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Arlene Clay Memorial Bursary
In 2012, Douglas College Foundation hosted the first ever Bursary Draw at A Class Act. Proceeds from the tickets sold, plus a generous donation from winning guest Mike Clay, went directly to students in need. Mike named the bursary in memory of his mother, Arlene Clay, a retired School District 43 teacher, who initiated what became a district-wide public speaking program. The Arlene Clay Memorial Bursary provides support to Port Moody residents with a preference to those enrolled in the Future Teachers – Associate of Arts Degree program or Early Childhood Education programs (diploma & certificate) at Douglas College.
Auxiliary to Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children Bursary
The Auxiliary for the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children established this fund to recognize the outstanding work in practicums by Douglas College students at the hospital. A student with a disability or training to work with disabled persons, and with satisfactory academic achievement, is eligible to apply.
Baker-MacGrotty Family Bursary
Long-time residents of New Westminster, the Baker, MacGrotty and Baker-MacGrotty family has contributed to the development and success of a number of community organizations within the city and Metro Vancouver. Karen Baker-MacGrotty established this fund in 2008 to recognize Douglas College students who show commitment to their community and initiative in their volunteer activities. In 2012, the fund was expanded to involve the legacy of Baker and MacGrotty family members and enhanced to pay tribute to the service of the members and families of The Royal Westminster Regiment. Recipients may be enrolled in any program at Douglas College, with preference given to students who members currently serving with The Royal Westminster Regiment or are sons, daughters, or grandchildren of those who served with the Regiment in either World War, Korea, Afghanistan or on post-war peace-keeping duties and the Regiment's Army Cadets wanting to continue with their education.
Bill Hughes Family Bursary
Bill Hughes, a highly respected member of the community and a long-serving member of the Douglas College Foundation, established this bursary in 2000. Mr. Hughes was at one time the host of the Roving Mike Show on CKNW. He also served as president of CKNW and president of the Vancouver Canucks. The bursary is available to assist any Douglas College student, with a preference given to mature students.
Burnaby NOW Bursary
In 2002 Canwest Publishers Trust established two bursary endowments through the Douglas College Foundation. The Maple Ridge News Bursary and the Burnaby News Leader Bursary. In 2015 the Burnaby New Leader was absorbed by the Glacier Media Group and the fund was renamed the Burnaby NOW Bursary. The purpose of this bursary is to recognize and reward students in any program at Douglas College who demonstrate a financial need.
Canada 150 Bursary
In celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, in 2017, Douglas College Foundation created this bursary in support of Douglas College students, enrolled in any program, who are facing financial barriers to their education.
Caroline Chan Memorial Bursary
The Frank Wing Memorial Bursary was established by Caroline and Adrienne Chan in 1989 to honour their uncle, Frank Wing. The bursary was created to support students in need who are enrolled in programs relating to social services and social sciences at Douglas College with preference given to students of Aboriginal, Asian or South Asian descent. In 2013, Caroline Chan passed away and the bursary was renamed in her memory.
City of New Westminster 150th Anniversary Bursary
The City of New Westminster created the City of New Westminster 150th Anniversary Bursary in celebration of its 150th anniversary in” 2009. In 2016, the New West Firefighters Charitable Society decided to merge its fund, created with the Douglas College Foundation in 2002, with the City’s fund in order to better support residents of New Westminster.
Community Spirit Bursary
The New Westminster Community Development Society operated as a not-for-profit society and registered charity seeking to enhance individual growth, community development and economic progress. The Society focused on employment readiness and career development programs, counselling and case management, literacy support and an asset-building strategy for lower income earners. In 2010 the Community Spirit Bursary was established at Douglas College by NWCDS upon its dissolution. The society created this endowment to aid single parents who make a difference in their community. Preference will be given to students residing in New Westminster and who are returning to post-secondary education after an absence from their studies.
Credit Union Foundation Bursary
An annual bursary is provided by the Credit Union Foundation of BC on behalf of credit union members in B.C. and in memory of the credit union pioneers. Recipients are Canadians residing in B.C.
Currey Family Emergency Bursary
The Currey Family Emergency Bursary was established, in 2011, as an emergency fund to provide financial assistance for students facing unexpected financial difficulties that would hinder them in completing their studies at Douglas. The fund honours wife and mother, Birgit Currey, a Swedish nurse who also worked in Canada at Vancouver General Hospital, and daughter, Ingrid Currey, who taught Psychiatric Nursing at Douglas College for 29 years.
David & Dorothy Lam Student Aid Endowment
David and Dorothy Lam created this fund in 1997 to provide bursaries for students at the Coquitlam Campus in any program of study.
David Gordon Holmwood Memorial Bursary
The David Gordon Holmwood Memorial Bursary was established to honour the life of a loving, charismatic and talented young man who gave love and joy to all who knew him. He cared deeply, giving encouragement and support, friendship and help. His family treasured and loved him dearly. David had the gift of making people laugh and share in his enjoyment of life. Recipients of this bursary must be enrolled in the associate of arts program, with preference given to those with a love of and talent for music and who have faced significant challenge(s).
Della Mattia Family Bursary
The purpose of this annual fund is to provide a bursary to students in financial need. Preference shall be given to a student in the second term of a one-year applied program or in the second year of a two-year applied program.
Diana Miles Bursary
This endowment was established by Diana Miles to support single parents in financial need who are enrolled in either a degree or career training program at Douglas College. Diana was a member of the College Board from 2002 - 2007 and Chair from 2003 - 2007. She is a long-time supporter of Douglas College Foundation, and devoted to philanthropic efforts which support individuals in need in her community.
Douglas College 15th & 40th Anniversary Bursary
This bursary was established in 2000 when the Douglas College Foundation celebrated its 15th Anniversary and was merged with the fund that celebrated the Douglas College 40th Anniversary. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to students enrolled in full-time classes at Douglas College.
Douglas College Board Contingency Bursary
The Douglas College Board created this general fund bursary in 1996 to support students in any program or Faculty at Douglas College who have financial need.
Douglas College Board Legacy Bursary
The Douglas College Board Legacy funds were created by the Douglas College Board in 2013 as a tangible way of supporting both domestic & international students enrolled at Douglas College through bursaries, scholarships and emergency funding. In 2014, the Board created the Douglas College Board 2014 funds (bursary & scholarship), in support of domestic students only. The purpose of each fund was to celebrate students achieving academic excellence in their chosen course of study or remove financial barriers faced by students when accessing post-secondary education. The College Board also wanted to recognize the continuing growth of Douglas College and to make a difference for students in the coming decade(s). In 2017, the capital of the Douglas College Board 2014 Bursary and Scholarship funds were merged into the Douglas College Board Legacy funds to allow for more streamlined distributions. Bursary recipients must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, be enrolled full time in any program and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who are leaving their own legacy by volunteering in the community or at Douglas College.
Douglas Students' Union Mature Student Bursary
In 2014 the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) established this bursary to support mature students in financial need at Douglas College. The Douglas Students' Union (DSU) is one of the founding members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and works with more than 80 other students' unions across the country to campaign for more accessible post-secondary education and to provide services to students. The DSU represents students’ needs and concerns within Douglas College and in the greater community, working to provide services to improve the lives of its members.
Douglas Students' Union Daycare Bursary
The Douglas Students' Union Daycare Bursary was established in 1995 to assist students attending Douglas College who require childcare for their dependants and are unable to access a daycare subsidy through an existing College or government program. The DSU is one of the founding members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and works with more than 80 other students' unions across the country to campaign for more accessible post-secondary education and to provide services to students. The DSU represents students’ needs and concerns within Douglas College and in the greater community, working to provide services to improve the lives of its members.
Douglas Students’ Union Emergency Bursary
The Douglas Students' Union Emergency Bursary was established in 2003. Its purpose is to provide emergency funds to students attending Douglas College where no other sources of funding are available. The Douglas Students' Union (DSU) is one of the founding members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and works with more than 80 other students' unions across the country to campaign for more accessible post-secondary education and to provide services to students. The DSU represents students’ needs and concerns within Douglas College and in the greater community, working to provide services to improve the lives of its members.
Dr. & Mrs. George and Kathleen Elliot and Susan Witter Bursary
Kathleen Elliot, mother of past Douglas College president Susan Witter, established this fund in 1998 in memory of her husband. Dr. George Elliot was a former Deputy Minister of Health with the Province of BC. In 2010, it was renamed to honour both George & Kathleen's memory. In 2011, the fund Susan Witter established upon her retirement in 2009, which reflected her commitment to education as demonstrated by her leadership of Douglas College from 1997 - 2009, was merged with her parents fund to create the Dr. & Mrs. George and Kathleen Elliot and Susan Witter Bursary. This fund supports students enrolled in any program at Douglas College with preference given to programs within the Faculty of Health Sciences and those returning to their education after some time away.
ELLA Endowment Bursary
The ELLA (English Language, Learning & Acquisition) Endowment Bursary was established in 2004 by the English as an Additional or Second Language department with a goal of supporting community (domestic) students who have financial need and who are upgrading their English-speaking skills.
Since 2015, domestic students have been unable to take ELLA courses, so the criteria was changed to include students in all programs at Douglas College provided that they originally arrived in Canada as either a refugee or permanent resident.
Emerging and Emergency Needs Bursary
The purpose of the Emerging and Emergency Needs Bursary is to support students facing financial challenges due to unforeseen emergency circumstances where no other funding is available.
The Erm Fiorillo Hal Davis CKNW Orphans' Fund Bursary
The CKNW Orphans' Fund established this endowment in honour of Erm Fiorillo, a long time employee of CKNW. The bursary is awarded to single parents registered in any Douglas College program.
Gail Smythe Memorial Bursary
The Gail Smythe Memorial Bursary was established in 1989 by family and friends to honour Gail's memory and her commitment to adult basic education (academic upgrading) at Douglas College. A reading specialist, Gail was widely recognized as a pioneer in the fields of adult literacy, adult education and primary education. She firmly believed that adult education students required the best education the system had to offer and she worked hard to ensure their needs were addressed. Gail's links to Douglas College were not limited to her experience as an adult basic education instructor; her daughter, Naomi, also attended Douglas College.
G & F Financial Group New Westminster Branch Bursary
Established in 2006 by the G&F Financial Group New Westminster branch, this bursary supports students in need enrolled in any program of study at Douglas College. Eligible students must either be residents of the city of New Westminster or taking the majority of their courses at the New Westminster campus.
G & F Financial Group Port Coquitlam Bursary
The purpose of this annual bursary is to provide students in any program with financial assistance. To be eligible, students must be residents of the Tri-Cities and be taking the majority of their classes at the Coquitlam Campus. Preference will be given to students involved in their community.
Gerard Batty Most Improved Student Bursary
Gerard Batty, a Douglas College alumnus, established this bursary in 2012 to recognize a student who shows the most improvement in GPA. He established this bursary to encourage students to do their best and overcome some of the challenges they face inside and outside the classroom that can affect their GPA. The recipient of this bursary will be determined by Financial Aid bursary application reporting.
Harriet Emma Attridge Bursary
This fund was set up from the estate of Harriet Emma Attridge and benefits single mothers from any Douglas College program.
IODE British Columbia Bursaries
Since 1992, IODE has supported students in financial need at Douglas College. The mission of IODE, a women's charitable organization, is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social service and citizenship programs. In 2011, the IODE Provincial Chapter agreed to merge their existing bursaries to create the IODE British Columbia Bursary, with each of the contributing IODE Chapters receiving equal recognition for their contributions. This fund supports Canadian citizens enrolled in any program at Douglas College with preference given to students in either the Nursing or Health Care Support Worker programs.
Jaime Tuningley Bursary
This bursary was established in 2004 in honour of Jaime Tuningley, a student who worked in order to overcome significant personal difficulties. The bursary is awarded annually and is designed to assist part-time students (enrolled in nine credits or fewer, in any program - who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students with a referral from The Elizabeth Fry Society.
Joan Meister ORW Memorial Fund For Students With Disabilities Bursary
The Joan Meister ORW Memorial Fund for Students with Disabilities Bursary was established in 2004 to recognize and reward students with disabilities enrolled at Douglas College. This would include not only students enrolled in a Vocational Education and Skills Training (VEST) program, but also, students with disabilities enrolled in any program that would support them in achieving their employment goals. In recognition of Joan Meister’s contributions’ to the women’s movement and women with disabilities, preference will be given to female students.
Kathleen Collins Education Foundation Bursary
The Kathleen Collins Education Foundation was named in honour of the first Canadian member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators who promote education world-wide. The purpose of this annual fund is to recognize & reward female students at Douglas College who are pursuing an education that will lead to a profession in a teaching related field.
Laughing Dog Adult Basic Education Bursary
In 2001, Roy Daykin and Linda Fulkerson established the Laughing Dog Adult Basic Education Award to support students at Douglas College who were enrolled in the Adult Basic Education program. Roy is a former Douglas College employee and a former Douglas College Foundation Board member as well as a Douglas College Alumnus and is still actively employed in the BC post-secondary sector. The D. H. Radstaak Memorial Bursary was established in 1985 by Don Radstaak who was a former Adult Basic Education instructor at Douglas College. In 2013, the D. H. Radstaak Memorial Bursary was merged with the Laughing Dog Adult Basic Education Award. This new merge fund continued to support students furthering their studies by taking English as a Second Language, English-Upgrading and Math-Upgrading courses at Douglas College. In 2016, Roy agreed to change the Award to a Bursary to lower the GPA requirement and altered the enrollment criteria to support students in any program or Faculty taking either an English or Math Upgrading course.
Maple Ridge News Bursary
Established in 2002, this bursary benefits students in any Douglas College program. The bursary is awarded based on financial need.
Margaret and Larry Harrison Bursary
This bursary was established in 2001 to support students at Douglas College with preference given to those from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Margaret and Larry have been supporters of the College since 1992, donating money annually to students in the name of Margaret's late father, James Pazarena.
Margaret Meagher Memorial Bursary
The Margaret Meagher Memorial Bursary was established in 1994 to support students enrolled in any program at Douglas College, with preference to Dental Assisting.
Mia Gordon Bursary
This bursary was established by Mia Gordon (Vice-President, College Development 1985-2002) to recognize the partnership between the Coquitlam Campus of Douglas College and Pinetree Secondary School. Additional funds were added when friends and colleagues honoured Mia's outstanding service to Douglas College and the community upon her retirement. Preference is given to a graduate of Pinetree Secondary School studying at the Coquitlam Campus. If no student qualifies, it is available to any student from the Tri-Cities studying at any campus.
Milton and Fei Wong Family Foundation Bursary
Milton and Fei Wong established this bursary to provide financial assistance to Douglas College students. The Chair of HSBC Asset Management Canada, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University and an Order of Canada recipient, Milton Wong was a powerful advocate for volunteerism, charitable giving and cultural diversity. The guest speaker at the Douglas College Foundation's Donor Dinner in October 2002, Dr. Wong said, "We live in a world where so few have so much, and so many have so very little. And it is not a matter of if we are going to remedy this situation, but how and when."
N. Nick Cheng Bursary
Nick Cheng established this bursary in 2008 to support students in financial need enrolled in any program at Douglas College. Nick, a financial advisor managing the Edward Jones branch in New Westminster, is deeply involved in his community, serving on many boards and is also a longtime Rotarian. He was elected to the Douglas College Foundation board in 2008.
New Westminster Community Bursary
The Gyro Club of New Westminster established a bursary in 1990. Joseph & Anna Jetter created a bursary in their names in 1987. Both supported Douglas College students enrolled in any program. Joseph was a former Director of the Boys & Girls Club. In 1997, the Peter Andrusiak Memorial Bursary was created by Margaret Andrusiak, in memory of her late husband, to recognize students enrolled in any University transfer program.
Joseph, Anna and Margaret have since passed away and the Gyro Club is no longer active. Recognizing that the founders of all three funds have a connection through their love of community, as demonstrated by their involvement with various Clubs, former Gyro Club member, Dwight Ross, agreed to merge their fund with the other two bursary funds, and rename it the New Westminster Community Bursary. A bursary is always intended to support students with financial need. By uniting these three funds, it increases the income available for annual distribution, and thus continues to honour the original intent of all donors.
Part-time Studies Bursary
Candidates for this bursary may be enrolled in any Douglas College program. Preference will be given to students taking nine credit hours or less.
Pat Isert Memorial Bursary
The Isert family and the Port Coquitlam Women's Centre established this fund in 1979 in memory of Pat Isert to assist a mature female student who is a resident of Port Moody, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam, and enrolled in a vocational or career program at Douglas College.
Patricia Sanderson Bursary
The family of Patricia Sanderson established this fund in her memory to assist a disabled student from any Douglas College applied or academic program. The candidate should have satisfactory standing in work completed.
PEO Chapter B Bursary
The PEO Chapter B Bursary was established in 1991 with the purpose of supporting female residents of New Westminster as they returned to post-secondary education after some time in the workforce or at home with their families. The Kinette Club of New Westminster Bursary was established in the same year with a similar purpose - to support female students entering the field of community service. In 2016, after the Kinette Club of New Westminster became inactive, these two funds were merged and continue to support female students at Douglas College.
The President’s Bursary supports students enrolled in any program or faculty.
Randall Rhajan Sall Memorial Bursary
The Randall Rhajan Sall Memorial Bursary was established by family and friends in 2007, to honour the memory of Randall (Randy) Sall, a Douglas College Alumnus. Randy received his Certificate in Childcare and later returned as a mature student to obtain his Teaching Degree. By this time, Randy was working full-time while raising four children under the age of 11. This bursary supports students who are pursuing a career as a child and youth counselor or as a teacher and who, like Randy, need to create a positive balance between personal responsibilities and professional goals. Randy was raised in Port Coquitlam and lived in 'PoCo' until his untimely passing in 2007. He was very proud of his hometown. As such, preference is given to mature students and students who live in Port Coquitlam.
Rhoda Friedrichs Memorial Bursary
Established in 2014 in memory of Rhoda Friedrichs, a Douglas College faculty member and former Chair of the History Department, this bursary supports students in financial need in any program or faculty at Douglas College with a preference to students studying History. Rhoda held a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and joined the History Department at Douglas College in 1989. She was an inspiring teacher who presented numerous conference papers and published a series of articles on late medieval England. Rhoda was posthumously awarded the designation of faculty emeritus in recognition of her scholarship, her teaching and her contributions to the College community.
Rosemary Rowe and Betty Fulton Memorial Bursary
This bursary supports students enrolled in any program with a preference for students with dependents and/or students enrolled in the Hospitality Management Program.
Rotary Club of New Westminster Bursary
The Rotary Club of New Westminster established this fund to assist Douglas College students in any field of study. Preference is given to students with good scholastic ability.
Rotary Club of New Westminster Emergency Bursary
The Rotary Club of New Westminster established this fund to assist Douglas College students in emergency financial need. Recipients may be in any field of study.
Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge Branch 88 Bursary
The Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge Branch # 88 Bursary was created in 1988 with the purpose of supporting Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents enrolled in any program at Douglas College.
Royal City Jewellers Bursary
The Royal City Jewellers Bursary was established by Howard Isman to recognize and reward students enrolled in Douglas College who face significant financial barriers. His son, Michael Isman, is now the President of Royal City Jewellers and has continued to support this fund, increasing its annual award value over the last few years. In 2016, Michael agreed to fund two general bursaries in the Fall semester for students enrolled in any program at Douglas College, and an additional bursary in the Winter semester designated to Veterinary Technology students.
Sally Jean Cavadini Bursary
This fund was established to assist students in any program at Douglas College. Recipients must demonstrate evidence of financial need. Preference will be given to female and/or single parent applicants.
Scott Glabus & Cheryl Bayntun Memorial Bursary
The Scott Glabus and Cheryl Bayntun Memorial Bursary was established in 1989 by their family and colleagues. Scott and Cheryl were faculty members of the Douglas College EASL (now ELLA; English Language, Learning & Acquisition) department and were responsible for laying the groundwork that eventually led to the admission of international students at the college. They taught together in Japan, Spain and Canada, pioneering learning techniques that taught students to learn language from their contacts and in their own community context rather than depending on conventional means. Together they are remembered for their energy, sense of irony and continuous commitment to student success.
Since 2015, domestic students have been unable to take ELLA courses, so the criteria was changed to include students in all programs at Douglas College with preference given to refugees, then permanent residents and finally Canadian citizens who arrived in Canada as either one of those originally.
Terry Fox Secondary 2016 Legacy Club Syrian Refugee Bursary
Students from the Terry Fox Secondary 2016 Legacy Club established this fund to help a local Syrian refugee in their age group pursue a post-secondary education at Douglas College. This bursary supports Syrian refugees who are enrolled in nine credits within any program at the College and who are in financial need.
Toni & Ted Mullins Memorial Bursary
The family of Toni and Ted Mullins, along with support from the members of the Rotary Club of New Westminster, established this bursary fund to support students who have completed at least one semester at Douglas College.
Tri-City News Bursary
Formerly known as the Canwest Publisher’s Award, this bursary was renamed in 2002 to reflect the significant role that the Tri-City News played in the development of the fund. Recipients may be enrolled in any program at Douglas College and must demonstrate financial need.
United Properties & Canadian Home Builders' Association Bursary
This fund was established by United Properties, the Canadian Home Builders' Association and the Residential Construction Institute to assist students attending Douglas College. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credits.
University Women's Club of New Westminster Bursary
The University Women's Club of New Westminster established this fund in 1988 to assist female students enrolled in at least nine credits at Douglas College. The UWCNW also established the Anna Mironoff Award in 1992 in memory of this long-time club member. These funds were amalgamated in 2012 and continue to support female students in financial need. Preference will be given to students residing in New Westminster or Burnaby who demonstrate involvement in College or community activities.
Vancouver Foundation Bursary
Each year the Vancouver Foundation (VF) gifts the investment income earned through multiple endowments, held in perpetuity with VF, to Douglas College Foundation (DCF) for distribution. DCF created the Vancouver Foundation Bursary flow-through fund in order to distribute these bursaries annually to Douglas College students. Multiple recipients will be selected to receive funding from the Vancouver Foundation Bursary based on criteria approved by VF. Monies received from their Alma VanDusen Fund, George T. & Myrtle W. Cunningham Fund and Lord Strathcona Fund must only be used to support female students.
Westminster Savings Legacy Bursary
The Westminster Savings Credit Union Bursary was established in 2003 by Westminster Savings Credit Union. Its purpose is to support students enrolled in any program at Douglas College with the financial barriers formed when pursuing a post-secondary education. In 2016, the name of the fund was changed to the Westminster Saving Legacy Bursary when an additional donation of $30,000 was invested in the endowment.
William L. (Bill) Day Bursary
This award was established in honour of William L. (Bill) Day for his years of service for, and leadership of Douglas College. Mr. Day has held various administrative positions with the College since its inception in 1970, including President from 1981-1995. This bursary is available to students in any program of study.
Willie McErlean Family Bursary
Established in 2015 by The McErlean family this bursary supports students in need at Douglas College. William (Willie) James Farrell Elliott McErlean, was a determined man with a strong sense of self and pride. Thanks to the undeniable work ethic of his father, Andrew Arthur Augustus McErlean, Willie learned to pride himself on a job well done and doing it right the first time. He exemplified the attributes of his father and instilled the same onto many in several capacities: as father to his children, coach to his soccer team, drumming instructor and adjudicator to his students and his band mates as well as opponents who watched him achieve great success as a professional drummer. Willie won many awards, the best being a World Championship. Willie would often say "do your best" and "be the best". This family bursary pays tribute to Willie and Andrew and the entire McErlean Clan for all that they have passed on.
Woody's Trivia Players Bursary
The Woody’s Trivia Players Bursary (established in 1999) and the French Quarter Trivia Players Bursary (established in 2002) were established by Trivia Teams from Woody’s Pub and the French Quarter Pub in Coquitlam. Each bursary was designed to support students in financial need who graduated from School District #43. In 2012, the two funds merged, and the new Woody’s Trivia Players Bursary continues to support graduates of School District #43 enrolled in any program at Douglas College.