The Provincial Scholarships Program is intended to recognize student achievement and encourage students to pursue post-secondary education. The program includes the BC Excellence Scholarship, the BC Achievement Scholarship, the Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship and the Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship (to be phased out 2015/16 school year).
1) BC Excellence Scholarships The BC Excellence Scholarship is a $5000 scholarship awarded to 55 students, recognizing well-rounded graduates. Each public and independent secondary school in BC may nominate one eligible student, who may then make application for this scholarship through his/her school district or independent school authority. a. LVR will nominate one student. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please see counsellors for nomination form which is due by Tuesday, February 7, 2017. b. To be considered for nomination, students will:
Demonstrate community service and leadership, both inside and outside of their schools, as well as commitment and aptitude for their chosen paths
Exemplify competencies such as communication and digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, personal and social responsibility, global and cultural understanding, and creativity and innovation
Districts/authorities must submit application packages on behalf of their nominees to the Ministry directly. Nominees must meet basic eligibility requirements and be enrolled in or graduated from a BC Grade 12 graduation program and be eligible for a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) by August 31st of the school year in which they are nominated.
2) BC Achievement Scholarships The BC Achievement Scholarship is a $1250 scholarship that recognizes broad achievement in courses meeting graduation program requirements. These scholarships are capped at 3000 awards for the 2015/16 school year. The Ministry will determine recipients based on students’ achievement in Grades 10, 11, and 12 courses that satisfy graduation program requirements (including elective courses). Grad Transitions will not be included. A cumulative average percentage will be calculated and form the basis for awarding the BC Achievement Scholarship. Recipients must meet basic eligibility requirements (p. 106), in addition to attaining a “B” (73% or above) or better average in their Language Arts 12 course (English 12, Communications 12, Français langue premiere 12, or English 12 First Peoples). A student can receive only one BC Achievement Scholarship in their lifetime.
3) Pathway To Teacher Education Scholarships The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship (PTES) is a $5000 annual scholarship that recognizes exceptional Grade 12 students planning to enter the field of K-12 teaching. The PTES will be awarded to 20 graduating students intending to enter a BC faculty of education program. This new scholarship will support outstanding students in pursuing a career path in K-12 teaching. Scholarship winners will be awarded a $5000 voucher to redeem upon entrance to one of BC’s faculty of education programs. www.bcteacherregulation.ca/teachereducation/teachereducationoverview.aspx Application Package available here.