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

• We receive our allocation in March, based on number of grads.

District Scholarship Application 2018-2019

Listing of Scholarships Administered by the District Office


Students Must:

  1. Meet the basic eligibility requirements
  2. Meet criteria determined by the local scholarship committee, which requires a student to demonstrate outstanding achievement in any ONE of the following areas:
  • Indigenous Language & Culture - Example: Demonstrated at school or in the community
  • Fine Arts - Example: Visual Arts, Drama, Music
  • Applied Design, Skills, & Technology - Example: Business, Technology, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology
  • Physical Activity - Example: Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education
  • International Language - Example: International Languages Curriculum or External Assessments, including AP and IB courses
  • Community Service (Volunteer Activity) - Example: Includes awareness of local, global, & cultural issues
  • Technical & Trades Training - Example: Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Trainin

     3. Fulfill the B.C. graduation requirements of either the 2004 Graduation Program or the Adult Graduation Program by August 31st of your graduating year.

The District also awards the following scholarships:

  • A.I Collinson Spirit Bursary
  • Bragagnolo Bursary
  • David Thompson Art Award (NOT AWARDED TO SD8 IN 2019)
  • Georgia Ethel McKeown Bursary
  • Get High on Nature Scholarship
  • Yellowhead Road & Bridge Award

Application deadline: Monday April 1, 2019

Presentation Dates:

Presentations will take place at the end of April – Location and dates TBA.

Grad Dates:

  • Crawford Bay June 21, 2019
  • J.V.H June 22, 2019
  • L.V.R June 14, 2019
  • Mt. Sentinel June 21, 2019
  • P.C.S.S June 14, 2019
  • Salmo Secondary June 8, 2019


BC Excellence Scholarships

The 2018/2019 BC Excellence Scholarship Application is now available online.

There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C. graduates. Winners will have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities, and shown aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive a $5000 scholarship voucher to use for post-secondary tuition.

Nomination and Application

  1. You must be nominated by your secondary school in order to apply for this scholarship. Only one student from each school may be nominated. Please inquire at your school if you would like to be considered for nomination. You must confirm your nomination by having your school principal sign and date the BC Excellence Nomination Form.
  2. Complete the Application. The application includes a written statement worth 60% overall, and the resume worth 40% overall. It must be completed online in the mandatory format. Scoring guides (PDF) are available for reference. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  3. Completed applications must be submitted to the Ministry no later than February 15, 2019.
  4. Selection of winners will be finalized after August 31, 2019.


Nominees must:

  • Meet basic eligibility requirements
  • Be in their graduation year with graduation to occur by August 31 of the school year in which they are nominated
  • Be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) and fulfill graduation requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program (2018) by August 31, 2019
  • Have at least a:
     - "B" (73% or above) in their Language Arts 11 final mark
     - ​"B" average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one "C+" (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than “C+” are not accepted)
  • Maintain a “B” average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation
  • Write and pass a Language Arts 12 provincial examination

You cannot win both a BC Excellence Scholarship and a Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship.

Your application must include:

  • Resume in the mandatory format
  • Two reference letters, one from your community and one from your school
  • A written statement, maximum 500 words, which must describe: o What led you to your most relevant community service, volunteer activity, and/or leadership role, and:
     - What you learned from this experience, and
     - How this experience will benefit you in your chosen career path.

Conditional winners and their schools will be notified by email in May. Winners will be notified directly in September when eligibility is confirmed. They must redeem their voucher within 5 years of graduation. Expiry dates are shown on the vouchers.