Education & Leadership Awards

Every year we honour and recognize students with education and leadership awards to help with their personal growth and pursuit of continuing education. High school, post-secondary, continuing education students, and parents, can find out more below.

Community Champs


If you're a Kootenay-area Grade 12 or post-secondary student who has made a meaningful difference in your community, we want to hear from you!

The Kootenay Savings Community Champs Bursary rewards 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
Tell us about the work you do to make our world a better place and you could win $2,000 for school. It’s not just about your marks in the classroom, but also the marks you have made on your community. Six bursaries will be awarded this year.  One could be yours!

Thank you to everyone who applied this year.  The April 17, 2020 application deadline has now passed.  Seeing so many students so actively involved in their communities is inspiring. We look forward to announcing the six deserving recipients at the end of May.

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.