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 WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO HELP STUDENTS FINANCE THEIR POST SECONDARY EDUCATION?

Post secondary education is expensive and students should seek out any assistance available to them.  There are many bursaries and scholarships available to grade 12 students.  A bursary is usually based on financial need whereas a scholarship is based on excellence in some area – the arts, athletics, languages etc.  Unlike student loans (which all students do not qualify for), bursaries and scholarships are non-repayable awards. Every bursary or scholarship has its own criteria and deadline which have been established by the donor(s).  Every month, the counselling department advertises the bursaries and scholarships that come through the school.  These are advertised in the following places:      ·        

  • The KSS website:  Students - Bursaries and Scholarships
  • The KSS Parent/Guardian weekly newsletter:  Whoo's News        
  • On the Grade 12 Info Board outside of the Counselling Centre 

Also 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. Some websites are: 

www.studentscholarships.org      

www.scholarshipscanada.com – register information then it links you to applicable awards

www.macleans.ca/oncampus – under “Scholarships” tab Once students are attending a PSI, they are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid and Awards department of that institution and meet with an advisor.  There are many bursaries and scholarships available at the post secondary level, but students need to seek them out.  Many go unclaimed as fewer students pursue them after their grade 12 year. 

Canadian Collegeshttp://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/our-members/list-of-members/

Canadian Universities: http://www.univcan.ca/  ​

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Due In January   

B.C. EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION B.C. EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
  • Be in their graduation year with graduation to occur by August 31 of the school year in which they are nominated
  • Be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) and fulfill graduation requirements of the 2004 Graduation Program by August 31of grad year
  • Have at least a: 
    • "B" (73% or above) in their Language Arts 11 final mark 
    • "B" average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one "C+" (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than "C+" are not accepted)
  • Maintain a "B" average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation
  • Write and pass a Language Arts 12 provincial examination 

You cannot win both a BC Excellence Scholarship and a Pathway to Teacher Education - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/scholarships/provincial-scholarships/pathway-to-teacher-education-scholarship?keyword=pathway&keyword=to&keyword=education

Nominees' application package (PDF) will be forwarded to a district selection committee and must include:

  • Resume in the mandatory format
  • Two reference letters, one from your community and one from your school
  • A written statement, maximum 500 words, which must describe:
    • What led you to your most relevant community service, volunteer activity, and/or leadership role, and
    • What you learned from this experience, and
    • How this experience will benefit you in your chosen career path.
  •  Deadline:  January 31, 2019 at 12:00 noon to your counsellor.  No late or incomplete packages will be accepted by the district selection committee.  Please note that this deadline is different than the deadline published on the BC Ministry of Education website to allow the district selection process to occur.

B.C. SCHOOL SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Various high school sports offer scholarships to BC secondary school athletes.
  • Deadlines: Vary according to the specific scholarship
  • See KSS Athletic Director - Mr. Bernhardsson for further information

COBSS

  • Printed paper copy applications due to the Counselling Centre,

Due Date: January 15, 2019 @ 9:00am

No late applications can be accepted

SENATE PAGE PROGRAM

SCHULICH LEADER SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.schulichleaders.com/application
  • The candidate must be intending to enroll in a program at one of the Canadian universities in the STEM areas of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). View designated Canadian Universities on the website.
  • The candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Each candidate must possess at least two of the following three attributes:
  1. Has exceptional high academic grades
  2. Has demonstrated outstanding leadership in school life and community life, or provided evidence of entrepreneurial talent
  3. Has financial need

 

STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, math) HORIZON AWARDS

  • www.steamhorizonawards.ca
  • Are you often described as a leader, an achiever, or an innovator? Do you have limitless drive, ambition, and determination?
  • The STEAM Horizon Awards, a newly funded prize program, invites Canada's youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident.
  • Between 16 and 18 years old.
  • Recognized for STEAM-related accomplishments in a formal or informal way.
  • Maintaining a minimum academic average of 85%.
  • Preparing to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education a STEAM field within Canada.
  • Deadline: January 16, 2019

 

Due In February

 

B.C. SCHOOL SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bcschoolsports.ca/awards - "Scholarships"
  • Various high school sports offer scholarships to BC secondary school athletes.
  • Deadlines: Vary according to the specific scholarship
  • See KSS Athletic Director – Mr. Bernhardsson for more information

BCCPAC EDUCATIONAL AWARD

  • www.bccpac.bc.ca – under "Members", then "Awards"
  • Students write an essay on the value of parent involvement in education with reference to Parent Advisory Councils (PAC's), District Parent Advisory Councils (DPAC's) and/or BCCPAC.
  • Deadline:  February 28, 2019

BCSSA SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bcssa.org under "Resources", then "Scholarships"
  • Recognized for volunteer service in the life or lives of others
  • Deadline: February 9, 2019

B.C. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION'S PATHWAY TO TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP (PTES)

  • www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards
  • This award recognizes exceptional Grade 12 students planning to enter the field of teaching. The PTES will be awarded to 20 graduating students intending to enter a BC faculty of education program.
  • Deadline: February 15, 2019

CMOLIK FOUNDATION (TCF) SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.thecmolikfoundation.com/scholarships
  • Must demonstrate a good work ethic, tenacity, and other commendable attributes in achieving their academic and social goals without support may not have the means to attend a post-secondary institution.
  • Deadline February 15, 2019

INTERIOR SAVINGS MILLION DOLLAR BURSARY PROGRAM

  • www.interiorsavings.com – under "In Our Community" (top of page), then Bursary Program"
  • Must be an active member of Interior Savings Credit Union: New members welcome
  • Attending full time studies at a post-secondary institution
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

KIN CANADA BURSARY

  • www.kincanada.ca/bursaries
  • Must demonstrate high ideals and qualities of citizenship
  • Must be registered for a post-secondary institute for Sept of graduation year
  • Return completed application to local club address found on website
  • Note:  Applicants need not be connected to Kinsmen or Kinettes to apply for this bursary
  • Deadline: February 1, 2019

RBC ABORIGINAL STUDENT AWARDS

  • www.gotoapply.ca/rbc
  • Recipients selected based on personal and academic achievements
  • Deadline: February 28, 2019

TERRY FOX HUMANITARIAN AWARD

  • www.terryfoxawards.ca
  • Must be attending a post-secondary school within Canada
  • In good academic standing
  • Involved in voluntary humanitarian activities (for which they have not been compensated)
  • Recipients are selected for their dedication to humanitarian ideals of Terry Fox, their courage in overcoming obstacles, and definite marks of distinction and persistence in the pursuit of excellence in academic, athletic and civil life.
  • Deadline: February 1, 2019

 

November​Donors will receive, by November 1st a renewal contract to make any revisions to their award (i.e. Criteria, number of awards given, and amount of award).
DecemberRenewal contracts with payment are due to COBSS by December 1 OR notify COBSS by email that your award will be given and payment will follow shortly.
JanuaryMid-January, on-line application window closes.
FebruaryCounsellors review student applications.
March

All COBSS applications are submitted to COBSS.

Mid-March, COBSS contact donors to verify students' eligibility and to set up appointments for donors to select their student recipient (s).

April/MayLetters are produced for donors informing them who their successful recipient (s) is/are. Provide date, time, and location information regarding Graduation Ceremony
JuneStudent recipients receive documentation at their graduation ceremony informing them of the award (s) they have received.
July-SeptemberStudents submit documentation to COBSS for payment of award (s) to schools.
OctoberRenewal contracts printed and mailed to all donors for updating, in preparation for student applications for the following June.


OTHER RESOURCES:

NEW !  Ministry of Education STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS SERVICE website for PSI Selection:  www.StudentTranscripts.gov.bc.ca

Graduation Planning

In the spring of 2016, the Ministry announced upcoming changes to curriculum and assessment. Every student is unique and there are several ways to earn credit toward completing a K-12 education – consider some of the flexible options.

Make sure you've got the courses you need to graduate. Start building your own grad plan:

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