Scholarship Events:

Three Year Grad Plan (3YGP) Family Information Night: Overview of 3YGP for Parents and Students -RECORDING
Scholarship Information Night: Overview of what to expect during scholarship adjudication for parents and student - RECORDING


District/Authority Scholarships
are offered by the BC Ministry of Education to recognize graduating BC students for excellence in their chosen areas of interest and strength. The scholarships are intended to help students pursue post-secondary education. 

The Ministry will allocate 5500 awards distributed across school districts and independent school authorities that recognize graduating BC students for excellence in their chosen areas of interest or strength.  The award is a $1250 voucher that can be used toward post-secondary education tuition. 

District Authority Scholarship Application - 43 Scholarships available at $1250 each
Confidential Reference Form

Scholarships Applications Adjudicated by School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake)
Bill Arishenkoff Trades Scholarship Application - 1 Scholarship at $500
Bragagnolo Bursary Application - 1 Bursary at $1400
City of Nelson Employee Scholarship - 1 Award at $1000 (LVR or MSSS Students)
David Thompson Art Award Application - 1 Award at $850 (LVR or MSSS Students)
Dr. Amanda Asay Memorial Award - 1 Award at $300
Dr. Christine Perkins and Michael Perkins Fine Arts Award - 1 Award at $250
Dr. Christine Perkins Human Rights Award - 1 Award at $250
Georgia Ethel McKeown Bursary Application - 8 Bursaries available at $1000 each
Kootenay Area Skilled Trades Award Application - $3500 divided amongst successful applicants
Intercultural Competencies Graduation KLDS8 International Scholarship - $500 (Applications Due: May 30. Please send to


Important Dates!

District Application deadline is Friday, April 21, 2023 (4:00 pm PST)
(Schools may be setting their own application deadlines)

Adjudication Dates: May, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2023 (all day - times will be PST)


To earn a scholarship, students must apply and:

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
     -Demonstrated at school or in the community. Applicants must be of Indigenous ancestry.
  • Fine Arts
    (e.g. Visual Arts, Drama, Music)
  • Applied Design, Skills, & Technology
    (e.g. Business, Technology, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology, Technology Education)
  • Physical Activity
    (e.g. Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education)
  • International Language
     - International Languages Curriculum or External Assessments, including AP and IB courses
  • Community Service
    (Volunteer Activity) which includes demonstration of local and global issues and intercultural awareness
  • Technical & Trades Training
    (e.g. Carpentry, Automotive, Woodwork, Mechanics, Cook Training)

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

Three Year Grad Plans
Three Year Grad Plan Template
Trades - Three Year Grad Plan Template

BC Excellence Scholarships

The 2022/2023 BC Excellence Scholarship Application is now available online

Application Deadline is February 2023. 

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 voucher to use for post-secondary tuition.

For nomination information, eligibility requirements, evaluation information, and how to apply, please visit the BC Excellence Scholarships webpage

Claiming your Scholarship

If you have any questions or concerns with respect to your District Authority Scholarship voucher, please contact the Ministry of Education here

To claim School District 8 scholarship awards email a letter of request to Penny Bush, Accounting Coordinator at
and include a program acceptance letter at post-secondary school, tuition receipts and a social insurance number (If you prefer you can call in your SIN to the confidential voice mail 250 505 7049).