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Co-op Students of the Year award

2017 Waterloo Co-op Students of the Year Award nomination/application

You can be considered for one of the 2017 Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Awards, if you’ve made an exceptional contribution to one or more of your work term employers in the year 2017. You must be currently registered as a Waterloo student and preferably have an academic term at Waterloo in either winter or spring 2018.

If you receive a Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award for your faculty, you might then be considered for:

  • The Education at Work Ontario (EWO) Student of the Year Award, or
  • The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Student of the Year Award.

How to be considered for the Waterloo award

  • You can apply and nominate yourself.
  • A co-op employer can nominate you.
  • A fellow student, faculty member, or Waterloo staff can nominate you.

Criteria and scoring for the Waterloo award

  • Evaluations received from your employer should ideally be outstanding for at least one work term in the award year and preferably at least excellent in other work terms of the award year (15 pts.)
  • Contribution to employer, especially above and beyond the job description (15 pts.)
  • Academic achievements (minimum 75 per cent overall average) (10 pts.)
  • Contribution to co-op (5 pts.)

    This refers to what you've done to promote co-operative education. In the past students have mentioned helping other co-op students to improve their résumés, giving a presentation on co-op education to their company's management while on a work term, volunteering to talk to potential students about co-op at Waterloo open houses, sitting on the Co-op Student Council or if in Engineering on EngSoc, returning to their high school to talk to classes about co-op and Waterloo, etc.

  • Volunteer and or community involvement (5 pts.)

Deadline for the 2017 Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award application

Please submit the following required documents (Word or PDF docs) by email to Franco Solimano, co-op student experience manager, Co-operative Education. 

  • Nominations for a Winter 2017 and/or a Spring 2017 co-op work term will now be accepted until 8:00 a.m. on January 2nd, 2018. (note: the deadline was extended from the original November, 30 deadline to allow students who have been nominated to submit their pieces of the application)
  • Nominations for a Fall 2017 co-op work term will be accepted until  8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2018.

If you have any questions about the deadlines, please reach out to Franco Solimano, co-op student experience manager, Co-operative Education.

Here's what we need to receive from you:

  • up-to-date résumé
  • personal statement (1 - 2 pages, single spaced, maximum length of 900 words)
    • Explain why you should win the Student of the Year Award (include how you performed above and beyond your employer's expectations and your job description)
    • Format the statement so that each of the judging criteria (see above) is addressed under its own heading
    • Translate technical information into language that anyone can understand. People without knowledge of your background may be reviewing the statement. They should be able to appreciate the meaning and significance of your accomplishments in order to make a fair assessment.

Documents your employer is required to submit:

  • Supporting statement (up to 1 page, maximum length of 500 words) from one or more of your 2017 co-op employers describing:
    • the outstanding contribution you made to the employer (i.e., saved a phenomenal amount of money, discovered a new process, etc.)
    • how you performed above and beyond your employer's expectations and your job description
    • examples of your integrity in the workplace
  • Employer's supporting statement can be submitted as part of the package of documents you are providing or, if your employer prefers, they can email it to the co-op student experience manager (email address shown above).


  • please submit only the documents requested above
  • if your employer is recommending you for this award, Co-operative Education needs only your name (student’s name) along with your employer’s supporting statement. Co-operative Education will contact you to ask for your résumé, records, and personal statement
  • the decision of the selection committee is final and may not be appealed
  • you, as the applicant must agree to allow Co-operative Education to use your name, profile, and photograph for publication and promotional purposes

Deciding the recipients for the Waterloo award

A group of Co-operative Education staff, co-op students, and FEDS Vice President of Education review the applications for the award and select a recipient from each faculty. If an insufficient number of applicants are received from any faculty, or if applicants aren’t suitable, no prize will be awarded to a student from that faculty.

Benefits of the Waterloo award

  • Receive a gift certificate redeemable at Waterloo's Retail Services.
  • Receive a framed recognition plaque.
  • Have a personal photograph taken, which will appear with an article about your award and will be presented in various university publications.
  • Names of the year's recipients of the award will be displayed on a plaque and mounted on the award wall on the ground level of the Tatham Centre.
  • Two names chosen by the selection committee from the recipients of the Waterloo award will be submitted to both the EWO and CAFCE 2017 Co-op Student of the Year Awards.


The recipient of the CAFCE award is chosen from post-secondary co-op students nation-wide based on their standing in the following areas:

  • workplace achievements (including mostly Outstanding ratings on work term evaluations)
  • academic achievements (80 per cent average or above)
  • contribution to the community and extra-curricular activity
  • contribution to co-operative education

For more information about this award, please visit the CAFCE Website.

Nominees are selected and submitted to CAFCE by the student's school. 

EWO Award

The recipient of the EWO (university) award is chosen from post-secondary co-op students attending Ontario universities based on the same criteria as the CAFCE Award. The recipient of the EWO award will be presented with a certificate and $500.

Nominees are selected and submitted to EWO by the student's school.