WES Newcomer Scholarships

Purpose:

to assist eligible students gain access to, or maintain success in, post-secondary education programs.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be newcomers to Canada who arrived no more than five years before the application deadline (i.e. applicants for the October 31 2021 deadline must have arrived in Canada after October 30 2016). Applicants must be students registered in high school or post-secondary (college or university) education at the time of application or newcomers who are under 25 years of age and who wish to gain access to post-secondary education.

What are the scholarships for?

Newcomer Scholarships can be used for tuition fees to take courses run by recognized institutions (e.g. college, university, community organization) and for any materials (e.g. books, stationery, equipment) necessary to complete the course. The goal of the course should be to develop the skills required for the applicant to access or continue in post-secondary education. Eligible courses would include upgrading courses (not funded by the BC government) in language, math, science or other academic subjects, courses in the arts (e.g. art, design, music, theatre) or trades (e.g. auto mechanics, carpentry, cooking, hairdressing) and courses in personal and social development (e.g. critical thinking, online learning, public speaking, study skills). Funding for multiple courses, where required for access to or continuation in post-secondary study, will be considered. The maximum scholarship amount is $2,000.

How do I apply?

Please complete an application form. When completed, send the form and supporting documents by email to: awards@wesociety.org

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WES Community Grants

Purpose:

To support community projects that will assist multiple students develop the confidence and skills required for success in post-secondary education.

Who can apply?

Applicants can be either newcomer students registered in high school or post-secondary education or community members applying on their behalf. All newcomer students participating in a project must be under 25 years of age and must have arrived in Canada no more than five years before the application deadline (i.e. participants in applications for the October 31 2021 deadline must have arrived in Canada after October 30 2016).

What are the grants for?

Community Grants are intended to support short-term projects (up to 12 months) that will assist a group of eligible newcomers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities that will enable them to gain access to, or maintain success in, post-secondary education. Funding (up to $3,000 per application) can be used for the costs of group instruction or facilitation, as well as for equipment, materials and services required to complete the project. The cost of travel within BC, where necessary for completion of a project, can be included. Eligible projects would include group tutoring or seminars that help students develop specific academic or vocational skills, workshops on personal and social development (e.g. collaborative learning, communication skills, leadership, self-esteem building) and projects relating to key social and global issues (e.g. environmental concerns, human rights and responsibilities, social justice). Innovation is encouraged in the design of the project. Projects can be developed in partnership with other community organizations.

How do I apply?

Please complete an application form. When completed, send the form and supporting documents by email to: awards@wesociety.org

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