Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Co-op Student of the Year

Co-op - Co-op Student of the Year

This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in all aspects of the co-op student’s performance, including academic achievement, work term learning assignments, job achievement/employer evaluation, personal statement, contribution to co-operative education, and contribution to extra-curricular activities.

In addition, the TRU Co-op Student of the Year award recipient will be nominated for the CAFCE (Canadian Association for Cooperative Education) and ACE (Association of Cooperative Education, BC & Yukon) Student of the Year awards.

Purpose

  • To promote outstanding student achievement in Co-operative Education
  • To highlight TRU Co-op Students and Employers and recognize their contributions
  • To provide support and funding (via monetary award) to high-achieving students

*Application Deadline: 
Completed applications must be e-mailed to the TRU Career Education Department-Attention Larry Iles, Committee Chairperson, liles@tru.ca no later than September 29, 2017 by 4:00pm.

  • Eligibility
    • Any student currently registered in the TRU Co-op Education program
    • The work term (for which the student is being nominated) must be completed within the award year (September – August annually)

     

    ***NOTE: Past winners of the TRU Co-op Student award are not eligible. Past winners are encouraged to contact their Co-op Coordinator and apply for the Association for Co-operative Education BC/Yukon (ACE) Award and the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education Award (CAFCE)

  • Award Timelines
    Award Promotions / Communication to Students July - September
    Deadline for Nominations September 29, 2017
    Selection Committee Review of Nominations First week of October
    Selection Committee Meeting/student selected First week of October
    Notification to TRU Financial Aid and Awards October 15
    Notification to Student Award Recipient End of October
    Announcement and Promotion of Recipient November - January
    Nominate award recipient for Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) & BC Association for Co-operative Education Awards (ACE) January
  • Selection Criteria

    The TRU Co-op Student Award is aligned with the CAFCE standards and award criteria  is scored on a scale of 100 points.
    The selection committee is seeking well-rounded candidates who show evidence of accomplishment in: academics, the workplace, their co-op community, and extracurricular/community activities. Points will be awarded on the quality of each component.

    SELECTION CRITERIA:
    1. (30pts) job achievement
    2. (15pts) academic achievement
    3. (15pts) contribution to co-operative education and/or TRU Community at large
    4. (10pts) contribution to extra-curricular activities at school and/or the community-at-large
    5. (10pts) student’s resume (which includes previous employment)
    6. (15pts) student’s personal statement
    7. ( 5pts) evaluator assessment and recognition of intangible qualities of nominee
    Job Achievement / Employer evaluation (30 points):

    The student has received an exemplary employer evaluation on his/her performance for the co-op work term for which he/she is being nominated (based on the TRU Co-op Student of the Year Award Employer Nomination form [see below]) and has also received a letter of recommendation completed by the co-op employer representative chosen by the student.

    Note: The co-op employer representative chosen by the student must be for a co-op work term in the academic year for which the student is being nominated.
    Academic Achievement (15 points):

    The student should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (B average). The student has received awards, scholarships, bursaries or other recognition related to his/her current degree program.

    Contribution to Co-op Education (15 points):

    The student has contributed to the Co-op community and/or TRU community. particularly within the academic year for which the student is being nominated. For example:

    • Been active in TRU Co-op Community
    • Been active in the TRU community (career education, study aborad, engagement, clubs etc.)
    • Acted as an ambassador by engaging in public presentations for TRU Co-op Program during student recruitment information sessions or other Co-op Program events
    • Assisted with presentations during Co-op pre-employment training activities
    Contribution to extra-curricular activities at school and community (10 points):

    The student has participated in extra-curricular activities at TRU and/or in other communities, particularly within the academic year for which the student is being nominated.

    Student’s Resume (10 points):

    The student has demonstrated work history, accomplishments, and innovation through a well presented a professional resume.

    Student’s Personal Statement (15 points):

    The student’s career, personal, and academic experiences has been enhanced by co-op. The student has been able to demonstrate the relevance of his/her study to the workplace and vice versa. Co-op will provide clear guidelines and expectations for statement submission.

    Evaluator Assessment and Recognition of Intangible Qualities of Nominee (5 points):

    Overall impression of presentation and professional quality considered by the assessor.

  • Adjudication Process

    The TRU Co-op Student of the Year Award Committee will meet annually in the fall to review all nomination packages and adjudicate the award. Selection is based on the above selection Criteria.

    Student Award recipients will be announced in November. The award winner will automatically be nominated for the Association for Co-operative Education (ACE) and the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE) Student Co-op of the Year Awards in January.

    Nomination Process:
    Either the co-op student him/herself or the student’s co-op employer may initiate this process. The nominating employer must be an employer the student worked for in the academic year for which the student is being nominated.

    Note: In either case, the student is responsible for gathering and submitting his/her complete nomination package.

     

    NOMINATIONS

    NOMINATOR: CO-OP COORDINATOR

    Your Co-op Coordinator is required to submit one (1) typewritten statement supporting the student nominee. Please submit the statement on institution letterhead (2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 10 pt font min.)  In your statement, please comment on the student’s achievement in the co-op program; any achievements, awards, and extracurricular activities that you feel are worthy of mention; the student’s activities in support of co-op education; and any insights on the student’s personal qualities you feel warrant consideration. Where possible please be specific with your examples. Please include your signature at the bottom of the statement.

    You are also required to verify the student’s academic background and provide the student’s cumulative grade point average. Please convert all grading systems, where necessary, to present the candidate’s grades as a percent out of 100.  Where letter grades represent a range of marks (i.e. B+ = 77 – 79 %), grades should be rounded to the highest mark available in the range for that particular grade (79%) academic achievement score (max 15 pts) in his/her evaluation.  

    SUPPORTER: EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVE

    Nominating employers are required to submit one (1) typewritten statement on company letterhead (2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 10 pt font min.) commenting on the student’s performance in the workplace. Please cover the following points in your statement:  the student’s duties/responsibilities; the student’s performance in comparison to your expectations or in comparison to other co-op students; any outstanding work achievements (cost savings, process/quality improvements, design/development innovations, improved customer service, significant research or other initiatives etc.); how this student, or co-op students in general, have benefited your/his/her department/company. Where possible please be specific in your examples and offer any insights you may have on the student’s work habits and character. Please include your signature at the bottom of the statement.  This letter will represent 30% of the final score.

    STUDENT NOMINEE

    You are required to prepare and submit the following items:

    1. One (1) typewritten personal statement (2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 10 pt font min.) describing how co-operative education has enhanced your career development, personal development, and academic experience. Where possible please be specific in your examples. Your comments need to be limited to experience from the specific work term and calendar year for which you are being nominated. Please include your signature at the bottom of the statement.
    2. A copy of your current résumé. Co-op work terms/experience should be clearly identified, and noted with work term dates. Extracurricular and community activities, scholarships and awards, etc. should also be noted.
    3. A portfolio (max. 2 pages) is also recommended. You may include any items you feel will give the selection committee a better idea of who you are as a person. You may submit photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles, previous employer evaluations, letters of recommendation, published work, awards and citations, etc. Additional statements/essays/letters similar to those already requested from the institution, employer, and you in the nomination package are not acceptable. The portfolio is a maximum of two pages.

    Nomination packages MUST be one (1) PDF electronic document of the following items presented in the order below:

    1. Nominator Co-op Coordinator letter on letterhead, signed by Co-op Coordinator and to only reference the work term for which the student is being nominated for (one (1) typewritten letter, two (2) pages maximum)
    2. Supporter/Employer’s evaluation form (APPENDIX A) on company letterhead, signed by the same person as noted on the nomination form, detailing the student’s performance in the 2016 work term for which the student is being nominated for (one (1) typewritten letter, two (2) pages maximum)
    3. Student and Nominator to provide a bio of nominee (a maximum 150 words) to be posted on the ACE website
    4. Student’s personal statement with signature (one (1) typewritten personal letter, two (2) pages maximum)
    5. Student’s current academic transcript (present the candidate’s grades as a percent out of 100)
    6. Student’s current résumé (two (2) pages maximum)
    7. Student's E-portfolio

     

    Note: Only complete nomination packages that meet the guidelines will be forwarded to the adjudication committee.

  • Checklist
    • Co-op Coordinator Nomination Letter: 2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 11 point font on the institution's latterhead with coordinator signature
    • Co-op Employer Supporter Evaluation Form
    • Co-op Employer Supporter Letter – 2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 11 point font on the company’s letterhead with signature (the signature must match the person stated on the nomination form).
    • 150 word bio for co-op student
    • Student Nominee’s Letter – 2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 11 point font minimum with signature.
    • Student Nominee’s current academic transcript (with letter grades converted to percentages, i.e., B+ = 79 %)
    • Student Nominee’s résumé – 2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins, 11 point font
    • Student Nominee’s e-portfolio

     

    Please scan all materials into ONE .pdf document and titled by the Student’s Surname, First Name. Example: Brooks Samantha-BNRS TRU Co-op Student of the Year 2016

  • Nomination Forms

NOTE: For students interested in examples of letters of support please go to the Canadian Association for Co-operative Educations website-this site also lists out separate criteria for the National Award. TRU Co-op Student of the Year award winners will be contacted by their Coordinator on the nomination process for the provincial and national student awards. http://www.cafce.ca/awardsCSOTY.html