BOARD POLICY: SD 42 POLICY: 4435
The Board of Education (“Board”) encourages students to pursue school programs to stimulate their levels of thought, productivity and citizenship. The Board Directs the Superintendent to maintain a set of criteria and procedures for suitability recognizing outstanding accomplishments, and for presenting suitable awards for scholarship and distinguished service in all school activities. All scholarships, bursaries, honours and awards presented in the School District shall be awarded strictly on the merits of the students receiving them.
In keeping with the Board’s policy it has been the approach of the selection committees, both District and school based, to recognize as many of the outstanding accomplishments of as many students from SD 42 as meet the criteria set out in the award description. As such, in cases where a student may meet the criteria of a number of awards, prior to awarding multiple awards to a single student, the selection committees ensure that all applicants demonstrating outstanding accomplishment in meeting the criteria for an award are considered. In this way, we are able to recognize as many of the outstanding students in our district as possible. However, if the accomplishments of a student are of such an outstanding nature as to set them significantly apart from all other’s in meeting the criteria then the committee will award accordingly. It is important to recognize as many of our outstanding students as possible.
A number of types of financial assistance are available to students for post-secondary education and/or training:
SCHOLARSHIPS: based upon demonstrated excellence in achievement. Applicants may or may not have to write provincial government scholarship exams.
BURSARIES: based upon academic achievement and financial need or simply financial need. Some evidence of financial need should accompany the application.
AWARDS: based upon criteria established by the individual or institution providing the award.
If you are planning on attending a post-secondary institute, be sure to contact their financial aid office for assistance. They can provide excellent, up to date information to help you get the money you need. Discuss with your school representative(s) the method of application. Pay special attention to the deadline dates for applications. Many of these awards must be applied for early. Additional information is available on the following websites:
BC Ministry of Education www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards
Govn. of Canada Student Financial www.canlearn.ca
Student Aid BC http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/welcome.htm
Scholarships Canada http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/
Students will have two (2) years from the date of issue to redeem an award, unless otherwise stated.