Scholarship FAQs

Below is a list of questions that we're commonly asked about our scholarships.

Have a question that's not answered here? Please contact Tanika at scholarships@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext 135.

What is a bursary?

A bursary is an award for a student with financial need. Bursaries generally focus on helping students who do not have the resources to pay for school on their own. Applications for bursaries typically require you to show why you are in need of financial assistance.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is 17 or over, and 26 years of age or under, on the date of the bursary application deadline (April 30, 2017). You must be a BC resident registered in a vocational, trade, or academic post-secondary program at an accredited BC institution.

Can I apply to both bursaries?

If you have experienced foster care for a minimum of 12 cumulative months and have also been adopted then you can apply to both bursaries.

I was in foster care, am I eligible to apply?

If you were in/from care of the BC Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) or Delegated Aboriginal Agency under any of the following orders for a minimum total of 12 cumulative months you are eligible:

  • Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
  • Temporary Custody Order (TCO)
  • Voluntary Care Agreement (VCA)
  • Youth Agreement (YAG)
  • Special Care Agreement

What can I use the $1,000 award for?

The $1,000 award is to be used by the recipient in whichever way they feel necessary. Funds can go directly to the institution for tuition, can be used for textbooks, supplies, rent, food, or other ways to better support the student while studying.

Is there a minimum length of program to be considered by committee?

There is no minimum length of program, but it must be through an accredited institution in BC.

What is an accredited institution?

You can check if the educational institution you are registered with is accredited here: http://cicic.ca/868/Search-the-Directory-of-Educational-Institutions-in-Canada.canada

I’m not registered yet, am I still able to apply?

Yes, you can provide an acceptance letter to the program to be considered for the bursary. If you are selected as a winner you will then have to provide proof of registration by Augut 30, 2017 to recieve the award money in September.

I’m turning 26 after the deadline, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you are 26 or under before the deadline and meet all other requirements your application will be considered for the bursary award.

Can I use a family member as a reference for my application?

Yes you can have one of the two reference letters be from a family member.