The Provincial Scholarships Program is intended to recognize student achievement and encourage students to pursue post-secondary education. The program includes the BC Excellence Scholarship, the BC Achievement Scholarship, and the Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship. Most scholarship vouchers must be used within five years of high school graduation. Check the expiry date shown on your voucher, or see the website below for more information:
BC Provincial Scholarship Information
1) BC Excellence Scholarships -- Expression of Interest Deadline February 19th 2020 (see below)
The BC Excellence Scholarship is a $5000 scholarship awarded to 55 students, recognizing well-rounded graduates. Each public and independent secondary school in BC may nominate one eligible student, who may then make application for this scholarship through his/her school district or independent school authority.
a. LVR will nominate one student. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please show your interest by contacting Principal Ms. Malloff or Counsellors Mr. Machado/Ms. Wiltshire in December for information. Students will be asked to complete and submit a scholarship resume and letter of interest to Ms. Malloff by February 18, 2020. The school Scholarship Committee, comprised of counsellors, administration, and senior teachers will choose one candidate using selection criteria (as below) and a scoring rubric by February 26, 2020.
b. To be considered for nomination, students will:
- Demonstrate community service and leadership, both inside and outside of their schools, as well as commitment and aptitude for their chosen paths
- Exemplify competencies such as communication and digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, personal and social responsibility, global and cultural understanding, and creativity and innovation.
Districts/authorities must submit application packages on behalf of their nominees to the Ministry directly. Nominees must meet basic eligibility requirements and be enrolled in or graduated from a BC Grade 12 graduation program and be eligible for a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) by August 31st of the school year in which they are nominated.
The nominated student must apply online (click here), and schools will be notified in May if there are any recipients.
2) BC Achievement Scholarships
The BC Achievement Scholarship is a $1250 scholarship that recognizes broad achievement in courses meeting graduation program requirements. These scholarships are capped at 3000 awards for the 2015/16 school year. 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 (p. 106), in addition to attaining 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.
3) Pathway To Teacher Education Scholarships
The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship (PTES) is a $5000 annual scholarship that recognizes exceptional Grade 12 students planning to enter the field of K-12 teaching. The PTES will be awarded to 20 graduating students intending to enter a BC faculty of education program. This new scholarship will support outstanding students in pursuing a career path in K-12 teaching. Scholarship winners will be awarded a $5000 voucher to redeem upon entrance to one of BC’s faculty of education programs.
Please note: this scholarship is now being phased out.
4) Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) Trades Scholarship
Students who are eligible for the Secondary School Apprenticeship scholarship will automatically be considered for the award.
To be eligible an Industry Training Authority (ITA)-registered youth apprentice must have:
- Been registered in a school district Secondary School Apprenticeship Program prior to graduation
- Graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood
- Successfully completed SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A, and SSA 12B
- Maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses
- Reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA within six months of graduation