Scholarship, Bursary, Grant Information

 

Varying levels of support for post-secondary school exist for students graduating from CVOL (CVOLC and The Grove (CVDL) each year.

General Scholarship Help

Applying to a post-secondary institution in BC?

 


DEFINITIONS

  • AWARD An award based on financial need is any Bursary, loan or work-study program
  • BURSARY A Bursary is a non-repayable monetary award based on financial need and reasonable academic standing as determined by the donor
  • LOAN A loan is a repayable monetary award based on financial need
  • SCHOLARSHIP A scholarship is a monetary award based on academic merit or excellence in an area to which the award pertains
  • ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP An entrance scholarship is one that is available to students who are proceeding from Grade 12 to studies in a postsecondary institution
  • OPEN ENTRANCE An open entrance scholarship is one that is available to
  • SCHOLARSHIP all students provided that they meet the academic requirements
  • LIMITED APPLICATION A limited entrance scholarship is one for which candidates
  • ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP are limited by criteria other than academic
  • RECOGNIZED POST- A post-secondary institution offering programs which have
  • SECONDARY INSTITUTION been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training (e.g. Trade Schools)
  • ATHLETIC AWARDS Athletic awards are designated as awards rather than scholarships because the student has to not only excel in a sport but also maintain a satisfactory academic record
  • CULTURAL AWARDS Cultural awards are special awards given to students of different cultural backgrounds (e.g. Indigenous students) or to students in certain cultural career areas (e.g. fine arts, foreign languages etc.)

STRATEGY

Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Be prepared to spend time and effort; successful scholarship applications are the result of care, good supporting documents, and attention to detail.

  1. Begin EARLY in the school year.
  2. Choose the scholarships and bursaries for which you are realistically eligible.
  3. Check parental affiliation with unions, companies and organizations (often includes
    grandparents, stepparents, etc.).
  4. Obtain the application forms from the counselling secretary and complete them; if necessary ask for letters of reference or recommendation and procure all relevant documents.
  5. Chart the scholarships that you intend to apply for.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

  1. Check that you meet the criteria. Follow the instructions for application accurately.
  2. If the application requires a letter, make sure the letter is neat, accurate, and legible:
    a) Use 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper
    b) Use one (1) side only
    c) Use standard business style
    d) Include identity, academic standing, participation in school and community activities, and future plans
    e) Be straightforward, concise and unemotional
    f) Check whether application must be typed or handwritten
    g) Use a laser printer if possible with clean bold print.
  3. If an award is restricted, include detailed and precise information, which makes clear your eligibility for the award. You may need to write a separate letter.
  4. If the award requires writing scholarship examinations, this means the Provincial Scholarship Examinations. If this criterion is not stated, you may assume that you can qualify without writing the examinations.

COVER LETTER

The importance of a good cover letter cannot be overemphasized since it is the usual basis for screening candidates. A good cover letter takes a great deal of time, effort, thought and revision; it is often the difference between a candidate being considered or rejected.

Follow a format, which includes the following information:

  1. Brief outline of interests, hobbies and activities.
  2. Brief summary of positions and offices held in school, youth organizations and the community. Grades 10, 11, and 12 are usually sufficient.
  3. Short statement of purpose in seeking to attend post-secondary.
  4. Information on awards, scholarships and prizes won in any field.
  5. Details of employment in the last two (2) years.
  6. If you plan on taking a year off before pursuing post-secondary studies, make sure you outline your plan in your cover letter.

RESUME

A resume for a scholarship application has a different emphasis from a resume for employment. Like a cover letter, a good resume requires time, effort, thought and revision. A resume should be no more than TWO (2) pages. Use a word processor and laser printer if possible. See Ms. Hittinger for more details.

LETTERS OF REFERENCE

Many applications require letters of reference or recommendation, which often form an important part in a committee’s decision. It is important, therefore, to give careful consideration to your choice. Ask adults who know you well, but who are not members of your family. Employers, coaches, principals, teachers, ministers, and neighbors are all possibilities. Choose people who are familiar with your achievements in
school, athletics, student government, community service, employment, and other extra curricular activities. Be sure to tell your references specifically what you need and give them plenty of time because writing a good letter of reference requires time, effort, and thought. Give your references copies of your resume to help them be thorough in their recommendations.

THANK-YOU LETTER

If you have the honour of winning an award, scholarship or bursary please take the time to write a personal letter of thanks to the donor. If you need to postpone your schooling for one (1) year, ask them if it is possible to defer the award.

PERSONAL EDUCATION NUMBER

A Personal Education Number (PEN) is a 9-digit identification number assigned by the Ministry to each student registered in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Public or Independent school systems and to students registered in BC’s public post-secondary institutions.

Students must have a PEN to register for the Provincial Government Examinations and the Provincial Government Scholarship Examinations.


GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

  1. BC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

    For the 2018-2019 school year, 3000 top BC graduates with the highest cumulative average based on courses required for graduation (both required and elective) are eligible to receive a $1,250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.
    The Ministry will determine recipients based on students’ achievement in Grades 10, 11, and 12 courses that satisfy 2018 Graduation Program requirements (including elective courses). Grad Transitions will not be included. A cumulative average percentage will be calculated and form the basis for awarding the BC Achievement Scholarship

  2. GRADUATION PROGRAM EXAMINATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship recognizes students’ academic excellence across the suite of graduation provincial exams. Graduation Program Examination Scholarships are a $1,250 award to the top academic students in BC (based on their exam percentage score).

  3. PROVINCIALLY-SPONSORED DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

    These awards are administered by the School District Scholarship and Awards Committee and are  tenable to any recognized post-secondary institution. The purpose of the District Scholarships and Awards are to acknowledge excellence in fields other than academic. There are several for $1,000 each. You must also produce a portfolio and get letters from teachers. Attendance and citizenship also count.
    Application forms are due early May – see your Principal or the Counselling Office. Portfolios are presented mid – May.

  4. BC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP

    One student will be nominated by the school.


SCHOLARSHIPS

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN COWICHAN VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP/BURSARY SCHOLARSHIP/BURSARY

2 @ $1,000

Deadline: April 30
CRITERIA

  • Who is a recent graduate of Cowichan Valley School District #79
  • Who has resided in the Cowichan Valley for at least one (1) year
  • Who has financial need
  • Who has contributed to the community
  • Who has demonstrated scholastic achievement
  • Who is enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution

Application Forms are available from your school office or by contacting Sue Rudolph by email at
tworednoses.sr@gmail.com or by calling 250-748-1130.

PROCEDURE

  • A completed special application form
  • A financial plan, demonstrating financial need
  • Two (2) current letters of reference from teachers/employers/community leaders
  • A copy of your last high school transcript
  • A confirmation of your acceptance letter, including your registration number from an accredited
    post-secondary institution
  • A personal letter outlining reasons for making the application, previous education and work
    experience, volunteer and/or community experience, educational goals and career plans. Please include parents’ occupations

Completed applications should be submitted to:

Fran Kirby
c/o Assante Capital Management Ltd
203 – 44 Queens Road
Duncan BC V9L 2W4
Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 30th

CATALYST PAPER SCHOLARSHIP

4 @ $1,000

CRITERIA

  • Applicant must be planning to become a full-time student at a technical institute, community college or accredited public university, following high school graduation and receipt of the award
  • The applicant must be the dependent of an employee or retired associate of Catalyst Paper Canada
  • Selection of scholarship winners is based on the student’s academic performance, demonstrated leadership and citizenship qualities

PROCEDURE

  • Special application form
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Letters of reference
  • Transcript of marks

CATALYST PAPER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SCHOLARSHIP

6 @ $1,000.00

CRITERIA

  • Applicant must be planning to become a full-time student at a technical institute, community college or accredited public university, following high school graduation. The applicant must be a recognized status member of Cowichan Tribes First Nation, Halalt First Nation, Lake Cowichan First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Penelakut First Nation, Stz’uminus First Nation, or status Inuit or Metis living in the community

PROCEDURE

  • Special application form
  • Handwritten cover letter detailing your reason for seeking higher education. Include a brief
    description of the course of study you have chosen, your involvement in school, sports and
    community activities, and leadership
  • Resume
  • Letters of reference
  • Transcript of marks

COASTAL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP

$2,000

PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY

Deadline: April 1 – ONLINE

CRITERIA

  • Applications will continue to be assessed based on project plans that address an environmental, social or economic need within an island community
  • For reference, a sample outline of a project plan is available on the Coastal Community website
  • Students are eligible even if they have participated in another national or international scholarship program
  • Applications must be received no LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2018. Any applications received after this date will NOT be considered.

PROCEDURE

  • MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY. Special application form which can be found on our website at
    cccu.ca (or in the counselling office)
  • Submit a plan for a project to improve your community
  • Provide a recent photograph of yourself
  • Transcript of marks
  • Resume

CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF NORTH COWICHAN FOREST LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

(also responsible for Corporation of the District of North Cowichan Forest Legacy Bursary)
$1,200 Scholarship & 2 @ $600 Bursaries

CRITERIA

• Available to graduating students entering post-secondary education in the field of science or science
related program
• Must reside in the Municipality of North Cowichan and must be enrolled in a 1st year program
pursuing an education through a Technical School, College or University
• The Municipality will award the scholarship/bursary directly to the winner, upon proof of
enrollment in a post-secondary institution

PROCEDURE

• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Academic resume, including goals for a degree or technical diplomas, etc.
• List special awards/certificates received; volunteer school/community involvement; sports
activities/achievements; personal hobbies/ activities; part-time/summer work experience
• One-page narrative summarizing career interests or goals
• Two (2) letters of recommendation

COWICHAN & CHEMAINUS VALLEY ARTS & SPORT SCHOLARSHIP/ BURSARY

2 Sports @ $500 – 2 Art @ $500

CRITERIA

ARTS:

• Applicants must reside year-round within School District No. #79 boundaries
• Applicants must at present be actively engaged in studying visual, literary and/or performing arts
• Scholarship money must be applied by June 30, 2020 in an arts-related course, school, lesson or
instructor fees
• Preference shall be given to school age student applicants

PROCEDURE

• Special application form
• Photocopy of scholastic results
• Resume of achievements, scholastic, extracurricular, community service, working experience, hobbies, interests, skills, awards (academic or other)
• Three (3) letters of reference reflecting the best of your ‘Resume of achievements’
• A formal letter of application explaining why you think you qualify for an award and your goals for
the future

CRITERIA

SPORTS:

• Applicants must reside year-round within the School Districts #79 boundaries
• Applicants must have been actively engaged in an organized local sports organization during a
portion of 2017-2018 in the Cowichan Chemainus Valleys, either as an athlete or sports official (ie.
referee, coach, trainer or manager)
• Scholarship money must be applied by June 30, 2020 in either a sports-related course, school,
lessons or instructor’s fees (Cannot be used for a sport season registration fee; team applications not accepted)
• Preference shall be given to school age student applicants

PROCEDURE

• Special application form
• Photocopy of scholastic results
• Resume of achievements, scholastic, extra-curricular, community service, working experience,
hobbies, interests, skills, awards (academic or other)
• Three (3) letters of reference reflecting the best of your ‘Resume of achievements’
• A formal letter of application explaining in your own words your reasons for applying for the sports
scholarship, why you think you qualify for an award and your goals for the future

COWICHAN CREAMERY AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP TRUST SOCIETY

TBA

CRITERIA

• Open to all students on Southern Vancouver Island from Ladysmith and south
• Student must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has attended (not less than two (2)
years) and graduated from a recognized secondary school
• Student must provide proof of post-secondary entrance acceptance at the institution of choice
• Students must be continuing their education to obtain a degree in a field related to Agriculture
• The number of scholarships and bursaries vary as well as the amounts subject to the funds available.

Students are able to receive a scholarship/bursary for a total of four years upon re-application and
submission of academic records as well as acceptance by the board

PROCEDURE

• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume
• Reference Letters

COWICHAN EYECARE SCHOLARSHIP

$350
CRITERIA

• Student must be entering post-secondary education in the Science field

PROCEDURE:

• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE SCHOLARSHIP

(also responsible for the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice Bursary)

$1,000

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students in the attainment of higher education, where the student’s intent is applying for a medical degree. The CVDFP scholarship is open to graduating students and citizens of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, School District #79.

CRITERIA:

• Students proceeding to a training facility or enrolling in a program that would lead to a medical
degree
• Students involved in extracurricular activities, school/community participation
• Students of high academic standing with average academic scores of at least 85%

CONDITIONS:

• The Scholarship must be claimed within two (2) years of graduation and payable upon proof of
enrollment
• The selection committee will be a physician member of the CVDFP
• Disbursement of funds will be by the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice

PROCEDURE

• Application form, stating graduating month/year
• Transcript of marks
• Autobiography essay, outlining academic plan, goals, and school activities that the student has
participated in, or official positions held in these activities
• Two (2) letters of reference
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

(also Cowichan Valley Minor Hockey Association Bursary & Ryan Clark Memorial Hockey Tournament Bursary)
$500

CRITERIA:
• Scholarship is open to all registered members and officials of C.V.M.H.A.
• Consideration will be given to players/officials who have participated up to the midget level with a
minimum of four (4) years of minor hockey experience
• Applicant must be attending high school in SD #79 (Cowichan Valley) or SD #68 (Nanaimo-
Ladysmith). Applicant’s academic achievement will be considered, as well as good sportsmanship
• Applicant must attend a post-secondary institution within eighteen (18) months of graduating from high school
• Applicant must show proof of registration acceptance within eighteen (18) months of graduation or the Scholarship will not be issued. If the recipient chooses not to continue his/her education, the
Scholarship will be relinquished
• Applicant can apply for both the Scholarship and Bursary from CVMHA but cannot receive both
• Recipient of the Scholarship will be selected by a committee acting on behalf of CVMHA, which will not consist of any parent or guardian of any of the applicants
• The committee, at its discretion, may decide not to award the Scholarship
• If there is more than one (1) applicant that the committee feel deserves, then the Scholarship may be reviewed and possibly divided
• The selection made by the committee will be final with no appeals allowed

PROCEDURE:
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

DUNCAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DUFFY AND PAT CHASTER, RUTH CRONK,
JOCK GILLATT, MIKE GOULDEN, SCOTT MACLEOD, JOE SCALES and HARRY SJOBERG SCHOLARSHIPS

(also responsible for the A. Brian Simmons Scholarship)
6 @ $500

CRITERIA:
• Open for to graduating students who are proceeding to post-secondary education on any recognized program
• Applicant must at some time have registered and played a minimum of three (3) years in Duncan
Basketball Association. PLEASE GIVE DETAILS
• Winners will be chosen on academic achievement, participation and achievement in the life and
activities of the school and community
• Strong consideration will be given to students who have made a significant contribution to basketball in their respective communities – by coaching, managing, referring, timekeeping, scorekeeping or playing basketball. PLEASE GIVE DETAILS
• The awards will be paid one-half upon proof of acceptance at a post-secondary institution and onehalf upon entering the second term
• Must be used within the academic year awarded

PROCEDURE:
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

DUNCAN DAYBREAK ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

2 @ $500

CRITERIA:
• Offered to students in School District #79 who plan to continue their education in the Performing
Arts after graduation
• Students who enroll in post-secondary education in the areas of music, theatre, or dance are eligible.

There will be one (1) scholarship offered in each discipline

• Proof of RCM or Canadian Conservatory to Grade 8 level if the student is studying for voice or
instrument
• Theatre students will present a portfolio of their activities – certificates for workshops, acting and
auditions done. They will require references from teachers and directors
• Plan to attend University, or equivalent, majoring in performing arts with the goal of becoming a
performer, or a teacher, of the performing arts
• Should have participated in the Cowichan Valley Music Festival (Theatre Arts performed in the
Speech Arts) and for Theatre, must have performed or been actively involved in local theatre on a
regular basis
• Payment of scholarship to the successful student will be made upon confirmation of acceptance and registration in an acceptable institute for the performing arts

PROCEDURE:
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

GEORGE ALISTAIR MACKAY SCHOLARSHIP

$500

CRITERIA:
• Applicants must ordinarily be residents within the boundaries of the Municipality of North Cowichan only
• Proceeding to a recognized post-secondary institution. There is no restriction on field of studies
• Athletic interest and aptitude shall be of equal importance to academic achievement and
school/community participation
• The decision of amount and/or number of bursaries available each year will be determined by the
Trustee of the scholarship. Awards will be paid upon proof of registration and payment of course
fees to the chosen university

PROCEDURE:
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

HARRIS & COMPANY LAW SCHOLARSHIP

$200

CRITERIA:
• Available to a Law 11 or 12 student
• Proceeding to a recognized post-secondary Institute, College or University

PROCEDURE:
• Application Form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

MONK OFFICE GRADUATION SCHOLARSHIP

$500

CRITERIA:
• Graduating Grade 12 student going on to post-secondary education and pursuing environmental
studies
• Must be currently working in the retail trade
• Must have participated in school and community activities. Scholarship will be paid upon proof of
registration at a post-secondary institution

PROCEDURE:
• Application form
• Provide a letter from your employer confirming your employment
• Include a letter describing what you have learned and what you are passionate about
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

RAOULA PEDERSEN MEMORIAL FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

$500

CRITERIA:
• Open to graduating student(s) who will be proceeding to further studies in the areas of Music,
Theater, Dance, Visual Arts or Creative Writing
• The award is based on need as well as the demonstration of artistic achievement
• The award will be paid directly to the institution on proof of registration

PROCEDURE:
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

SIR PERCY LAKE SCHOLARSHIP

(Also Chemainus Legion Branch #191 Bursary, Chemainus Legion Branch #191 Fine Arts Bursary, and Chemainus Legion Branch #191 Lorna Nichols Memorial Bursary)
$2,000

Deadline: July 15

CRITERIA:
• Open to students residing in South Vancouver Island Zone, entering first year at the University of
Victoria or Royal Roads Campus and Vancouver Island University: Nanaimo Campus and Cowichan
Campus
• The South Vancouver Island Zone Branches that are eligible are located in Greater Victoria, the
Saanich Peninsula, Western Communities, Sooke, Mid Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands
• The basis of selection is academic excellence and community service. Applicants are point rated using the University of Victoria’s entrance requirements as a guideline
• Military and/or Legion association is not required; the scholarship is open to all students
• Applications must be made on the Sir Percy Lake Scholarship application form, which is available at all Secondary Schools and Branches of The Royal Canadian Legion in the South Vancouver Island Zone
• Final selection is made by the South Vancouver Island Zone Royal Canadian Legion
• Final grades required

PROCEDURE:
• Special application form
• Resume
• Transcript

UNITED STEELWORKERS LOCAL 1-1937 BOB FREER, ERNIE FREER, JACK MUMM,
SYD THOMPSON & BILL WILSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

United Steelworker, Local 1-1937 has $5,000 available for scholarships. Amounts to be determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee. There will be a minimum of 4 scholarships available.
Deadline: May 1

CRITERIA:
These Scholarships are available to:
• Sons, Daughters, Grandchildren and Legal Dependents of members in good standing or of retired or deceased Members who were in good standing with the United Steelworkers, Local 1-1937 or the
legacy Local unions (1-71, 1-80, 1-118, 1-363, 1-217, 1-2171), who will be graduating from Secondary School this year and wish to further their education at a Public Post-Secondary  Institution
• Members in good standing with United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 or the legacy Local Unions (1-71,
1-80, 1-118, 1-217, 1-2171), who will be graduating from Secondary School this year and wish to further their education at a Public Post-Secondary Institution
• Must have completed grade 12
• Students must enroll at a public Post-Secondary Institution in the September following graduation
• The winners must produce sufficient proof of enrolment in a recognized public Post-Secondary
Institution before receiving the scholarship
• An essay from the applicant will be required

Applications and documents must be completed and forwarded to the Financial Secretary
of United Steelworkers Local 1-193

202-1509 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay BC, V9N 2K6

Applications are available from the Local union office 202-1509, Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay BC or 351
Brae Road, Duncan, BC, or on the Local Union website: http://www.usw1-1937.ca

Please note that other steelworkers Scholarships are also available through our National Union and
information about them is available on their website:
http://www.usw.ca/workplace/education/scholarships

PROCEDURE:
• Special application form
• Essay
• Transcript

XEROX CANADA SCHOLARSHIP

$500

CRITERIA:
• Open to all graduating students within School District #79 (Cowichan Valley) who will be proceeding to a recognized post-secondary institution and pursuing studies in one of the following areas: Business, Science, Graphic Arts or Publishing
• The money must be used to pay College or University fees
• The decision of amount and/or number of bursaries available each year will be determined by the
Trustee of the scholarship. Awards will be paid upon proof of registration and payment of course
fees to the chosen post-secondary institution. Deferment of payment for one (1) year will be
considered upon receipt of a written request

PROCEDURE:
• Application form
• Resume
• Transcript of marks


BURSARIES

ALEX AITKEN PARENT GROUP BURSARY

2 @ $400

CRITERIA
• Available to a student who attended Alex Aitken Elementary School for a minimum of four (4) years.
A signed declaration, which is available in the counseling office, indicating the years applicant attended this school must accompany application form
• Student must have completed his/her secondary school education in School District #79 (Cowichan Valley)
• Bursary will be awarded upon proof of enrollment in any full course of studies at  recognized postsecondary institution
• Bursary is to be used within eighteen (18) months of graduation
• The Bursary Committee upon receipt of a written request will review an extension

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

ALEXANDER WILSON BURSARY

$1,000

CRITERIA
• First preference is given to a student entering the study of veterinary medicine or other related training in animal husbandry that furthers their education beyond secondary school
• Open to any person entering into the medical field of study and to anyone pursuing a career in

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

BARRY GENIS MEMORIAL TRADES BURSARY

$1,000

CRITERIA
• Open to all students but preference will be given to a Crofton resident furthering their education at a post-secondary institution
• Bursary paid to institution upon proof of registration of first year or pre-apprenticeship
• Award must be claimed within one (1) year of graduation unless a written letter is submitted asking for an extension

PROCEDURE
• Application Form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

BETA SIGMA PHI SORORITY BURSARY

$500

CRITERIA
• Awarded to a student who is proceeding to post-secondary training or education in any field
• Preference will be given to a relative of an active (Cowichan Valley Area Council) Beta Sigma Phi member if they meet the requirements
• The amount of the award shall be paid upon proof of Registration at the chosen institution. Student financial need should be indicated

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Only reference names required, not letters
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

CEDRIC LONSDALE MEMORIAL BURSARY

$750

CRITERIA
• Candidate must be intending to pursue vocational training and further education at a B.C. Institution

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

CHEMAINUS ELEMENTARY PAC BURSARY

2 @ $250

CRITERIA
• The applicant must be a hardworking student who achieves personally and contributes to others
• This will be demonstrated by their achievement in school as shown by marks & awards (minimum passing grade in each course taken), citizenship as shown by names & dates of groups served in school or community, varied interests (activities and/or certificates), quality of character (letters of reference, personal goals paragraph)
• You must have attended Chemainus Elementary, including grade 7, and/or Mt. Brenton Elementary for at least three (3) years. Proof of attendance at Chemainus Elementary and/or Mt. Brenton Elementary must be provided and the Bursary must be claimed within two (2) years of graduation

PROCEDURE
• Application form (including paragraph of future goals)
• Two (2) Letters of reference
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

C TO SEA BURSARY

$1,000

CRITERIA

• The award is given to a student whose career goals are not necessarily tied to a university degree
• The Lions Club recognizes citizenship and need as well as scholastic success when furthering your education at a post-secondary institution
• The applicant should demonstrate interest in service to the community
• Proof of registration at a post-secondary institution required in order to receive the award
• Must be used within twelve (12) months upon receiving the award
• Preference may be given to a relative of a Ladysmith Lions member providing all other criteria are mett
• Applicant should clearly demonstrate a need for financial support

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COLONEL RICHARD LENDRUM BURSARY (CDTA)

$1,200

CRITERIA

• The Bursary shall be awarded to three (3) students in the district who intend to pursue a career in the field of education. This does not preclude students who wish to take undergraduate training in a faculty other than education prior to obtaining the necessary teaching training
• A Scholastic standing of not less than a C+ average is required
• Awarded annually unless, at the discretion of the committee, there is no eligible applicant
• The application is to include the financial circumstances of the student and his/her family
• The award shall be paid to the registrar of any accredited post-secondary institution upon written confirmation of acceptance received by the committee from the recipient of the award
• In the event that the recipient does not continue his/her studies during the year, any sum remaining from fees shall be returned to the CDTA
• Normally, the award will be paid out in the year following graduation. In certain circumstances, and with a written request to the CDTA, an extension may be granted
• Children or grandchildren of CDTA members or retired members will be given preferred consideration in the determination of the recipients of the CDTA bursaries

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF NORTH COWICHAN FOREST LEGACY BURSARY

(see also Corporation of the District of North Cowichan Forest Legacy Scholarship)
2 @ $600 Bursaries

CRITERIA
• Available to graduating students entering post-secondary education in the field of science or science related program
• Must reside in the Municipality of North Cowichan and must be enrolled in a 1st year program pursuing an education through a Technical School, College or University

• The Municipality will award the scholarship/bursary directly to the winner, upon proof of enrollment in a post-secondary institution

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Academic resume, including goals for a degree or technical diplomas, etc.
• List special awards/certificates received; volunteer school/community involvement; sports activities/achievements; personal hobbies/ activities; part-time/summer work experience
• One (1) page narrative summarizing career interests or goals
• Two (2) letters of recommendation

COWICHAN COBBLE HILL DISTRICT 4-H BURSARY

(see also Cowichan Petroleum Sales 4-H Bursary)
$500

CRITERIA
• ONLY available to a current member of a local 4-H club, who has achieved the previous two (2) years
• Student can be graduating from any program but must be proceeding with post-secondary education or training
• The bursary will be awarded on the basis of 4-H involvement, 4-H and academic achievement and will be awarded upon proof of enrollment at a recognized post secondary institution
• Must graduate from high school within the year bursary is being given
• Please provide a cover letter along with the application

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN FIELD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION BURSARY

$300

CRITERIA
• Awarded to a student from public or private school proceeding to post-secondary academic or vocational training at any public institution in North America
• The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school in Cowichan Valley
• The applicant must have played a minimum of three (3) years with either Cowichan Jr. Field Hockey and/or Cowichan Field Hockey Association
• Specific on the application how long you have been an active member of CFHA and/or CJFH and list major activities applicant and/or family members have taken part in or helped with, related to and for the good of Field Hockey in the Cowichan Valley
• The award shall be paid to the Registrar of any accredited post-secondary institution upon written confirmation of acceptance
• The Bursary must be used with two (2) years after receiving the award

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Must show a letter accompanying his/her application that has contributed to school and community field hockey as a player, umpire and/or coach, and has shown an interest in sharing skills with other players
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN FOLK GUILD BURSARY

$300

CRITERIA
• This bursary has been established by the Cowichan Folk Guild to be offered to a Cowichan Valley graduating student interested in studying the musical arts
• Preference will be given to those applicants who wish to study and pursue a career in the musical folk arts

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Write a 500 – 1000 word essay explaining your interest in music and how you intend to use the bursary
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN PETROLEUM SALES 4-H BURSARY

(see also Cowichan Cobble Hill District 4-H Bursary)
$500

CRITERIA
• Available only to a current member of a local 4-H club who has achieved the two (2) previous years
• Student can be graduating from any program but must be proceeding with post-secondary education or training
• The bursary will be awarded on the basis of 4-H involvement, academic achievement and demonstrated need
• The bursary will be awarded upon proof of acceptance at a recognized post-secondary institution
• The bursary must be used within two years of graduation
• Please provide a cover letter along with the application

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Cover letter
• Resume

COWICHAN SPIRIT OF WOMEN BURSARY

$500

CRITERIA
• This Bursary will be awarded to an eligible female graduating student in SD #79 (Cowichan Valley) who is proceeding to advanced training at an accredited post-secondary institution in British Columbia to complete course(s) leading to establishing a career
• This Bursary is offered to a student who is an active member of the community in the Cowichan Valley, based upon financial need, academic performance and community involvement
• Proof of enrolment in a recognized post-secondary institution is required before receiving the bursary. The bursary will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution in which you are enrolled. Unused funds are to be returned to Cowichan Spirit of Women
• Awarded funds are held in trust and if a recipient has not used the bursary within two (2) years of= the award, funds revert to Cowichan Spirit of Women unless a special motion is passed
• Estimated final marks for the school year must be shown on the application form

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Personal resume complete with reasons for choosing your program, your financial circumstances and two references
• Cover letter stating your goals and any other pertinent information
• Transcript of marks

COWICHAN VALLEY DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE BURSARY

(also the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice Scholarship)
$500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA

The purpose of this bursary is to assist students in the attainment of higher education in the health care field. The CVDFP bursary is open to graduating high school students and citizens of the Cowichan Valley Regional District/School District #79.

CRITERIA
• Students proceeding to a training facility or enrolling in a program that would lead to certification or a degree in the health care field
• Students enrolled in extracurricular activities, school/community participation
• Students with financial need

CONDITIONS
• The bursary must be claimed within two (2) years of graduation and upon proof of enrollment as set out above
• The high school selection committee will determine the most deserving student
• CVDFP will provide bursary funds to the respective high schools for direct disbursement to the successful candidates

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Date of graduation
• Two (2) letters of reference
• An autobiography essay outlining the student’s academic plan, goals, and school activities that the student has participated in, or official positions held in these activities
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY HIGHLAND DANCING ASSOCIATION BURSARY

Maximum $500.00

CRITERIA
• Available to a graduating student who has been involved in highland dancing schools in School District #79
• Applicant must be a member in good standing; dancing ability will have no bearing on the committee’s decision
• Applicant must provide proof of enrolment to post-secondary education within eighteen (18) months of graduation
• Specify on the application how long you have been an active member of CVHDA and list major activities you and/or family members have taken part in or helped with relating to and for the good of the CVHDA

PROCEDURE
• Application form must be mailed to:
Cowichan Valley Highland Dance Association
388 Laurels Place
Cobble Hill, BC. V0R 1L4
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION BURSARY

(also Cowichan Valley Minor Association Scholarship & Ryan Clark Memorial Hockey Tournament Bursary)
$500

CRITERIA
• Bursary is open to all registered members and officials of C.V.M.H.A. Consideration will be given to players/officials who have participated up to the midget level with a minimum of four (4) years of minor hockey experience
• Applicant must be attending high school in SD #79 (Cowichan Valley) or SD #68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
• Applicant’s financial need will be considered, as well as academic performance and good sportsmanship
• Applicant must attend a post-secondary institution with eighteen (18) months of graduating from high school. Applicant must show proof of registration acceptance within eighteen (18) months of graduation or the Bursary will not be issued. If the recipient chooses not to continue his/her education, the Bursary will be relinquished
• Applicant can apply for both the Scholarship and Bursary from C.V.M.H.A. but cannot receive both
• Recipient of the Bursary will be selected by a committee acting on behalf of C.V.M.H.A., which will not consist of any parent or guardian of any of the applicants
• The committee, at its discretion, may decide not to award the Bursary. If there is more than one (1) applicant that the committee feels deserves the Bursary, it may be reviewed and possibly divided
• The selection made by the committee will be final with no appeals allowed

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY NATURALIST’S SOCIETY

$500
Deadline: April 9

CRITERIA
• The applicant must reside in the Cowichan Valley (within the boundaries of School District No. #79 –Cowichan Valley) and be intent on pursuing a course of post-secondary studies in the environmental field/sciences
• Experience/involvement in nature and conservation pursuits with such organizations as Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society, Stream Keepers, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Cowichan Community Land Trust, Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, etc. is a real asset in the selection of a successful candidate for this Bursary

PROCEDURE
• Submit a letter of reference from one (1)of the above-mentioned organizations to which the applicant has experience or involvement if possible
• The Bursary will be awarded upon receipt from the post-secondary institution indicating that the applicant has been successfully accepted (thus ensuring that the applicant’s grades are sufficient for that purpose)
• The successful applicant could receive the bursary (if graduating in June) for the following fall or January enrollment
• Special application form must be completed and submitted to the Counselling Department of your school or to Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society, PO Box 361, Duncan BC V9L 3X5 by April 9, 2018.

COWICHAN VALLEY PRINCIPALS’ & VICE PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION BURSARY

$500

CRITERIA
• Awarded to a deserving student graduating and proceeding to post-secondary education
• Scholarship will be paid upon providing the principal of Chemainus Secondary with proof of full-time registration in a post-secondary institute
• You have up to two (2) years to request and utilize the Bursary

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Submit a letter, including recognition of academic achievement, leadership in the school, participation and volunteer work in the school and community
• At least one (1) letter of reference from a school activity sponsor or community group leader of the activity or group in which the applicant has played a leadership role
• A statement indicating the applicant’s goals and career plans
• The name of the institution and the program in which the applicant plans to register
• Resume

COWICHAN VALLEY RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION BURSARY

at least $1,000

CRITERIA
• Awarded to a student who is proceeding to post-secondary education leading to a teaching degree
• Student financial need should be indicated
• The award shall be paid upon proof of registration in a program leading to a Bachelor of Education
• The award must be applied for on a Cowichan Valley Retired Teachers’ Association application form
• There is one (1) Bursary for students in School District #79

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume

COWICHAN WHEELS BURSARY

$1,000
Deadline: May 31

CRITERIA
• Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and a resident of BC AND be attending (or planning to attend) a post-secondary educational institution in BC AND have a disability or entering a field with the intention of improving the lives of people with a disability
• Students who do not plan to attend facilities in BC must submit an explanatory letter. Under exceptional circumstances, the Cowichan Wheels Association may approve an award to a student in an out-of-Province or a non-Canadian educational facility.

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Transcript of marks
• Letters of reference
• Resume

CUPE LOCAL #5101 (Mid-Island School Employees – Cowichan Unit) BURSARY

$500

CRITERIA
• Candidate(s) must be in the immediate family of a currently employed C.U.P.E. MEMBER (son, daughter, grandchild) in good standing of Local #5101 (Cowichan)
• Applicants must be proceeding to post-secondary education (vocational, technical or academictraining)
• Please attach a personal letter to show involvement in such things as community or school groups for the past four (4) years; leadership, membership in organizations, teams, etc., and personal interests – (i.e., athletics, music, etc.)
• Letters of reference from respected members of the community to be attached to application form (i.e. school counselor AND team coach, employer, etc.)
• Upon proof of registration, the bursary will be payable to the institution of the student’s choice, to be claimed within eighteen (18) months of graduation. A further extension may be granted upon special written request for extenuating circumstances
• The decision regarding the number of bursaries and/or amounts is final as determined by the Bursary Committee

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Handwritten letter of school/community involvement
• A minimum of two (2) letters of reference
• Resume
• Proof of union affiliation
• Transcript of marks

DOGWOOD TREFOIL GUILD BURSARY

$300
Deadline: March 1st

This Bursary is being offered to assist in the educational goals of a Girl Guide

CRITERIA
• The applicant must be involved as a member of a unit based in Chemainus, Ladysmith, Crofton or Thetis Island or be a Lone Guide living in one of these designated areas
• The applicant must show proof of enrollment in the post-secondary educational program which can be either in an academic or trade institution/school
• The applicant should provide evidence of appropriate use of the funds within one (1) year of distribution or return the money
• The awarded Guide is encouraged to have ongoing/future involvement in Guiding

PROCEDURE
• Special application form
• Two (2) non-family personal references and a reference from an adult Guider who has had recent significant interaction with the applicant is required

DON & DOROTHY CRAIG MEMORIAL BURSARY

(This bursary is being offered in memory of Don & Dorothy Craig)
$500

CRITERIA
• This bursary is open to all graduating students furthering their education

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Cover letter – describing career goals, education plan, as well as how, when and where the candidate would use the bursary
• Resume – including summary of awards, school and community involvement, volunteer service, parttime jobs, extra-curricular activities, as well as a brief outline of interests, hobbies and associated training and awards (e.g., music, art, theatre, sports, etc.)
• Two (2) letters of reference
• Transcript of marks

DRINKWATER SCHOOL PARENTS’ BURSARY

$300

CRITERIA
• Available to a graduating student of School District #79 who must have attended Drinkwater Elementary for a minimum of four (4) years. A signed declaration indicating the years the applicant attended Drinkwater School must accompany the application form
• Furthering their education at a post-secondary institution
• Bursary will be awarded upon receipt of proof of acceptance and registration at a recognized postsecondary institution
• Bursary is awarded based on financial need, contribution to the community and academic achievement at the secondary level in School District #79
• Bursary is to be used within four (4) months of graduation. An extension of up to a maximum of fifteen (15) months may be granted upon receipt of a written request

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume
• Two (2) letters of reference

DRINKWATER ELEMENTARY PAC CALEB KROFFAT BURSARY

$300

CRITERIA
• Available to a graduating student of School District #79
• Awarded to a graduating student in SD #79 who intends to further his/her education at any recognized university, college, vocational or technical school entering into a trades program or an animal science program
• The bursary will be awarded upon receipt of proof of acceptance and registration at a recognized post-secondary institution
• The bursary is awarded based on the following combination of factors: need, involvement in school clubs or councils, contribution to the community, academic achievement at the secondary level in SD #79, and athletic involvement at the secondary level or within the Cowichan Valley community
• The bursary is to be used within four (4) months of graduation. An extension of up to a maximum of fifteen (15) months may be granted upon receipt of a written request. This will be reviewed by the Bursary Committee

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume
• Two (2) letters of reference

ECOLE MT PREVOST MIDDLE SCHOOL PAC – BRETT MCCALLUM MEMORIAL
BURSARY

2 @ $600

CRITERIA
• Open to graduating students who attended Mt. Prevost Middle School for one (1) year and attended a SD#79 school for one (1) year. Declaration of attendance is to be attached to application
• Applicants must have been involved in an extra-curricular activity for a minimum of one (1) year and supported to the success of that activity within SD#79
• Financial need will be considered
• Recipient will be chosen on effort/improvement, positive contribution to the school community, and demonstration of a positive attitude
• The bursary will be awarded upon receipt of proof of acceptance at a recognized post-secondary institution
• The recipient of the bursary will be selected by the Past Mt. Prevost Middle School PAC Bursary Committee
• The PAC, at its discretion, may decide to not award the bursary. If there is more than one (1) applicant that the PAC feels deserving, then the bursary may be reviewed and possibly divided
• The selection made by the PAC is final with no appeals permitted
• The recipient may take up to eighteen (18) months to claim the bursary

PROCEDURE
• Application form
• Transcript of marks
• Resume


Youth Work in Trades Grant

Students working in an apprenticeable trade before graduation or AFTER graduation can qualify for a 1000 dollar Grant. Contact your Career Counselor to see if your job qualifies.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.careersandtransitions.ca/programs/ssa/