Each year the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association offers several bursaries and scholarships to help students living with mental illness or addiction finance their education and career goals.

Applications are now open until June 30, and awards will be administered to recipients in the Fall 2018 semester.

About the awards:

The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund provides financial assistance to post-secondary students living with mental illness or addiction to help further their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 and $1,000 are awarded to two post-secondary students whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion. Several $700 bursaries are available to individuals aged 20 or over who are currently enrolled in or have applied to post-secondary education or job training.

The $1,000 LGM Continuous Learning Bursary recognizes the importance of health and wellness in the workplace, as well as removing the stigma of mental illness. This Bursary aims to empower BC residents at least 19-years-old who live with a mental illness or addiction to achieve their education and career goals through distance learning.

The $1,000 Fine Arts Bursary (FAB) Award was created to assist individuals aged 18 and over who may not be able to obtain the funds needed to support their studies because of challenges related to mental illness. The FAB Award also recognizes the efforts of individuals who can use their skills in the fine arts to support those experiencing mental illness.

The Janice Lee Blue Wave Youth Bursary honours the legacy of Janice Lee, an 18-year-old who struggled with depression and anxiety and took her own life in 2006. The vision of the Bursary program is to invest in the resilience, wisdom, and potential of young people, and to reduce some of the barriers during the major transition from high school to higher education by offering three $700 bursaries.

See here to learn more or apply.

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