Co-op Student of the Year

The EWO Co-op Student of the Year Award recognizes the achievement of one University Co-op student and one College Co-op student. Each winning student receives a certificate and $750.


Nomination Guidelines

EWO institutions are asked to nominate up to two candidates that exemplify the qualities of an exceptional Co-op student. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be in any undergraduate, applied degree or diploma, registered full-time in a recognized post-secondary co-operative education program throughout the period from January-December 2015.
  • Be nominated by an individual from an EWO member institution or a participating co-op employer. EWO requests that each institution or employer nominate no more than two candidates. Wherever possible, the nominees should be from different programs.
  • Have completed co-op work terms that meet EWO’s Definition of Co-operative Education (http://www.ewo.ca/site/about)

Selection Criteria

  1. Job Achievement | 30 pts
  2. Contribution to Co-operative Education | 15 pts
  3. Student’s Personal Statement | 15 pts
  4. Extra-Curricular Involvement | 10 pts
  5. Student’s Resume | 10 pts
  6. Academic Achievement | 15 pts
  7. Overall Assessment/Personal Comments | 5 pts

Nomination Package Checklist

The Nomination Package must contain the following documents, in the following order:

  1. Nomination Information Form Download Form
  2. Employer Nomination Form Download Form
  3. Institution Nomination Form Download Form
  4. Student Nomination Form Download Form
  5. Student’s Current Resume | Co-op work terms/experience should be clearly identified, and noted with work term dates. Extracurricular and community activities, scholarships and awards, etc. should also be noted. (2 pages maximum, single sided)
  6. Student’s Current Academic Transcript 
  7. Student’s Portfolio (optional) | Any items that will provide a better idea of who you are as a person. You may submit photocopies of articles, employer evaluations, letters of recommendation, published work, awards and citations, etc. (2 pages maximum, double sided)

Instructions For Submitting a Nomination | Download Instructions Overview

Employer Nomination

Please cover the following points in your statement. Where possible please be specific in your examples and offer any insights you may have on the student’s work habits and character:

  • The student’s duties/responsibilities;
  • The student’s performance in comparison to your expectations or in comparison to other co-op students;
  • Any outstanding work achievements (cost savings, process/quality improvements, design/development innovations, improved customer service, significant research or other initiatives etc.);
  • How this student, or co-op students in general, have benefited your department/company.

Important: Please include your digital signature at the bottom of the statement.

Institution Nomination

Please cover the following points in your statement and where possible please be specific with your examples:

  • The student’s achievement in the co-op program;
  • Any achievements, awards, and extracurricular activities that you feel are worthy of mention; the student’s activities in support of co-op education; any insights on the student’s personal qualities you feel warrant consideration.

Important: Please include your digital signature at the bottom of the statement.

Student Nomination 

Please cover the following points in your statement and where possible please be specific with your examples:

  • Describe how co-operative education has enhanced your career development, personal development, and academic experience;
  • Your involvement in extra-curricular activities at school and/or the community at large.

Important: Please include your digital signature at the bottom of the statement.


Submission Deadline

All nomination materials must be submitted by email no later than 4:00pm on Friday, January 29, 2016.

Please submit the above forms in one compressed/zip folder. This can be achieved by placing files in a single folder, "right clicking" on said folder, selecting "send to" and choosing "compressed zipped folder."

Click To Submit by Email: Daniela Ibarra, Chair of the EWO Co-op Student of the Year Awards Committee


2015 Awards Committee

June Martin | Georgian College 
Marg Medeiros | Fanshawe College
Alexis Trejgo | George Brown College 
Kirk Patterson | University of Waterloo 
Daniela Ibarra | Ryerson University 
Rob Phillips | Sheridan College

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