Applications will close on May 6, 2016 at 11:59 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 so Otafest established the Volunteer Scholarship as one way to reward our volunteers for all of 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 contests@otafest.com.

Scholarship Information

  1. Have volunteered for either Otafest 2015 and/or Otafest Aurora 2015.
  2. Be a student in either high school or a post-secondary educational institution as of Fall 2016 and/or Winter 2017.

Two scholarships are available annually for our volunteers:

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

Submissions

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.

Selection

The winners of the scholarships will be determined by their performance in three categories (written submission, quality of volunteer work, and lengths). 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. The written submissions will be evaluated by several Otafest staff members and the combined scores will make up your final score in this category. This is a major portion of your score.
  2. Your quality of volunteer work score will be based off your performance at Otafest 2015 and/or Otafest Aurora 2015. 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 2015 and/or Otafest Aurora 2015. This is a major portion of your score.
  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. This is a minor portion of your score. First year volunteers should still apply, as this category is not worth enough to determine the winner.

General Information

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 2016 or Winter 2017 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 contests@otafest.com and provide a copy of your letter of acceptance.
  6. Your scholarship application must be received by May 6, 2016 in order to be eligible.

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

Scholarship applications are now closed! Thank you for your entries!