Coast Mountains School District offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students. Provincial scholarships are one of several types of scholarships, awards, and bursaries available to students. There are also District and School-based scholarships provided by the school community as well as local businesses.
Each graduating student is responsible for researching the kinds of scholarship opportunities which they may be interested in exploring. Your school counsellors are there to help and guide you in the right direction. They will have information on provincial, district and school-based scholarships, along with post-secondary entrance scholarships and much more. There are many opportunities out there! It is quite a lot of work to apply for scholarships, but it is worth the effort!
Scholarships are not always awarded solely based on marks. A service component (either school or community based) is often required, so remember to get involved with your community.
District/Authority Scholarships are offered by the BC Ministry of Education and Childcare to recognize graduating students in British Columbia for excellence in their chosen areas of strength and interest. These scholarships are intended to help students pursue post-secondary education.
The District/Authority scholarship is awarded to 5500 high school graduates who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen area. The Ministry allocates these awards, pro-rated to school districts and independent schools across the province, based on enrolment. The award is a $1250 voucher that can be used toward post-secondary education tuition.
Students have five years to redeem their District/Authority scholarship vouchers; an expiry date is printed on each voucher and extensions are not possible.
Application packages are available at each of our secondary schools in Coast Mountains School District. To win a scholarship, students must submit their application to their School Awards Coordinator by the internal deadline set by the school. Students selected as conditional recipients must satisfy the following requirements by August 31 of their graduating year to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher.
1. be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) and have that on record with the school at which they registered for Grade 12
2. be a BC resident
3. be or have been in the school year for which the scholarship is awarded:
- enrolled in a BC public school (including online learning schools), or
- enrolled in a Group 1,2 or 4 BC Independent School
- enrolled in a Continuing Education Centre, or
- registered as a homeschooler with an eligible school in BC
4. Complete all graduation requirements of either the BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) or the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood) by August 31 of the scholarship awards year
- Scholarships awards years operate from September 1 to August 31
5. Meet the criteria determined by the student's local scholarship committee, including demonstration of outstanding achievement in one of the areas listed below.
- Applied Design, Skills and Technologies (business, coding, cooking, digital arts, textiles, tourism)
- Arts Education (band, choir, dance, drama, photography, visual arts)
- Community Service (volunteer activity; activism in local, global or cultural issues)
- Indigenous Languages and Culture (language and/or culture study or activities in the school or community)
- Physical Activity and Health (badminton, baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, soccer, track and field, volleyball)
- International Languages (languages taught in school or with accredited external assessments)
- Technical and Trades Training (automotive, drafting, electronics, metalwork, robotics, woodwork)
6. Have not previously received a District/Authority Award or a District/Authority Scholarship