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.

Since 2009, the bursary program has awarded $126,400 in bursaries to 166 recipients to help students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary study (as of June 2015). See below for information about contributing to the Bursary Program.   

How to Apply

Applications for the 2016 FCSSBC Youth Education Bursary are now closed.  


If you have any questions about the bursary, please email us at


  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 and 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.


Donate Now Through!

Donate by Cheque

If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please fill in the Bursary Donation Form (form fillable) 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 
600 – 620 View Street  |  Victoria, BC  |  V8W 1J6

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.