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Enter to win The Best School Year Ever!

Do you want more out of high school? Enter The Best School Year Ever contest and you could win one of 12 scholarships for Grade 8-12 students to live and learn on campus for the 2020-21 school year at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia.

As one of Canada’s top-ranked boarding schools you’ll be challenged to get the most out of your high school experience, preparing you for post-secondary and for life. From diverse academic opportunities – including one of Canada’s largest Advanced Placement programs – to arts and athletics, SMUS also focuses on leadership and character education to prepare you for your goals.

If you win this once-in-a-lifetime high school experience you will:

  • Be challenged to reach your academic potential, learning alongside engaged peers and supported by outstanding teachers
  • Discover new passions or hone your skills in athletics, the arts and leadership
  • Make lifelong friends with day students and boarders from more than 30 countries
  • Enjoy the adventure of living and learning in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Gain confidence and independence while living at an urban boarding school


Don’t just take it from us though. Past contest winners are currently studying at SMUS and around the world, pursuing post-secondary goals they defined during their time at SMUS.

“SMUS seeks to find the best within each student,” says Leah Balter, 2016 finalist. “Surrounding yourself with students from different countries and backgrounds is an irreplaceable experience - add that to a world-class education and what more could you want?

“School here is challenging, but it’s a good thing because it pushes you to your greatest extent. At my old school, I wasn’t pushing myself to see how much I could really do. Here, you see what you are capable of,” says McEnroe Jean, 2018 finalist. “This will be one of the best opportunities of your life. Though you may not understand what that means yet, once you come to SMUS you’ll get it.”

Enter to win by Jan. 6, 2020 for a chance to win:

  • The grand prize – a full-year boarding scholarship worth $60,000 CAD
  • One of three finalist prizes – boarding scholarships worth $40,000 CAD
  • One of eight runner up prizes – boarding scholarships worth $25,000 CAD

For more details on the scholarship contents and how to apply, visit or text BSYE to 555888 (message and data rates may apply).



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