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Our students performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.
Grants & Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships

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High School Scholarships

Applications for our 2023 high school scholarships are now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply! We appreciate your patience as we review this year's submissions and make our scholarship decisions. All applicants will be notified once this process is complete, in early May. 

Plan on applying for a scholarship in 2024? Our online application will open again in February! For now, we encourage you to read through this page to learn more about our eligibility criteria, the application process, and the different scholarships available. Also, it's never too early to start gathering reference letters, two of which must be submitted along with your application.

Think of it this way: while you can’t apply quite yet, you can definitely prepare, so when applications do open, you’ll be ready.

Scholarships are available to Richmond students who are entering a post-secondary institution directly after high school, as well as those who have taken a year off before beginning their post-secondary studies. If you have questions about your eligibility, please call 604-270-4483 or e-mail info@richmondfoundation.org.

The Foundation requires that two reference letters be submitted with your application. It's strongly recommended that you prepare these as early as possible. The letters can be from teachers, school counsellors, job supervisors, or volunteer coordinators, and should highlight your character, community involvement, and why you should win a Foundation scholarship.

We also encourage you to check out these Common Scholarship Myths, particularly if you’ve convinced yourself that you shouldn’t apply. Chances are, there’s a scholarship for you, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on that opportunity!

Current Scholarships
• Andrea Xi Scholarship – Students pursuing studies at UBC
• Audrey Fricker Scholarship – Students who are affiliated with the Richmond Orchestra & Chorus Association, and are pursuing musical studies
• Dacheng Education Scholarship – For students pursuing a post-secondary education, regardless of school or field of study
• Derek Dang and Dr. Margaret Yeung Scholarship – Any Post-Secondary Pursuit, Including Academic, Vocational, and Apprenticeship Programs
• Etta Demerse Scholarship – UBC, SFU, or Kwantlen
• GBN Health Technology Scholarship - For students from Richmond and the surrounding area who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of medical sciences
• Kronier Family Scholarship – Community Involvement, Any Post-Secondary Pursuit, Including Vocational and Apprenticeship Programs
• Linda Li Scholarship – For students pursuing a post-secondary education in any field
• RichCity Idol Scholarship – Performing Arts
• Richmond Community Foundation Scholarship – Community Involvement
• Richmond Sunset Rotary Art Scholarship – Visual or Performing Arts
• Vancouver Sunshine Lions Club Scholarship - For Richmond students pursuing a post-secondary education anywhere in Canada
• Walter Wu Scholarship – Students who wish to compete in sports at a higher level, but require funding assistance to help them continue their post-secondary education while pursuing their goals as an elite athlete
• Ye Chen Scholarship - Students living with a disability who plan on studying food sciences at UBC

Students who apply for the Walter Wu Scholarship will also be considered for the Richmond Athletic Commission Scholarship (RACS), which is awarded to an all-around student athlete. Please note that you cannot apply for the RACS directly. To show your interest, simply select the Walter Wu Scholarship on your application form, and you'll be considered for both. Of course, you're welcome to apply for other Foundation scholarships as well.

There is no requirement for a specific grade average for any scholarship and students who are pursuing trade and diploma courses are encouraged to apply in addition to those undertaking degree studies. The criteria for all the above scholarships include the following:

• A permanent Richmond resident
• Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
• Graduating, or have graduated within the past two years, from a secondary school in Richmond
• Applying to an accredited post-secondary school
• A demonstrated commitment to the community of Richmond

Notwithstanding the above, consideration will be given to those that demonstrate financial need.

Additional High School Scholarships
The Richmond Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships not listed on this site, as they have alternate application procedures and deadlines. For more information on these scholarships, and how to apply, click here.

If you’ve missed out on Richmond Community Foundation scholarships, you still have possibilities elsewhere. Here is a list of places you can check out:

• Your high school…ask a teacher, administrator, or your school counselor

• Your workplace…ask your supervisor or HR department; check the company’s local, provincial and national websites

• Organizations for which you have volunteered…ask your supervisor, an older volunteer or a staff person; check their website

• The post-secondary institutions you wish to attend…ask your counselor and research their website

• Professional organizations that employ grads of your chosen post-secondary program…speak to a mentor in that industry and check websites, including companies in the sector

• Clubs, arts, culture, music and sports organizations in which you have been involved as a player, mentor, organizer, coach, referee, volunteer and where you’ve shown your talents and commitment…ask your supervisor, coach, teacher, an older volunteer or a staff person; check local, provincial and national websites

• Service and community groups with which you've been involved, such as Cadets, Scouts, Guides… ask your supervisor, group leader, an older volunteer or a staff person; check their websites

• Your religious institution…ask your religious leader or an elder; check local, national and international websites

• Groups with which your parents or family members are or have been involved, including their work, union, community service…talk to your parents, guardians, aunts, uncles and grandparents

• Cultural groups to which you or your family belong…ask those who lead the group; check websites

• If you and your family have received social services, or if you have been fostered, you may be eligible for government assistance…speak to your social worker or caregiver; check applicable websites

• If you have overcome an illness or other adversity…talk to those who supported you; check websites of organizations that serve that area