Graduating can often be an extremely stressful time for grads. Being in school for 13 years then leaving all that behind to jump into the real world and begin life can make people nauseous just to think about it.
Most times grads don’t have a clue as to what they want to do with their future. Often, they feel lost and confused.

Most students think knowing exactly what they want to do after graduation is the only way to be eligible for a scholarship, but that’s not always the case.  Students can apply for scholarships even if they don’t know what they want to do for a career after graduation. They just need to be planning to go to a post-secondary institution sometime in the future. These three general scholarships are just some of the many scholarships anybody in grade 12 could apply for.

1. Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is a great general scholarship open to all students. To qualify for this scholarship, you need to show good academic grades and understanding, be involved outside of school in Humanitarian activities such as, giving a small monthly contribution to a local charity, or sponsoring hungry children who live in another country. You also need to be planning to study your first university degree or diploma at a post secondary institution in Canada.
When applying for this Scholarship, you must provide three references, and upload online an unofficial transcript detailing to applicants last two years of schooling.
For more information on this Scholarship see this website:

2. The Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship
The Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship honors a past president of the Coquitlam Optimist Club. Each year the club awards several $500 Scholarships to secondary school graduates in Coquitlam and Port Moody. To qualify for this scholarship, you need to show service to your community (volunteer work), be in Financial need, have good academic excellence, and have plans to move on to post secondary school after graduation.
Application forms are available from Ms. David in the Career Centre located next to the counselling offices.
Or you can digitally fill out an application form here:

3. Beedie Luminaries Award
The Beedie Luminaries Award is designed to help remove barriers to education while providing support for promising students who are facing financial adversity. This scholarship offers a $7,500 – $10,00 award per year.
To be considered eligible for this scholarship, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for three years, be a full time resident of British Columbia, in your final year of high school and ready to move on to a post-secondary institution, have a minimum grade average of 75%, and have faced financial adversity (loan debt).
To read more about this and other scholarships the Beedie Luminaries provides check out this website:

If you are considering these or any other scholarships or want to find out more about what scholarships are available to you, set up a meeting or talk to Ms. David in the Career Centre located next to the counselling offices. Good luck 2020 grads!!