Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FCSSBC Youth Education Bursary


A career in the social services

The FCSSBC Youth Education Bursary assists young people that are or have been in care and want to pursue a career in the field of Human and Social Services. Bursaries support students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic education, training, or upgrading. The bursary is available to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year (two semesters).
The bursary was established by Federation members in 2009 to encourage and support young people to develop a career in our sector. The bursary program supports young people 25 or younger who either are or have been in care and who want to pursue post-secondary education towards a career in human social services. Students are welcome to apply over multiple years as we share a long-term interest in their studies and development into social services professionals. Your donations make an impact!
Since 2009, the bursary program has awarded $143,100 in bursaries to 127 recipients to help students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary study (as of June 2016). See below for information about contributing to the Bursary Program.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the Youth Education Bursary. You can access the 2018 Bursary Application hereThe application deadline is Friday May 4, 2018.
Please note:
  • The bursary is available to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year (two semesters).
  • Bursary award monies are given directly to the academic institution for deposit into the student’s account.
  • Bursary funds awarded must be used within 18 months (for recipients in 2018, funds must be used by the January semester of 2020).
  • You can apply for the bursary more than once.
If you have any questions about the bursary, please email us at info@fcssbc.ca.

Bursary Application


  1. You are currently in care or you are a former youth in care in the province of BC. 
  2. This includes being under a continuing custody order (CCO); temporary custody 
  3. order (TCO, Voluntary Agreement or Special Needs Agreement); or a 
  4. Youth Agreement under British Columbia’s Child, Family and Community Services Act.
  5. You are a Canadian Citizen or a Landed Immigrant.
  6. You are 25 years old or younger in the year of your application.
  7. You are currently attending or planning to enroll in a post-secondary academic 
  8. program in a recognized public post-secondary institution. If you are unsure 
  9. whether your school is a recognized Public institution, 
  10. consult the list of Public Institutions on the BC Ministry of Advanced Education website.
  11. Your education plans relate to a career in the field of Human and Social Services. 
  12. Examples include Social Work, Counselling, Child & Youth Care, Psychology, 
  13. Community, Family & Child Studies, Gerontology & Social Work, Mental Health 
  14. & Addictions, Pre-Social Work.

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