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The Columbia Valley Community Foundation has been an important vehicle for donors dedicated to supporting the post-secondary education and training of the young people of the Columbia Valley.

There is one Student Award application cycle for post-secondary students per year.

Deadline: The deadline is 12 noon on the last day of month (April 30th).

Value and Number of Awards: The value of each award is dependent upon financial market performance of the Foundation investments. In 2017, there were 48 successful applicants.  Each successful applicant received $1,200.

The successful recipient of the Bidder Bursary Award received an additional $380.

Support students and young people in the expansion of their education and career skills

Arnold Ellis Scholarship Fund

Arnold Ellis wished that others could have the educational opportunities he never had. His legacy will support Columbia Valley students, in perpetuity, to reach their potential through education, ultimately benefiting their community and country. This fund was established in February 2004. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide scholarships and bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions. This fund supports tuition and fees, as well as other expenditures such as travel, tools, books, work clothing and safety equipment, childcare, room and board.

Key Eligibility Criteria for the Arnold Ellis Scholarship Fund: 

  • The applicant is between 17 and 35 years of age
  • The applicant has been a resident and a full-time K-12 student in a Columbia Valley public school for a minimum of five years
  • Applicants are eligible to obtain a maximum of two (2) student awards (may be in non-subsequent years). Repeat applicants must have submitted a Letter of Impact for the first award by the deadline date (Deadline is March 30).
  • This grant award is not intended for youth eligible or registered in the public school system.
  • Currently attending, or planning to attend and accepted by, any accredited post-secondary institution in Canada (or internationally) for the purposes of education, trades/skills training or upgrading education.

Bidder Bursary

Established in October 2006. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Community Foundation - Donor Advised Funds

Support students and young people in the expansion of their education and career skills

 

Tom Sanders Memorial Fund

Established in December 2002. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide post-secondary student awards in consultation with the Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley.

 

In order to apply for this fund, contact Steve Mantyka at 250-342-2445 (work).

Important Information

  • Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All fields must be completed. The Foundation will review submitted applications up to 7 days prior to application deadline.
  • Applications will be accompanied by one Letter of Reference.  Repeat applicants to supply a different Letter of Reference than on their first application, and it must be from a different referee.
  • Letters of Reference to be on letterhead (where applicable), to include referee contact information and must be signed by referee. Applicants to provide referee with Letter of Reference title page.
  • Letters of Reference from relatives are inadmissible.
  • Approval of repeat applicants is dependent on funds available at the time of granting, preference may be given to first time applicants.
  • All applications will include an itemized budget of your application plan.
  • Internships are eligible if you are registered as a student through your post-secondary institution and schooling costs are incurred.
  • Student awards can be used to cover the following expenses: tuition, travel, tools, books, work clothing including safety equipment, child care and room/board provided the appropriate invoices, quotes or receipts are provided.