Join Savanah Knockwood, the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health’s Awards Administrator, in this interactive session as she demystifies the process of applying for awards and shares advice on how to create the strongest applications possible that have the best chance of being funded. The Centre distributes over $150,000 annually to Aboriginal students who are enrolled in, or who want to apply to, health programs at UBC. She was the creator of the awards process and works with awards committees as they make funding decisions, so she has the inside scoop on what makes applications stand out.
In this session you will learn:
- How universities define the difference between awards, bursaries, scholarships and how to find award opportunities
- About reference letters; both asking for a reference and being a reference for a student
- Secrets to what adjudication committees look for in successfully funded applications and how to write personal essays
- Honouring your Indigenous heritage while navigating systems and processes that were not designed with an Indigenous worldview in mind
This session is appropriate for all audiences, including current students, community members, and those working with students of all levels. If you are interested in learning about financial awards or the post-secondary application process, please join us!
Everyone welcome to participate:
About the Presenter:
Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Savanah Knockwood is the Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator at the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health at the University of British Columbia. In her role she leads the student pillar, where she focuses on Indigenous student recruitment and retention initiatives for health science programs at UBC. The goal of her work is to increase Indigenous student participation in health science programs, to promote successful student recruitment and retention initiatives, and to increase the number of Indigenous health care professionals working in all sectors. Previously she worked with the UBC Faculty of Arts Aboriginal Student Affairs team where she promoted and supported Aboriginal student success, the Women’s Issues Branch with the Government of New Brunswick where she authored a fact sheet about violence against Aboriginal women, and as a research assistant with the Native Studies Department at St. Thomas University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and is a member is a member of the Mi’kmaq First Nation.