About the bursary

The BC Women’s Institute was instrumental in establishing the Queen Alexandra Solarium in 1927, and has maintained a close relationship with the organization, now called Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

The Women’s Institute’s assistance to children with health challenges and disabilities through Children’s Health Foundation has taken many forms. Their bursary program and generous donations continue the BCWI tradition of caring for children to ensure their healthy development.

The Children’s Health Foundation Women’s Institute Bursary is funded by an annual donation from the Women’s Institute. The interest on the donation is available as a bursary (up to $2,000 per year) to staff members at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children who provide services to children and who are advancing their knowledge in the care of children through continuing education. Bursaries are awarded every April in support of tuition fees or textbooks.

Applications for the bursary are reviewed by a Selection Committee, comprised of:

  • two appointees from a local branch of the BC Women’s Institute;
  • a representative from Island Health who provides services to the Child, Youth and Family Health portfolio;
  • a representative from Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

Applications are now closed and will reopen March 1, 2025.

The Women’s Institute Bursary application process is now online. You will not be able to save and return to your application once you have started. Please ensure you have all required information and documents detailed in the application guidelines. If you have any difficulty submitting an application, please contact us at 250-940-4950 ext 120 or bursaries@islandkidsfirst.com