Successful applicants are awarded annual bursaries ranging in value up to a maximum of approximately $4,415.00 (amount is indexed annually with the cost of living).
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
1. General Eligibility
An applicant must:
• be a former permanent ward of the Ministry of Social Services of British Columbia, its predecessor or successor, or have been in continuing custody of the British Columbia Ministry for Children and Family Development under the Child, Family and Community Services Act or predecessor laws;
• be at least 19 years of age as of the date studies commence;
• be a high school graduate or equivalent currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary academic, technical or vocational program;
• submit a completed current year application form;
• provide transcripts from the last year of school attended; and
• have other sources of funding for the educational year. The bursary shall not be the sole means of support.
(Note: Permanent ward or continuing custody means a child, who by court order, was placed in the permanent or continuing custody of the Province of British Columbia. The custody order terminated when the child attained the age of 19 years, was married prior to attaining the age of 19 years, or the court cancelled the order prior to the child attaining the age of 19 years.)
2. Financial Need
An applicant must:
• demonstrate a financial shortfall which might cause the individual to be unable to pursue their studies;
• have some means of financial support other than the bursary;
• demonstrate an inability to access additional means of financial support to make up the shortfall; and
• provide an estimated descriptive budget for the upcoming academic year based on reasonable expenses and reasonable means of financial support.