Local Awards Requiring Their Own Application

Type 2 Community

NOTE:  2021 applications are not yet available for these scholarships.  This is for information only!  Some scholarships may not be available for the 2021 Graduation year.  This information will be updated during the school year.

Type Two Community Bursary, Scholarships and Awards are a mixture of opportunities for a variety of students with different backgrounds, experiences, skills and community connections.  Please read each of the descriptions below and decide which ones are most suitable for you to apply for - they are listed in alphabetical order for easy reference.  Please see Ms. Wiltshire for specific questions or contact the sponsor directly.

PLEASE READ THE APPLICATION COMPLETLY AND APPLY AS INDICATED BY THE SPONSOR.  Most scholarships/bursaries have different deadlines so please read the information under each name for a full description and dates for submission.







Current LVR graduates registering for the first time in a post-secondary program at Selkirk College, at a minimum 80% course load for the 2020 Fall semester. Students with a documented disability are considered full-time at a minimum 40% course load but must be registered with the Accessibility Services Office at Selkirk College.

Application and Adjudication Process

1. Students submit online applications at the following link: https://forms.selkirk.ca/view.php?id=183708. Applications will run from Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14 at midnight. The application consists of short answer questions to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on each student's circumstances.

2. Applications will be adjudicated by a Selkirk College selection committee on Monday, June 15.

3. Selected students will be notified on Tuesday, June 17.


Association of BC Land Surveyours, Kootenay Group ($750)

CRITERIA: For a student entering a full time geomatics program at a Canadian college, technical institute or university. Student must plan to work within the land surveying profession, preferably in BC, and must be from the Kootenay Region of BC.

Note:  Send your application directly to sponsor - application deadline August 29, 2020 

More information at www.abcls.ca/becoming-a-land-surveyor-in-bc/scholarships/

application also available at LVR counselling office.

Avalanche Skills Training Bursary ($750)

CRITERIA: For students who are interested in gaining skills in avalanche awareness and who may be planning to get into outdoor education, guiding or be safe recreationalists in our backcountry. Students need adequate ski or snowboard skills that are regular prerequisites for AST 1 & AST 2 or level 1 professional avalanche course. Training needs to be completed within the next ski season. 
HISTORY: Established by Mark Dumont, outdoor enthusiast.

For information, please contact Mark Dumont at mdumont@uniserve.com

Information form also available in the counselling office
Bring completed application the counselling office by the due date.

Bev Lapointe Memorial Scholarship for Women in Trades ($2000)

(Kootenay Career Development Society) Applicants must be registered as a full time or part time female student in the trades and be a permanent resident of the region that Kootenay Career Development Society serves (Nelson, Castlegar, Salmo, north shore to Kaslo and the Slocan Valley as far north as the Village of Slocan. 

Open to any individual who self-identifies as a woman.

For information regarding this scholarship, please contact Jessica Lunn at Jessica.Lunn@kcds.ca

2020 application is available here: Bev Lapointe Scholarship Application 2020

Deadline for submission is May 31, 2020

Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Local 2300 Bursary ($500)

Criteria:  Bursaries of $500 each will be awarded to students in school districts within the east and west Kootenay who are pursuing an apprenticeship in Carpentry/Joinery of Millwright.  Applicants must write a short essay between 300-500 words to explain why they are choosing a career in their chosen field.  

Application form available from the counselling office at LVR and here: Construction,Maintenance, Allied Workers Bursary 2020

Essays and application form must be mailed (not emailed) to CMAW Local 2300, Education Committee, 2-2320 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar BC V1N 2X1.  

Application deadline extended to May 1, 2020

Also available the Construction, Maintenance and Allied workers Carpentry Pre-apprentice Bursarys.

Application form available here:CMAW Pre apprentice Carpentry bursary

Columbia Basin Trust - Youth Community Service Award (3 x $2000)

CRITERIA: Service and leadership to the community and strong academics.

Application form and information available here: 

CBT Youth Community Award application

CBT Youth Community Award Information

Bring completed application to the counselling office by April 17, 2020.

​CUPE Local 748 ($300)

CRITERIA: Son or daughter of a member of CUPE 748 and C+ average during final year. Attendance and punctuality, school participation and community involvement are considered.
HISTORY: Established in 1995 for deserving students who are sons or daughters of CUPE local 748 members and who are graduating from a high school within School District #8.

Application form for 2020 not yet available online.  Previous years application available at bottom of this page.

Applications can be emailed to cupesec748@gmail.com or mailed to Cupe Local 748, Kootenay Lake School District Employees, Box 410, Nelson BC V1L 5R2

Application deadline postmarked by May 1, 2020

Ernie Gare Society ($500 to $1000) 

CRITERIA: Outstanding athletic achievement throughout high school, maintain high academic and leadership qualities in school and community.  Number of awards to be determined.
HISTORY: In memory of Ernie Gare, a sports enthusiast and coach who was very active in the Nelson community. Students are advised that they are able to use extra pages in their application and not be limited to the space provided in the application.

Information and application available here: Ernie Gare Information and Application

Please apply directly to sponsor, Jamie Rennie, Ernie Gare Scholarship, Box 747, Nelson BC V1L 5R4 or Email jamie.renney@gmail.com

**new** Greg Bezaire Leadership and Community Minded Volunteer Scholarship ($1500)

CRITERIA:  The successful candidate is a person who shows leadership by volunteering their time to make a difference in their community, and affecting others by doing so.  This may be inside school, or outside in the community.  The scholarship applicants will be evaluated on merit, not academic achievements.

HISTORY:  Greg Bezaire was a true leader in the community, championing such boards as the Economic Development Commission, Co-Chair of both the Blewett and Trafalgar schools Parent advisory Committees and on the Board of Directors for Nelson Glacier Gymnastics.  He had a passion for life and would help personally or professionally whenever or for whatever was needed, without hesitation.  Greg battled a rare form of cancer with tenacity and positivity, but passed away on Jan 30th, 2019.  Before he passed, this scholarship was created in his name, and he was proud and honored to be able to provide funding to help a worthwhile student.

Applicants must write a detailed letter introducing themselves and outlining their accomplishments and reasons why they feel they should be the recipient of this award.  Applicants must also provide 2 reference letters, from a teacher and/or community member or outside agency confirming their participation and accomplishments.  Applicants can ask their counsellor to have their reference letters scanned and emailed from the office if needed. Application must be emailed to gregbezaire@shaw.ca before Friday, May 15th 2020.

Application forms and reference letter templates are available here: 

Greg Bezaire Volunteer Scholarship form

Reference letter from Community Member template

Reference letter from Teacher template



The Harrop-Procter Community Cooperative Scholarship will be awarded to a secondary school graduate who is a resident of the Harrop-Procter Community, or a post-secondary student from the area. Applicants must be enrolled in a 1st year program, pursuing an education through a Technical/Trades School, College, or University, or already studying at a post-secondary institution. Studies related to Forestry, Environmental Studies, and Sciences will be given priority consideration but other areas of study will be considered where appropriate.

Please forward applications by JUNE 30 to: Harrop-Procter Community Forest PO Box 5, Procter, B.C. V0G 1V0 Attention: Scholarship Committee

Applications can also be submitted here: office@hpcommunityforest.org and attaching the necessary documentation

application available here: HPCC Scholarship APPLICATION FORM_.pdf


International Program Leadership & Cultural Integration Scholarship ($500 can be more than one awarded)

CRITERIA:  Integrity, dedication, magnanimity, honesty, respect friendly and connected to friends from Canada, fair, assertive, sense of humour and cross cultural competence.  

Deadline for submission directly to Michele Lelievre, International Program Coordinator before May 1, 2019.

Note: Please contact the School District 8 Board Office for details - 811 Stanley Street, Nelson, BC V1L 1N8, 250-352-668

Kootenay Co-op Member Scholarship ($1000)

CRITERIA: This Scholarship is open to an  active Co-op member, or the child of an active Co-op member. Applicants must make an effort to explain how their field of studies connects back the Co-op's vision, Mission and Values, and how this scholarship will make the world a better place. 

Please fill out the online application here:  https://www.kootenay.coop/scholarship/

Deadline is April 25, 2020.

Kootenay District Council Bursary (CUPE) ($500)

CRITERIA: Awarded to graduating son or daughter of a K.D.C. affiliated member. Applicant must be pursing post-secondary studies at a community college, university, or institute of technology.

Application form for 2020 not yet available.Previous years applications at bottom of this page.

Send completed application directly to Michelle Bennett – Email

Kootenay District Council Women's Committee (CUPE) ($200)

CRITERIA: Awarded to the son or daughter of a K.D.C affiliated member. Requires an Essay on “The Union’s Involvement in Women’s Issues”.

Application form for 2020 not yet available. Previous years applications at the bottom of this page.

Send completed application directly to Michelle Bennett: Email 

Kootenay Savings Community Champ Bursary (4 x $2000)

CRITERIA: Open to Grade 12 students who have shown exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment to their community. 

Application information available here: Kootenay Savings Community Champs Bursaries

Application period is from March 1 to April 1, 2020

Information available from aron.burke@kscu.comor by calling 250-368-2683

​A.F Timber Company -  Kyle Levy - Pride In Logging Bursary ($1500)

An annual bursary of $1,500 to a student entering the field of logging or a full time forestry or trade program at a Canadian college, technical institute or university.  Trades program defined as a British Columbia school offering heavy duty mechanics, professional truck driving, heavy duty machine operators course, welding course or similar training program that leads to employment within the logging industry.  Please see https://aftimber.com/kyle-levy-logging-bursary

 ​Applications are available from Erin Fitchett - Erin@aftimber.com

 Application available here: AF Timber Bursary application

Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship ($10,000 divided between 2-4 applicants)

The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust are pleased to announce a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.

Application information and guide available in the counselling dept at LVR and here: Neil Muth CBT Scholarship guide/application.  

If unable to submit online, contact 1-800-505-8998

Deadline is April 16 2020

Nelson and District Credit Union Awards (3 awards at $500 each)

1. Community Spirit Award
CRITERIA: Preference will be to a member in good standing of the Nelson and District Credit Union. For students that show demonstrated involvement in community, school, regional, provincial, national and international activities.

2. Aspire Student Achievement Award
CRITERIA: Preference will be to a member in good standing of the Nelson and District Credit Union. Student has obtained academic excellence in all study areas.

3. Student Leadership Award
CRITERIA: Preference will be to a member in good standing of the Nelson and District Credit Union. For students that have demonstrated strong leadership abilities recognized by peers and teachers.

More Information

Application  NDCU Application

Applicants should contact Tom Atkins, BA, Senior Manager at NDCU – TAtkins@nelsoncu.com

Nelson District Teachers' Association Member's Bursaries

CRITERIA: Child or grandchild of an active or retired N.D.T.A. member. Intended for university, college or trade schools.
For more information, please contact the NDTA - lp07@bctf.ca

Deadline is April 30, 2020.

Nelson Soccer Association - Kerry Dyck Memorial Bursary (multiple at $500 each)

CRITERIA: Must be a strong contributor to Nelson Soccer Assn. and to soccer community at large. 

NEW AWARD - One Male and one Female recipient.

Application for 2020 is available in the LVR counselling office and here:  Kerry Dyck Bursary Application


Nelson Waldorf School Alumni Scholarship  ($400 to $500)

CRITERIA: Must have attended the Nelson Waldorf School, completed grade 12 at LV Rogers, completed the application form and submit an essay..  

Please contact Waldorf School for more information:  natasha.kraus@nelsonwaldorf.org

Application form and instructions available here: Waldorf School Alumni Scholarship

Deadline is April 11, 2020.

Rebecca Vecchio Memorial Bursary ($600)

CRITERIA: Male OR Female student pursuing post-secondary studies.  Committed to gender equality and speaking out against bullying and violence against women.  A person (male or female) who believes "My Strength is Not for Hurting" campaign/philosophy. Social responsibility/justice in school, creates a better school climate/culture to embrace diversity. Demonstrates a strong commitment to gender equality in actions & behaviour; role model & speaks out against bullying/violence against women/girls. Further studies include social work, counselling, mental health, teaching, etc. 

Please contact Jennifer Vecchio, 1817 Fort Sheppard Drive, Nelson, BC V1L 6A2

Application information is available from the counselling office at LV Rogers.

Application is here: Rebecca Vecchio Memorial Bursary
Deadline is May 20, 2020.

Rotary Club of Nelson (Amount to be determined)

​​CRITERIA: Strong academics. Good school record in a variety of subjects as well as evidence of leadership and service, also involvement in the arts and community service.

The Rotary Club/Circle Foundation High School Scholarship Application Form has been added to our club's web page - https://portal.clubrunner.ca/935/  It is located on the right hand side of the web page under 'Download Links'. 

Please note that the date to submit the application has been extended until May 15th, 2020.

Application form available here: Rotary Scholarship 2020


Please follow the instructions on the application for submission. 


Royal Canadian Legion Nelson Branch 51 ($500 to $750)

CRITERIA: Must be a veteran, child, grandchild or gread grandchild of any eligible personnel (see application for details)

Must be attending a college or university in BC, the Yukon, Calgary or Lethbride on a full time basis for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.  Must prove financial need as outlined in the application form. 

Application and instructions available here: Royal Canadian Legion Bursary

Completed applications are available in the counselling office, and must be returned to:  Royal Canadian Legion, 402 Victoria Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4K5, phone 250-352-7727, fax 250-352-9358 or email to rclbr51@gmail.com 

St. Joseph School Bursary Fund (2 x $440)

CRITERIA: Applicants must have attended St. Joseph School, excluding kindergarten.  

Please contact Mathilde Klassen at St. Joseph school for information, 250-352-3041

Application form is available here: St. Joseph School Bursary

Previous years applicationa at the bottom of this page. 


Ted Hargreaves Memorial Scholarship ($750)

CRITERIA:  Preference given to a female hockey player of the Kootenay Wild and/or have acted in some capacity in forwarding the female hockey movement (e.g. coach, referee, etc).

Copy of application is available in the counselling office and here: Ted Hargreaves Scholarship.  

**NEW** West Kooteany Women in Business Bursary 


Apply direct to Nancy Trotman: nancytrotman@hotmail.com


Zack Harvey Scholarship Award (2 x $200)

(West Kootenay Educational Resource Society - The Whole School)
CRITERIA:  Must have attended the Vallican Whole School.

Please contact Josee Corrigan at the Whole School for information: wholeschool@gmail.com

Application is available in the counselling office and here: Whole School/Zack Harvey Scholarship

Deadline is April 30, 2020.