If you are applying to university, other further studies, or for jobs, it is important to show that you are an all-rounded person and not solely focused on your studies. By having the S.T.A.R on your transcript, it will give you a competitive edge by showing that you have an interest in being a responsible citizen and contributing to your community. Additionally, volunteer work is required for many scholarship applications, and the S.T.A.R. mark is one of the best ways to showcase the extra work you have done. There is even one scholarship (Forces avenir) which requires the S.T.A.R. mark as part of its eligibility criteria.
To qualify for the S.T.A.R. program, you need to be a full-time Vanier student who will finish your semester in good academic standing, and complete 60+ hours of volunteer work or implication in your school or home community.
S.T.A.R. is specifically a non-credit entry on your Vanier official transcript. This program is intended to be motivated by your own interest in being a community-minded volunteer, and not out of any academic motivation.
The period to complete the 60 hours is from the first day of the semester to the last day of the semester (last day of classes). Once a new semester starts, your hours will start from 0 again. One important thing to keep in mind is that you have longer to complete the 60+ volunteer hours in the Fall semester, because you can begin to accumulate your hours throughout the summer months. Therefore, you effectively have from May until December to gain your volunteer hours. In the winter semester, you only have from January until May to accumulate hours.
Yes, you can combine the hours of multiple activities to get your 60 hours. However, all the activities must fall under one category in order to add up.
Yes, if you have done 60+ hours in multiple categories in one semester, you can apply for multiple S.T.A.R. marks. Note that you can only apply once per category per semester.
Yes, you can apply for S.T.A.R. in as many semesters as you are a full-time student at Vanier! You can even apply in the same category as a previous semester.
Your activities can be done either at Vanier or outside of Vanier.
You’d be surprised just how many activities count towards the S.T.A.R. program! You may find that you are already accumulating a lot of hours through participation in a Vanier sports club, through singing in a local choir, through being a Peer Support volunteer in the Vanier Learning Centre. It is not just volunteering for an organization or agency, but participation in community activities. As a general rule, most activities that don’t offer you money or class credit can be counted for the S.T.A.R. program. You can find previous examples of activities and their respective categories here.
You can complete and submit your application form as soon as you complete your 60+ hours until the end of the semester.
Someone who is in charge of or supervised your volunteer work, and can verify that you indeed completed the number of hours stated. The one exception is the contact person cannot be another Vanier student.
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