3M National Student Fellowship
For many years, 3M Canada has funded scholarships and awards for undergraduates in universities and college across Canada and starting in 2012, 3M added a student fellowship using the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowship Program for university professors as a model. The 3M National Student Fellowship Program arose out of consultations and collaboration with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Board of Directors and the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows Executive.
Call for Nominations - 2015 Award.
The 3M National Student Fellowship honours up to ten full-time undergraduate college and undergraduate university students at Canadian institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives and at their college or university. These students embrace a vision of quality education that enhances their academic experience and beyond.
Nature of Award
Each cohort member will receive an award of $5,000 to be spent at their discretion. Further, each cohort member will be invited to join the others at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) in June, where they will also participate in a 3M National Student Fellowship Program retreat. Awardees will receive a contribution towards their cost of travel to and accommodation during the conference. While at the conference, they will have the opportunity to develop a cross-Canadian collaborative project with other cohort members with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at the post-secondary level.
- You are enrolled full-time in a post-secondary undergraduate college or university diploma or degree program at a Canadian institution.
- You are enrolled in your first undergraduate program.
- You are neither in your first year nor your final year of your program.
- Please see Frequently Asked Questions
The adjudication committee considers an applicant’s nomination as a unified whole, not simply an assemblage of compartments. Each section of the package should reinforce its overall unity. Narrative flow unfolds and reveals the nominee’s character and achievements, and each section adds substance and evidence, constructing a compelling nomination.
Because this is an educational leadership award, the package’s greatest challenge is defining and demonstrating educational leadership, which goes beyond transcripts, lists of committees chaired, and clubs and/or groups joined. The individual will have to be “brought to life” through concrete evidence, examples, quotes, compelling anecdotes, persuasive support letters, and the inspiring believability of the nominee’s own words. Tell the story of yourself as a learner, a thought-provoker, a visionary, and a community member in action. Do not over-use disciplinary or academic jargon.
The adjudication committee is interested in applications reflecting the applicant’s creativity, distinctiveness and personality, and shedding light on an exceptional leadership profile. The nominator (see below) is encouraged to “make a case” for the applicant’s leadership profile by connecting the material within the package to show how the applicant is deserving of this Fellowship. See the additional material “What Adjudicators are Looking For: Tips for Students and Nominators” to see more about what adjudicators are looking for when they read each file.
Formatting and page limits:
Nomination packages are not to exceed fifteen (15) numbered pages, including all material requested. A package in excess of 15 pages will not be considered. The package must be submitted using 2.54 cm (1″) margins, double-spaced (except for letters which may be single- or double-spaced) in 12 point Times New Roman font. No video, web content or web links will be accepted. The only material to be included that does not count as part of the 15 pages is your transcripts (Section 3 below).
Here is a checklist/template of what to include:
Nomination Letters, Letters of Support and Statement from Vice-President of Students (or person in equivalent role).
Nomination letter: Written by a person of the candidate’s choice. Self-authored letters of nomination are not accepted.
Letters of support: The number of letters is up to the candidate. Letters should complement the narrative flow. Effective nominations will demonstrate the nominee’s excellence with concrete examples and not repeat information.
All letters, which must include signatures and, if from an institution or organization, be on letterhead, are part of the 15-page limit. They may be single- or double-spaced.
Statement from Vice-President of Students (or person in equivalent role, such as Vice-Provost (Students) or Associate Vice-President (Students): Your nomination package must be viewed in its entirely by the Vice-President of Students or person in an equivalent role at your institution. They then write one statement, noting that they have seen your complete nomination package, adding their name, role and signature.
You must be in good standing academically, in your program and in your institution. Please provide institutional transcripts for one year of post-secondary education, plus all available grades from the first term/semester of your current year. Transcripts are not part of the 15-page limit. If there are anomalies on your transcripts, briefly explain them in this section.
“Leadership” by itself is not a term that has easily identifiable boundaries. For this reason, it is impossible to provide a precise definition. It is important to describe your leadership capacity and leadership potential in relationship to other people. Therefore, a quantifiable list of activities/events/situations/experiences that a student was “in charge” of does not prove leadership in the context of this award. Please describe and demonstrate your personal leadership profile by considering different examples of your capacity for leadership beyond being in the position of “boss.”
As part of your package, please provide a definition of leadership in the context of your educational experience. The definition should then be applied in detail and creatively through examples of personal activities drawn from your time in post-secondary study. Please do not use jargon or abstract description of leadership, in general; instead, paint a picture of who you are as a leader using clear examples from your experience.
Explain why you aspired to these leadership roles. Your examples should demonstrate how your initiatives have led to, or been part of leading, events in the post-secondary environment.
Challenges in Post-Secondary Education
Describe the most significant challenges in your institution based upon your personal experience. How do these challenges impede learning? What are the possible concrete solutions to these challenges? What are the biggest challenges facing post-secondary education in Canada, as a whole? If you had the resource capacity, how would you implement concrete solutions to these challenges?
Transformational Educational Experiences
Describe one or a few experiences that you have had outside of the classroom and off your campus. Describe how these experiences influence your academic performance, your attitudes toward teaching and learning, and your approach to leadership. You may wish to reference educational issues beyond your immediate environment.
Awards and Recognition
Describe academic or non-academic awards or recognitions you have received, not simply listing them, but contextualizing them to show how this record aligns with your leadership and transformational educational experiences.
Packages will be reviewed by a team of adjudicators comprised of students, faculty and staff members, including 3M National Student Fellows and National Teaching Fellows, from post-secondary institutions across Canada.
Submission Deadline and File Naming Protocol
Packages should be submitted electronically on or before Monday, January 12, 2015, 5pm EST.
Please name the file using the following protocol: nominee’s family name-first name.pdf, for example: Smith-Heather.pdf
- Hard copies will not be accepted.
- The complete nomination package, with all seven items noted above, should be submitted electronically in a single PDF through the following location:
- All packages received here will be acknowledged upon receipt by an automated email reply so applicants will know their submissions have been received. We anticipate being able to publicly announce the 2015 3M NSF cohort in mid-March, 2015.
For publicity and promotion, please note that if you are named a 3M National Student Fellow:
- Your email address will be shared publicly
- We will require a high resolution (500 pixels minimum at 72 ppi) digital ‘head shot’ with a plain background
- We will require a 50-word and a 200-word “citation”, describing yourself