About the bursary

Lisa Huus Bursary

About Lisa Huus

Lisa Pauline Huus was a pioneer for people with disabilities seeking access to mainstream education in British Columbia. She was the first student with a significant disability (Muscular Dystrophy) to attend the BC public school system, in Victoria, British Columbia, and graduated from Claremont Senior Secondary School in 1985. She continued to be a trailblazer for other students with disabilities and went on to study at the University of Victoria. She was a third-year sociology student when she passed away.

About the Bursary

The Lisa Huus Memorial Bursary Fund was established in 1988 by Lisa’s family and has been supported by personal donations in memory of Lisa and by fundraising activities undertaken by the Huus family and the bursary committee.

Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2021, for support in the following academic year.

Eligibility
  • An applicant must:
    1. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
    2. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university in British Columbia.
    3. Be a person with significant physical disabilities or ongoing health challenges, such as someone who:
    • requires a personal attendant
    • is dependent on a mechanical device for mobility or maintenance of body functions
    • requires major continuing therapies OR
    • have other significant special needs.

    Applicants with mental health challenges are invited to apply only if they also have a significant physical disability.

Please contact our team for questions regarding eligibility.

Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2021, for support in the following academic year.

Completing your application

First-time applicants
If this is your first time applying for the Lisa Huus Bursary, please submit the following documents in one email to bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com by May 31, 2021:

a. Application form first-time applicant application please include:

  1. A 500-1000-word statement outlines your personal goals and update on your experience pursuing higher education over the past year.
  2. A detailed budget.
  3. Contact information for reference: Name, phone number, and email address.

b. Proof of permanent residency (only for an applicant who is not a Canadian citizen)

c. Letter of disability certification from a physician, physiotherapist, or occupational therapist.

d. Official academic transcript for the last two year of study

Your referee will need to complete and submit the 2021 Lisa Huus Bursary reference form and email it to bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com by May 31, 2021. This form must be completed by a teacher or instructor that has taught the applicant since their last application cycle. The committee may contact the referee directly for additional information.

The committee may take into consideration additional factors including volunteer work, community involvement, and individual financial need.

Repeat applicants

If you have applied to the Lisa Huus Bursary in the past three years, please submit the following documents in one email to bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com by May 31, 2021: 

a. Application form for repeat applicant application please include:

  1. A 500-1000-word statement outlines your personal goals and update on your experience pursuing higher education over the past year.
  2. A detailed budget.
  3. Contact information for reference: Name, phone number, and email address.

b. Letter of disability certification (only if the condition has considerably changed since the previous application).

c. Academic transcript (administrative transcript acceptable) of any coursework since the previous application.

Your referee will need to complete and submit the 2021 Lisa Huus Bursary reference form and email it to bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com by May 31, 2021. This form must be completed by a teacher or instructor that has taught the applicant since their last application cycle. The committee may contact the referee directly for additional information.

The committee may take into consideration additional factors including volunteer work, community involvement, and individual financial need.

Letter of disability certification
Applicants must provide a signed letter from a medical professional. This letter should include:

  • The professional’s name, title, phone number and address, official stamp or letterhead, and signature;
  • The date of the assessment;
  • A statement of the nature of the disability;
  • An explanation of the functional impact of the disability on your education; and
  • Recommendations for any specific accommodations that will assist in the pursuit of a post-secondary education.

Please note that your medical professional may charge a fee to prepare this letter. The application is not considered completed until this letter has been received.

Guide for referees

The completed reference form should be emailed to bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com before May 31, 2021.

Download the 2021 Lisa Huus reference form

Application deadline
The application deadline for the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Bursary is May 31, 2021. All accompanying materials must be received by May 31, 2021, in order to be considered for this bursary. A personal interview may be requested. A representative from Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island will confirm when all application materials have been received.

Successful applicants
Applicants can expect to be notified of the committee’s decision in July. Official notification and bursaries will be distributed by mail by September; cheques are disbursed directly to each academic institution.

Whom should I contact for help?
Call 250-940-4950 ext 106 or email bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com