École Kelowna Secondary
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Bursaries & Scholarships

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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.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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  • https://www.horatioalger.ca/en/scholarships/about-our-scholarships-programs/provincial-programs/   *Mozilla Firefox search engine recommended*
  • Be enrolled full-time in their Gr. 12 year of high school and taking classes through Spring 2016, progressing normally toward graduation in the Spring/Summer 2016, with plans to enter a post-secondary institution no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a post-secondary degree at an accredited post-secondary institution(in Quebec, a three-year vocational program at college or a two-year preparatory CEGEP program followed by a university degree)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or less net income per family is required)
  • Be involved in extracurricular and community activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 65
  • Attend high school and reside in Canada
  • Be Canadian citizens
  • Deadline: October 25, 2017

LORAN AWARDS (Previously known as the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation Awards)

  • The Loran Scholar Program is a national award that recognizes exceptional Canadian students who demonstrate: personal integrity and character; commitment to service and an entrepreneurial spirit; breadth in academic and extra-curricular interests; strongly developed inner-directedness; and outstanding overall potential for leadership.
  • Criteria and application for the Loran Scholar Program are available at www.loranscholar.ca
  • The Loran Scholar Program was founded to fund outstanding students to study at Canadian universities (see list of eligible universities on their website - www.loranscholar.ca).
  • The Loran Scholar program allows each high school to sponsor THREE candidates.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for sponsorship must submit a completed Loran Scholar application which will then be reviewed by a committee at Kelowna Secondary to determine sponsorship.
  • Students who do not receive sponsorship, can still apply as a direct pool applicant.
  • SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELLOR (Mrs. Corrado O-Z, Mrs. DeMug A-G, Mrs. Curran H-N) by October 10, 2017          * Please note: this is a different deadline from the final submission.
  • Transcript of grades will be added to your resume by the counsellors
  • Direct Pool Application Deadline: October 25, 2017


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KSS Counsellors will hold a general information session for parents and students regarding bursary and scholarship opportunities for Grade 12's (including COBSS)

  • Tuesday, November 21 from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the KSS MPR (followed by the UBC/UBCO Presentation)

UBC/UBCO representatives will share course offerings followed by a question and answer period.

  • Tuesday, November 21 from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the KSS MPR



  • Apply online http://you.ubc.ca/financial-planning/scholarships-awards-canadian-students/entrance-award/
  • These awards are based on financial need and support academically qualified students who would not otherwise be able to attend without significant financial assistance.
  • This program offers entering students one-time awards and renewable awards of up to $80,000 payable over four years.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident entering UBC's Vancouver campus or UBC's Okanagan campus directly from high school. You and your family must complete an application to demonstrate financial need.
  • The application requires a nomination letter from someone who is well-acquainted with you and who can comment on your character, interest in UBC/UBCO, and financial situation. These individuals could include – but are not limited to – coaches, teachers, counsellors, principals, supervisors from work and volunteer positions, family doctors, and community or religious leaders.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2017


UBC online application tips


UBC Personal Profile information


UBC Major Entrance Scholarship


  • The Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) program offers awards available to entering students at UBC, including a one-time award of approximately $5,000 and renewable awards of up to $60,000 payable over four years.
  • These scholarships recognize students who excel across the board and who have demonstrated academic and leadership achievements in the arts, community, athletics, and school.
  • To be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship, students MUST submit their online application by December 1, 2017. This includes paying the admission fee and submitting grade 11 and 12 marks as requested in the online application.
  • The information students submit in their Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of the online application will be used for consideration for this scholarship.
  • Deadline December 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.

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.


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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