A number of Commonwealth-related scholarships exist. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are intended to lay the foundation for the next generation of entrepreneurs, public servants, community leaders and academics with innovative minds and a sense of commitment to Canada and the Commonwealth. The program provides graduate level scholarships for students from the developing Commonwealth and provides international internships and study periods in the Commonwealth for Canadian graduate level students. Individual Canadian universities select award recipients. Information on a number of other scholarships made available by universities in Commonwealth countries for Canadian students and researchers can be found here .
'I loved reading this year's winners and runners-up. It filled me with hope, to read them. The senior winner, Annika Turon-Semmens, already has the refusal to compromise that marks a real writer. Human Nature is an astute fusion of funny, vivid, apprehending, powerful, sympathetic and visionary. The senior runner-up, Hiya Chowdhury, has pulled off something very difficult indeed, a story that shines with subtlety and rightness, skilful articulacy, with a communal understanding in which contemporaneity and history, both essentially held together, are made visible in the briefest space like a flare in the dark. The story has a perfected choreography wise beyond its years and its size.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded only during the fall semester and cover in-state costs only. Some of these awards are four-year scholarships, renewable for up to three consecutive years provided the appropriate GPA is maintained. Students who apply by the scholarship application deadline will be notified by the beginning of April if they are to receive a scholarship offer. Each fall, all outstanding freshman applicants as well as a limited number of Virginia community college transfer student applicants who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours are considered for scholarship awards.