Being involved is fun, it helps you meet new people, it allows you to gain important skills, and it shows that you’re a well-rounded person. On top of the personal benefits of being involved, the S.T.A.R. program is very attractive to future employers, university admission departments, and scholarship committees (there is even one scholarship, Forces avenir, which requires the S.T.A.R. recognition as part of its eligibility criteria). Having the S.T.A.R. recognition on your transcript is one of the best ways to showcase how you get involved and contribute to your community.
- Completed at least 60 hours in one of the S.T.A.R. categories.
- Completed your involvement hours in the designated time frame
- Be a full time student
- Be in good academic standing
- Not receiving any financial compensation or academic credit for your involvement
- Have a supervisor who can verify your involvement hours
- Submit the online form before the last day of the semester
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 involved, and not out of any academic or financial motivation.
In the Fall semester, you have between June 1st and the last day of classes in December. In the Winter semester, you have between mid-December and the last day of classes in May.
Yes, you can combine the hours of multiple types of involvement to get your 60 hours. However, all your involvement must fall under one category in order to add up. The category options are Social & Community, Science, Academic, Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship, Politics, and Athletics.
Yes, if you have done 60+ hours in multiple categories in one semester, you can apply for multiple S.T.A.R. recognitions. 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 involvement can be 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 team, through singing in a local choir, through being a Peer Mentor, etc. 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 involvement and their respective categories here.
No. You choose your activity and complete the 60+ hours before filling out the online application form.
You can complete and submit the online application form as soon as you complete your 60+ hours until the end of the semester.
Yes. All of your involvement hours must be verified by a supervisor. Supervisors cannot be fellow students. If your supervisor is a Vanier staff member, they will be contacted to verify your hours. If your supervisor is from outside the college, they must complete and sign the Involvement Supervisor Verification Form which can be found under the “how do I apply” page. You can upload the signed form to the online application.
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