Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards and more!

Category: Ministry of Education Scholarships

Pathways to Teacher Education Scholarship

Criteria

The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship is awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment and aptitude for a career path in K-12 teaching.

Value:

$5,000 scholarship voucher to redeem when registered and attending an approved K-12 teacher education program at one of BC’s nine Faculties of Education. Up to 7 years to redeem voucher.

Due Date

ONLINE by FEBRUARY 15, 2022.

Procedure

For eligibility and application visit online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/scholarships/provincial-scholarships/pathway-to-teacher-education-scholarship

BC Excellence Scholarship

Criteria

The BC Excellence scholarship is awarded to 55 well-rounded high school graduates who have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities, and who show aptitude for and commitment to their chosen career paths. You must be nominated by your secondary school to qualify for this scholarship and each school may nominate one student only.

Value

$5000. Students have five years to redeem their BC Excellence scholarship vouchers; an expiry date is printed on each voucher and extensions are not possible.

Dates

Key dates

  • February 4, 2022: nomination application due to Ms. Mihic in Student Services or email by 3pm.
  • February 15, 2022: online applications due by 2:59 pm PST
  • Early June 2022: conditional recipients and their schools notified by email
  • September 2022: conditional recipients checked against eligibility requirements
  • October 2022: paper scholarship vouchers mailed to confirmed recipients
Procedure

Before starting, review all the details for this process outlined here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/scholarships/provincial-scholarships/bc-excellence-scholarships 

Schools may only submit one nominee for this scholarship. You must submit a 500 word response on the following question:

Statement question: describe how you demonstrated one or more of the Core Competencies (or sub-competencies) in the B.C. Curriculum in your most relevant volunteer or work experiences.

This is due to Ms. Mihic  by February 4th to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

Students selected as conditional recipients of the BC Excellence scholarship must meet the following requirements by August 31 of their graduating year to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher:

  • meet basic eligibility requirements;
  • be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma);
  • fulfill the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program;
  • be graduating in the same year the scholarship is awarded; and
  • have the following final marks.
    • Minimum “B” average in grades 11 and 12 courses required for graduation.
    • Minimum “B” (73% or above) in Language Arts 12.
    • Minimum “B” average, no more than one “C+” (67% or above), and no marks lower than “C+” in courses that fulfill graduation requirements for Science 11 or 12, Math 11, and Social Studies 11 or 12Note: students may apply for both the BC Excellence scholarship and the Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship but they can only be awarded one.

How applications are evaluated

  1. Written statements are assessed by teams of B.C. teachers using the marking guidelines
  2. A subset of candidates is shortlisted.
  3. The resume packages for these students are assessed by the scholarship committee, which includes B.C. teachers, using the marking guidelines.
  4. Fifty-five candidates are named as conditional recipients.

Preparation

Students are encouraged to get organized well before the application deadline of 11:59pm PST on February 15, 2021.

  • Record the key dates noted above
  • Plan to meet all eligibility requirements
  • Understand students must be nominated by their secondary school to qualify for this scholarship and each school may nominate one student only
  • Understand that the online application must be completed in one session because it cannot be saved and completed later; preview the online application and follow the instructions to prepare information offline

Apply

BC Excellence scholarship application

·        Students are encouraged to inform their high schools of any address changes. In the fall, the Ministry mails paper scholarship vouchers to recipients using the home addresses reported by schools.

Questions?

Please contact the Provincial Scholarships Program team: scholarships@gov.bc.ca .

Dogwood District / Authority Scholarship

Criteria
It’s time to start applying for the Dogwood District /Authority which is a scholarship targeted to students seeking a career in the “trades”. Students who have completed a Youth in Trades Program or ACE-It are a natural fit for this scholarship but anyone who fits the criteria can be considered. THERE ARE A LIMITED AMOUNT ADMINISTERED. MAKE SURE YOU APPLY AND APPLY EARLY.
Here are some things to know when filling out the application:
  • Elective areas for completion are: Fine Arts, Indigenous Language and Culture, Applied Skills, Physical Activity, International Languages, Community Service*, Technical and Trades Training.
  • “a minimum 2.5 (“C+”) Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on the BEST 10 Grade 11 and 12, 4-credit courses including a minimum of four courses (except for Community Service) from their chosen area listed above.  One of the four courses may be Work Experience 12A or B (WEX12A or B) if it is related to the student’s chosen career path.”
  • When filling out the application, the committee is looking for students not necessarily planning on going to a university (but are going to a technical or trade school). Remember this when applying.
  • Since this is a scholarship geared towards the elective areas above, the “chosen career area”, “post-secondary institution” and “program” should reflect that meaning. This is not the scholarship for future doctors, lawyers, or venture capitalists. Also, make sure that your “career area” reflects your “elective area” meaning someone who has “Fine Arts” as their elected area will probably be rejected if their career goal is to be an accountant.
  • final decisions are made by a District committee.
Value

31 awards to graduating Burnaby North students @ $1, 250 each if  they are attending a designated post-secondary institution or B.C. authorized trades training provider.

Due Date

EMAIL or IN PAPER to Ms. Mihic by 3pm on May 27th. 

Procedure

Fill out the attached application or pick one up from the scholarship bin outside Student Services.

Below are also two samples provided for reference.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF HOW TO FILL THIS OUT, CONTACT MS. MIHIC between May 16th and 26th in the afternoons in Student Services. She will help.

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SAMPLE APPLICATION – TRADES
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* Community Service (Volunteer Activity) specific criteria:
  • demonstration of local and global issues and cultural awareness
  • demonstration of extensive involvement in student government/councils
  • demonstration of significant participation and leadership in a service-oriented club
  • community service/volunteer activity hours required over grades 10 – 12 beyond class expectations and course requirements:
  • two leadership course courses with participation in a minimum 200 community service hours or
  • one leadership course with participation in a minimum 300 community service hours or
  • no leadership course with participation in a minimum 400 community service hours
  • Service can be undertaken in and/or outside of school. Work experience hours, if directly related to a service-related career that requires post-secondary training can be included
  • Students must provide evidence of their service in the form of a letter/document outlining dates and hours and a description of duties performed signed by the adult manager or supervisor of the program or organization. Letter should include full contact information of the manager or supervisor.
  • other courses outside of the chosen area (both academic and non-academic) that have a direct and obvious relationship to the chosen elective area may, at the discretion of the committee, be included provided the school does not offer sufficient courses in the specific elective area