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BC Housing Education Awards Program

Scholarship Value $1,000

Number of Scholarships 5

The Education Awards Program helps residents in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing, or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses pursue their educational goals as a way to achieve success and personal growth. The bursaries and awards are for post-secondary education and training programs.

We offer five education awards and bursaries. We encourage you to apply for as many awards as you're eligible for. We grant one award a year to each successful applicant based on academic achievement and financial need.

Award & Bursaries

1) BC Housing Bursary

Award winners receive $750 for tuition and other school-related expenses.

Eligibility:

A) You are between the ages of 17 and 64 and are a resident in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses.

B) You must be registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary or vocational institution on a full- or part-time basis in September of the application year (part-time is considered to be two courses attended in September of the application year).
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2) BC Housing Award for Full-Time Studies

Award winners receive $1,000 for tuition and other school-related expenses.

Eligibility:

A) You are between the ages of 17 and 64 and are a resident in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses.

B) You are registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary or vocational institution on a full-time (60 percent course load) basis in September of the application year.

3) BC Housing Indigenous Peoples Award

Award winners receive $1,000 to assist Indigenous Peoples in pursuing post-secondary education.

Eligibility:

A) You are an Indigenous person between the ages of 17 and 64 and are a resident in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses.

B) Registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary institution in September of the application year.

C) Registered as a full-time student (60 percent course load).

4) Gail Burak Bursary

This award recognizes Gail Burak's key leadership role as former BC Housing senior housing and health services manager, and her pioneering work in developing an integrated model of housing and health services. Award winners receive $500 for tuition and other school-related expenses for those pursuing educational opportunities in a health-related field.

Eligibility:

A) You are between the ages of 17 and 64 and are a resident in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses.

B) You are registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary or vocational institution in a health-related field on a full-or part-time basis in September of the application year.

C) On completion of the program, you must be eligible to register with a professional regulatory body (for example, social work, nursing or vocational rehabilitation).

5) Margaret Mitchell Outstanding Achievement Award

Margaret Mitchell was a dedicated housing advocate and played a key role in the development of the BC Housing Education Awards Program. This award is named in her memory. Award winners receive $1,000 for a graduating Grade 12 student who demonstrates excellence in academics, sports, the arts or community involvement.

Eligibility:

A) You are graduating from Grade 12 with a record of achievement in academics, sports, the arts or community involvement.

B) You have been nominated by a fellow student, teacher, community leader or neighbour.

C) You are a resident in a household directly receiving subsidy from BC Housing or receiving rental assistance through the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) at the start of courses.

D) You are registered in post-secondary education or vocational training at a recognized B.C. post-secondary institution in September of the application year as a full-time student (60 percent course load).