The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada. Located in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia.
The First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program provides funding to students of Aboriginal ancestry to help support their post secondary education. It's funded by the Province of British Columbia and delivered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.
(please see the bottom of this page for other Aboriginal student bursary programs)
The First Citizens Fund student bursary program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and delivered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. This program provides financial assistance to Aboriginal students enrolled in post-secondary education. Aboriginal students that are ordinarily resident in British Columbia and are enrolled full time in a recognized post-secondary university or college in a minimum two-year program are eligible to apply for a First Citizens Fund student bursary. The level of assistance will be determined by need and will reflect the amount of assistance received from other sources. The maximum level of assistance is $700/year for Band or Tribal Council funded students and $2,000/year for non-funded students.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:
The First Citizens Fund student bursary program is designed to reward students for successful completion of their term of study. When a student sends an application in, if all the eligibility criteria are met, funds will be committed to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, funding will not be sent out until a student’s official transcript is received. Once the student’s official transcript is received, if the student’s grades and enrollment meet the program requirements, a cheque will be sent out to the student. That cheque may be used for any purpose. Students may apply for a bursary for the year they are currently enrolled in until May of that year. If students would like to receive funding for the next year, they must reapply with a new application form. They do not, however, have to send all the supporting documents again, unless they have switched programs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Full time is considered as follows:
WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA:
HOW TO APPLY:
Students submitting an application must complete the following:
1. A completed, signed and dated application form.
2. A letter written by the applicant on ancestry, family background, education and employment history, and career or academic goal. (first time applicant)
3. Proof of full-time registration in a college or university
4. A letter of support from your band or recognized Aboriginal Organization. (first time applicant)
5. Supporting evidence of Aboriginal ancestry, or a further explanation. (first time applicant)
6. Applicants with a disability that affects academic performance must provide one of the following documents explaining academic performance limitations:
(Note: Medical documentation must be signed and certified by the prescribing medical practitioner.)
7. Any additional information pertaining to the application can be included on a separate page.
Graduate students must also provide:
1. an official transcript verifying enrolment, a letter from your academic advisor confirming advisor’s role, full time level and satisfactory progress, advisor contact information, and dated and signed on university letterhead.
Returning Applicants: Please provide a completed application for academic year and proof of academic registration. If you have a disability affecting academic performance you must provide a current document stating disability and academic limitations.
WHAT ELSE DOES AN APPLICANT NEED TO KNOW:
Students who do not submit their official transcripts for the 2013-2014 Academic year by June 30th, 2014, may be ineligible for funding for the 2013-2014 academic year.
WHERE TO SEND APPLICATIONS AND MAKE INQUIRIES:
All applications, official transcripts, correspondence, and telephone inquiries should be sent to:
Jamin Zuroski, FCF Student Bursaries Administrator
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
551 Chatham St.
Phone: 250 388-5522
Fax: 250 388-5502
This site has been developed based entirely on the contributions of Aboriginal students from a diversity of Nations who chose to take time out of their busy lives to offer stories of their personal experiences in post secondary education. As you plan your own academic journeys, these gifts provide insights into when, where and how to access resources, how to develop strategies for success, how to find balance in your life and how having a strong sense of identity and purpose can carry you through this sometimes challenging pathway to your future.