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. 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 "Membership", 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, 2018

BCSSA SCHOLARSHIPS

  • www.bcssa.org under "Resources", then "Scholarships"
  • Recognized for volunteer service in the life or lives of others
  • Deadline: February 9, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

INTERIOR SAVINGS MILLION DOLLAR BURSARY PROGRAM

  • www.interiorsavings.com – under "In Our Community" (top of page), then Bursary Program"
  • Deadline to become an active member of Interior Savings Credit Union: February 28, 2018
  • Attending post-secondary institution in September 2018
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

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, 2018

RBC ABORIGINAL STUDENT AWARDS

  • www.gotoapply.ca/rbc
  • Recipients selected based on personal and academic achievements
  • Deadline: February 28, 2018

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, 2018
 
 

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.

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

BCSTA (B.C. SCHOOL TRUSTEES ASSOCIATION) STUDENT CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

  • www.bcsta.org - "Resources & Services" - "Student Scholarships"
  • demonstrate exemplary citizenship within their school and community
  • Deadline: March 2, 2018

THE BOSTOCK AND FALLIS FAMILIES OF MONTE CREEK HERITAGE FUND

  • Have graduated (or will graduate this spring) 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 indicated financial need to continue your education.
  • Have provided community service
  • Be registered (or in the process of registering) in a post-secondary institution within Canada.
  • Deadline March 1, 2018

CENTRAL OKANAGAN FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER SPIRIT SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.centralokanaganfoundation.org "Who We Are" then "News"
  • Resides in the Central Okanagan (Peachland to Lake country)
  • Actively engaged in substantial volunteering
  • Applicants must already be accepted into a program of studies at the post-secondary level
  • Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the post-secondary institution
  • Email application (Word or pdf format) to joanne@centralokanaganfoundation.org
  • Deadline: March 1, 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:  March 31, 2018

JACK FARLEY YOUTH SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • www.bcsportshalloffame.com
  • One outstanding male and one outstanding female amateur athlete who is involved in either their community or school sports
  • For details and nomination contact Mr. Bernhardsson

OKANAGAN COLLEGE ENTRANCE AWARDS

  • www.okanagan.bc.ca - "Student Services" - "Financial Aid & Awards" -  "High School Entrance Awards"
  • Website will explain eligibility criteria and application forms for the following:
  • Okanagan College President's Entrance Scholarships
  • Okanagan College Community Spirit Awards
  • Deadline: March 30, 2018

PROSPERA EDUCATIONAL AWARDS PROGRAM

  • www.prospera.ca – various awards under "Community tab" – "Community Programs" – "Supporting Education"
  • Must be a member in good standing of Prospera Credit Union for at least one year
  • Must be a resident of B.C., but may attend a university or college anywhere in Canada
  • Drop off application to any Prospera Credit Union Branch
  • Deadline: March 30, 2018

RE/MAX "QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE" BURSARIES

  • www.remax.ca – "About REMAX" – "In The Community" – "Quest for excellence"
  • Students write an essay based the contributions they have made to their communities. The key qualities students should demonstrate are leadership, motivation and communication skills.
  • Deadline: March 12, 2018

RETAIL AS A CAREER SCHOLARSHIP

  • www.retaileducation.ca – side tab – "Retail as a Career Scholarship Program"
  • Must be pursuing an education in a business, marketing or retail related post-secondary program.
  • Currently working part-time or full-time within the retail industry
  • Deadline: TBD

STACEY LEVITT MEMORIAL AWARD

1.    A completed application form in one of these methods:

  • Online application form submitted electronically.

    submissions@parachutecanada.org
  • Paper application form submitted by mail, fax or email. You can either print a pdf of the application or complete a fillable form.  See Submissions information on how to send your documentation to Parachute.

    150 Eglinton Ave. E, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1E8

    or Fax 416-596-2721.

2.    A letter of recommendation from an individual with first-hand knowledge of the applicant's involvement in their school or community.

3.    A short essay (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, font size 12) addressing the following questions:

  • How do you demonstrate a long life lived to the fullest and how are you helping others to achieve this?
  • How do you demonstrate Parachute's goals, and brand values of nobility, courage, and inclusivity?
  • If successful, how do you intend to use the funding provided by the Stacey Levitt Memorial Award?
  • Deadline: March 2, 2018

TWO/TEN FOUNDATION OF CANADA BURSARY

  • http://files.constantcontact.com/f7ac21ab401/f828e2ac-ab82-4580-80bd-9c029c9abbed.pdf
  • Must be the child of a parent whose work is directly related to the footwear, leather or allied industries and has been so employed for at least one year before you apply for a Two/Ten Bursary OR must have worked no less than 500 hours in the qualified industries in the year before a Two/Ten award will be used.
  • In addition, you must be one of the following:
  1. A high school senior who will graduate this year and who will enter post-secondary next Fall on a full-time basis.
  2. A high school graduate since 2013.
  3. A student currently enrolled full time in a university, college, or vocational/technical school and continuing next year.
  • Your family must have a financial need for assistance in meeting the costs of the post-secondary institution you will attend.
  • Deadline March 29, 2018

TREVOR LINDEN COMMUNITY SPIRIT SCHOLARSHIP

  • Must demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and exemplary contributions and commitment to enriching the lives of others in the community
  • Deadline: March 17, 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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