Student Success Portfolio Checklist
• Transcript - Have a copy of your High School
transcript available to send with your applications.
Not all scholarships, bursaries and awards require
high marks, but in case they do, high marks are
essential for as many years of education as possible.
If it comes down to a few candidates with equal
qualifications the committee will look further back
in your mark statement. The transcript the school
sends you has all of the years of your secondary
• Participation in School - Being part of the school
community is important. You need to be involved
in school clubs, be in leadership roles within
clubs and actively contributing to the quality of
your school life.
• Work - Some organizations also want to know about
your work experience. Getting and keeping a job
shows that you are reliable and hard working. Your
employer can attest to your work ethic and ability to
follow directions, show initiative and be responsible
as well as your ability to work well in a team with
different age groups.
• Awards - List the name of the award, when you
earned it (year/grade level), who you received it
from and whether the award was at the school,
community, province, or national level. Give the
reason you earned it, what is the importance of the
award and how meaningful the award was to you.
• References - Choose the people who will write
your references wisely. You need to be sure that
they will give you a positive reference as well as
be good writers and effective communicators.
Try to vary them, someone from your education
background, an employer, your supervisor from
where you volunteer, etc.
• Personal Statement -This is a common element
used in college and scholarship applications
and should be included in your portfolio. The
personal statement is used to gain insight
into an applicant’s beliefs and core values,
so it is important to take the time to draft a
well-written description that does not simply
regurgitate exactly what is in your resume
• Final Notes - Use adjectives when writing your
descriptions and elaborate and give as much
information as possible.
It is often a good idea to ask a teacher, mentor,
or coach for several copies of any letters of
recommendation they provide, especially if the
letters do not contain any identifiable information,
such as scholarship, bursary or award provider’s
name or the name of the award itself.
Save both paper and electronic versions of
your documentation, just in case something is
accidentally lost. A well-organized Student Success
Portfolio is often the key to an applicant’s success.
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