CHF BC Scholarship Fund

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) works to support the community of housing co-ops in BC.  The purpose of the CHF BC Scholarship Fund is to support the educational goals of co-op members, particularly young co-op members who are already making a contribution to their communities.  Our goal is to invest in the future of housing co-ops by supporting the education and development of young co-op and community leaders.

Scholarships can be awarded to students graduating from high school and planning to enroll in a college, university, or apprenticeship program; students already enrolled in a college, university or apprenticeship program; and students returning to school after a break in their education. 

We award the scholarships at our Semi-Annual General Meeting each spring. Application deadline is usually March 31. The application process for 2017 will begin early in the new year.

Contact Kerry Panter at kpanter@chf.bc.ca or toll-free at 1-877-384-9444 or 250-384-9444 with any questions.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Live in a CHF BC member housing co-op
  • Plan to attend, or already attend (and plan to continue to attend), a Canadian, publicly-funded, accredited college, university or government-approved apprenticeship program on a full-time basis in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Be making a positive contribution to their school, co-op, or community
  • Demonstrate financial need

Scholarship Awards

The maximum award is $5,000.  Scholarship winners will receive $2,000 in their first year of study and $1,000 each year thereafter for up to four years of study.   Scholarship winners who are already enrolled in a program will receive $2,000 in their first scholarship year. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate studies only.

2016 Scholarship

The 2016 CHF BC Scholarship Fund winners were: Sophie Patel-Martin of Tidal Flats Housing Co-op in Vancouver who won the fifth annual Aaron Webster Memorial Scholarship, Cameron O'Hara of La Petite Maison Housing Co-op in Vancouver and Yegor Konechnyy of Oaklands Housing Co-op in Burnaby who were each awarded CHF BC Scholarshipsin the fifth year of the program.

2015 Scholarship

The 2015 CHF BC Scholarship Fund winners were: Meghan Brown of Sunbridge Housing Co-op in Vancouver who won the fourth annual Aaron Webster Memorial Scholarship, Anika Vassell of Misty Ridge Housing Co-op in Burnaby and Ruby Bissett of Westerdale Housing Co-op in Vancouver who were each awarded CHF BC Scholarships in the fourth year of the program.

2014 Scholarship

CHF BC Scholarship Fund 2014 scholarship winners were: Cleo Tracey of Charles Square Co-op in Vancouver who was awarded the third annual Aaron Webster Memorial Scholarship, Gabe Dennis of Access Co-op in Vancouver and Irene You of Northern Way Co-op in Vancouver who were each awarded CHF BC Scholarships in the third year of the program.

2013 Scholarship

The 2013 scholarship winners were: Keisha Jones of Beckley Farm Co-op in Victoria who was awarded the second annual Aaron Webster Memorial Scholarship and Jessica McNeil of Dundee Court Co-op in Vancouver who was awarded the second annual CHF BC Scholarship.

2012 Scholarship

The 2012 scholarship winners were: Arielle dela Cruz Yip of Le Coeur Housing Co-op in Vancouver who was awarded the first CHF BC Scholarship; and Jazz Groden-Gilchrist of Heritage Housing Co-op in Vancouver who was awarded the first Aaron Webster Memorial Scholarship.

CHF BC launched the Scholarship Fund at the CHF BC AGM in November 2011.