Max The Mutt Scholarship Essays

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Assistance

Max the Mutt offers many options for students who are unable to pay all or part of their tuition due to financial hardship. We are also able to provide contacts at financial institutions for a student line of credit.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are awarded on a review of the student’s portfolio, financial need, and the recommendations of references.

Applying for Scholarships and Bursaries – Financial Aid at Max the Mutt, 2018

The deadline to submit financial aid applications for the Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 academic year is as follows:

  • Year 1: Application deadline: April 2, 2018
  • Year 1: Review & notification of status: April 7, 2018
  • Years 2-3: Application deadline: April 27, 2018
  • Years 2-3: Review: April 28, 2018
  • Years 2-3: Notification of status: May 1, 2018
  • Year 4: Application deadline: May 11, 2018
  • Year 4: Review: May 21, 2018
  • Year 4: Notification of status: May 22, 2018

For Entering Canadian Students: The Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship

You must have already been reviewed and accepted into year one of a diploma program to apply for this scholarship! Accepted students will need to submit the following items to the admissions department in order to be considered: 

(Note: if you currently reside outside the Greater Toronto Area you may submit items electronically. Please ensure all image files are in JPG or PNG format in a single zipped file.)

  • Entire package from your application review (additional items can be included).
  • One additional character reference.
  • An additional essay of no more than 1 page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • A link to your online portfolio, if available.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses.
  • Evidence of financial need: copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents.
  • A completed application form

Please Note: This aid is not available to international Students.

The New Canadians Scholarship

We are pleased to offer this scholarship annually to new Canadians. The scholarship is a full tuition grant based on talent, financial need, and character. To apply, you must have first had an application review and have been accepted into one of the diploma programs.

Requirements:
• Must  have resided in Canada for less than five years, and be waiting for  permanent resident status, have permanent resident status, or be a citizen.
• Must go through the application process and be accepted to Max the Mutt before  the scholarship application deadline.
• Must demonstrate financial need

New students will need to submit the following items to the admissions department in order to be considered:

(Note: if you currently reside outside the Greater Toronto Area you may submit items electronically. Please ensure all image files are in JPG or PNG format in a single zipped file.)

  • Evidence of your current status in Canada and the length of time you have resided here.
  •  Entire package from your application review (additional items can be included).
  •  One additional character reference.
  • An additional essay of no more than 1-page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • A link to your online portfolio, if available.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses.
  • Evidence of financial need: copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents.
  • A completed application form
For Students Entering Year 2 or Year 3 September 2018, open to all students, Canadian or International:
Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Tuition Aid and Max the Mutt Bursary Grants 

Please note: These grants may range from $1000 to $4000 dollars, and may be a combination of the Bradley Mark Johnston award and the Max the Mutt Bursary grant.

Returning Students will need to submit the following to the registrar’s office by the submission deadline:

  • An additional essay of no more than 1 page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses
  • Students completing year 1: A portfolio of work of your choosing.
  • Students completing year 2: A portfolio of work showing what you have achieved in subjects directly related to your major.
  • A link to your online portfolio, if available.
  • Life drawing sketchbook(s).
  • Two references from instructors: For students entering year 3, at least one of these references should be from a professional teaching a course related to employment skills (for CA students background painting, storyboarding and layout  courses are part of professional training, as well as Intro to Props & Objects, Intro to Environment Design and Advanced Environment Design & Painting in Photoshop).
  • Evidence of financial need: Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents.
  • A completed application form
 PLEASE NOTE: MTM cannot award Year 4 scholarships in years when we  have too few in the graduating group: these scholarships are given without an endowment and reflect our commitment to doing our best to support deserving students who are financially challenged.
For Students Entering Year 4 in September 2018: Patricia Rose Christmas Memorial Scholarships

Students will need to submit the following to the registrar’s office by the submission deadline:

  • An additional essay of no more than 1 page (about 300 words) outlining why you need financial assistance, and any special considerations that are relevant to your financial situation.
  • Evidence of financial need: Copies of the Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year from both you and your parents.
  • One reference from an instructor of a course directly related to your diploma program:
    for animation students -animation, layout, or storyboarding instructor ; for concept art students – an environment, character design, or props instructor.
  • A reference from your Program Coordinator.
  • An expected budget for the school year including your anticipated monthly costs for rent, transportation, food and living expenses.
  • For Animation students: include a website url or other online addresses where we can view your work. You must include an animation demo-reel but should also include work from storyboard courses, layout courses, character design. This site can also include additional work from related courses such as Drawing for Animation.
  • For Concept Art students: include a website url where we can view both final and in progress work for Environment Design, Prop Design, Character Design. This site can include additional work from other related subjects.
  • A completed application form.
    About the Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship

    Sean was an early supporter of Max the Mutt who believed in the mission of  Career Colleges, was experienced in the field, graciously gave advice and counsel. His untimely passing affected all of us, and we established this scholarship in his memory. The Sean Michael Stewart Memorial Scholarship is for a Canadian student entering Year 1: this scholarship is renewable for Years 2 and 3 if the recipient retains good academic and professional standing.

About the Bradley Mark Johnston Memorial Tuition Aid

These scholarships are one year tuition awards for students entering Years 2 or 3 of a diploma program. Bradley Mark Johnston was a graduate of Max the Mutt Animation School; a talented artist and animator, a kind, generous, compassionate and caring young man who was a loyal and loving son, brother and fiancé. In honour of his unexpected passing, Brad’s family has established this foundation in his memory in remembrance of his generous desire to support aspiring young artists.

“The mission of the Bradley Mark Johnston Educational Foundation is to assist deserving, talented young people by granting financial tuition assistance, thus enabling them to further their post-secondary education in Fine Arts and Animation, which they might not otherwise be able to pursue. The Foundation is a Registered Charity, recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency, and tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Foundation by both individuals and companies.”

About Patricia Rose Christmas and the Memorial Scholarships for Year 4 Concept Art & Animation Program students

Patricia Rose Christmas acted as our Advisor and Publicist when Max the Mutt, a grass roots college, was in it’s infancy. She was very generous and supportive. She helped us find ways to introduce us to the world, and at that time, communicated how great the work was that our students were producing. She had all the qualities we all want to emulate: professionalism, generosity of spirit and great courage.

In memory of Patricia Rose Christmas, Max the Mutt established the Memorial scholarships to be awarded to two deserving students entering each of our 4 year Diploma Program, one for Animation and one for Concept Art. The scholarships are based on excellence, character and a financial need.


Max the Mutt Bursary Grants

Bursaries are one-year awards which take into consideration a student’s portfolio work, professionalism and financial need.

I have had the privilege to sit on several scholarship committees over the years, but lately it seems as though fewer students are actually reading the guidelines before they submit their applications. I don’t know if they believe that the winners are chosen at random or that no one is actually reading the essays, but after reviewing a recent stack of submissions, I've come to the conclusion that many students are simply too lazy to follow directions. Just like most things in life, scholarships come with rules. I know most students abhor them, but scholarship providers don’t simply give away money because students ask nicely for it; providers want to know that the investment they are making is a good one and that’s where scholarship guidelines play a part. If students are unwilling to spend the time needed to review the rules and submit a quality essay, they probably won't be willing to go above and beyond in college, either. Although that may not be the case for all students, it’s the rationale used by many providers to weed out possible contenders. In general, three fatal flaws that continue to keep most students from reaching the coveted finalists pool.

1. Word Count

I know many students express their frustration over the limitations placed on scholarship essays, but the word count is there for a reason. In most cases, scholarship essays are kept to 500 words or less. It makes it easier for committees to review hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of submissions and ensures that students are staying on topic. It’s also an easy way for scholarship committee members to reject those applicants who failed to read the directions. No matter how brilliant the essay may be, if it doesn’t meet the word count, no one will be reading it. In my experience, more than 20 percent of the applications I have reviewed are disqualified because the students do not follow this simple rule.

2. Grammar

I blame Twitter for derailing many students in this area. So many have grown accustomed to fitting in 140 characters in their everyday conversations that it seems to have filtered into their scholarship essays, as well. I cannot tell you how many times I have come across someone using the lowercase ‘i’ instead of the appropriate version, not to mention all the acronyms littering the page;  OMG, it’s enough to make me SMH! Another pet peeve of mine - spelling errors! Many are obvious keystroke errors, but simply having another set of eyes proofread the essay would save many students from this fatal flaw. Many scholarship reviewers use the baseball rule when it comes to grammatical errors; 1-2-3 and you're out!

3. Wrong Response

I know I have mentioned in previous posts that students should work smarter by reusing some of their previous work. That does not mean, however, submitting an essay that has nothing to do with the scholarship prompt. For example, an essay about the zombie apocalypse probably shouldn't be used for an essay about ice cream. As a reviewer, nothing is more frustrating than coming across a submission that was obviously meant for another scholarship program. It basically screams, ‘I want the money, but I don’t want to work for it.’ Another fatal flaw, students who write why they deserve a scholarship or list all of the hardships in their life; unless the scholarship provider specifically asked for this information, students need to stick to the script and stay on topic. They may think that it will tug at the scholarship committee’s heart strings (and sometimes it does), but if their essays do not answer the scholarship prompt, they'll be headed for the rejection pile. So many students complain about not winning scholarships, but if more would take a few moments to review the guidelines and learn to stick to the rules, I think they would have a better chance at actually earning some cash for college. It’s amazing how many never even take the time to edit their work before hitting the submit button. Clearly, these students don’t value the scholarship committee’s time, so why should we feel inclined to provide them with a scholarship? In most cases, the students who put forth their best efforts (and pay attention!) will earn the scholarship rewards.

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