About the Bursary

The Polly Scott Bursary is supported and funded by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and is co-managed by the Foundation and the South Vancouver Island District of BC Women’s Institute. The bursary has been established in honour of the contributions the BC Women’s Institute has made to the creation and sustainability of the Foundation and its long-standing support of children with disabilities and health challenges. The bursary is named in tribute to one of the first children served at the original Queen Alexandra Solarium in Mill Bay—Othoa “Polly” Scott.


The purpose of the bursary is to provide financial assistance to youth or young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 with a diagnosed disability or on-going health challenge to undertake or continue their post-secondary education in an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada. The primary residence of successful candidates must be on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands. The bursary may be used to cover tuition, books, and living expenses for students unable to live at home. The candidate may be pursuing a degree or diploma in any field of study. Financial need, with respect to the candidate and their family, if applicable, will be a key factor in awarding this bursary. Academic qualifications will also be a factor.

Completing Your Application

Your application to the Polly Scott Bursary 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 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.

About Your Disability
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.

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
Polly Scott Bursary
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 or mid-year grades if final grades are not yet available.

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 May 31, 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
The Polly Scott Bursary
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
2390 Arbutus Rd
Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Application Deadline
The application deadline for the Polly Scott Bursary is May 31. 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 May 31 if they are unavailable before that date.

Successful Applicants
Successful applicants will be notified by mail or email by July 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

Application Checklist

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

Step 1 of 7

  • 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.