Nanaimo-Ladysmith students can apply now for scholarships

The deadline to apply for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation bursaries, scholarships and awards is Feb. 17.

High school students looking for help to pay for post-secondary education next fall should look into the more than 300 awards to be given away by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation this spring.

The foundation is giving away about $300,000 in awards, scholarships and bursaries for students of all interests, abilities and academic levels.

A booklet with all of the post-secondary scholarships and application information is available online at under the ‘Awards’ tab.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 17.

“There are opportunities for students who are active in the community, excel in sports, have a specific study area they are pursuing or have a financial need,” said Erin van Steen, foundation executive director in a news release. “We encourage students to apply for as many opportunities that are appropriate for them.”

The foundation has helped provide Nanaimo students with post-secondary scholarships since 1982 and relies on community donors.

Last year, 346 scholarships totalling about $300,000 were handed out to local students.

Community donors are still being sought for financial awards in several fields, including environment, graphic design, pharmacy, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine.