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


We’re looking for the superheroes in our schools. Once again, Kootenay Savings is awarding four $2,000 Community Champs Bursaries to local Grade 12 and post-secondary students who selflessly give back to their communities.

We know there are many amazing students out there in our grad classes and post-secondary schools. Tell us about yourself and what you're doing to make our world a better place and you could be rewarded!

Thank you to everyone who applied.  The April 12, 2019 application deadline has now passed.  All applicants will be contacted via email once our four winners have been selected.

Questions?  Please email or call us at 1.800.665.5728.  

CUFBC Bursaries

Did you know that the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program awarded over $153,000 in bursaries in 2018?

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

We're Sending SIX Teens to Camp This Summer!

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!

Thank you to everyone who applied.  The April 30, 2019 application deadline has now passed.  All applicants will be contacted via email once the six sponsored campers have been selected.

Questions?  Please email or call 250.368.2683.

*Sponsorship includes full $750 early-bird registration fee and bus transportation from Kelowna to Lake Cowichan. Campers are responsible for $35 BC Ferries passenger fee.