Each scholarship is valued at up to $5,000/year of university, if selected for the scholarship each year from grade 7 to 12. Renewal is granted each year for up to three additional years, contigent on satisfactory academic performance (minimal GPA of 2.7) in STEM-related programs at Dalhousie University (e.g. BSc, BEng, BScN, BScKin, BScTR and others as described in the Dalhousie University calendar).
Promising scholars are identified at an early stage in their participation in the ILA’s programs. On a yearly basis, ILA staff recommend suitable candidates to the ILA–TD Bank Opportunity Scholarship Selection Committee. As well, participants across all of ILA’s programs may apply for the scholarship. Recommended candidates are informed of their selection at ILA’s annual Youth STEM Excellence Awards Ceremony (formerly known as the Closing Ceremony) and they are advised of their continued eligibility for the scholarship on a yearly basis. Selection is based on, but not limited to:
- grade 7 to 12 student of African heritage
- a high level of participation in ILA’s programs
- demonstrated interest in STEM through participation in related activities or programs
- enrolment in a minimum of two of the following courses at the academic, advanced or IB level in high school: Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The ILA–TD Bank Opportunity Scholarship Selection Committee is composed of members of the ILA Board of Directors, Dalhousie University’s Assistant Registrar (Awards) and a representative from TD Canada Trust.