Scholarships and Bursaries

What are Scholarships and Bursaries?

Scholarships are

awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the founder of the award.

Bursaries are

financial awards that are based on both financial need and criteria set by the donor, founder or individual institution.

Every year hundreds of scholarships and bursaries go unawarded because students did not apply for them. It does take work to put together an application, but it can be worth the effort. 

Finding Scholarships

High school students, ask your high school counsellor! Many high schools have scholarships specifically for high-school students heading to post-secondary.  Also, almost all post-secondary institutions have scholarships and bursaries for their students.

High school student or not, research and discover funds available to you on the following sites. For Indigenous funding opportunities, please visit our Indigenous Students page. 

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PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES

StudentAidBC

Student loans, grants, and scholarship information specifically designed for BC students.

Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

Supports students who are former youth in care and are attending either full-time or part-time studies at a BC public post-secondary institution, Native Education College or one of 10 eligible union trades training centres.

Canada Student Loans and Grants

Government of Canada site that provides information on national student loans program, repayment assistance plans, grants as well as provincial and territorial student financial aid offices.

Canada Apprentice Loan Service Centre (CALSC)

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting registered apprentices throughout their training. The Canada Apprentice Loan can help you get the money you need to achieve your goals.

International Scholarships

Government of Canada site that provides information about funding resources for both students wanting to study in Canada and Canadian students who may wish to study abroad.

Aboriginal Learning Links

Scholarships and bursaries that are available for Indigenous students.

BC School Superintendents Association

Annual regional scholarships for students planning to pursue post-secondary studies.

BC Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships to recognize well-rounded BC graduates who have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities.

BC Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarships

Awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment and aptitude for a career path in K-12 teaching.

BC District/Authority Scholarships

Scholarships to recognize graduating BC students for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength.

BC Arts Council Scholarship Program

Provides funding of up to $6,000 per year to outstanding BC residents attending full-time studies in a fine-arts diploma or degree program at a recognized college, university, institution or academy, in any country, are eligible to apply.

PRIVATE SECTOR SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES

BC Tech Scholarships

Grants to students who have a passion for technology and are pursuing post-secondary education in Engineering, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Cleantech, IT & Applied Technology, Business & Technology Managemen, Product Management, Digital Media, and other tech programs.

ScholarshipsCanada

A database of scholarships, student awards and bursaries available to students.

Student Awards

A Canadian free scholarship matching and peer-to-peer support for your life as a student.

Disability Awards

A database of scholarships available in Canada specifically for students with disabilities.

Loran Scholars Foundation

Largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award (valued at $100,000) to young Canadians on the basis of character, service and the promise of leadership.

Horatio Alger Association of Canada

Provides $1.2 million annually in need-based scholarship support for deserving students in all Canada provinces and territories.

Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society

Provides scholarships and awards to BC students to assist them with the completion of their post-secondary studies. Scholarship categories include transfer, international, Indigenous and women in tech.

Canadian Mental Health Association of BC

CMHA BC helps people with mental illness further their pursuit of post-secondary education through their scholarship and bursary programs.

POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS' FINANCIAL AID & AWARDS OFFICES

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Financial Aid & Awards 

Camosun College

Financial Aid & Awards

Capilano University

Financial Aid & Awards

Coast Mountain College

Financial Aid

College of New Caledonia

Financial Aid & Awards

College of the Rockies

Financial Aid and Awards

Douglas College

Financial Aid & Information

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Financial Aid + Awards

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Student Awards & Financial Assistance

Langara College

Financial Aid

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Financial Aid Department

North Island College

Financial Aid

Northern Lights College

Student Financial Aid and Awards

Okanagan College

Financial Aid and Awards

Royal Roads University

Financial Aid & Awards

Selkirk College

Student Awards & Financial Support

Simon Fraser University

Financial Aid and Awards

Thompson Rivers University

Student Awards & Financial Aid

University of British Columbia

Finances

University of Northern British Columbia 

Awards and Financial Aid

University of the Fraser Valley

Financial aid and awards

University of Victoria

Student Awards and Financial Aid

Vancouver Community College

Financial Aid & Student Awards

Vancouver Island University

Financial Aid & Awards

Tips for Applying for Scholarships

Scholarship application processes can differ depending on who is awarding it.  Ensure your application meets the requirements!