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Volunteer Scholarship Application

This form will open on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM MST until March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM MST.

As a non-profit organization, Otafest runs off of the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. We believe that Otafest has the best volunteers out there, and as such the Otafest Volunteer Scholarship was established as one way to reward our volunteers for all their hard-work and dedication. The Otafest scholarship is available to Otafest volunteers from the previous year who are either currently in high school and are planning on entering post-secondary studies within the next three years or are currently in post-secondary studies.

For more information regarding this scholarship please read the below "Scholarship Information" section contained on this page. If you are interested in applying please fill out the online form below and click “Submit”.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship please feel free to email us at 'community@otafest.com'.

Scholarship Information

To be eligible to win this scholarship you must:

  1. Have volunteered for either Otafest 2013 and/or Otafest Aurora 2013.
  2. Be a student in either high school or a post-secondary educational institution as of Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.


Two scholarships are available annually for our volunteers:

  1. One Otafest Scholarship for $1000.
  2. One Otafest Scholarship for $500.


We require a text based written submission to be included with your application. This submission is very open ended but must relate to your experiences volunteering with Otafest. Keep the following in mind:

  1. Your submission should be about your experiences volunteering with Otafest. It could be a story from your time volunteering, your opinions on the volunteering experience, or any number of other ideas. For those having difficulty determining what to write about, below are some possible topics:
    • How has volunteering for Otafest impacted my life?
    • Why should someone volunteer for Otafest?
    • What qualities do Otafest volunteers share?
    • How has volunteering for Otafest surprised me?
  2. Your submission should be a written piece of English text. You are free to write in just about any form including an essay, personal response, poem, or creative work.


The winners of the scholarships will be determined by their performance in three categories (written submission, quality of volunteer work, and length volunteering). With the highest scoring candidate being granted $1000, and the second highest scoring candidate being granted $500.

  1. The written submission will be graded on how well it relates to volunteering with Otafest and how interesting it is to read. This is a major portion of your score. The written submissions will be evaluated by several members of the Otafest Planning Committee and the combined scores will make up your final score in this category.
  2. Your quality of volunteer work score will be based off your performance at Otafest 2013 and/or Otafest Aurora 2013. Your score will come from how helpful you were, your attitude, etc. This category will be scored with the help of Otafest executives and staff members from the department that you volunteered under for Otafest 2013 and/or Otafest Aurora 2013.
  3. Length of service rewards the dedication and loyalty of our volunteers. Your score is determined purely off of how long you have been volunteering at Otafest. First year volunteers should still apply, as this category is not worth enough to determine the winner.


The following is general information and rules pertaining to the Otafest Volunteer Scholarship:

  1. Evidence of being a student is required. Applicants attending high school are required to provide a scan of their student ID cards. Applicants currently attending a post-secondary educational institution should provide a scan of their student ID and a proof of enrollment letter or their unofficial transcripts. Applicants who are entering post-secondary in Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 can provide a copy of their letter of acceptance.
  2. Members of the Otafest Planning Committee (staff and executives) are not eligible to win the scholarships.
  3. If you have previously won the Otafest scholarship, you are not eligible to win again.
  4. Recipients of the scholarships will be contacted for additional information that is required for income tax purposes.
  5. Should a high school applicant win, Otafest will hold the scholarship until they can provide evidence of admission to a post-secondary educational institution. Otafest will hold this funding for a maximum of 3 years from the point it is awarded. To claim the scholarship, please email community@otafest.com and provide a copy of your letter of acceptance.
  6. The winners of the scholarships will be announced to the public at the closing ceremonies of Otafest 2014. The winners will be notified in advance so that they can be present to accept the scholarship.
  7. Your scholarship application must be received by March 16th 2014 in order to be eligible.


If you have any questions, please send them to community@otafest.com!

APPLICATIONS DUE BY MARCH 16, 2014!

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Applicants attending high school are required to provide a scan of their student ID cards. Applicants currently attending a post-secondary educational institution must provide a scan of their student ID here. Applicants who are entering post-secondary in Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 should provide a copy of their letter of acceptance (if available) instead of their student ID above. Screenshots or scans of the appropriate documents are acceptable. Accepted formats are gif, jpg, png, and pdf. Max file size is 5MB.
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Applicants currently attending a post-secondary educational insanitation must attach either a proof of enrollment letter or their unofficial transcripts. Acceptable formats are gif, jpg, png, and pdf. Max file size is 5MB.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif png pdf.