The GRAGOPEAN Scholarship Fund

SCI BC, in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, is now offering new bursaries for persons with spinal cord injuries. This fund was created by anonymous donors to assist persons with SCI attending post-secondary schools in BC with their tuition, books and/or other learning aids, and other expenses related to their disability that will support education such as housing, transportation, in class assistance including notetaking, etc. The next application will be in the Spring of 2019. There is over $250,000 available this year for disbursement. For further information, including eligibility criteria, email

BC Paraplegic Foundation (BCPF) Bursaries

BCPF provides bursaries of varying amounts each fall  to individuals with a spinal cord injury to support them with their post-secondary education at universities and colleges in British Columbia. Funds for these bursaries are funded through the foundation as well as individual donors, such as the Scott Stanley Scholarship. Mr. Stanley, a lawyer with Murphy Battista LLP, established this generous award a few years ago to assist individuals with SCI in pursuing their post-secondary educational goals.

The BCPF also administers the following awards held in trust with other organizations:

Held at the Vancouver Foundation, the James H.G. Roche Memorial Scholarship supports one to two individuals per year with funds toward tuition and textbooks. The scholarship fund was generously established by the partners, family and friends of James Roche, a former director and board chair of SCI BC, who sustained a spinal cord injury in a ski related accident. The value of individual bursaries may vary from year to year according to the availability of funds.

The C.W. Deans Memorial Scholarship and the Joseph David Hall Memorial Scholarship are both held in trust by the University of British Columbia and available to students with a spinal cord injury attending UBC. The C.W. Deans award gives preference to students beginning or continuing studies in engineering. First preference for both awards will be given to candidates nominated by Spinal Cord Injury BC.

The BCPF Bursaries and GRAGOPEAN Scholarship fund application forms are available here and the next deadline will be in the Spring of 2019. Any information not clarified in these forms can be obtained by calling 1-800-689-2477 or emailing

Dustin Paul

Awards available through other organizations or institutions (application forms can be found by contacting them directly):

Spinal Cord Injury Canada
The Canadian Paraplegic Association (operating as Spinal Cord Injury Canada) offers a number of national scholarship opportunities for students with spinal cord injury.

Camosun College
Rotary Club of Victoria/BC Paraplegic Association Bursary Fund – for students with permanent mobility related disabilities.

University of Victoria
In-Course scholarships, medals and prizes administered by Student Awards and Financial Aid are available to undergraduate students who have attended the University of Victoria in the previous academic year.

Rotary Club of Victoria/BC Paraplegic Association Bursary Fund
An award of $1250 is given annually to a student with a permanent mobility related disability.

Simon Fraser University – Merle L. Smith Bursary (Program ID UPBO-572)
An award is given in fall/spring to a student with a physical disability who is beyond first year studies. Initial preference is given to students who require the use of a wheelchair for mobility.

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