Overview of the Chilliwack Foundation Scholarship Programme. HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS →

Each year, the Chilliwack Foundation provides a number of scholarships to secondary and post-secondary students in the Chilliwack area. The deadline for the submission of scholarship applications to the Chilliwack Foundation is set each year by the School District 33 Scholarship Committee and is usually within the first two weeks of March each year.

Chilliwack Scholarships

During the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the Chilliwack Foundation awarded over $48,400 in scholarships to local students.

The Scholarship Committee of the Chilliwack Foundation meets to review all scholarship applications and select the students to receive the scholarships shortly after the deadline for applications in March of each year.

All of the scholarships provided by the Chilliwack Foundation are paid out of the income generated on the following scholarship funds held in trust by the Chilliwack Foundation:

F. Clifford Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund
Clifford Brown established the first scholarship fund with the Chilliwack Foundation. He was deeply committed to post secondary education and wanted to offer prestigious scholarships to graduating students in the Chilliwack area.

These scholarships are granted to top academic students with distinguished secondary school careers.

B.C. Summer Games Legacy Awards
 The Board of Directors of the B.C. Summer Games, held in Chilliwack in 1993, established this scholarship fund at the conclusion of the games to honour graduating students who have given exceptional service to their community, maintained a high academic standing and demonstrated real leadership skills. 
Luscombe/Von Bylburg Awards
Lori Luscombe and Kathleen Von Bylburg were chosen Miss Chilliwack and Miss Greenheart in 1984 to represent our community as goodwill ambassadors throughout the province.

En route to an event in the Okanagan, their airplane crashed and both young women were killed. The District of Chilliwack established this award fund to honour their memory and to reward graduating students with an exemplary history of community service and a good academic standing.

Jack Williams Memorial Awards
Jack Williams, a prominent member of the Chilliwack business community, bequeathed funds to the Chilliwack Foundation in his will. These awards are given to recognize graduating students who have had distinguished secondary school careers.
Bowes Education Awards
Edward Bowes, a prominent member of the Chilliwack business community, wished to remember the community in a meaningful way. He bequeathed this fund for the provision of scholarships to assist in any type of educational endeavor, not to be limited to colleges or universities but also to extend to technical schools and other similar training institutions.
Dr. Carmen Kirkness Memorial Scholarship
This Scholarship was established by Bill and Stephanie Kirkness to honor their daughter Dr. Carmen Kirkness who passed away in April of 2017.

Born and raised in Chilliwack, Carmen loved and excelled at all sports. She was inducted into the Sardis Secondary School Hall of Fame and, in 1985, was named Chilliwack’s Athlete of the Year.

Following graduation in 1986, Carmen earned a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria where she was also a valued member of the University of Victoria Vikes, the Women’s Field Hockey Team which won the Jr. National Championship twice. She was also a member of the Canadian National Women’s Field Hockey Team and participated in many tournaments including the World Cup Field Hockey Games.

Following her time at UVIC, Carmen continued her education, earning a Physical Therapy degree from McMaster University, a MSc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis in epidemiology.

Dr. Carmen Kirkness was employed at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, as a Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research.

Throughout her life, Carmen continued to participate in snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, running, dirt biking and boating. It is only fitting that the recipient of this scholarship should be a like-minded female athlete.

This annual award of $2,000 will be presented to the top female athlete at Sardis Secondary School.

John and Joy Helders Awards
The Helders established this fund with the Foundation to provide annual awards to graduates pursuing post-secondary studies. Special consideration will be given to students enrolling in Fine Arts programs.
Frank George Memorial Award
Frank George left a bequest to the Foundation in order to establish funds in perpetuity that will provide bursaries to outstanding graduates pursuing post-secondary education.
Don Urquhart McGillivray Memorial Award
Mrs. Beth Little left this bequest which is named in honour of her father. This scholarship is to be awarded to graduates to assist in the pursuit of a post-secondary education..
Dr. “Tony” Newby Memorial Scholarship
(Note: This scholarship is available to Sardis Secondary School students only)

This fund was established in 1990 by Maxwell and Gail Newby, in memory of Chilliwack Dentist, Dr. “Tony” Newby, who passed away in 1985. Each year the award is given to a male and a female graduating student of Sardis Secondary School with strong academic skills, leadership abilities and athletic participation.

Dr. Anne Sussel Science Scholarship
– in 1925, Dr. Anne (Ullman) Sussel, born May 7, 1900, was the first woman to graduate in medicine from the University of Freiberg, Germany. Despite encountering considerable gender discrimination, she graduated Summa cum Laude and went on to attain certification as a specialist in pediatrics and practiced in Mainz, Germany.

To escape Nazi persecution and restriction of practice, in 1937, with her husband and two children, she emigrated to Canada. In 2002, Dr. Anne Sussel died at the age of 101.

To encourage other young women to seek a career in the health sciences, her son, Dr. Walter Sussel, established this scholarship in her honour.

The Dr. Anne Sussel Science Scholarship was established with the Foundation by the Sussel family to provide two scholarships; one to Chilliwack Secondary School and one to Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack.

At each of these schools, these awards go to the top female science student going on to a post-secondary degree in the health sciences. No application is necessary for this scholarship as recipients are chosen by their respective schools.