École Kelowna Secondary
Where all are Valued
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. HYDRO SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bchydro.com/scholarships
  • Awarded to students who are leaders and role models in their schools and communities and who demonstrate a balanced life style and commitment to a post-secondary education
  • Various scholarships with varying deadlines in March and April

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

See Mr. Bernhardsson for further information

B.C. TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (BCTIA)

  • www.bctia.org under "Network" – "Resources"
  • 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: April 27, 2017

THE BOSTOCK & FALLIS FAMILIES OF MONTE CREEK HERITAGE FUND – BURSARY PROGRAM

  • www.cattlemen.bc.ca - "Awards"
  • Have graduated from a secondary school within the area of British Columbia east of a line from Hope to Terrace with a B average or higher
  • Have financial need
  • Have provided community service
  • Have a letter of support from a secondary school representative
  • Be registered in a post-secondary institution within Canada
  • Deadline: April 15, 2017

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

  • Log into www.mycota.ca - "Forms" - "Miscellaneous" – "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 Trade program at an appropriate institute
  • Must have a letter of recommendation
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

C.O.T.A. TECHNICAL TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

  • Log into www.mycota.ca - "Forms" - "Miscellaneous" - "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 a letter of recommendation
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

C.O.T.A. FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

  • Log into www.mycota.ca - "Forms" - "Miscellaneous" - "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 a letter of recommendation
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS STANDING TALL AWARD

  • https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/OurCommunity/ProgramsForYouth/YouthEducationAwards/
  • Awarded to youth who have faced adversity and have not only risen up against the odds, but are demonstrating a commitment to continue their education. This award is open to students who have faced challenges like poverty, health, family issues, personal loss and lack of support.
  • Application are now open. Submit your printed application to your school counsellor by your school's posted deadline.
  • Once all of the applications are received, your school district will decide on the recipients of the awards in your area.
  • Deadline to be considered is April 10, 2017

DISTRICT AWARD SCHOLARSHIP

  • For students who excel in Fine Arts, Applied Skills, Physical Activity, International Languages, Community Service, Indigenous Languages & Culture, and Technical & Trades Training (Dual Credit)
  • Must be nominated by a teacher and fit specific criteria
  • Information will be posted on the KSS website in mid-April under "Services" – "Career Life Programs"

EDUCATIONAL FACILITY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION OF B.C. (EFMA) BURSARIES

  • www.efmabc.com  under "Education"
  • Bursaries awarded on the basis of academic achievement and/or special needs – preference given to students entering the fields of engineering, architecture, or building technology
  • Must be dependent of school district employees in the school plant area (i.e. maintenance or custodial)
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

FATHER DELESTRE COUNCIL OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BURSARY

  • A family member must be currently a part of the The Knights of Columbus
  • Must attend a Post-Secondary Institution in BC
  • Must demonstrate need for financial assistance
  • Deadline: TBD

KSER SCHOLARSHIP

  • Must be graduating from high school in June, 2017
  • Must be actively pursuing any type of competitive athletics
  • Must use funds to offset either tuition or team fees within 1 year of receiving award
  • Must have a minimum B-average throughout grade 10, 11 & 12
  • Please see attached application:  KSER Scholarship Application 2017.pdf    OR Mrs. Corrado or Mrs. DeMug for an application
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

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 The Edgeworth Family stating your future plans and explaining your involvement in snowboarding and/or ice hockey and/or downhill skiing
  • Must include a copy of your resume
  • Submit to Mrs. Corrado
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

PUBLIC GUARDIAN AND TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FUND

  • www.trustee.bc.ca –  "Services" – "Estate and Personal Trust Services" – "PGT Educational Assistance Fund"
  • Must be a former permanent ward of the Province of British Columbia and planning to study at a post-secondary level in an academic, technical or vocational program between September 2017 to August 2017
  • Deadline: April 15, 2017

THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #26 BURSARIES

  • www.kelownalegion.ca – "Bursary" (at the bottom of the page)
  • Bursaries give primary consideration to family's financial need
  • Preference given to children and grandchildren of veterans and ex-service personnel – although other applicants will be considered
  • Deadline: April 30, 2017

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.
  • See Mrs. DeMug or Mrs. Corrado for an application
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017   Application PDF: Strive Scholarship 2017 application.pdf

 

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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

THE BETTY SPALTON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

·         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, 2017

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, 2017

EVAN GUTHRIE SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.evanguthrie.com/scholarship-fund
  • To support student-athletes allowing them to focus on their sport and educational goals
  • Graduating this year
  • Participating in sport; either in-school or out-of-school
  • In good standing with high school
  • Must use funds for school fees or sport fees within one year

INTERIOR SAVINGS MILLION DOLLAR BURSARY PROGRAM

  • www.interiorsavings.com – under "In Our Community" (top of page), then Bursary Program"
  • Active member of Interior Savings Credit Union by February 1, 2017
  • Attending post-secondary institution in September 2017
  • Deadline to become an active member: February 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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 – "Our 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, 2017

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 19, 2017

MONSANTO FUND OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.monsanto.ca  - "Our Commitments"
  • Must be from a family farming operation with plans to enter their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture at a Canadian college or university.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership capabilities and active involvement in their local community
  • Deadline: TBD (not posted yet – keep checking website)

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 and/or ice hockey and/or downhill skiing
  • Must include a copy of your resume
  • Submit to Mrs. Corrado or Mrs. DeMug
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017

ROTARY CLUB OF KELOWNA FOUNDATION STRIVE SCHOLARSHIP

  • graduate with a minimum 60% course average in their grade 12 year;
  • qualified  for  entrance  to  an  accredited  post-secondary  institution  for  a  minimum  20  week program;
  • demonstrate a positive behavioral change through improved attendance, work habits, and their attitude towards learning, resulting in improved grades over their grade 11 and grade 12 years.
  • Complete attached application completely and truthfully
  • acknowledges receipt of the scholarship in a letter to the Rotary Club of Kelowna
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Application Link:Strive Scholarship 2017 application.pdf

THE UNITED CROATS OF CANADA KING TOMISLAV BRANCH SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

  • www.croatiancentre.com  - "Croatian Services" - 'Scholarship"
  • All BC students of Croatian ancestry are eligible. At least one parent must be of Croatian ancestry
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017

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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:

Ministry of Education PSI Selection Instructionspsi_selections_instructions2016-17.pdf

BC High School Transcript: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/transcripts-and-certificates

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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