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GCVI students receive exciting scholarship news!

We are SO HAPPY for Tara Ferguson on being awarded the Schulich Leader Scholarship! 
A Schulich Leader is one of 100 students across Canada who are selected each year by partner universities to receive $100,000 or $80,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree in STEM.
 
Tara will be pursuing Environmental Science at Waterloo in order to “be able to take part in finding ways to conserve and protect our environment, and reverse some of the effects humans have had”. 
 
“I am grateful for the amazing opportunities IB has caused me to be part of, by getting me to take on more leadership positions and challenging myself academically. I don’t think I would’ve accomplished so much and gotten this scholarship, which will help me so much financially in university, had it not been for the program, so thank you for putting so much time into making GCVI’s IB program so incredible.” (Tara)
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We want to say “CONGRATULATIONS!” to Omar Anany on being awarded the President’s Scholarship from the university of Guelph.  This $42,000 scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious entrance awards at the University of Guelph. Selection is made on superior leadership ability and potential as demonstrated through positions held, extra-curricular activities, involvement in high school and communities. We are so happy for you!

Omar will be studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph.

“There’s no way I would’ve won this scholarship without the support I received during my years in the IB. I’m especially grateful to the IB coordinators for working so hard to make such an amazing program! IB pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me do things I never imagined myself doing. The teachers have always been there to support me and have pushed me to constantly get better. This scholarship is definitely a big step towards helping me have a career in medical research.” (Omar)

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We so happy for Ashna Jain! CONGRATULATIONS on being awarded the University of Toronto National Scholarship AND the Dean’s Merit Award for Engineering!!

The National Scholarship recognizes original and creative thinkers, community leaders, and high academic achievers. It is U of T’s most prestigious award for Canadian high school students entering the university; the National Scholarship covers tuition, incidental and residence fees for up to four years of study is valued at approximately $110,000.  The $10,000 Dean’s Merit Award is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and extra-curricular involvement.

Ashna will be studying Industrial Engineering.

“My life goal is to make a positive difference in our world through the development of sustainable systems. I am studying industrial engineering to develop my problem-solving skills. The Center of Global Engineering at UofT is an opportunity for me to engage in impactful projects. I am grateful for the enriching learning opportunities and challenges that I have had in the IB Program at GCVI. I am surrounded by a strong community of friends and teachers. Thank you for an incredible high school experience!”

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Congratulations to Andrew (Andy) Salgo!! Not only did he get into his first choice university in the UK but he was awarded the $8,000 Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Bursary!  This award is only given to 5 recipients across Ontario and it provides minor hockey players recognition of their outstanding commitment to:

  • Community service: assisting in building stronger and healthier communities
  • Athletics: on-ice success/achievement, as well a passion for the game of hockey
  • Academics: dedication to studies and attainment of high grades in the classroom

Andy will be studying law at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

“The legal field has always been a source of great excitement for me. My dream is to be able to use my education and the passion I have in this field to be able to help people who find themselves in difficult situations while maintaining society’s safety. I chose to study law as it is the first tangible step I can take towards achieving this goal.”

“I think as a student at GCVI I was extremely lucky because I benefited from the IB program which was a perfect fit for me as it constantly challenged me and helped stay engaged in my studies. But more important than this was the staff I was able to work with. The teachers I have worked with have been amazing, they are all extremely dedicated to the success of each student and creating a successful learning environment. Without the help of the many amazing staff at GCVI I know that I would not be in the same position I am in today.”

We will miss you, Andy!​

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Congratulations to Noorain Mamdani who received a received a $14,000 scholarship to UofG for academic achievement and an additional $3500 entrance scholarship, totalling $17500! Your quiet and kind leadership will be missed at GCVI! She is a volunteer extraordinaire, putting in over 500 hours helping in the school and in the community.

Noorain is going to UofG for Biomedical Sciences, and hopes to go into the medical field one day.

“I hope to use my education to help individuals and families in the healthcare system. I am grateful to the teachers and staff at GCVI for their support and guidance for the past four years. The IB program provided me with many academic and extracurricular opportunities, as well as challenges along the way. GCVI and the IB program have allowed me to make lifelong memories and friends. Thank you!”​

UGDSB’s IB program at GCVI continues to outperform worldwide results

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2019


GUELPH, Ontario – The students enrolled in Guelph CVI’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) continue to achieve outstanding results.

The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. In the Upper Grand District School Board, the IB DP is offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.

This spring, every GCVI student who entered the May 2019 exams attempting the IB Diploma earned it, 35 students in total.

GCVI’s class average was 35.8, compared to 29.62 worldwide. GCVI’s average rose from 35.2 in 2018.

Three GCVI students earned 44 points out of a possible 45 points and eight earned 40 points or more.

The school and board are very proud of the GCVI students and of the staff who supported the 2017-2019 cohort through the two-year program.
GCVI staff start GAELS Foundation to help school community

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visits GCVI

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Upper Grand’s inaugural cohort of International Baccalaureate graduates achieve outstanding results


For Immediate Release
August 14, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – The inaugural class of the Upper Grand District School Board’s International Baccalaureate

Diploma Programme (IB DP) have graduated with outstanding results.The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. This July, 51 students graduated from the IB DP, offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.

One fifth of those students earned 40 points or more out of a possible 45 points. Student Shannon Carwana achieved a perfect score, an impressive accomplishment given that last year just 0.17% of all students who completed the IB worldwide earned a perfect score. GCVI’s class average was 35.25, compared to the worldwide average of 29.78 points. Graduates of GCVI’s IB program will now go on to study in a variety of postsecondary programs, including Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto, Computer Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa and Law at the University of Oxford in England. GCVI will begin accepting applications from grade 8 students wishing to enter the 2019-20

Preparatory Program following the school’s [email protected] information night on November 22, 2018.
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The Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute

Proud of Our Past … Confident in Our Future

GCVI offers a breadth of co-curricular activities including award winning music, art, and drama programmes, as well as a wide range of athletic and student leadership opportunities.

GCVI is located in an historic building in downtown Guelph, with complete WIFI accessibility to support learning in the digital age.

Congratulations to our 2018 IB DP Graduates!