The final day to apply for a 2020 Richmond Community Foundation scholarship was March 9. An online application for next year's scholarships will be posted in February 2021. Until then, you're encouraged to read through this page, as it includes eligibility criteria and other valuable information that remains consistent from year to year.
Below, you'll find useful information on the Foundation's various scholarships, including eligibility criteria. It's worthwhile to review this information before you apply, so you can put together a strong application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that 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!
The Community Foundation's 2020 high school scholarships were awarded in April. A complete list of winners is available here.
• 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
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
• This year, there will be Covid response funds for students…stay abreast of daily news announcements; check government and student support websites