Looking for Scholarships, Grants, Bursaries etc.?
Scholarships applications and academic contests pop up throughout the year. It is your job to ensure that you are actively looking for them and are mindful of their deadlines. This page will be updated as information is sent to us.
Click here for a great Canadian website which describes a number of different scholarship opportunities.
Click here for a list we compiled for you with timelines/deadlines.
District Authority Scholarships
The information package for the 2019-2020 District Authority Scholarships has been released. This is a scholarship opportunity for students who have areas of focus in:
- Fine Arts
- Applied Skills
- Physical Activity
- Second Languages
- Community Service
- Technical and Trades Training
- Indigenous Languages and Culture
The deadline for submission to the FISA office is May 1st. However, HCOS will submit the documents on your behalf. We need to receive them no later than April 15, 2020.
Please download the application package (on the right) and submit all documents and files to your Grad Advisor.
There are MANY of these scholarships available - and we often have students selected, so it's worth the time to apply!
February 28, 2020 Scholarship deadlines to note:
BC Excellence Scholarships
There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C. graduates. Winners demonstrate service and leadership, both at school and in their communities. Winners also show aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition. Find out more information here.
Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarships
The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship is awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment and aptitude for a career path in K-12 teaching. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher to redeem when they are registered and attending an approved K-12 teacher education program at one of BC’s nine Faculties of Education.
For more information, see this website.
For additional information on Provincial Scholarships, please see the updates to the Provincial Scholarships Program
2019 Scholarly Writing Challenge
The Scholarly Writing Challenge is an annual competition for high school students around the world (Grades 10 to 12, or equivalent) to showcase their original STEM research in a manuscript. This opportunity will prepare high school students for the world of research and scientific publishing. In the end, all participants will receive comprehensive feedback regarding their submissions from the judging panel, comprised of graduate and undergraduate student editors who possess a strong background in research and scientific communication. In addition, the top submission will receive a prize of $500.00 from Canadian Science Publishing along with annual subscriptions to select Canadian Science Publishing journals. Additionally, outstanding submissions will be published in our peer-reviewed open access STEM Fellowship Journal, published by Canadian Science Publishing.
For more information about the rules, submission instructions, and additional awards, please visit our website here:http://stemfellowship.org/scholarly-writing-challenge/.
The deadline to submit original work is October 31st, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.
RE/MAX 2020 Quest for Excellence®
The Quest for Excellence program is a bursary program for grade 12 students in Western Canada. It was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regard to leadership and community contribution initiatives.
What is Awarded?
RE/MAX of Western Canada will award 16 bursaries of $1,000 each to qualifying Grade 12 students. In addition, each award includes a Certificate of Excellence signed by the Regional Executive Vice President of RE/MAX of Western Canada. Winners will be notified in April 2020.
Who Can Participate?
The Quest for Excellence is open to all Grade 12 students attending high school from September 2019 – June 2020. Grade 12 students may not have participated in graduation commencement ceremonies in the past. Applicants must be a resident of one of BC.
What is Required?
Students are to convey the contributions they have made to their communities in a short online essay, maximum 1,250 words. Key qualities students should demonstrate are leadership, motivation and communication skills. Other attributes may include volunteering, participation in charitable events or fundraising, and contributions that enrich the lives of others and their communities.
How to apply for Scholarships and Bursaries
Step 1: Determine what your financial need is and how many bursaries and scholarships you will be applying for.
Step 2: Develop a template to track all the scholarships and bursaries, particularly if you are applying to more than 5.
Step 3: Create useful fields on your spreadsheets for tracking
- Scholarship name
- Scholarship provider
- Contact information
- URL for additional information or online application
- Deadline date
- Award amount
- Criteria (age, grade, GPA, etc.)
- Documentation required (transcript, financial records, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.)
Here are some tips to consider:
- Start researching scholarship options during grade 11 as the scholarship process begins early in your grade 12 year
- Begin volunteering on a regular basis as many scholarships require a strong/consistent history of involvement as part of the eligibility
- Each award has unique criteria. You may have to complete an essay and/or provide school transcripts and references
- Consider a variety of smaller scholarships/awards as they may attract fewer applicants
- Have an updated resume and cover letter, that you can change for a specific scholarship
- Dedicate a specific time each week for your scholarship research
- Pay close attention to application deadline date/time, particularly if sending hardcopy documents
Types of Scholarships/Bursaries/Awards
I) Post-Secondary Scholarship Options
These scholarships are contingent on accepting the offer of admission for that specific institution. The applications for these scholarships may be:
- Automatic (you are not required to submit a separate scholarship application) such as an Entrance Award
- General scholarship application may be required
- Faculty specific (e.g. only for Engineering students)
- Nominated (each school may nominate a limited number of students)
- Based on financial need (bursary)
II) Association and Community Scholarship Options
Many groups offer scholarship/bursary opportunities to high school students such as unions, clubs, businesses, associations, organizations and so on. Students should consider their individual situation to see if any opportunities are available through their skills, involvement or family. Criteria for each of these opportunities varies including artistic ability, academic performance, community service, leadership, athletics, financial need, etc.
There are many other awards available to grade 12's that do not come through the school. We always recommend that students check scholarship websites, parents' workplaces, post-secondary institutions they are applying to and associations and organizations with which parents or grandparents are affiliated.
III) Find a Match
Some websites will match a student with a variety of awards in their database. Register online for this option at
http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/ -- register information then it links you to applicable awards
www.macleans.ca/oncampus --under “Scholarships” tab
You received a bursary/scholarship, now what?
1. Make sure to THANK you donors. At the bottom of your scholarship letter, you will see an address. Take the time to write and thank them once you have received your scholarship.
Thank you for the scholarship. I am planning to pursue a career in teaching and will be attending UNBC in the fall. The funds will go towards paying tuition and books...etc.
2. Award Deferral: If you are not planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the year immediately following graduation, please indicate that you would like a one year deferral in your thank you letter. Most scholarships, bursaries and awards only allow a one year deferral