The Filipino Centre Toronto Now Accepting Candidates to its 2016 Outstanding Students Awards
By Tony A. San Juan, OCT.
June 15, 2016
Committed purposefully of encouraging and recognizing Filipino Canadian students in Ontario to achieve student success and to excel in school performance, the Filipino Centre Toronto (FCT) is now accepting candidates to its annual competition for "2016 Outstanding Students Awards".
This year's Outstanding Students Awards event, started in 2005, is an annual program of selecting and awarding outstanding and exemplary elementary, high school, and post-secondary graduates from public and Catholic government-supported educational institutions in Ontario.
Through itsOutstanding Students Awards Committee ( OSA), the Centre will present awards to chosen outstanding student graduates who have completed their elementary, high school and post-secondary studies. The selection criteria includes: scholastic achievement / academic marks - 50%, community involvement & extra-curricular activities - 25% and interview performance - 25%.
All applicants, who have been screened and approved by the Student Awards Committee, will be recognized and honoured. Monetary awards and trophies will be presented to the winners of each category. The Awards Ceremony will take place on October 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
The general requirements for the 2016 FCT Outstanding Student Award Competition are as follow : A. General Requirements for All Categories : Any applicant or candidate for an FCT AWARD must be a 1) Natural-born Filipino or of Filipino descent (either parent is Filipino); 2) Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada; 3) Of good moral character, i.e. has no pending charge involving sexual or child abuse or criminal case;
B. Specific Requirements for Elementary and High School Graduates. To qualify: 1) The applicant should be currently registered in the elementary or secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area, under one of the following categories: · The elementary school applicantshould have completed the last year of elementary school and be going into high school (grade 9); · The high school applicant should be accepted and going into university, community college OR into apprenticeship program. 2) The student should have a minimum academic average of 85% (or equivalent) during the last two (2) school years, and be involved in extra-curricular and community activities. 3) The applicant must submit the following documents:
· For the elementary school graduate – Original copies of final report cards for the last two years · For the high school graduate – A current and original transcript bearing the school’s official seal · Two (2) original letters of character reference (one from the school, excluding immediate family) ·Two (2) passport-size photos · Completed application form C. Qualification Requirements for Post- Secondary Honour Candidates : 1.) For Undergraduate: Baccalaureate Degree candidates: Must have achieved Academic Honours, with Notation printed in the candidate's degree diploma, such as any of the following: * Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude * With Highest Distinction (GPA 3.8 or higher) or With Distinction (3.5 to 3.79) 2) . For Graduate: Masteral or Doctoral Degree candidates: Must have achieved Graduate Average Grade of : * Letter Grades of A+, A, A- only; or* Numerical Marks of: 90-100%, 85-89%, 80 -84% only;* High Pass-Clear Excellence or equivalent marking scale. Documents (Photocopies only) to be submitted :
1) Degree program: a. Bachelor's Diploma with Academic Honours Notation ; b. Graduate program: Transcript of Academic Record and
2) Passport-size Photo; 3) Completed FCT Application Form. Academic awards received must not be more than 5 years old, from date of application.
The members of the FCT Outstanding Students Awards Committee include notable FilCan professionals and educators. It is composed of Mary Ann San Juan, as Chairman, and the members are Wendy Arena, Ed Birondo, Cora De Villa, Efren De Villa, Aida D' Orazio, Jodelyn Huang, Rosalinda Javier, Vince Luna , Malou Parcero, Marisa Roque, Tony A. San Juan and Fermer Santos.
Application forms for the FCT’s Outstanding Student Awards are now available at the Centre or at: www.filipinocentretoronto.com. Deadline for submission of forms is: September 9, 2016. Completed forms are to be submitted or mailed to: The Filipino Centre Toronto, 597 Parliament St., Toronto, ON M4X 1W3 or call: 416-928- 9355. ( T.San Juan).
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