Bursary Info & Application
All bursaries for 2015 have now been awarded and the winners' names can be found in the listing below (at the bottom of this page). Please remember that even if you were not successful in securing a bursary this year, do not let that deter you from making a new application in 2016. This will open in June, 2016 so watch for all the information for new application details/process posted here.
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 deadline this year is September 15, 2015. Bursary winners are notified by email in early December and receive their cheques in late December or early January. Tax receipts are issued the following February. Only winners are contacted.
How to Apply for a Bursary
First read the Information Package for the year you are submitting an application CAREFULLY. Then complete the correct On-Line application form (there are two different forms, one for student nurses and the other for RNs). Complete it, making sure that all required information is included and attach ALL required documentation. Mailed or faxed applications will not be considered. Remember to send a cheque if you are paying by cheque or pay On-Line via PayPal. 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.
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 2014-2015 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 can not 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 2014 until March 2015 you fall within the bursary year.
Will a letter of good standing be sufficient or do I require further documentation?
RNFBC requires proof of enrollment, 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.
Can I apply for a bursary, if I am studying outside B.C.?
Yes, but only if you can provide documentation that you are a permanent resident of B.C., i.e. a copy of your B.C. 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.
Can I apply for more than one bursary?
Yes, but read the Information Package carefully, review the criteria for each bursary, tick off all boxes beside the bursaries for which you are eligible, and submit ONE application and ONE set of documentation ONLY.
What are the amounts of bursary awards?
The bursary awards range from $1000 – $1500.
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 (Late November this 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.
Are bursaries available for part-time studies?
Yes, there are a few, so read the Information Form carefully to identify where each bursary might be directed, and the specific requirements for it.
Why do I have to give my Social Insurance Number?
To give T4As required by Income Tax Canada. Our website and records are secure.
What do I need to show I am a direct descendant?
Birth certificate and mother's nursing graduation and marriage certificate.
What is proof of registration in current nursing program?
Confirmation of enrollment for fall or record of completion of courses in early 2015.
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.