Youth Education Bursary

The Youth Education Bursary assists young people that are or have been in care and want to pursue a career in the field of Human Social Services. Bursaries support students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic. Please give your support.

A Career in Social Service

The Youth Education Bursary was established by Federation members in 2009 to encourage and support young people to develop a career in our sector. The bursary program supports young people 25 or younger who either are or have been in care and who want to pursue post-secondary education towards a career in human social services. Students are welcome to apply over multiple years as we share a long-term interest in their studies and development into social service professionals. Your donations make an impact!

Since 2009, the bursary program has awarded $143,100 in bursaries to 127 recipients to help students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary study (as of June 2016). See below for information about contributing to the Bursary Program.   

There was a point in life where I thought I could never succeed, or amount to anything. Receiving this award really gives me a sense of purpose in my career and in life. It gives me confidence going forward in my post-secondary education and provides me with hope. Thank you so much for all you have done for me, and other people like me that want to make a change.”  – 2015 Bursary Recipient

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 FCSSBC Youth Education Bursary are available now.

Download a copy of the form-fillable PDF application. It can be emailed or printed out and mailed to The Federation once complete. The application includes two reference forms. If you have any questions about the bursary, please email us at

I cannot express my thankfulness and appreciation for the support I have received. I was a child that grew up in a very low-income family with a single mom and five siblings. We frequently sought help from food banks, low-income housing, and welfare. When I turned 11 I was placed into foster care and separated from my siblings. From my very rocky and unstable journey through the foster care system, I knew I wanted to help children who were being put into a situation that was out of their control. I decided on a career in social work, and now because of the help and support I have received from organizations like The Federation, I am starting my Masters of Clinical Social Work degree in the fall of 2016. Thank you for helping me help others.” – 2016 Bursary Recipient


  1. You are currently in care or you are a former youth in care in the province of BC. This includes being under a continuing custody order (CCO); temporary custody order (TCO, Voluntary Agreement or Special Needs Agreement); or a Youth Agreement under British Columbia’s Child, Family and Community Services Act. 
  2. You are a Canadian Citizen or a Landed Immigrant. 
  3. You are 25 years old or younger in the year of your application. 
  4. You are currently attending or planning to enroll in a post-secondary academic program in recognized public post-secondary institution. If you are unsure whether your school is a recognized Public institution, consult the list of Public Institutions on the BC Ministry of Advanced Education website
  5. Your education plans relate to a career in the field of Human Social Services. Examples include Social Work, Counselling, Child & Youth Care, Psychology, Community, Family & Child Studies, Gerontology & Social Work, Mental Health & Addictions, Pre-Social Work.
If you have questions about whether your area of study qualifies, please contact The Federation office.

Support the Youth Education Bursary

Please donate and help to support youth in care with their post-secondary education.


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Donate by Cheque

If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please fill in the Fillable Bursary Donation Form  and submit to The Federation office by saving to your computer and emailing to or printing, when filled in, and faxing to 250.480.7396, or by snail mail addressed to:

The Federation of Community Social Services of BC 
102 – 739 Kings Raod  |  Victoria, BC  |  V8T 1W4

Donation Dedications

Give the Gift of Education and dedicate your donation in honour of a friend, colleague, or family member.  Recognize or honour a close friend, or dear relative or celebrate special occasions like birthdays, weddings, Christmas, Thanksgiving with the gift of education. The Federation will acknowledge your donation by posting it on our Donor Acknowledgment and Dedication Page of our website and/or with a card sent either to you or the honoree  describing the impact that the gift will make.

Registered Charity Name: The Federation of Community Social Services Society of British Columbia
Registered Charity Business Number: 89883 9790 RR 0001

If you have any questions about your donation, please contact the Federation office.