$40,000 Cmolik Foundation Scholarship for students who have faced adversity and demonstrated tenacity. Due Monday,February 3rd

Triumphing over adversity

The Cmolik Foundation awards scholarships to youth who have faced adversity in their lives and demonstrated tenacity. Many of our students would not be able to access post-secondary education without our help. With hard work and our support, their dreams can become reality.

For every BC student

Students who have lived in British Columbia for at least seven years and have experienced adversity in their lives are eligible to apply. They may not have top grades through high school but must be capable of succeeding at the post-secondary level.


In order to be eligible for a TCF Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a BC resident for at least 7 years,
  • Be in Grade 12 or a recent secondary school graduate,
  • Have demonstrated financial need,
  • Have faced adversity,
  • Plan to be a full-time student,
  • Be ineligible for the BC Tuition Waiver Program (for former youth in care),
  • Use funding for a post-secondary institution, trade or college, and
  • Be endorsed by their school principal.

Application Criteria

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, student applications will be adjudicated by a selection committee that will consider the student’s proven resilience in the face of adversity, their positive work ethic, their academic suitability, their contributions to their community, the clarity of their educational goals, their focused commitment, their fit with the organization, and the support of their references.
Scholarship Summary

The Cmolik Foundation reimburses up to $40,000 for books/tuition for an undergraduate degree or equivalent, provided the student makes appropriate academic progress in keeping with the scholarship guidelines.

We only fund undergraduate programs or equivalent. Transportation and living costs are not eligible. Students receiving scholarship funding greater than $2,500 per semester from another agency will result in a reduction in our payment.

The maximum duration for funding is five (5) consecutive years from the start of the first semester. Students must take a minimum of four (4) courses per semester, unless pre-approved. Students must pass a minimum of three (3) courses per semester. Failed/withdrawn course costs are deducted from the scholarship.

Further details will be provided to successful candidates upon acceptance into the scholarship program.

Application Process

Preliminary Applications are due to the Byrne Creek Scholarship Committee on Monday, February 3rd.  Once shortlisted, the official application is due February 7th of each year for post-secondary enrollment commencing not later than September of that year.

All applicants must be endorsed by their secondary school. The principal’s nomination letter must be included with the application.

Each BC secondary school may only nominate one application unless prior permission received. Applications must be completed online.

Application is due Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

NEW! $1000 City of Burnaby Scholarship for academics, community involvement and financial need: Due Tuesday, April 28

Similar to other municipalities, the City of Burnaby is establishing a bursary award
program that, in coordination with the School District recognizes a graduating student’s
educational achievements, community involvement, as well as financial need, and
encourages them to pursue further education through providing a bursary award.

An annual bursary award of $1,000 would be provided to one eligible student nominated by EACH public secondary school in Burnaby.

To be eligible:

• Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of the City of Burnaby;
• Be in Grade 12 and eligible to graduate (within the year of application) from a public
secondary school in Burnaby School District 41;
• Be accepted to a program of studies at a post-secondary institution in Canada,
such as universities, community colleges, technical schools – proof of registration
in a minimum of three courses in a post-secondary institution shall be required
before any bursary award payment is made to a recipient;
• Preference will be given to a student who has participated in a community program
prior to graduating and can demonstrate outstanding community involvement and
volunteerism; and,
• Students who demonstrate financial need (family income below $50,000) will be
given priority

Detailed application information is HERE.

Application is due Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

$200 Burnaby Arts Council Scholarship: Due Tuesday, March 31st

There will be at least TEN Burnaby District Scholarships that will be offered this year.  The information will be available to you in the next few weeks and applications will be due on Tuesday, March 31st at 3:15pm. In the mean time, here is general information for the $200 Burnaby Arts Council Scholarship:

Burnaby Arts Council Scholarship $200

  • demonstrated excellence and achievement in the arts (performing, visual or literary) in school curricular and extra-curricular programs and the motivation to develop their ability. Additional consideration will be given for community involvement.
  • exhibited a good academic record with letters of commendation.
  • To access more criteria, CLICK HERE
  • To access the application form, CLICK HERE

Application is due to Ms. Falsetto on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

$3500 Coast Capital Savings Standing Tall Award for students who have faced adversity and risen up against the odds: Application due Tuesday, March 31st

$3500 Coast Capital Savings Standing Tall Award:

Awarded to youth who have faced adversity and have not only risen up against the odds, but are demonstrating a commitment to continue their education. This award is open to students who have faced challenges like poverty, health, family issues, personal loss and lack of support.

We have had several Byrne Creek students win this award in the past… your applications are reviewed with care and attention. If you meet the criteria, we hope you apply.

How to apply:

In 500 words max for each question, please tell us:
1. How have you faced or continue to face adversity and have not only risen up against the odds, but demonstrated a commitment to pursuing your education?

2. What would winning this award mean to you in terms of helping you achieve your post-secondary aspirations?

3. If you could share one piece of advice with other youth facing personal hurdles (such as poverty, health challenges, family issues, personal loss, and lack of supports), what would it be?

Please submit your application to the Byrne Creek Scholarship Committee who will select Byrne Creek’s top candidate.  Then, I will advocate for you at the District Scholarship Committee meeting where two students in the district will be selected.

The application is due Tuesday, March 31st.  Click on the link HERE for more information and the detailed application.

Please see me in B110 with any questions or email laida.falsetto@burnabyschools.ca

Thank you,


2 x $1500, 2 x $750 and 6 x $1000 BC School Sports Scholarships: Due May 4th

1. Dave Gifford Memorial & Zone Scholarship (2 x $1500, 2 x$750)
*only one application should be completed for both scholarships

Applicants must have competed in at least 1 BCSS approved sport during grade 12 (2 for Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarship).

To qualify for the Dave Gifford or Zone Scholarship, the applicant must:
• Be enrolled in and participated at a BCSS Member School
• Be graduating this year and will be entering their first year of full-time studies in a Canadian University or College.
• Have demonstrated exceptional athletic achievement in a BCSS activity and, have a minimum grade percentage of 75%
• Have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in school and/or community.
• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been confirmed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Scholarship Amounts

Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarships
• 2 x $1500 scholarships will be awarded, one male and one female.
Zone Scholarships
• 2x $750 scholarships will be awarded for each BCSS athletic zone, one male and one female.

How to apply:

Attach the following mandatory documentation in support of your application:
• A 400 – 500 word essay on one of the following topics
• Describe how your involvement in school sports has enriched your high school experience, what life skills you’ve developed; OR
• Describe your favourite memory from highschool sports that has nothing to do with winning or losing a contest or tournament. Explain what happened, and why the memory is one that will stay with you.
• A Letter from school administrator (or his/her designate) certifying character, scholastic achievement, and school citizenship.
• A Letter from the school coach/athletic director certifying leadership, sportsmanship and, in particular,the level of athletic ability
• A Transcript of grades showing percentages for all grade eleven and twelve courses completed, as well as interim percentages for all courses in progress

Application due May 4th, 2020.


2. Bert and Greta Quartermine Badminton Scholarship (6 x $1000)

The Bert & Greta Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship rewards excellence in both scholastic and athletic pursuits.
The successful applicants will be student-athletes who have balanced their achievements as badminton athletes with significant success as leaders and contributors to their community.

To qualify for the Bert & Greta Quartermaine Scholarship, the applicant must:
• Have played badminton for a BC School Sports member school
• Be graduating this year and will be entering their first year of full-time studies in a Canadian University or College.
• Demonstrate leadership and volunteer-ism within their school or community
• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been confirmed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Scholarship Amounts
• 6x $1000 scholarships will be awarded to the most worthy candidates
*a minimum of two males and two females

How to apply:

• A Letter of recommendation from badminton coach
• At least one letter of support outlining your involvement in the community
• A Transcipt of grades showing percentages for all grade eleven and twelve courses completed, as well as interim marks for all courses in progress.

Detailed information is available HERE.

Application due May 4th, 2020.


Leadership Award for Grades 10-12: Applications are due February 3rd

 Are you a Burnaby Youth in grade 10 to 12?
 Have you demonstrated leadership and service in your school or community?
 Do you want to further develop and utilize your leadership skills?
 Are you available to attend a fully sponsored 4-day leadership camp from Saturday
March 28th to Tuesday March 31st 2020
 Are you available to come for an interview February 2020?

Information poster is available HERE.

RYLA participants will take in a LEADERSHIP CAMP EXPERIENCE at Camp
Elphinstone with other youths from all over British Columbia

Email your resume to antoniab@burnabynh.ca
Write RYLA application and your name in the subject
For more information, check out the website at www.ryla5040.org

Deadline for applications – February 3rd, 2020

$$$ BCIT Entrance Scholarships: Due as early as August 5th

The following BCIT Entrance Awards are available to students who are planning to attend BCIT 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

A copy of the Entrance Awards poster is HEREMore information about BCIT Entrance Awards and the application forms can be found at bcit.ca/finaid

For more information, please feel free to contact:

BCIT Student Financial Aid and Awards

Building SW1, Room 2132

3700 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, BC

V5G 3H2

(604) 432 – 8555


Up to $28,000 Terry Fox Humanitarian Scholarship: Due February 1

Eligibility Criteria

Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards are open to students of all abilities.

To be considered for the Award, applicants must meet be:

  • In good academic standing.
  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Students graduating from secondary (high) school or students completing their first year of CÉGEP or students who have completed secondary (high) school
  • Involved in voluntary humanitarian activities (for which they have not been compensated).
  • Planning to or are already studying towards their first university degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution, or entering their 2nd year of CÉGEP in the upcoming academic year.

Website link is HERE.

Due date is February 1, 2020.


$15,000 Weston Youth Innovation Award for innovators: Due March 31st

About Scholarship

Presented annually, the Weston Youth Innovation Award was created to encourage and recognize young Canadian innovators. It provides students aged 14 to 18 a unique way to share their ideas and get the word out to a much larger audience! Interested? Why not tell us about your accomplishments? You could be the next Weston Youth Innovation Award winner.  For more information, click HERE.

Due March 31st.

30 x $1000 Kin Canada Scholarships for students with financial need: Due Janaury 31st

What They’re Looking For

  • Financial Need
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Citizenship: Canadian or Permanent Resident (Canada)

About Scholarship

Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF), awarded 52 deserving students with a $1,000 bursary for their 2017-18 school year. Successful applicants were chosen based on their community and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need. Download the list of 2017 bursary recipients.

Since its inception in 1994, $978,000 has been awarded to 978 students across Canada. The amount disbursed in any one year depends on the balance of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund and its governing laws.

Kin Canada Clubs play a vital role in the Kin Canada Bursaries program. They make donations to grow the fund, which affects how many bursaries are awarded each year.

HREF History
Kin Canada established the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund in memory of Hal Rogers, Kin Canada’s founder who passed away in 1994. The HREF Board of Trustees carry out the Fund’s purpose to promote, encourage and sponsor educational programs and activities.

Application info is HERE.

Due January 31st.