About the bursary

About Lisa Huus
The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund was established in 1988 in memory of Lisa Pauline Huus, who was a third-year sociology student at the University of Victoria. A native of Victoria, Lisa graduated from Claremont Senior Secondary School in 1985 and was a registered member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada.

The fund was created 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 Lisa Huus Memorial Fund.

About the Bursary
The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund provides bursaries up to $5000 annually per recipient, to assist persons with disabilities to undertake or continue their post-secondary education for academic credit at the University of Victoria or other accredited post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. Bursaries may be used for items such as tuition fees, textbooks, equipment, transportation, residence, and support worker costs.

The Fund is administered by the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Committee with the support of Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The membership of the committee includes a medical advisor.

The intent of the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund is to provide bursaries to as many eligible applicants as possible; however, the number of bursaries awarded in a given year varies depending on the number of applications received and the amount of funding available. Decisions of the committee are final.

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

Eligibility
  • Persons with physical disabilities or health challenges studying at an accredited post-secondary institution in British Columbia.
    • Examples of eligible needs include persons who require a personal attendant, are dependent on a mechanical device for mobility or maintenance of body functions, require major continuing therapies, or have other significant special needs.
    • At this time, applicants with a developmental disability or mental health challenges are only eligible to apply if they also have a significant physical disability.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Only complete applications that meet all stated criteria will be considered for funding.

Please contact our team for questions regarding eligibility.

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

Completing your application

Application
If this is your first time applying for the Lisa Huus Bursary, your application consists of:

  • Application form (found here)
  • Proof of permanent residency (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens)
  • Letter of disability certification
  • Reference letters (three)
  • Official academic transcript(s)

If you have applied for the Lisa Huus Bursary in the past three years, you are considered a repeat applicant and your application consists of:

  • Application form (found here)
  • Letter of disability certification (only if your condition considerably changed since the last time you applied)
  • Reference letter (one)
  • Administrative transcript(s)

Application form
Please download and fully complete the application form that best describes your status as a first-time or repeat applicant. When complete, submit to [email protected]

Statement of personal goals

As part of the application form, you are required to write a 500 to 1000-word statement that outlines your personal goals and reasons for pursuing higher education. This statement is meant to give the bursary committee a better idea of your personal and academic journey, and your motivation for your academic pursuits.

Proof of permanent residency

Applicants are required to provide proof of permanent residency only if they are not Canadian citizens. Please send a scanned copy of a permanent resident card or other documentation to [email protected]

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.

References
First-time applicants must ask three referees to fill out the reference form on their behalf. One referee must be a current or former teacher. The application is not considered completed until the three reference forms have been received; referees may send copies of their letters by email ([email protected]) as well, but original letters must be mailed by referees directly.

Repeat applicants must ask one reference to complete the reference form on their behalf. This person must be a teacher or professor that has taught the applicant since their last application cycle.

When you are ready to complete the application form, please be prepared to provide the name(s), phone number(s), and email address(es) of your referee(s).

Guide for referees
The completed reference form should be signed by hand, sealed in an envelope, and mailed to the address below. The envelope closure should also be signed, after it has been sealed. Referees may send copies of their letters by email ([email protected]) as well, but original letters must be mailed as per the instructions above.

Download the reference form (pdf)

Please submit to:

Lisa Huus Memorial Fund
C/O: Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
345 Wale Road
Victoria BC  V9B 6X2

Transcripts
First time applicants must provide official transcripts for the last two years of study directly from the academic institution or ministry. These documents should be submitted by mail. The application is not considered completed until the transcripts have been received.

Please submit to:

Lisa Huus Memorial Fund
C/O: Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
345 Wale Road
Victoria BC  V9B 6X2

Repeat applicants must provide an administrative (unofficial) transcript of any coursework since their prior application. This document can be submitted directly to Children’s Health Foundation by the applicant via mail or email.

Application deadline
The application deadline for the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Bursary is May 31. All accompanying materials must be received by May 31 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 or email [email protected]