The Best School Year Ever®

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
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Do you want more out of high school? Enter The Best School Year Ever® contest and you could win one of four scholarships worth up to $75,000 for American and Canadian students in Grades 9 to 12 to live and learn at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for the 2024-25 school year.



At one of Canada’s top-ranked boarding schools, you’ll be able to expand on your current interests and exposed to new opportunities unlike anywhere else. From diverse academic opportunities – including over 25 Advanced Placement courses, an Outdoor Education program, a Business Leadership program, and more – to arts and athletics, SMUS also focuses on leadership and character education to prepare you for your goals.

If you win this once-in-a-lifetime high school experience you will:

Be challenged to reach your academic potential, learning alongside engaged peers and supported by outstanding teachers
Discover new passions while honing your skills
Make lifelong friends with day students and boarders from over 40 countries
Enjoy the adventure of living and learning on Canada’s west coast
Gain confidence and independence while living at an urban boarding school 

Don’t just take it from us though — past contest winners are currently studying at SMUS and experiencing what you could be doing a year from now.

“Living in boarding is like having a sleepover with your best friends every single day. I’ve learned a lot about myself, how to be independent, and what I need to succeed academically and socially,” says 2023 finalist Alfie Smith, a Grade 9 student from Alameda, California.

“At first, entering the contest was just a good way for me to practice and learn how to apply for universities and other scholarships, or even jobs,” says 2022 winner and current Grade 12 student Joh’nell Cleveland from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, “entering really showed me what I was capable of. You will not be disappointed, it really will be the best school year ever,”

Enter by the December 1, 2023 deadline for a chance to win:

One of two grand prizes – A boarding scholarship worth up to $75,000 CAD
One of two finalist prizes – A boarding scholarship worth up to $48,000 CAD

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