Can I win scholarships if I take a gap year?
Yes, you can still win scholarships if you choose to take a gap year. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- If you are in a gap year you may complete most of your scholarship applications once you are officially enrolled in a post-secondary program.
- Some (but not all) scholarships allow you to take a gap year
- Some (but not all) scholarships will let you postpone the scholarship and use it once you go to university
- This varies based on the application
If you're in high school, it's in your best interest to apply to as many scholarships as you can because you have more scholarship opportunities as a Grade 12 considering a gap year, than a student in a gap year. Even if you're only eligible for 50% of the scholarships because you're heading into a gap year, that's still more than the 0% you're eligible for in a gap year.
We have lots of current gap years students in our program as well because they are preparing for applications that they will complete upon entering university. If you're in university and taking a gap year you can still apply to scholarships upon your return to school.
In addition, if you win scholarships in your grade 12 year, it might change your financial reality - making the choice to go to school immediately a more attractive option to you.
Either way, it's best to keep your options open.