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External Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

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There are many scholarships, bursaries, and awards administered or delivered by external organizations, foundations, and corporations. These types of opportunities may have specific application requirements, and the criteria to qualify will vary. 

Below is a list of some external opportunities currently available to Canadian students. If you have any questions, please direct all inquiries to the contact listed for each opportunity.

Agnes L. and Thomas S. Harrison Scholarship – 1 at $250 to $500

  • Awarded to financially assist a female student who is planning to attend the University of Victoria. Applicant must reside on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands and be attending the University of Victoria. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

Carl G. Frink Scholarship – 3 or 4 from $500 to $1,000

  • Awarded as post-secondary assistance to persons who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind who do not receive funding from any government programs. Applicant must be planning to, or already attending, post-secondary training in the Province of B.C. Successful receipt of the award will be based on ability to demonstrate financial need, motivation, responsibility and on goals being oriented toward independence. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

CustomersFirst Academy Scholarship – $500 USD

  • The CustomersFirst Academy Scholarship is awarded biannually to students who demonstrate the strongest responses in the following three areas: financial need and hardship incurred to attend a post-secondary institution; a passion for learning; and determination to improve the lives of others through their career. All part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply. For more information and to complete the scholarship application form, visit https://customersfirstacademy.com/scholarship/

Gladys N. and Maynard L. Norton Scholarship – 1 at $250 to $500

  • Awarded to financially assist a male student who is planning to attend the University of Victoria. Applicant must reside on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands and be attending the University of Victoria. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

John and Doris Corrigan Fund – multiple at $500

Awarded to assist young persons who are blind or partially sighted engaging in experiences (i.e., camping, trips, etc.) or equipment purchases for which funds are not readily available from other sources. Applicants must be aged 30 years of age and under and a resident of B.C. or the Yukon and submit a clear and concise letter of application which includes the following:

  • Evidence of meeting eligibility criteria
  • Specific information on the activity or equipment for which you require funding including copy of application form and/or website and/or brochure.
  • Explanation of your need for financial assistance and how you plan to spend the funds.
  • Any additional information that can support your request.

For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

June Gilmore English Scholarship – 1 at $600

  • This award is available to students who are blind or partially sighted enrolled in Public or Group 1 and 2 Independent schools in B.C. Students must be completing B.C. school graduation requirements during the 2021/22 school year with the intent of pursuing a post-secondary education program. Nominations for the scholarship may be made by a teacher, principal, or the student with an emphasis placed on academic performance and school / community involvement. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

Kathleen L. and Angus Robson Bursary – 2 or 3 annually from $500 to $1,000

  • Awarded to assist students in reaching their educational goals from senior secondary and beyond. Applicants must be sixteen years and older and a resident of Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

Lorne Hassan Memorial Bursary – 2 or 3 annually from $500 to $1,000

  • Awarded to financially assist persons who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind wishing to further their post-secondary education. Applicants must be planning to attend post-secondary education in the B.C.-Yukon region. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

North American Van Lines 2022 Logistics Scholarship Competition – 3 at $1,000

  • North American Van Lines is a large moving company and is looking to provide a scholarship to three students who major in logistics, supply chain management, business, or a similar field. Each scholarship is $1,000 and is available to current students and to those who are enrolling in college. For more information, visit: https://www.northamericanvanlines.ca/scholarship

Martha Guest Memorial Bursary – 2 to 4 at $500

  • Awarded to financially assist persons who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind in continuing their post-secondary education or adult upgrading. Applicants must be a resident of B.C. or the Yukon, planning to attend post-secondary studies or pursuing continuing education. For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

NEADS National Student Awards Program

  • The NEADS National Student Awards Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities. Students must currently be registered in and continuing at post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of registration as part of the application and on receipt of the award. The award will be offered to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards are paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study. For more information, visit: https://www.neads.ca/en/about/projects/ete2/scholarship/

Robinson and Buckland Memorial Bursary – 3 or 4 at $500

  • Awarded to financially assist full time post-secondary students who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind. Applicant must be studying as an undergraduate on a full-time basis (minimum 3 courses), in B.C. (correspondence studies are not eligible). For more information, email Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca.

Storwell's Foster Children Bursary Program – $2,000

  • Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives. For more information, visit: https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application

Western University, Graduate Students Living with Disabilities Scholarship Program

If your organization, foundation or business has a scholarship that you would like listed on this webpage, please email scholarships@cnib.ca.