WIL Student of the Year Award - Nomination Guidelines

WIL of the Year AwardThe EWO WIL Student of the Year Award recognizes the achievement of one University student and one College student engaged in Work-Integrated Learning. EWO member institutions are encouraged to work with exceptional student employers to nominate up to two candidates from each school.

Nomination Guidelines | Download Guidelines

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

  • Be nominated by an individual from an EWO member institution or a participating WIL employer/community partner. EWO requests that each institution or employer/community partner nominate no more than two candidates. Wherever possible, the nominees should be from different programs.
  • Have completed WIL that meet CEWIL Canada's Definition of Work-Integrated Learning within the calendar year
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate, diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate program at the institution

Selection Criteria

  1. Job Achievement (30 pts)
  2. Contribution to Co-operative Education/Work-Integrated Learning (10 pts)
  3. Personal Statement (25 pts)
  4. Academic Achievement (10 pts)
  5. Resume Content and Presentation (5 pts)
  6. Contribution to Extra-curricular activities (10 pts)
  7. Overall Assessment / Personal Comments (10 pts)

Nomination Package Checklist

Please ensure that the Nomination Package contains all 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 Essay | Download Form
  5. Student’s Current Resume
    WIL/experience should be clearly identified, and noted with 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)

Nomination Statements

Please complete electronically utilizing the PDF forms above.

Employer/Community Partner 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 WIL 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 WIL 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 WIL program;
    - any achievements, awards, and extracurricular activities that you feel are worthy of mention;
    - the student’s activities in support of WIL education; and 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 work-integrated learning 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

Digital Signatures

If you have never signed a document using a digital ID in Adobe Reader before, you can view this link for more details. Please be aware that once the form is signed, all fields will become read only and no new edits will be allowed.

Submitting your Nomination Package

Please submit your nomination package via email in one PDF file with the subject line “College/University Name_Student Name_Nomination for WIL Award”

All nomination materials must be submitted by email no later than 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 31st, 2021.

Please submit by email to the Chair of the EWO WIL Student of the Year Award Committee, at education.work.ontario@gmail.com.

We wish all nominees the best in their consideration for the WIL Student of the Year Award!

2020 Awards Committee

Lauren Broderick | University of Waterloo (Co-Chair)
Trent Jarvis | Mohawk College (Co-Chair)
Andrew Bassingthwaigh | Brock University
Tammy McDowell | Georgian College
Paul Needham | George Brown College
Matt Wheatley | Algonquin College

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