The GRAGOPEAN Scholarship Trust

SCI BC, in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, is offering bursaries for persons with spinal cord injuries studying in British Columbia. This fund was created by anonymous donors to assist persons with spinal cord injuries 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.

Applications must be submitted in their entirety no later than May 13, 2020 for September 2020 funding.

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 from individual donors.

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

The James H.G. Roche Memorial Scholarship (held at the Vancouver Foundation), 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.

Any information not clarified in these forms can be obtained by calling 1-800-689-2477 or by emailing

Applications must be submitted in their entirety no later than May 13, 2020 for September 2020 funding.

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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