Scholarships Bursaries

Scholarships Bursaries

British Columbia Student Awards and Scholarships

There are a variety of awards and scholarships available through the Ministry of Education and Child Care. An outline of the awards is noted below, and detailed descriptions can be found in the Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program.

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Accessing Exam Results

To access your exam results, go to Ministry of Education and Child Care Exam Results. To look up your exam results you will need your PEN (Personal Education Number) found on your transcript or any report card. 


District / 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 will receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

Students can submit an application for this scholarship through their school counsellor.

To win a scholarship, a student must apply and:

  • Meet criteria determined by the local scholarship committee, which requires a student to demonstrate outstanding achievement in any of the following focus areas:  
    • Indigenous Languages and Culture, demonstrated at school or in the community
    • Fine Arts (e.g., Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music)
    • Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (e.g., Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology)
    • Physical Activity (e.g., Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education)
    • International Languages from the International Languages curriculum or External Assessments, including AP and IB courses 
    • Community Service (Volunteer Activity), which includes awareness of local, global, and cultural issues
    • Technical and Trades Training (e.g., Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training) 
  • 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
  • Have not previously received a District/Authority Award or a District/Authority Scholarship

School District No. 73 District Scholarships

To qualify for the SD No.73 Scholarships, Bursaries & Community Awards, applicants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  1. Graduate from a School District No.73 Secondary School
  2. Meet the academic requirements for the awards you are applying for
  3. Submit the Financial Need Statement if you are applying for the BURSARIES
  4. Submit a personal letter of application addressing:
  • Future goals and objectives
  • School involvement
  • Community involvement
  • Athletic and/or Fine Arts involvement
  • Specific requirements for individual awards **unless a separate letter is required

    5. Enclose TWO letters of recommendation


Dufferin Elementary PAC would like to offer a graduating student of SD73 this award.

Criteria:

Must be a former Dufferin Elementary student (at least one school year) pursing a post-secondary education 

  • Write a letter about why you deserve the award and your educational goals
  • Award Value $1000.00
  • Closing date April 30
  • Winner will be contacted June 5 (only winner will be contacted)

Applicants can apply to: Dufferin Elementary PAC email


BC Achievement Scholarships

Students do not need to apply for this award. Each year the B.C. graduates with the highest cumulative average based on courses required for graduation (both required and elective) are eligible to receive a $1250 scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

The Ministry will determine recipients based on students’ achievement in Grades 10, 11, and 12 courses that satisfy Graduation Program requirements (including elective courses). Grad Transitions will not be included. A cumulative average percentage will be calculated and form the basis for awarding the BC Achievement Scholarship.Recipients must:

  • Meet basic eligibility requirements
  • Fulfil graduation requirements of the Graduation Program by August 31st of the student’s graduating year.
  • Attain a "B" (73% or above) or better average in their Language Arts 12 course:
    • English 12
    • Communications 12
    • Français langue premiere 12, or
    • English 12 First Peoples

A student can receive only one BC Achievement Scholarship in their lifetime.


BC Excellence Scholarship

The BC Excellence scholarship is awarded to 55 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 or area of post-secondary study.

NEW as of 2023: applicants are no longer required to have a specific career goal to qualify for the BC Excellence scholarship. Students can demonstrate career or post-secondary study goals. This more inclusive approach recognizes many students finish high school before they’ve decided on a career path.

Students selected for this award receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher from the Ministry of Education and Child Care that they can use to be reimbursed for tuition paid after they are attending a post-secondary institution that is designated by the Province of B.C. (i.e., approved for Canada Student Loans) or a program provider that is approved by SkilledTradesBC.

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

Students interested in applying for the 2024 awards year are encouraged to get organized well before applications are due in February 2024.

  • Understand students must be nominated by their secondary school to qualify for this scholarship and each school may nominate one student only.
  • Check out the sample of the 2023 BC Excellence scholarship application (PDF)*Note that this is an example only; next year’s version is subject to change.
  • February 15, 2024: online applications due by 2:59 pm PST.
  • Please contact scholarships@gov.bc.ca with any questions.

Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship

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

Students selected for this award receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher from the Ministry of Education and Child Care that they can use to be reimbursed for tuition paid after they are attending an approved teacher education program in the Faculty of Education at a B.C. post-secondary institution. To qualify, the program must lead to eligibility to apply for a B.C. teaching certificate and teach in the K–12 school system in this province.

Students have seven years to redeem their Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship vouchers; an expiry date is printed on each voucher and extensions are not possible.

  • February 15, 2024: online applications due by 2:59 pm PST.
  • Please contact scholarships@gov.bc.ca with any questions.

Other Scholarships and Bursaries Resources

Canfor High School Scholarship Awards

Canfor awards $1,000 High School Scholarships to graduating students in its operating communities to encourage young people to choose a professional, technical or trades career pathway that supports the forest and wood products manufacturing sector.

Eligible Areas of Study include:

  • Forestry / Forest Ecology & Management
  • Wood Products Manufacturing
  • Process, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
  • Certified Trades Programs:
  • Millwright, Electrician, Heavy-duty Mechanic, Instrumentation, Sawfiler/Benchman, Pipefitter, Welder, Power Engineer, and Carpentry
  • Business Programs
  • Business Administration, Business Technology, Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Human Resources

All nominations must be received by Friday, May 3, 2024.

Visit GoodThingsComeFromTrees.com/scholarship for more information.

Canfor High School Scholarship Program Guidelines

Application Form

Future Bright Program

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (also known as EFry) is sharing information about Future Bright, a free program that helps families with net income of less than $48,535 access up to $3,200 in education savings grants that are available to fund their child’s education after high school.  The said grants are in addition to child benefits, bursaries, scholarships, and other incentives that eligible children may qualify for.


Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships

These $1,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating secondary school apprentices who:

  • Have been registered in a school district Secondary School Apprenticeship Program (SSA) prior to graduation,
  • Successfully complete SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A, and SSA 12B (Please note: In 2017-2018 these course codes changed to: MWRK 11A, MWRK 11B, MWRK 12A, and MWRK 12B),
  • Maintain a C+ average or better in their Grade 12 numbered courses, and
  • Reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA within six months of graduation.

There is no need to apply for Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships.  All students who meet the criteria for the Scholarship are automatically considered for the award.

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