Applications are now open for a scholarship that enables adults with diverse abilities to pursue education, jobs training or personal development.
Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) and the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) co-sponsor the scholarship fund, established as part of their 2012 collective agreement. The fund is open to adults who are eligible for CLBC supports, and started in 2014.
The fund’s scope was developed based on feedback from self advocates, families, service providers and CLBC staff. Scholarships can be for any amount up to a maximum of $2,500 for:
- skills training related to securing employment opportunities;
- training courses being offered by accredited B.C. institutions;
- indirect costs associated with attending post-secondary education and training; or
- community recreation activities that promote quality of life and new skills.
The application deadline is March 31 and recipients will be informed by letter later in the year. The funding can be used between May 2018 and April 2019, after the recipient receives confirmation they have been selected. Awards are not transferable if the recipient’s plans change.
CLBC-funded adults may obtain application forms from local CLBC offices or at CLBC’s website, by phoning toll-free to 1-877-660-2522 or emailing: CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca. Information on the scholarships will also be available at BCGEU’s website at www.bcgeu.ca or at www.selfadvocatenet.com.
“We are pleased to once again be partnering with the BCGEU to offer this opportunity for the people we serve to grow their skills and participate in programs in their community, whether it be for jobs training or personal development,” says Seonag Macrae, CLBC CEO. “The activities and programs that scholarship recipients participate in can create lasting connections that build community inclusion.”
“Through our partnership with CLBC, this scholarship fund benefits adults with developmental disabilities across the province to support their personal and professional development, says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “Through their work at CLBC, our members are committed to building inclusion and welcoming communities, and these scholarships help the people CLBC serves achieve that.”