About the Scholarship

About David Mason
David Mason was a wonderful young man who endured life with multiple physical disabilities throughout his 17½ years. David tackled the many obstacles presented to him with a smile on his face and a desire to be just like everyone else. The George R. Pearkes Centre for Children (now part of the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health) in Victoria provided opportunities for him to receive much of the therapy and education he needed to thrive.

David was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, congenital conditions that left him paralyzed from mid-chest down and with a rapidly enlarging skull in his early years. Born before many now standard medical procedures were available, life was a constant physical challenge. His life ended after a short bout of pneumonia, only one week after entry into Arbutus Jr. High School. He had finally attained his dream of being just like any other teenager, going to a regular school.

The Former Women’s Auxiliary of the George R. Pearkes Centre for Children established the fund in David’s name as a means to help others with physical disabilities to achieve their educational dreams, just like anyone else.

About the Scholarship
The David Mason Educational Fund assists a person with a physical disability to undertake his or her post-secondary education. Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per year of study

Eligibility

Successful applicants must have a physical disability and be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. Priority is given to students who (1) received services at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria, (2) participated in a Queen Alexandra Centre program, or (3) are undertaking post-secondary studies in British Columbia.

Completing Your Application

Application
Your application to the David Mason Educational Fund consists of:

  • Online application form
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcript
  • Proof of registration

Online Application Form
The online application form consists of seven sections:

  • Section A—Applicant Information
  • Section B—About Your Physical Disability
  • Section C—About Your Education
  • Section D—Other Funding Information
  • Section E—Financial Information
  • Section F—Letters of Reference
  • Section G—Transcript and Proof of Registration

Please note:

Once you begin the application process, you cannot save your work—please make sure you have all the necessary information on hand before you start. You will have the chance to review your answers before submitting.

Letters of Reference
Applicants must ask two referees to write letters of reference on their behalf. The application is not considered completed until both letters of reference have been received.

When you are ready to complete the online application, please be prepared to provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your two referees.

Guide for Referees
Your letter of reference should be signed by hand, sealed in an envelope, and mailed to the address below. You should also sign the envelope closure once it has been sealed.

Please include in your letter of reference the following information:

  • Name of referee
  • Name of applicant
  • Address of referee
  • Occupation
  • Length of time you have known the applicant
  • Context in which you have known the applicant
  • Comment on the applicant’s suitability for this scholarship using these criteria: character, determination, realistic goals, and academic ability

Please submit your letter of reference to:

Bronwyn Dunbar
David Mason Educational Fund
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
2390 Arbutus Rd
Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Official Transcript and Proof of Registration
Applicants entering their first year of post-secondary studies should submit an official high school transcript.

Applicants going into any other year of post-secondary education should provide their official transcript from the previous year.

Applicants must also submit proof of registration/course enrollment for the upcoming year/term.

If your official transcript and proof of registration will not be available by June 15, please indicate so in Section G of the online application form, and provide them as soon as possible.

Both of these documents may be submitted by mail or email. The application is not considered completed until these have been received.

Please submit to:

Bronwyn Dunbar
David Mason Educational Fund
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
2390 Arbutus Rd
Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Application Deadline
The application deadline for the David Mason Educational Fund is June 15. This deadline includes the completion of the online application and the receipt of two letters of reference. The official transcript and proof of registration may be submitted after June 15 if they are unavailable before that date.

Successful Applicants
Successful applicants will be notified by mail by August 15. Disbursement of funds will be made in two installments. A mid-term report is required in order to receive the second installment. Details of the mid-term report will be provided in a letter to successful applicants.

Whom should I contact for help?
Bronwyn Dunbar, Community Investment Manager
250-519-6921

Application Checklist

  • Complete online application form
  • Provide social insurance number
  • Ask two referees to submit letters of reference
  • Provide official transcript
  • Provide proof of registration

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  • Section A - Personal Information

  • This is a requirement of the Canada Revenue Agency. If you prefer not to submit your SIN online, please write "will call" in the box.