Turn your talent into cash and prizes

October is often the month when Capilano University students have finally decrypted their school schedules, learned the names of a few of their professors and discovered, through trial and error, the latest possible time that they can sleep in without being tardy for their morning class. October is also the time when that pile of money earned through summer jobs suddenly starts to disappear much faster than planned. So in these times of need, The Capilano Courier has compiled this list of upcoming scholarships, which invite you to draw, film and write your way into a more financially secure school year.

MAC Multimedia Competition
Provided By: Mines Action Canada
Grand Prize: Insignia HD SD Memory Camcorder and an all-expense paid delegate slot in MAC's International Youth Forum in Colombia. (1 Available)
Contest Deadline: October 13
Criteria: Submissions will be accepted from any contestant between the ages of 18 and 30 with Canadian citizenship.
How to Enter: Make a 30-60 second original film concerning the life-changing implications of banning landmines and cluster bomb fill. Visit the website to upload your submission.

CBC Literary Awards
Provided By: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Grand Prize: $6000 (3 Available)
Second Prize: $4000 (3 Available)
Contest Deadline: November 1, 2009
Criteria: Canadian citizens or permanent residents may enter.
How to Enter: Submit original and unpublished work in one of the three categories: Short story, creative nonfiction, or poetry. A fee of $20 is required.

2009 Invent the Future Contest
Provided By: BC Hydro
Grand Prize: $2500 (4 Available)
Most Online Votes: Flip Mino HD Camcorder (4 Available)
Contest Deadline: November 8th
Criteria: Submission from individuals or teams of two, ages 13 to 24.
How to Enter: Make a 30-60 second video or a short essay between 350-500 words about your original, innovative energy conservation solution.

2010 National Student Entrepreneur Competition
Provided By: Ace Canada and CIBC
Grand Prize: $10000 (1 Available)
Regional Prize: $1000 (1 Available)
Contest Deadline: December 4th
Criteria: Submissions accepted from full time university students who have founded or have 50% ownership of a company, and are responsible for its operation. The company must have been in business for at least the past six months.
How to Enter: Visit the Ace Canada website to nominate yourself or a friend.

The Health Council of Canada Health Innovation Award
Provided By: The Health Council of Canada
Grand Prize: National exposure. (2 Available) Submissions will be featured on Canada Values Health and the Health Council Canada Website, as well as on the e-newsletter that goes out to the nation.
Contest Deadline: December 15th
Criteria: Submission will be accepted from university students enrolled in health-related courses. Individuals or teams of two may apply.
How to Enter: Submit an original essay of up to 1000 words answering the question: ``What do you propose to help renew and sustain Canadian health care, and why?''
E-mail your entry to:

Fraser Institute Student Video Contest
Provided By: Fraser Institute
Grand Prize: $2000 (1 Available)
Second Prize: $1500 (1 Available)
Third Prize/Viewer's Choice: $750 (2 Available)
Contest Deadline: November 30, 2009
Criteria: Open to Canadian and foreign students who are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies in Canada.
How to Submit: Create a video based on the question: `What is the appropriate role of government in the economy?' Write a concept paper describing the content, story and length of your video. Upload your video to YouTube and then submit the video URL and your concept paper online.

Her Sight Is Worth It Video Contest
Provided By: Seva Canada
Grand Prize: MacBook Laptop. $1500 value and Seva package $120 value.
Second Prize: Flip Mino video camera $200 value and Seva gift set valued at $120.
Third Prize: Seva gift set valued at $120.
Contest Deadline: December 15th
Criteria: Open to Canadian residents aged 13 and up. Submissions accepted from individuals and teams.
How to Enter: Create a video under three minutes that addresses the theme of gender and blindness. Upload your video to Seva's Youtube channel, and then mail in a high-resolution DVD copy.

Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel
Provided By: Delacorte Press Books
Grand Prize: Your book published plus $1500 in cash and a $7500 advance against royalties.
Contest Deadline: December 31st
Criteria: Unpublished Canadian writers who have written a novel for young adult audiences. Manuscripts must be between 96 and 160 typewritten pages.
How to Enter: Mail in your manuscript with a brief plot summary and cover letter.

B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society Scholarships
Provided By: B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society
Grand Prize: $500 (3 Available)
Contest Deadline: December 31st
Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a post secondary institution and reside in British Columbia.
How to Enter: Mail either a short story or poem not exceeding 1500 words, original artwork, or an original cowboy craft work.

Great Canadian Questions Essay Competition
Provided By: Dominion Institute
Grand Prize: $2000 (1 Available)
Runner Up: $250 - $500 (2 Available)
Contest Deadline: May 7, 2010
Criteria: Canadian undergraduate students 21 years or younger.
How to Enter: Submit your 1500 word essay on one of the six `Great Questions' essays related to Canadian history and culture. To read the questions and for more information, please visit the website.

// sarah hager,

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