BC Orca Bursary Program

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BC Orca Bursary LogoThe BC Orca Bursary Program: supporting the post-secondary goals of former youth in care

There are more than 5,000 children and youth in foster care in BC, and over 500 youth “age out” of care every year. Some pursue post-secondary studies with help from the BC University Tuition Waiver Program, which funds their tuition and fees at BC universities and trade/technical schools. These students overcome many hurdles to pursue their educational dreams, and their expenses beyond tuition and fees are considerable.

A group of local philanthropic families has stepped in to help. Building on the legacy of Peggy Howard and the Howard Legacy Youth fund, their long-term goal is to partner with AFABC to greatly expand the number of bursaries offered, and to create a multi-year program that will provide additional supports- such as mentorship, internships and summer jobs, and other tools- to promising young students.

To Westcoast Indigenous peoples, the orca whale symbolizes “family”, and reflects the desire to connect ambitious young people with the support of caring adults. Our BC Orca Bursary Program logo was designed by Haida artist Cori Savard. 

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Find out more about eligibility and how to apply for the BC Orca Bursary Program.