MDBPoster3Interior Savings Million Dollar Bursary

Interior Savings is extremely proud to be awarding 1000 X $1000  bursaries to students who reside in the Thompson, Okanagan and Nicola communities this year! February 28th 2020 application deadline. For more information, go to www.milliondollarbursary.com

 

Tips For Completing Scholarship Applications -Start early!


Applying for scholarships is a lot of work; leave yourself enough time to complete them thoroughly.  Once you've done one, though, minor tweaks allow you to adjust and apply for potentially many.  The first application is the most difficult.

  • Neatness and readability are extremely important. Present your work in a typed and well-organized fashion.
  • Proofread your application and fix all errors.  You need to show that you are capable of producing high quality work.
  • If you write an essay and it asks for a specific number of words (500 for example) – do not go over the limit! This criterion is given for a reason and if you do not follow instructions, your application may not be considered.
  • Do not leave any blanks. If a question does not pertain to you, write "NA" (not applicable) in the space provided.
  • If you do not understand a question, phone the contact number and ask them to clarify.  Be very clear, courteous and appreciative when you speak.
  • Submit your application on time.
  • Make sure that you are eligible for the award for which you are applying.
  • If you are asking for reference letters make sure that you give your referees enough time to write the letter. You should also give them a copy of your resume and let them know specifically what the scholarship is seeking.
  • Keep a digital copy of your completed application and reference letters.  These can be easily edited to fit the next application.


Scholar Tree

ScholarTree is a free site developed with the intent to help reduce student debt, which many students have to take on for post-secondary education. ScholarTree.ca streamlines the scholarship process for students; all they have to do is create a simple profile and based on the information they provide (including school, the field of interest, volunteer experience etc.) they will be matched to all of the scholarships that they qualify for.

Visit Scholar Tree Website

 

1. District #58/Authority Scholarships

There are 5500 District/Authority Scholarships distributed across school districts and independent school authorities that recognize graduating B.C. students for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength. Winners receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

SCIDES AND CLC have the opportunity to award a maximum of 5 awards this year.

Qualifying for a District/Authority Scholarship

To win a scholarship, a student must apply and:

1. Meet the basic eligibility requirements

2. Meet criteria determined by the local scholarship committee, which requires a student to demonstrate outstanding achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Indigenous Languages and Culture (demonstrated at school or in the community)
  • Fine Arts (e.g., Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Applied Skills (e.g., Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics)
  • Physical Activity (e.g., Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education)
  • International Languages with Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) or External Assessments, including A.P. and I.B. courses
  • Community Service (Volunteer Activity), which includes demonstration of local and global issues and cultural awareness
  • Technical and Trades Training (e.g., Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training)

3. Fulfil the B.C. graduation requirements of either the 2018 Graduation Program or the Adult Graduation Program by August 31st of the student’s graduating year.

4. Have not previously received a District/Authority Award or a District/Authority Scholarship.  A student can receive only one District/Authority Scholarship in their lifetime.

For SCIDES and CLC, students will need to:

  1. Fill out an application form, which includes a paragraph of about 250 words, telling us about the area of interest you are choosing to present, why you have chosen it and how you plan to incorporate it into your future;
  2. Complete the District Dogwood Scholarship Reference form; and
  3. Complete a presentation to the KLC scholarship committee

DUE: May 15th of the current school year

2. SCIDES PAC SCHOLARSHIP

These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year

Number of Awards: 3

  • Academic (Humanities)
  • Academic (Sciences)
  • Trades and Technical

Amount of Award: $750.00

Eligibility: Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.

CRITERIA:

  1. Academic Scholarship (Humanities): Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Humanities at post-secondary institution.
  2. Academic Scholarship (Sciences): Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 80% in all grade 11/12 courses, and plans to pursue studies in Sciences at a post-secondary institution.
  3. Trades and Technical: Awarded to a student who has achieved a minimum of 75% in all courses, and plans to pursue studies in Trades/Technical courses.

Selection Process for all awards:  Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions:

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

3. SCIDES PAC BURSARY

These awards are sponsored by the SCIDES Parent Advisory Council and were established in 2005.

The deadline for these applications is May 15th of the current school year

Number of Awards:  1

Amount of Award:  $500.00

Eligibility:  Open to Gr. 12 students who attended SCIDES as a full-time student for Grades 11 and 12.

CRITERIA:  Demonstrated good character, citizenship, and community involvement.

Selection Process: Selected by the School’s Student Achievement Committee.

Special Conditions:

The award is conditional on enrolment in any program that is six months or longer in duration at a recognized post-secondary institution or training facility.  The student must enroll in the program no longer than one year following graduation.

 

4. External Scholarships

Check out this GREAT scholarship research tool! SmartScholar

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The Adoptive Families Association of BC  (NEW)

Post-Secondary Education Bursaries Available for Youth in/from Care!

The Adoptive Families Association of BC is pleased to announce our Youth Bursary Applications are now live on our website! The intention of our $1,000 bursaries are to provide funding that will assist in covering costs of tuition and/or costs directly related to the post-secondary programs (vocational, trade or academic post-secondary program, at an accredited BC institution) for youth in/from foster care in BC, or who have been adopted.

The AFABC Youth Bursary was established in 2014, with funding from the Adoptive Families Association of BC, and accepts applications from youth who have joined their family by legal adoption.

For more information about our bursaries and eligibility criteria, and to fill out an application, visit our bursaries webpage: AFABC Youth Bursaries

 

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BCIT Entrance Awards 

Commencing April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

  • Up to 25 BCIT President’s Entrance Awards, available only to current High School students
  • Valued up to $4,000 each.
  • Deadline: August 5, 2020
  • Over 125 additional BCIT Entrance Awards
  • Valued up to $6,000 each.
  • Deadlines: August 5, 2020 and/or January 6, 2021

 

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EVES FAMILY - $200.00 SCHOLARSHIP

Description:

The Eves family will award $200.00 each, to three students who are graduating from Merritt Secondary School, South Central Interior Distance Education School, or Community Learning Centre and proceeding to further post-secondary education (recognized university, college, trades program).

This scholarship was created by Paul and Sarah Eves to recognize the hard work and dedication of their children towards their education and its importance in making their goals a reality. They hope this award will assist others in meeting their educational goals. This scholarship will be awarded to applicant(s) who best exemplifies a dedication and perseverance to their education.

Conditions:

Your cover letter should clearly explain how you have personally persevered to achieve your educational goals. It should also be signed by two teachers who recommend your application with their contact information, or two supporting reference letters.

The scholarship can be carried over to the second year after graduation. The award will be paid upon proof of registration at a post-secondary institution.

*Selection will be made in conjunction with the Eves family

Contact the following person to collect your bursary/scholarship:

Ms. Barbara Ross
Secretary-Treasurer
School District #58
PO Bag 4100
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

Mrs. Karen Goetz
Principal
Kengard Learning Centre/SCIDES/CLC
250-378-4245

Educators for Distributed Learning Provincial Specialist Assocation (EDLPSA)

The British Columbia (BC) Educators for Distributed Learning Provincial Specialist Association (EDLPSA) is pleased to offer a $1000 scholarship to a 2020 graduate. The scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating with a High School Dogwood or Adult Diploma from a Distributed Learning program in British Columbia. The successful student will have post-secondary plans for further educational pursuits by upgrading skills, training for a career or enrolling in an academic program at a post-secondary institution. This opportunity is open to any student that has successfully graduated in 2020 from a British Columbia Distributed Learning (DL) program. Proof of graduation will be required before the scholarship is awarded.

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  • Horatio Alger Scholarships: scholarship program for hardworking high school students across Canada (and CEGEP students in Quebec) who have faced adversity and overcome hardship. The scholarship is for students beginning their post-secondary studies in the fall of 2020.

    85 scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to students who apply before October 25, 2019. They can apply by visiting https://www.horatioalger.ca/.

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NICOLA-SIMILKAMEEN PRINCIPAL & VICE PRINCIPAL ASSOCIATION - $500.00 BURSARY

Description

A Bursary is to be awarded to a student graduating from Kengard Learning Centre with preference given to a student entering or considering the field of education.

Conditions

  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • High academic achievement.
  • The Bursary will be paid in full to the student once proof of registration in a recognized post-secondary institution has been provided.
  • The bursary may be deferred one-year upon receipt of a letter from the student prior to December 31st of that year.

Application due no later than May 15th of the school year.

Contact the following person to claim your bursary/scholarship:

Mrs. Karen Goetz, Principal
Kengard Learning Centre
Merritt, BC
V1K 1B2
250-378-4245
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  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) 50 Scholarships Awarded Annually

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5. Other Scholarships and Awards Website Links

The following websites will give you information on scholarships, awards and financial aid that might be available to help you with the cost of post-secondary education.

1. Scholarships and awards are designed to give outstanding students support while they attend post-secondary institutions and selection for these awards may depend on any number of criteria.

2. Students may also qualify for loans through the government.

3. Most post-secondary institutions offer entrance awards. Check out the website of the institution that you are planning on attending. Some websites are listed below.