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Student Wellness Centre

SAS Advocacy Prize

What is the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Advocacy Prize?

The SAS Advocacy Prize is a $300 prize awarded annually to a student registered with SAS who has displayed exceptional self-advocacy skills. A self-advocate is a person who knows themselves and their disability. They know their rights and responsibilities, where to go for help and how to take action. They have learned to speak on their behalf, ask for what they need, take charge, and be more independent. Eligible students must submit an Application Form to the SAS office by Wednesday, February 21 2018 to be considered.

Am I eligible to apply for the SAS Prize?

You are eligible if you are a undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at Trent University, and have registered with Student Accessibility Services.

How do I apply?

  • Download the Application Form and Submission Guidelines. Hard copies are also available for pickup at our office in Blackburn Hall, Suite 132.
  • Drop off your completed application and your submission to the SAS office. Students may also submit via email to sas@trentu.ca.
  • Deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Thank you for your 2018 submissions! The application window is now closed. 

When will I know?

The recipient of the SAS Prize will be notified by the end of March 2018.

Submission Guidelines

Topics to Help Formulate Your Submission:

  • Demonstrate your personal growth and self-awareness.
  • What makes you a good self-advocate? Can you provide specific examples of when you advocate for yourself?
  • What support systems do you have in place? How do you use these supports?
  • How do you ask for help? Please provide an example of when you asked for help and what was the outcome.

Eligible Formats for Submissions: 


  • Maximum two (2) pages
  • 11 pt. Arial font
  • Double-spaced
  • No name or identifying details throughout essay
  • Essay is to be attached to the completed application form

 Artistic piece

  • Maximum size: 8.5” x 11”
  • 3D artistic piece (i.e. sculpture) maximum size: 8.5” x 11” base, 6” high
  • No self-identifying elements (e.g. no name, pictures of yourself, etc.)
  • Include an artist statement (maximum 250 words, 11 pt. Arial font, double-spaced)
  • Complete and attach application form to your submission 


  • Maximum length: 5 minutes
  • No self-identifying elements (e.g. no name, applicant cannot appear in video, applicant’s voice cannot be in video, etc.)
  • Any person in the video must sign a disclosure for release of the video
  • Include an artist statement (maximum 250 words, 11 pt. Arial font, double-spaced)
  • Completed and attach application form to your submission

For more information please contact the SAS office.