Education & Leadership Awards

Every year, we recognize many students with sponsorships and awards to help with their personal growth and pursuit of continuing education. High school, post-secondary and continuing education students and their parents can find the details here.

Community Champs


If you're a Kootenay-area Grade 12 or full-time post-secondary student who is going above and beyond the call of duty in your community, we want to hear from you.

What are you doing to make a difference in your community? Are you volunteering? Working with community groups? Mentoring younger students? Tell us your story and you could WIN $2,000 for your education!

Kootenay Savings Community Champs Bursaries reward students who use their powers for good. Students who have made a dedicated commitment to enriching the lives of others in their community, shown outstanding leadership abilities and made contributions in the following areas:

•    Volunteering
•    Mentoring others
•    Community service
•    Affecting positive change
•    Personal development and growth

Six bursaries will be awarded this year. One could be yours!

Remember, we’re more interested in the mark you’ve made in the community than your marks in the classroom. Click here to prepare and submit your online application. Don’t delay – this year’s application deadline is Friday, April 16, 2021.

Questions? Please email or call us at 250.368.2683.

CUFBC Bursaries

Did you know that the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program awarded over $115,000 in bursaries in 2019?

Kootenay Savings is proud to help BC students reach their post-secondary education goals through the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program. Submit your bursary application today and get help towards funding your future!

To qualify for funding, applicants must also meet the following critera:
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in BC and be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or designated as a protected person.
  • Have proof of post-secondary enrolment in an academic, vocational, technical, or technological program and transcripts. Please note: graduate and post-graduate students are not eligible.
  • Enrolment must be in a public Canadian post-secondary institution at the time of application. Applicants attending accredited private institutions will only be considered if their chosen program is not offered at a public institution. In this case, applicants must provide a statement as to why they are not attending a public institution, as well as a receipt for tuition.

Important Deadlines:

If attending Application open for submission Application Deadline Award Notice
Fall semester September 1 October 15 Mid-December
Winter semester January 1 February 15 Mid-March
Spring/Summer semester May 1 June 15 Mid-July

Learn more >

KS Bursaries

Every year Kootenay Savings is proud to support our local high school graduates by providing bursaries at all of the high schools in our communities.

Eighteen bursaries for $1,500 each (increased in 2018 from $750) are presented to deserving students who plan to attend a technology, university, college or vocational school. To be eligible to receive a KS Community Foundation Bursary, students or their parents must be members of Kootenay Savings.

More information on how to apply for these bursaries is available at your high school office.

YES Camp

The YES Camp at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island is an amazing life-changing experience for teens age 14 to 18, and this year Kootenay Savings is sponsoring* six Kootenay kids to attend the camp for an action-packed week of fun, learning and adventure.

Focusing on co-operation, communication, leadership, and self-esteem, participants come home with a new perspective, new skills and the confidence to be a leader in their communities.  With tons of fun games, events and activities - including canoeing, hiking, swimming, talent shows, ultimate frisbee, arts and crafts and much more - campers are sure to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Don’t delay! Deadline to apply for sponsorship from Kootenay Savings is April 30, 2020. Click on the links below for more information:
Questions?  Please email or call 250.368.2683.

*Sponsorship includes full $775 early-bird registration fee and bus transportation from Kelowna to Lake Cowichan. Campers are responsible for $35 BC Ferries passenger fee.