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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JULY & AUGUST

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BC ELECTRICAL ASSOCIATION BURSARY

  • www.bcea.bc.ca  - "Education & Careers"
  • Bursary and scholarship available
  • Deadline: July 31, 2017

BC PRINCIPALS' & VICE-PRINCIPALS' ASSOCIATION (BCPVPA) SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bcpvpa.bc.ca  – under "Services"
  • Up to 30 - $500 scholarships awarded to ANY students graduating from BC public school system
  • Scholarships awarded to sons/daughters of BCPVPA members
  • Scholarships awarded to First Nations students graduating from BC public school system
  • Applicants judged on academic excellence and demonstrated leadership within the school and community
  • Application Requirements:
  • Official certified copy of transcript of FINAL GRADES
  • Proof of PAID REGISTRATION at a post-secondary institution
  • Short essay indicating leadership roles held in your school and community and your post-secondary aspirations
  • Letter of reference from a Member of the BCPVPA
  • One additional letter of reference
  • Deadline: September 29, 2017

NATIONAL UNION SCHOLARSHIPS

www.nupge.ca – "Scholarships"

      a)   TOMMY DOUGLAS SCHOLARSHIP

For children or foster children of a National Union of Public and General Employees member

      b)  TERRY FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

For children with disabilities of the above union

      c)   SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ABORIGINAL CANADIANS

For aboriginal children of the above union

      d)  SCHOLARSHIP FOR VISIBLE MINORITIES

For visible minority children of the above union

      e) BRIAN FUDGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

For children or foster children of a National Union of Public and General Employees member

  • Deadline for all 5 Scholarships: July 7, 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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