Education Awards Program

   
   
The Education Awards Program helps people living in subsidized housing or those on the Rental Assistance Program (RAP)  pursue their educational goals as a way to success and personal growth. Bursaries and awards are for post-secondary education and training programs.

 
Award
   
Description
 Eligibility
 
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BC Housing Bursary
(BCHB)
 
$750 is awarded for tuition and other school-related expenses

 


  • Between the ages of 17 and 64 and living in housing subsidized by BC Housing at the start of courses
  • Registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary or vocational institution in a full- or part-time basis in September of the application year (part-time is considered to be two courses attended in September of application year)
  • Not receiving government income assistance. Applicants on disability assistance can apply for this bursary
 
   
 
 
BC Housing Award for Full-Time Studies (BCHA)
 
$1,000 awarded for tuition and other school-related expenses

 


  • Between the ages of 17 and 64 and living in accommodation subsidized by
    BC Housing at the start of course(s)
  • Registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary or vocational institution in a full-time basis in September of the application year
  • Students must be registered as full-time (60 per cent course load)
  • Not receiving government income assistance
   
 
 
Gail Burak Bursary (GBB) 
 
$500 awarded for tuition and other school-related expenses for those pursuing educational opportunities in a health related field.

This award recognizes Gail Burak's key leadership role as the Senior Housing and Health Services Manager, and pioneering work in developing an integrated model of housing and health services.
  • Between the ages of 17 and 64 and living in housing subsidized by BC Housing at the start of courses
  • 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
  • On completion of the program, the recipient must be eligible to register with a professional regulatory body i.e. Social Work, Nursing, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. 
  • Not receiving government income assistance
 
   
             
 
  Margaret Mitchell Outstanding Achievement Award (MMA)  
$1,000 awarded for a graduating grade 12 student demonstrating excellence in academics, sports, the arts or community involvement

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.

  • A youth graduating from Grade 12 with a record of achievement in academics, sports, the arts or community involvement
  • Nominated by a fellow student, teacher, community leader or neighbour
  • Living in housing subsidized by
    BC Housing at the start of courses
  • Registered in post-secondary education or vocational training at a recognized B.C. post-secondary institution in September of the application year
  • Registered as a full-time student (60 per cent course load)
  • Not receiving government income assistance
   
             
 
 
Minerva Foundation Award for Aboriginal Women
 
$1,000 award for Aboriginal women pursuing post-secondary education, including:

  • Single mothers
  • Women with children fleeing from abusive relationships
  • Mature women pursing education after a long absence
  • Women in non-traditional fields of study
  • Women with disabilities
Awards will be granted on the basis of academic achievement and financial need
  • An Aboriginal woman between the ages of 17 and 64 and living in housing subsidized by BC Housing at the start of courses
  • Registered at a recognized B.C. post-secondary institution in September of the application year
  • Registered as a full-time student (60 per cent course load)
  • Not receiving government income assistance
 
 
 
 

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