WIL Student of the Year Award

Nomination Guidelines

The EWO WIL Student of the Year Award recognizes the achievement of one University student and one College student engaged in Work-Integrated Learning.

The WIL Student of the Year Award is presented to one student attending a university and one student attending a college, who have showcased exceptional job achievement, extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement and a strong contribution to Work-Integrated Learning.

The winning student receives an award of $750.

Are You Eligible?

EWO institutions are asked to nominate up to two candidates that exemplify the qualities of an exceptional WIL student.
To be eligible, the student must:

Be nominated by an individual from an EWO member institution or a participating co-op employer.

Be a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate, diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate program at the institution.

Complete the nominated work term within the calendar year.

EWO requests that each institution or employer may nominate no more than two candidates and where possible, the nominees should be from different programs.

Selection Points Criteria:


Job Achievement


Contribution to Co-operative Education/Work Integrated Learning


Personal Statement


Academic Achievement


Resume Content and Presentation


Contribution to Extra-curricular activities


Overall Assessment / Personal Comments

Nomination Package Checklist:

Please ensure that the Nomination Package contains all the following documents, in the following order:

Submission Deadline:

All nomination materials must be submitted by email no later than January, 2022 (exact date TBA).

Please submit the files above in one PDF file to the Chair of the EWO Co-op Student of the Year Award Committee, at education.work.ontario@gmail.com with the subject line “College/University Name_Student Name_Nomination for WIL Award”.

Instructions For Submitting a Nomination

Please cover the following points in your statement. Where possible please be specific in your examples and offer any insight you may have on the student’s work habits and character:

Employer / Community Partner Nomination

  • The student’s duties/responsibilities;
  • The student’s performance in comparison to your expectations or in comparison to other WIL 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 WIL students in general, have benefited your department/company.

Institution Nomination

  • The student’s achievement in the WIL program;
  • Any achievements, awards, and extracurricular activities that you feel are worthy of mention;
  • The student’s activities in support of WIL education
    Any insights on the student’s personal qualities you feel warrant consideration.

Student Nomination

  • Describe how work-integrated learning has enhanced your career development, personal development, and academic experience;
  • Your involvement in extra-curricular activities at school and/or the community at large.

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