The Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, proven leadership skills and involvement in school and/or community activities.

The scholarship is a renewable entrance award, valued at $17,000 for the first year and $11,000 for each of the next three years. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and be entering the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College. Recipients who make satisfactory academic progress will be automatically renewed for the award.

2022 Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarships

To apply for this award, please complete the following:

  • the application form* by March 1
  • your high school transcripts by March 1
  • an original essay on the topic below

*Please note: the application forms cannot be filled in on a web browser and then saved. Make sure to download the application form first, and then use an application like the free version of “Adobe Acrobat Reader DC” or “Preview” to type in your answers. Alternatively, you can print the forms, handwrite in your answers, scan the completed pages, and email in the files.

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Original Essay Topic

An author has written that “Learning to live with ambiguity is learning to live with how life really is” (ambiguity includes a lack of clarity, or an openness to more than one interpretation). Write an essay that tries to explain what this statement might mean. It could mean many things in many different contexts, and you do not need to take up a strong agree/disagree position in your essay. Can you think of current or historical examples where ambiguity plays a role in our social or political lives? Why would someone make a claim like this? Use only your own mind to examine the issue. Do not do any research to find out what others have said on this topic, though you may engage with ideas from other authors or creators that you already know if it helps you to develop your own thinking. The strongest papers will show evidence of creative thinking, and express ideas in clear, structured, and interesting ways.

Use this format for the name of your essay file: [Last Name,First Name]_Essay. For example: Smith,Joe_Essay.