the imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed in their innovations;
- and they have helped to improve the quality of life of others throughout their education.
These scholarships encourage students to be critical, creative and compassionate thinkers, and provide financial support for the first step in a lifetime of learning.
If circumstances permit, it is hoped that the recipient of the awards might assist students similarly in the future.
Deadline: 2021 March 8 to Scholarship Committee Chair or Grade 12 Counsellor
Late submissions may not be accepted.