The $1500 Digital Natives Scholarship

Are you tech savvy? Do you have a passion for making your ideas come to life? At RCKTSHP we know that digital know-how is crucial, so we want to recognize students with valuable digital skills and knowledge that are enthusiastic about showing them to the world.

We’re awarding a total of $1,500 to students who can show us how they’ve used their digital skills in an effort to further their career and fuel their passions. There will be a first place prize of $1000 and an additional scholarship worth $500 that will be given to a registered Yconic member.

Entering is easy: Complete the application form below.

Note:  Write your response in the application form below, NOT in the comment section.

1. Complete the application form below – In order to be eligible you must subscribe to the RCKTSHP newsletter, which features the latest scholarships, internships, student opportunities, and updates.

2. Provide an example of your digital work by sending us website links or by uploading a file.  This can be anything from graphic design, logos, product packaging, websites you’ve made, YouTube/Vimeo videos, entrepreneurial ventures – you name it. This must be work that you have created yourself.

3. Support you work with a write-up no longer than 300 words. Describe the work you’ve submitted and explain how you applied your digital skills.

4. Share this scholarship on Facebook or Twitter and tag @RCKTSHP so we know you’ve posted it!

Application deadline: April 30, 2015


Any person who is 16 years of age and older at time of entry, who is a Canadian Resident or International student studying in Canada, on the Contest Closing Date and who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a Canadian High School, or Canadian publicly funded University or College for the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 school year, excluding any schools located in the province of Quebec.

The work submitted will remain the property of the original owner, however RCKTSHP will have the right to use it for promotional purposes.

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Posted on February 27, 2015 By RCKTSHP

RCKTSHP $500 Giving Back Scholarship Winner


New scholarship available (Feb 1, 2015):  The Meaning Of Family Scholarship for $1,000

Students care.  

We received an overwhelming number of applications, showing that students do indeed care and give back generously to their communities all across Canada.  We are so proud that your generation is one that is making a big difference.  Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

We have selected the winner of the RCKTSHP Giving Back Scholarship.

Congratulations to student Brooke Arsenault of Carlisle, Ontario!

Brooke is 21 years old from Carlisle Ontario. She is in her 4th and final year at Nipissing University in the Child and Family Studies program.   We asked Brooke where she plans on taking her degree:

Growing up I have always had a passion for children and knew I would want to pursue a career that involved working with them. As I entered university my passion for children and the desire to give back to my community brought my sister and I to develop our own charity event to be able to give back, and involve the youth in our community to do so as well.

Upon graduating from my Masters I want to work in the field of child mental health and hopefully make a positive contribution in the lives of many children and youth in need of support and services!

For the past 3 years, Brooke and her sister Brittany have been organizing and holding the Annual Arsenault Christmas Charity Celebration.  This event fundraises and collects food and toy donations for organizations in their community: City Kidz, Flamborough Food Bank and the Drummond House.

Brittany and Brooke Arsenault

Over 100 toys were collected during the Annual Arsenault Christmas Charity Celebration. The event, organized by Brooke and Brittany Arsenault, provided local youth with the opportunity to help make Christmas a magical event for their peers.


The Annual Arsenault Christmas Charity Celebration was featured in the Flamborough Review, in the article Famborough Youth Give Back.


The Meaning Of Family Scholarship for $1,000


The Meaning Of Family Scholarship for $1000

RCKTSHP’s latest scholarship is now available and entry is easy:  We want to hear what family means to you.

To apply visit:

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.

Good luck to everyone on your studies so far, mid-terms are coming up!



Posted on February 9, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 1 comment

The Meaning of Family $1000 Scholarship

With the majority of Canadians celebrating Family Day in February, our new scholarship is focused on the importance of family. We’re awarding $1,000 to one lucky student who can tell us best what family means to them.

Entering is easy:  Complete the application form at the bottom of this page.

Write your response in the application form below, NOT in the comment section.


1. Complete the application form below – In order to be eligible you must subscribe to the RCKTSHP newsletter, which features new scholarships, internships, exciting student opportunities, and updates. 

2. Tell us in just 300 words what family means to you.  Did you make a website for your family?  If so, please include it and show off your website. 

* Extra points: Go the extra mile and upload a 1-3 minute video to YouTube telling us what family means to you.  Ensure the subject of the video is “What Family Means to Me – RCKTSHP Scholarship”

3. Share this scholarship on Facebook or Twitter and tag @RCKTSHP so we know you’ve posted it!

Application deadline: March 31, 2015


Any person who is 16 years of age and older at time of entry, who is a Canadian Resident or International student studying in Canada, on the Contest Closing Date and who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a Canadian High School, or Canadian publicly funded University or College for the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 school year, excluding any schools located in the province of Quebec.

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Why you should get a Computer Science degree

In today’s world, programming has become it’s own dialect, and with the current growth of technology, a degree in computer science seems to be just the ticket to land you with a secure, and high paying job right out of university. Unfortunately, enrolment in computer science programs at universities around the country remains below average – the question is why? Companies from all over the world are continuously on a quest for skilled programmers and developers – and they’re willing to pay an incredibly hefty sum to get them.

One of the main reasons individuals have no interest in the computer programming world is because they’ve never been introduced to it. A lot of us grew up with big dreams of becoming firefighters, teachers, or doctors – no little boy or girl aspired to be a computer programmer in the 90’s. It simply wasn’t needed yet. In addition, very rarely are computer programming courses offered at the Junior High or High School level throughout Canada. Even in the rare instances the courses are offered, students must take them as an elective, as they’re never mandatory. To attempt to combat this dilemma, this past October Google announced that they would be donating $1.5 million dollars to the non-profit ACTUA to help Canadian students learn how to code. ACTUA will deliver the computer programming lessons in camps and after school programs to 100,000 school-aged kids across the country over the next 3 years.

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, emphasizes more focus should be placed on teaching students about computer coding, as there’s already tens of thousands of job openings in Canada alone. “Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, they’re the ones getting the jobs, there’s shortages worldwide in all of these fields, so the education system needs to change to produce them.”

The issue in Canada is worse than we think. A study by IBM showed that 1 in 10 Canadian organizations are unable to meet critical IT needs such as mobile, analytics, and social media. The study also showed that by 2016, Canada would be a full 100,000 tech workers short.

This shortage could very well explain how in 2013, graduates of the University of Windsor’s Computer Science program had a 100% job placement. 21-year-old, Chris Drouillard, who is one of the graduates, said he immediately had a six-figure job lined up with Google and received a similar offer from Microsoft. “I’ve always wanted to work at either Google or Microsoft — big companies doing hard things — and then, to be able to get an offer at the age of 21 before I’ve even graduated, is awesome,” he said. Drouillard also said that everyone who graduated from the program ahead of him has landed good jobs and a few of his classmates already have paid internships with major software companies in the U.S.

The demand isn’t just in Canada; the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States predicts the demand for software developers will increase by 30% between 2010 and 2020. Along with the high demand has come companies willing to pay some high wages. In 2014, the average starting salary for computer software engineers in Canada was roughly $75,000. If you get a job in Vancouver that number could go up to $80,983. In a recent study it was also found that the average salary for tech workers in Silicon Valley were $104,195; then again it is the Silicon Valley.

Those kinds of numbers could explain why all of our computer developers and software engineers are leaving Canada. An estimated 350,000 Canadians now live in the Bay Area – a group undoubtedly lured by the good, high-paying tech jobs.

If you’re looking for a secure high paying job, there’s no doubt that a degree in Computer Science is the right choice. With that being said you want to make sure that you’ll actually enjoy going to work everyday. There are plenty of resources online that let you practice the basics of coding and let you discover if it’s right for you.

Here are a few indicators you might enjoy Computer Science…

  • You like problem solving
  • You are patient
  • You have an eye for design
  • You like to continuously learn
  • You are detail orientated

If you think computer science is something that interests you, a good place to start is Code Academy.


Posted on February 2, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

The Pros and Cons of the Co-op Program

Co-operative Education Programs are now offered at most Universities across Canada. The Co-op program is said to give students great work experience, an outstanding résumé, extra cash, contacts in their field and ultimately a better chance of success upon graduation, so why would someone decide against the program? In this video we explain in-depth the pros and the cons of the co-op program, or for the shorter version you can look at the list we put together below.

Have you participated in the co-op program? If so what was your experience like?

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Posted on January 27, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

Tips To Acing Diploma Exams

“ insert cliché, yet consistently unnerving Jaws theme song”

Now keep this melody in mind, as we feel it is an appropriate entrance to the contents of this blog. This untimely anxiety mimics the precise mental states of Grade 12 students across Alberta – the emotion prescribed by the cruel baron that goes by the name of Diploma Examinations.

As today is the first official day of exam break, we know that every single Grade 12 student will most definitely have their noses buried deep into their textbooks… for about 5 minutes. Next comes the procrastination – the YouTube videos, the snacks, the bedroom tidying, and the calling of grandmothers. Snap out of it, and pull yourself together – at RCKTSHP, we want you to master your diplomas like Elsa mastered her frozen curse (gentlemen, don’t pretend you don’t know what we’re talking about. It was majestic).   

Three Little-Known Study Tips

Alongside all the procrastination, we know you’re reading similar tips for acing exams over and over again – they’re kinda like our tips from last month, and they’re awesome – check it here. So this time, we thought we’d throw together a few little-known study tips that will set your studying aside from everyone else’s. 

Tip #1 – Nest Into A Consistent Environment

This one is backed by science – create a consistent environment that you are able to take with you into the exam. By chewing the same flavour of gum, or drinking the same type of tea during your exam, as well as while you’re studying, it will be easier for you to recall the information that you studied. We suggest buying in bulk.

Tip #2 – Stretch Your Creative Muscles

Take the information you’ve studied and put it into a ridiculous story that you simply will not be able to forget. For example: There are five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario) – to remember them give them each a personality, or create a story with their first letters such as this: Super Man Helps Every One.

Tip #3 – Smell Your Way To The Top

Spray a distinguishing scent while you study – maybe even pick out a studying perfume/cologne. Scent is the strongest of the five senses at recalling memory – getting a whiff during you’re studying hours, and during examination hours will help you cruise to that A.

Alright, we’re pretty sure you’re violating our 50/10 rule by now (50 minutes of studying, 10 minutes of tomfoolery). Good luck, because it’s time to get back to crushing it.


Beat The Winter Blues

Raise your hand if the winter weather is getting the best of you. Yup, that’s what we thought. Even the most dedicated Canadians sometimes find that the cold winter weather leaves them feeling a little, dare-we-say-it, grumpy. And with good reason, each day you wake up and go to school or work in the dark, and return home in the same darkness – it leaves you questioning: is there even a sun? Is it mad at me? Not to mention the physical weight of all your extra clothes is a continuous reminder of how unbelievably out of shape you are…

Yet, all Canadians are well versed in the anti hibernation movement. Frankly, around here, it’s just plain practical. If we spent all the winter months indoors, unproductive, and unmotivated, our economy would fail drastically – because often, there’s snow on our grounds for six months. No wonder we’ve managed to make the toque a fashion statement. So to help you crush those winter blues, we’ve put on our lab coats and brought together everything you need to know in order to resist the hibernation movement and stay in your groove during these winter months.

The Science – You Are Not Alone

Feeling down in the dumps during the winter months is actually based in our physiology, and an upwards of 10% of the population experiences symptoms. Basically, seasonal depression disorder (which has oh-so-appropriately been abbreviated SAD), has been tied to wonky melatonin levels, which is the hormone which regulates sleep patterns. Thus, in the winter shorter days lead to a stronger excretion of melatonin, which essentially leads you to feel lethargic, and seek additional energy through calories – hence the abundance of sugar that may have recently made it’s way into your diet.

The Remedy – Or Why You Should Eat Chocolate

There are a couple things that you can do to dwindle the symptoms of SAD this winter, so we at RCKTSHP put together a few of our favourite.

1. Get Some Chocolate!

- because why not? But really, dark chocolate contains a chemical that increases dopamine production in your brain. Dopamine = happy.

2. Get A Move On!

Breaking a sweat impacts a mood regulating chemical called serotonin, which will help to ditch your new best friend Oscar the Grouch. Bundle up and take that exercise outside, and you’ll be able to take in a little bit of that vitamin D you’ve been craving.

3. Get Distracted!

Stop being a hermit, and do something productive. Make plans with your friends, sign up for a networking event, or go start on that novel you tell everyone you’re working on at a local coffee shop. By keeping plans and sticking to them, or accomplishing small goals, you’ll help to boost your mood, and cause you to forget SAD all together.

4. Get Kind!

Do something nice, even if you are feeling incredibly not nice. During the intensive research of this very scientific post, we uncovered a couple studies that explained that doing something kind for someone else makes you feel good about yourself, and promotes lasting happiness. So this week, pay for someone’s Timmies, shovel a walk that isn’t yours, or take your pick of any other do-gooder acts – we guarantee it will make both your day, and an unsuspecting stranger’s.

If you try all these tips, and nothing seems to quite be working, you may have something a little bit more serious on your hands. Consider sitting down with someone in your school’s Wellness department – you pay for their services, so you might as well take advantage of them, and make sure you’re staying healthy all year around!

Catch up on some of our research here: Kindness Makes You Happy… and Happiness Makes You Kind, Why Exercise Makes You Happy, Make Chocolate Your Medicine



With the rising cost of education in Canada, many students are turning to part-time jobs in order to keep themselves financially afloat. Unfortunately, most of these students are finding themselves in positions that frankly, they hate. There’s no way that these jobs will help us in any way for our future careers – or so we think… but there’s a secret to finding student employment that will actually help you in your career, and we’re going to do our best to lead you directly in the right direction.

Let’s face it, a huge chunk of students are not going to find their dream job when they’re still in school – that’s why we’re getting an education in the first place! But what you will gain is the skills that act as the stepping stones to one day lead you to reach that coveted dream job. Here are three characteristics that have helped us in our past at RCKTSHP, and you should look for as a student on the hunt for a part-time job that will do more than make your bank account happy:

1. Positions that require team work

At some point each and every one of us has faced a dreaded group project where your immediate impression after meeting your colleagues look a little something like this….


Welcome to the disheartening world of team work – and it’s a doozy, but frankly, it’s inevitable. When successful – and managers are always the optimist -, team work allows for improved efficiency, creativity, and communication in the work place. Thus, as it has proved itself inescapable for seemingly centuries, learning your strengths, and having the experience of working in a team environment provides you with an invaluable soft skill. Not to mention that this specific soft skill is one of the most employable skills of undergraduate students. So stop fighting the uphill battle and embrace the beast.


2. Positions that require some level of customer interaction


Enduring a seemingly sane woman break down crying hysterically when her cappuccino wasn’t made foamy enough was really the cherry on the top of my career in customer service – and boy, was it glorious. And we’re certain servers, baristas, and retail employees alike can resonate with this nothing-short-of-psychotic occurrence – yet, learning how to effectively serve customers is one more invaluable soft skill that you won’t get unless you live through the fire yourself.

Think about it this way – you are a brand. Once you have been hired by an organization, all interactions that you have – whether it is with supplier, clients, or colleagues – directly reflects on the company itself. Employers want to know that they can trust you with that brand, and when it comes to communication, experience goes a long way.

3. Positions that have quantifiable accomplishments

Quantifiable – kind of a big word, but what it comes down to is this – make sure that the things you achieve at your part-time job can be put down into a number. How much did you sell on your best week? How many shares did your best post on a company’s social media get? Does your company rate customer service – what was your rating?

82008-Walter-White-Felina-gif-I-did-jVahWhatever it may be, figure it out and put it down on paper. This is how most managers assess employees, so if you don’t readily have access to it, ask for it. By expressing your success in numbers to future employers, the subjectivity of your success is suddenly null. Hiring managers don’t have to wonder what “My sales were high… like.. a lot” means, because they are told “ I sold within the 98th percentile of my district” or “ I sold X amount of dollars in one week” . These statistics eliminate the guessing game, and take away a big chunk of the risk in hiring you.

Finally, the most important aspect of getting the most out of your part-time job is your MINDSET! When you graduate, everyone that graduates in your class is going to have a similar repertoire of technical skills, but your soft skills are what will set you apart. So start gaining those by applying for a job with the intention of gaining a specific skill set, whether it is networking skills as a barista at a coffee stop, or display design at a retail location, pursuing your passion within your professional environment will add a ton of shiny gold stars to your resume.


What have you learnt in your past part-time jobs that have helped shine the light to your dreams?