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Lisa Huus Memorial Fund bursaries for post-secondary students with disabilities at the University of Victoria and other accredited post-secondary schools on Vancouver Island

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.

Eligibility - About the Scholarship:

The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund provides bursaries in the range of $500 to $2,000 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 on Vancouver Island. 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 disabilities studying at the University of Victoria or another accredited post-secondary institution on Vancouver Island.

• Persons attending a qualifying post-secondary institution 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.

• Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

• Only complete applications that meet all stated criteria will be considered for funding.

Please contact pkhuus@telus.net for questions regarding eligibility. Applications must be received no later than May 31 for support in the following academic year.

Completing the Application:

Your application to the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund consists of:

• Online application form

• Letter of disability certification

• Three reference forms

• Official academic transcript

• Proof of permanent residency (for applicants who are not Canadian citizens)

Online Application Form:

The online application form consists of six sections:

Section A —Applicant Information

Section B—Letter of Disability Certification

Section C—Statement of Personal Goals (500-1000 words)

Section D—Financial Information

Section E—References

Section F—Academic Transcripts

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 preview your application before submitting.

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

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.

Please submit to: Frances Melville Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 2390 Arbutus Rd Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Official Transcripts:

Applicants must provide official transcripts for the last two years of study. These documents may be submitted by mail. The application is not considered completed until the transcripts have been received. Please submit to: Frances Melville Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 2390 Arbutus Rd Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund bursary is May 31. Accompanying materials must be received by May 31 in order to be considered for this bursary.

A personal interview may be requested.

Successful Applicants:

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by September. Whom should I contact for help? Frances Melville, Director of Operations 250-519-6943

Application Checklist • Complete online application form • Provide letter of disability certification • Ask three referees to submit Reference Form • Provide official transcripts • Provide proof of permanent residency (if you are not a Canadian citizen)

Further details and to apply online: https://childrenshealthvi.org/how-we-help/apply-funding/apply-bursaries-scholarships/lisa-huus-bursary-application




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