Bursary Info & Application
We are no longer accepting 2016 Bursary Applications.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. The 2016 winners have been selected and notified. If you have not heard from RNFBC, then unfortunately you will not be awarded a bursary this year but please do not let that deter you for applying next year!
Bursary Information (FAQ)
RNFBC raises money for bursaries for students who are enrolled in basic, post-basic, re-entry, specialty and graduate education programs in nursing. Each year RNFBC awards a significant amount to BC residents studying nursing at colleges and universities in BC and at out-of-province institutions.
The Bursary Application Cycle
Information packages and on-line bursary application forms are updated annually and posted to this website each year. The on-line only application process will close this year on September 15, 2016. Bursary winners will be selected in October and notified by email at that time, and receive their cheques/award letters by mid-December. Tax receipts are issued the following February. We are sorry but only the winners are contacted.
How to Apply for a Bursary
First, read the Information Package CAREFULLY to determine which bursaries you are qualified to apply for. Then complete the correct On-Line application form (there are two different forms, one for student nurses and the other for RNs), making sure that all required information is included and attach ALL required documentation in the required format.
Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. You must go through the On-Line application process.
There is a $25 application fee and this may be paid either cheque or you can pay On-Line via PayPal. If someone else is paying your application fee, please be sure to identify you as the applicant on the cheque i.e. “Application fee for Mary Smith”.
NB: Approximately 25% of applications are rejected because the application form is not properly completed, the documentation is incomplete or illegible, or the application fee is missing or cannot be processed.
Can I apply for more than one bursary?
Yes, but read the Information Package carefully, review the criteria for each bursary as some have specific requirements and if you don’t meet those requirements, you will not be eligible. Then, tick off all boxes beside the bursaries for which you are eligible, and submit ONE application and ONE set of documentation ONLY. All applicants are eligible for any of the bursaries without specific qualifications but if you applying to a bursary that does have requirements such as being a direct descendant or practicing in a particular area of expertise in order to be eligible, proof documentation MUST be supplied to be considered.
What are the amounts of bursary awards?
The bursary awards vary each year but generally range from $1000 – $1500.
Can I apply for a bursary, if I am studying outside BC?
Yes, but only if you can provide documentation that you are a permanent resident of BC, i.e. a copy of your BC driver’s licence, BCID card or a utility bill. If you are already an RN or RPN, you must include proof of current CRNBC or CRPNBC registration.
How are winners selected?
The Bursary Committee selects a winner from the eligible pool of applicants for each bursary by random draw in October each year.
Are bursaries based on financial need?
No, we believe that all applicants, by applying, have identified a financial need in their pursuit of higher education. Each applicant must meet the basic criteria as identified in the Information Package and meet the additional criteria for specific bursaries as identified on the appropriate Application Form.
What is expected of me should I be awarded a Bursary?
One thing and one thing only….our RNFBC bursaries have been set up to help you with your nursing education and are a ‘gift’ and as with all gifts, you say thank you. It is our expectation that upon receiving your bursary that you will take a little time to write a thank you to your donor letting them know just how their assistance will make a difference for you. All your donor’s information will be included in your award letter.
Who is the signing officer?
Someone from either the Registrars' office or Administration that will sign their name to a letter confirming you are a Nursing student in a Nursing program and will be going to school either full or part time during the 2016-2017 school year. Usually you can request a form letter from your school admission office with all of this information.
What do I have to submit as proof of enrollment?
Print out and scan a copy of your current transcript. It will have to have your name student number and current address on it as well as the program of study.
My semesters are labeled as blocks or levels, how does this correspond with posted bursary dates?
Students are required to confirm using the above methods, i.e. letter form the admissions office or official transcript that they are currently attending classes during the bursary year. RNFBC cannot confirm that a specific level or block is eligible as each institution uses different labels for each of their semesters. As long as you are in school from September 2016 until March 2017 you fall within the bursary year.
Will a letter of good standing be sufficient or do I require further documentation?
RNFBC requires proof of enrolment that includes your name, dates attending and program of study, usually letters of standing do not provide that. That proof must be signed by someone at the school who has the authority to confirm your information, someone from administration or the registrars’ office i.e. a signing officer.
Are bursaries retroactive, i.e. for courses already completed?
No, applicants must be attending the class or course within the academic year in which they are making their application and provide proof of registration.
Why do I have to give my Social Insurance Number?
Revenue Canada requires RNFBC to issue a T4A for your bursary award and to do, your SIN is required. You may rest assured that our website and records are secure.
What do I need to show I am a direct descendant?
Your birth certificate, your parent’s marriage certificate and your mother's or father’s nursing graduation documentation.
What is proof of registration in current nursing program?
Confirmation of enrollment for fall or record of completion of courses in early 2017.
Past RNFBC Bursary Recipients
- See the 2015 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2014 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2013 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2012 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2011 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2010 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2009 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2008 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2007 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2006 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
- See the 2005 RNF Bursary Recipients Here!
The above files are in PDF format. You can save files to your computer and/or print for your review and completion.