This fall, the start of a new school year came with an added bonus for 16 British Columbian students with spinal cord injuries. Thanks to the second disbursement of the GRAGOPEAN Scholarship Trust, these students were awarded more than $170,000 to pursue their education—and for many, their lifelong dreams. Learn more about their bright futures below.
Since 2018, the Vancouver Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) have been partners in administering the GRAGOPEAN Scholarship Trust. The Trust—established by Vancouver Foundation donors with a request that SCI BC manage the application and recommendation process—aims to promote the advancement of education of persons with a spinal cord injury in British Columbia.
In its inaugural year, just over $83,000 was awarded to 11 worthy individuals attending BC post-secondary schools. This year, there were more applicants than ever resulting in 16 recipients being awarded over $170,000! This unique award covers tuition and text book expenses, and also supports additional supplemental costs related to disability, including transportation, housing, medical expenses and more.
Not all the funds available were distributed, and we are excited to announce a new intake of applicants for the Spring 2020 semester! Deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.