FAQ on Mastercard Scholarship at McGill University🇨🇦.

Have you been nominated by McGill University for MCF Scholarship? Congratulations!

In this thread, I’ll provide answers to some common questions I’ve received over the last few months. Please forward to anyone you know.

1. HOW DO I WRITE A SPONSOR LETTER: Basically, whoever paid for your undergraduate needs to write a letter, detailing how much was paid & for what. Please see a sample of mine- for your own good, don’t copy (remember, I don't need it again, it’s YOU) & they know me well.

2. ESSAY- Mastercard requires 4 essays- Please be guided, each should be <= 300words. Number 3 was divided into 3 parts - to guide you on your response (all should be <=300). Please see:

3. IMPORTANT POINTS ON ESSAY AND HOW TO COMPLETE THE FORM- I made a video with @Ijesha_canadian on his YouTube channel, please do well to check , we explained, step-by-step, how to fill the form.

Also, see

4. ADMISSION TO DEPARTMENT & MASTERCARD AREN'T THE SAME: You still need to submit an admission application to your department & write the essay. Please see this thread on writing SOP and PS:

That you were nominated doesn’t automatically grant you admission. Your documents will be reviewed like others (not applying for MCF). I know folks that were nominated & still denied admission. So please write a very good SOP or Personal Statement as your department requires.
5. REFEREE: You need 1 ref for Mastercard & 2 or 3 for the department (check dept website to confirm). You can use the same ref (1 of the 2) for both dept & Mastercard. The most important thing is they place more emphasis on your professional strength for Mastercard.

6. AWARD, VOLUNTEER: If you have any award, grant, attended conferences, please include them in the award section of the Mastercard application- no matter how little you think it is. EVERYTHING COUNTS!

7. SHOULD I DECLARE THAT I TRAVELED OUT BEFORE?- If the traveling out will boost your application, please include it- E.g: If you were sponsored to attend a conference abroad, let them know, it will likely impress them- I told them I traveled out before tho.

8. CV- Make your CV look nice, let everything be related and describe you well. Your CV will be checked by your department and Mastercard. No min or max- Although, I’d try to keep it less than 5pages.

9. Finally, Read and review your application well, don’t make any costly mistakes. Convert all the Naira to the equivalent of $ CAD. You can use xe.com .

Once you’re admitted, you’re finally on the last lap to winning- If you believe in God, PRAY.
GOODLUCK & by March/April, I pray they send the: CONGRATULATIONS! It’s my pleasure to….
See you in Montreal🇨🇦 by August 2021, I’m happy to show you around the city & McGill.


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