University Scholarship Planning

For many students, scholarships and financial awards have a tremendously positive impact on their post-secondary futures. Financial awards can give you access to universities you thought were beyond your means; they can give you more time to dedicate to your studies by minimizing the need to earn an income while at university; and they can give you a fresh start when you graduate by reducing the amount of education-related debt you accumulate.

Our University Counselling office has staff that search out scholarship and financial award opportunities, and help our students maximize their success at getting these awards.

Students and their parents can learn more about scholarships and awards and get helpful tips by reading the University Counselling blog.

British Columbia Provincial Scholarships

BC Grade 12 Examinations Scholarships

In the summer of 2011, the BC Ministry of Education rolled out new eligibility requirements for provincial scholarships. The most notable change for SMUS students is that AP exam grades will no longer be used in calculation of provincial scholarship eligibility. In fact, most of the criteria will be met by the end of the Grade 11 year.

The provincially examinable subjects that will be counted towards provincial scholarships are:

  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10
  • Social Studies 11
  • English 12

Is a Canadian citizen.A student will receive a $1000 Examinations Scholarship if he or she meets the following requirements:

  • Writes and passes one exam in each of the five (5) provincial exam categories from grades 10 – 12.
  • Achieves at least a “B” (73% or above) final mark (provincial exam and school mark combined) in English 12.
  • Ranks among the top 5,000 scholarship students in BC (based on their percentage score).

Vouchers are sent to graduates in late October or November of their graduating year. Traditionally, SMUS students have been very successful in their quest to be recognized with these scholarships.

Passport to Education

The Passport to Education program recognizes student achievement in a broad range of academic and non-academic areas. Canadian citizens or landed immigrants can receive $250 in Grades 10 and 11, and $500 in Grade 12.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on the marks obtained in the student’s top five provincially-authorized courses taken in that calendar year as well as students’ effort, citizenship, and community involvement.

Passport award calculations will be made in late June for Grade 12 and in late August for Grades 10 and 11.