Scholarships and Funds
BCBSVIB was established to provide support for B.C. students who are visually impaired or blind in pursuing a post-secondary education. The bursary is jointly administered by the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and the BC Vision Teachers Association (BC VTA).
For complete information, please see the BCBSVIB Information Page
Military Police Fund for Blind Children
The Military Police Fund for Blind Children provides financial support for equipment, materials, and services for children and youth (0-21) with qualifying visual impairments:
- funding for item(s) such as computer equipment which requires a minimum of three official quotes.
- funding for general services (i.e. horseback riding, music lessons, therapy, therapeutic horseback riding) which requires two official quotes; and
- funding for unique services (i.e. Camp Hornby, Space Camp) only one official quote is required.
Please see this information page on the Military Police Fund for Blind Children for more information and submission form
AEBC/Allyant Scholarship Program
The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a grassroots organization that works to improve the lives of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians through education, empowerment, and advocacy. Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary students.
- The application deadline for the 2022 AEBC and T-Base Communications Scholarship Program is Friday, March 31, 2023. All applications and supporting materials must be received by 11:59 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time on that date in order to be considered.
CNIB's Scholarships & Bursaries
CNIB helps to support young people as they work towards achieving their dreams and goals. Several scholarships are available.
- CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships - Scholarships offered by CNIB to post-secondary students across Canada.
- External Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries (CNIB) - A list of external scholarship, award, and bursary offerings available to Canadian students with visual impairments compiled by CNIB.
Edie Mourre Braille Transcriber's Scholarship
The Braille Literacy Canada has established a scholarship in memory of Edie Mourre. Edie was a dedicated braille transcriber and strong advocate for access to braille. The Edie Mourre Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to support applicants taking courses or pursuing relevant professional development.
Some students with disabilities face increased financial demands to accommodate their specific needs at college. There is specific funding available to support students with disabilities to gain some of these accommodations. Many bursaries and scholarships are tied to Student Aid BC. Disability Services offices often recommend that all students apply for SABC funding whether they believe they will receive these funds or not, and to apply for status as a student with a disability. They also have programs for borrowers who need help repaying their student loans.
Below are a few examples of what is available:
- B.C. access grant for students with permanent disabilities, which reduces loan debt by $1000
- B.C. supplemental bursary for students with a permanent disability $800 FT/$400 PT
- Canada student grant for services and equipment for students with permanent disabilities, which is up to $8000 and dependent on need
- Canada student grant for students with permanent disabilities $2000 FT or PT
- Learning disability assessment bursary up to $1800 to cover the cost of an LD assessment, which is administered by the schools
- Assistance program for students with permanent disabilities $10,000/$12,000 with attendant care, which is administered by the schools, and only available if all Canada student grant funding has been Exhausted