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Funding Built for Locals

Through the years, we have provided countless student awards to countless young students with the potential to make things happen. We do this not only because it makes complete sense to do – but because you (the member) have, time and again, let us know that the supporting our youth is a priority. Through the years, we have learned more and more that what our communities need, isn’t a single solution. As such, we have built this program with accessibility in mind, as well as the regions in which we live. Instead of pure academic merit, we consider elements like use of funds, relevance of career path, and ties to the community. In a perfect world, we would be supporting the best and brightest that are looking to make a difference right here in the places we live.

That said, accessibility is the goal, and we are open to applications from any student attending any post-secondary program. Funding is available for years 1 through 4, for undergraduate programs, trade school programs, technical college programs, and any other accredited program. The only definitive rule – a student must be a StellerVista member to apply.

StellerStudents Online Application

Applications Deadline: May 31
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StellerStudents is managed internally through the application above for students in Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford. 
In the West Boundary, Castlegar, or Slocan Park StellerStudents is currently managed by the local school district who uses their criteria to issue these student awards.

Past Recipients


The YES is a summer camp that provides week-long leadership retreats for BC youth. Skills training is offered for 14-18-year-olds in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. Participants take part in the creation of a strong community of support, respect and growth. We have been sponsoring kids attendance at this camp for years, and the impact to many has been life changing. You can learn more about the camp here –, and you can apply for sponsorship RIGHT HERE Between April 1st and May 31st

As part of the CU Foundation of BC, our members are encouraged and eligible to apply for this award, which is open for applications 3 times a year. The awards can be as high as $3000, with the amount generally being depended on the cost of your program – as well as financial need. Applications are open: Jan 1 to Feb 15, May 1 to June 15, and Sept 1 to Oct 15 each year.

You can learn more and apply right online @
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