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.
New this year:
The First Citizens Fund student bursary program is designed to reward students for successful completion of their term of study. Funding is distributed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria on a first come, first serve basis. However, funding will not be sent out until a student’s official transcript is received and the student’s grades and enrollment is verified.. Funding from this program may be used for any purpose.
Aboriginal (status, non-status, Metis, and Inuit) post-secondary students that are:
***International/U.S. studies are not eligible unless a part of your BC studies and/or program and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Please note: Students will not be eligible for a bursary to repeat a course or academic year, for which a bursary has already been received.
***Students submitting an application must complete the following or will be denied funding:
Graduate students must also provide: 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: You must provide a new completed application for the 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.
Students can apply by the following semester deadline dates:
Ø Fall Semester – September 1, 2014 (transcripts will need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015)
Ø Winter Semester – January 1, 2015 (transcripts will need to be submitted by May. 15, 2015)
Ø Spring/Summer Semester – May 1, 2015 (transcripts will need to be submitted by Sept. 15, 2015)
Documents must have arrived in our office by these dates, so please take into account mailing time.
Students who do not submit their official transcripts within one month of their semester’s completion, may be ineligible for funding for the academic year.
WHERE TO SEND APPLICATIONS AND MAKE INQUIRIES:
All applications, official transcripts, correspondence, and telephone inquiries should be sent to:
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres551 Chatham Street Victoria, BC V8T 1E1 Phone: (250) 388-5522 Fax: (250) 388-5502
***The guidelines for this program are subject to change without notice
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.