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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  • www.bkmclamorefoundation.org - "Who We Are" – "Programs"
  • Available to all eligible grade 12's and Burger King Employees.  See the website for criteria
  • Deadline: December 15, 2017


  • Information sessions for Grade 12's in the Library during lunch Dec. 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • COBSS on-line application opens:  December 5, 2017
  • COBSS on-line application closes:  January 15, 2018, 12:00 midnight
  • COBSS paper application deadline:  January 16, 2018, 9:00 am, KSS Counselling Centre
  • Deadline January 16, 2018 @ 9:00am


  • www.parl.gc.ca/hocpage
  • Be a full time student in 1 of the 4 universities in the National Capital Region
  • Be bilingual in both official languages
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: December 4, 2017


·         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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  • Be in their graduation year with graduation to occur by August 31 of the school year in which they are nominated
  • Be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) and fulfill graduation requirements of the 2004 Graduation Program by August 31, 2018
  • Have at least a: 
    • "B" (73% or above) in their Language Arts 11 final mark 
    • "B" average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one "C+" (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than "C+" are not accepted)
  • Maintain a "B" average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation
  • Write and pass a Language Arts 12 provincial examination 

You cannot win both a BC Excellence Scholarship and a Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship.

Nominees' application package (PDF) must include:

  • Resume in the mandatory format
  • Two reference letters, one from your community and one from your school
  • A written statement, maximum 500 words, which must describe:
    • What led you to your most relevant community service, volunteer activity, and/or leadership role, and
    • What you learned from this experience, and
    • How this experience will benefit you in your chosen career path.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2018 at 12:00 noon to your counsellor.  No late or incomplete packages will be accepted by the district selection committee.  Please note that this deadline is different from the deadline published on the BC Ministry of Education website to allow the district selection process to occur.


  • 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 further information

COBSS (NEW!  see instruction video below)

  • Printed paper copy applications due to the Counselling Centre,

Tues., January 16, 2018 @ 9:00am


  • Be a full time student in 1 of the 4 universities in the National Capital Region
  • Be bilingual in both official languages
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Deadline: January 8, 2018


  • www.schulichleaders.com/application
  • The candidate must be intending to enroll in a program at one of the Canadian universities in the STEM areas of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). View designated Canadian Universities on the website.
  • The candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Each candidate must possess at least two of the following three attributes:
  1. Has exceptional high academic grades
  2. Has demonstrated outstanding leadership in school life and community life, or provided evidence of entrepreneurial talent
  3. Has financial need

STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, math) HORIZON AWARDS

  • https://steamhorizonawards.ca
  • Are you often described as a leader, an achiever, or an innovator? Do you have limitless drive, ambition, and determination?
  • The STEAM Horizon Awards, a newly funded prize program, invites Canada's youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

·         Must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident.

·         Between 16 and 18 years old.

·         Recognized for STEAM-related accomplishments in a formal or informal way.

·         Maintaining a minimum academic average of 85%.

·         Preparing to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in a STEAM field within Canada.

·         Deadline: January 16, 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.

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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