Scholarships

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR EDUCATION

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS FROM POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

Post-secondary institutions offer these “types” of Awards; students are to research institution websites for:

  • Automatic Entrance Awards/Scholarships – Based on academic excellence and an application is not required.
  • Nominated Entrance Awards – Criteria is based on strong academics and school/community involvement.
  • Open Entrance/Affiliated Awards – Open to all students provided they meet the criteria of the award. An application is required and students are to pay attention to the application deadlines.
  • Bursaries – Open to students who may be in financial need and who have maintained a satisfactory academic record. Evidence of need is usually required as well as meeting special requirements or qualifications.

PRIVATE & PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS

These awards are open to students who meet the criteria set out. However some of these may be nominated awards. The criteria are often based on community and school involvement as well as strong (but not necessarily top) academics. Often, membership in a club or union; having faced a challenge; or in financial need may be part of the criteria. Research http://sd38careercentre.weebly.com/how-to-apply-for-scholarships.html and look into places of employment, unions and organizations to which your parents and grandparents belong because they may offer an award.

Scholarship Scam Alert!!
Be award of scam artists – here are a few of the most commonly used approaches:
Scam #1:  Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship.
Scam #2:  Watch how much personal information you provide.  All scholarships have an eligibility requirement, but no legitimate scholarship application requires a cheque, credit card or banking information.
Scam #3:  There’s no such thing as a guaranteed scholarship that you qualify for simply by applying.  All scholarships will require you to meet a certain eligibility criteria and most of them are extremely competitive.
Scam #4:  Scholarships don’t come looking for you.  If you receive a phone call or letter or email telling you that you’ve been “selected” or won a prize – beware.
Scam #5:  “You can’t get this information anywhere else” no legitimate scholarship sponsor will align itself with only one scholarship matching service provider.

STEVESTON-LONDON SCHOOL AWARDS

Students must apply and applications can be picked up at the counselling centre.

PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND DISTRICT  AWARDS

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident and a B.C. resident
  • Meet the grad and eligibility requirements

PATHWAY TO TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

  • $5,000 annual scholarship to students planning to enter the field of K-12 teaching in BC
  • Awarded to 20 outstanding Grade 12 students

NEW! BC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

  • $5,000 scholarship voucher for post-secondary
  • School nomination required
  • 55 BC Excellence Scholarships recognizing well-rounded B.C. graduates

NEW! BC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • $1,250 scholarship voucher awarded to the top 3,000 students based on students’ achievement in Grades 10, 11, and 12 courses that satisfy graduation program requirements (including elective courses).
  • Top 20 Scholars in BC will receive $2,500

DISTRICT/AUTHORITY AWARDS

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident and a B.C. resident

$1250 voucher will be awarded– in Indigenous Languages & Culture; Fine Arts; Applied Skills; Physical Education; International Languages; Community Service; Technical & Trades Training

The Ministry of Education allocates annually 5,500 awards pro-rated to schools districts based on each district’s September 30th Grade 12 enrollment.

For details and selection criteria:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/handbook_of_procedures.pdf

LOANS

Student financial assistance is through the Provincial and Federal governments. Research and apply online through www.StudentAidBC.ca

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