Bursaries & Scholarships

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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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B.C. SCHOOL SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bcschoolsports.ca/recognition - "Scholarships"
  • Various high school sports offer scholarships to BC secondary school athletes.
  • Deadlines: Vary according to the specific scholarship

B.C. TECH SCHOLARSHIP FUND (BCTIA)

  • www.wearebctech.com   under "Talent" – "For People"
  • BC Technology Scholarship
  • Provides grants to students who have a proven passion for technology, a desire to work in a tech company, and are pursuing a post-secondary education in a technology-related discipline
  • Deadline: May 4, 2018

THE BETTY SPALTON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

  • www.roadbuilders.bc.ca  - "About Us" – "Scholarships"
  • Any student entering or continuing studies leading to a career in road building, road maintenance or heavy construction.
  • Preference will be given to students who are female and/or members of minority groups.
  • Program of study may be either full or part-time at any BC college, university, technical or trades institute.
  • Canadian citizen
  • Deadline: May 31, 2018

CLEAN ENERGY SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.cleanenergybc.org under "News"
  • For students interested in pursuing a future in clean energy at a post-secondary institution.
  • Must be a BC secondary student (full-time, currently enrolled) that is graduating in 2018.
  • Application PDF: pdf application
  • Deadline: May 27, 2018

COFI SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.cofi.org  - "Forestry for the Future"
  • Students must be planning to attend, for the first time, any one of the ten post-secondary educational institutions in the interior of BC enrolling in professional, technical or trades studies leading to a career in the forest sector.
  • Deadline:  May 31, 2018  (extended from March 31/18)

C.S.T. SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.cst.org - "About CST" - "Awards" -"Scholarships"
  • For students who are academically gifted and well rounded
  • Must be pursuing their first undergraduate commerce/finance/business degree/diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Female applicants apply for the Karthiha Guruparen Scholarship
  • Male applicants apply for the Bill Winsor Scholarship
  • Deadline: May 31, 2018

JANICE LEE BLUE WAVE BURASRY

A bursary for under 19s with experience of mental health or substance use problems who are going on to post-secondary education in BC.

  • www.bluewavebc.ca – "Programs"
  • Have experienced a significant mental health or substance use problem and be accessing treatment and support
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Be under the age of 19 at the time they apply
  • Have lived in BC for at least a year from the date of their application
  • Not be enrolling in a government-sponsored job training program
  • Be enrolled in first year studies at a recognized BC university, college or technical school by January 1 of the year after they are applying.
  • Deadline:  TBD (not posted yet – keep checking website)

JOINT DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.owfg.com/diversity
  • Awarded to a student who has played a significant role in promoting diversity awareness and acceptance in his/her school and/or community
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018

KELOWNA FILM SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS/BURSARIES

  • www.kelownafilm.com  - "Scholarship and Bursary", link at bottom of page
  • Open to Okanagan students who are planning to attend approved post-secondary film studies, and to established local filmmakers with viable projects.
  • Deadline: May 11, 2018

LISA HUUS MEMORIAL BURSARY

  • Students with significant physical disabilities living in British Columbia and completing post-secondary education in an accredited program
  • Deadline May 31, 2018

MONSANTO FUND OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.monsanto.ca  - "Our Commitments"
  • Must be planning to enter their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary program at a Canadian college or post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership capabilities and active involvement in their local community
  • Deadline: May 31, 2018

NEIL EDGEWORTH MEMORIAL BURSARY

  • Must be actively involved in snowboarding and/or ice hockey and/or downhill skiing
  • Must have a C+ average or better in grades 11 and 12
  • Must write a letter addressed to Mr. Lee Adam stating your future plans and explaining your involvement in snowboarding, ice hockey and/or downhill skiing
  • Must include a copy of your resume
  • Submit to Mrs. Corrado or Mrs. DeMug
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018

ROTARY CLUB OF KELOWNA FOUNDATION STRIVE SCHOLARSHIP

  • Eligibility & Selection Criteria:  The Student:
  • Can graduate in the current year with a minimum 60% course average in their grade 12 year;
  • Has qualified for entrance to an accredited post-secondary institution for a minimum 20 week program;
  • Has demonstrated a positive behavioural change through improved attendance, work habits, attitude towards learning resulting in improved grades over their grade 11 and grade 12 years;
  • Acknowledges receipt of the scholarship in a letter to Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation.
  • Application:  PDF application
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018

THE UNITED CROATS OF CANADA KING TOMISLAV BRANCH SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

  • www.croatiancentre.com  - "Croatian Services" - 'Scholarships"
  • All BC students of Croatian ancestry are eligible. At least one parent must be of Croatian ancestry
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
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THE ENGINEERS AND GEOSCIENTISTS BC FOUNDATION POST SECONDARY ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.egbc.ca 
  • Students must be entering engineering or geoscience (earth science) programs at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan, SFU, UVic, BCIT or UNBC
  • Deadline: June 29, 2018

AUTOMOTIVE RETAILERS FOUNDATION (ARFI) SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARY AWARDS

  • http://www.ara.bc.ca/foundation - There are multiple awards available.
  • Qualified applicants must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school within the past two years.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a college-level program, university or an accredited automotive program. Students must be enrolled full-time for the year of the scholarship. You must be enrolled for September of the year you are applying until April of the following year.
  • Priority is given to those pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket.
  • Applicants must be attending a full-time program in British Columbia.
  • Children or dependents of ARFI board members are not eligible to apply.
  • Each individual may only receive a maximum of one award per year (ARFI Board reserves the right to award beyond this).
  • Deadline June 30, 2018

C.O.T.A. EV GREENAWAY VOCATION/TRADES SCHOLARSHIP

  • Log into www.mycota.ca - "Information Resources", "Forms" -  "COTA Scholarship Application Package"
  • Must be the son or daughter of a current or retired C.O.T.A. member
  • Must be proceeding to training in a Vocational and Trades program at an appropriate institute
  • Must have two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018

 C.O.T.A. TECHNICAL DIPLOMA BURSARY

  • Log into www.mycota.ca – "Information Resources",  "Forms"  - "COTA Scholarship Application Package"
  • Must be the son or daughter of a current or retired C.O.T.A. member
  • Must be proceeding to training in a Technical Training program at an appropriate institute
  • Must have two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018

C.O.T.A. FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

  • Log into www.mycota.ca – "Information Resources", "Forms" - "COTA Scholarship Application Package"
  • Must be the son or daughter of a current or retired C.O.T.A. member
  • Must be proceeding to training in a Fine Arts program at an appropriate institute
  • Must have two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018

BC ELECTRICAL ASSOCIATION BURSARY

  • www.bcea.bc.ca  - "Education & Careers"
  • Bursary and scholarships available
  • Deadline: July 31, 2018

NATIONAL UNION SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.nupge.ca – More - Scholarships

          a)   TOMMY DOUGLAS SCHOLARSHIP

          b)  TERRY FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

          c)   SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

          d)  SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS OF COLOUR

                     e)  BRIAN FUDGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants must be the children, grandchildren or foster children of members or retirees of the National Union and who are entering the first year of a Canadian Public, Post-Secondary Institution on a full-time basis. As well each award has specific criteria

  • Deadline for all 5 Scholarships: July 6, 2018

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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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