Scholarships and Bursaries

The Comox Valley Community Foundation and our generous donors recognize the importance the importance of supporting tomorrow’s leaders and assists students in realizing their dreams by providing support through a variety of scholarship and bursary funds.

Information for Students

You have future plans and an eagerness to learn more about what you are passionate about. Scholarships and bursaries can support your potential and help you realize your dreams.

Talk to your high school guidance counselor or student services staff about what scholarships are available and how to apply. Or, contact your chosen post-secondary institution’s awards and financial aid office for information on awards. Some sports teams, musical programs, professional associations or other groups oversee scholarships; contact any organizations with which you’re affiliated to find out if they offer support to students.

The Comox Valley Community Foundation does not accept award applications.

Scholarship & Bursary Funds

Mary Catherine Aitken and Elizabeth Cherry Aitken Scholarships To be awarded to North Island College students – 15: 10 entering and 5 continuing for students attending NIC on a full time basis. Recipients will have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and have contributed to the well-being of their community through active involvement in volunteer activities or community service.
Beecher Developments Bursary Two bursaries from a fund established by Beecher Developments Ltd are offered to deserving students whose ordinary residence is in the Comox Valley School District and who fulfill one of the following criteria:

  1. for a student who is pursuing an academically oriented course of post-secondary study; or
  2. for a student who is pursuing a vocationally oriented (trades) course of post-secondary study.

The awards rotate amongst the high schools with Highland in 2017, Vanier in 2018 and Isfeld in 2019.

Ben Bellamy Memorial Scholarship To be awarded to a deserving student whose ordinary residence is in the Comox Valley and who is graduating from Highland School. Grade 12 applicants must show high academic results, respect for others and a kind, caring personality.

This award is paid out over 4 years of post-secondary study.

Harold Rodney Christie Scholarships For Nursing students at NIC.

Four scholarships are available: one for a student entering nursing and one in each of year 2, 3 and 4 for students continuing in the nursing program.

Dr. Robert E. Clarke Bursary This bursary is available to all Comox Valley Grade 12 students pursuing a career in the Health Sciences. It is awarded on the basis of scholarly and community merit, strength of character and financial need.

This award is paid out over 2 years of post-secondary study.

George T. Cochrane Scholarship To support one or more deserving students who attended Georges P. Vanier Secondary School and will be enrolling in post-secondary studies in the field of Education.

This fund is still under development and the number and size of scholarships have yet to be determined.

Bud Colbow Scholarship Each High School in the Comox Valley may choose one recipient for this scholarship. Students whose ordinary residence is in the Comox Valley, must be pursuing studies in Agriculture or Forestry.
Geoff Longland Memorial Bursary This bursary is provided from a fund established in memory of Geoff Longland and is offered to deserving graduates of Georges P. Vanier Secondary School l whose ordinary residence is the Comox Valley School District and who fulfill the following criteria:

  1. a student who is pursuing or entering a course of post-secondary study in the field of Engineering; and
  2. who will be attending the University of British Columbia.
Arthur & Phyllis Ramsell Bursary Each High School in the Comox Valley may choose one recipient for this scholarship. Recipients must be pursuing a career in the field of Nursing or general Health Care.

* Scholarship and bursary amounts are dependent on financial market conditions and may vary from one year to the next.

Claiming your Award

Congratulations on your award! You will receive a letter confirming your award, which you will need to present when you register for college or university. Check with your chosen post-secondary institution to find out where to submit your letter; usually it will be the Registrar’s Office or the Financial Aid & Awards Office.

It may take several weeks to process your award. To avoid late charges, submit your award letter a few weeks before tuition fees are due. Remember to keep a copy of your award letter for your records.