Growing a Thriving Community

How to apply for a scholarship

The Community Foundation of Whistler works with the secondary schools in the region to coordinate the scholarship application process. Information about the scholarships and the criteria for each scholarship is distributed to students and parents through the schools.

Letters of application are collected by the schools and submitted to the Community Foundation of Whistler.

More information can be found on the school websites or through the school guidance counsellors:

Whistler Secondary School: Applications are due April 12, 2017

Howe Sound Secondary School: Applications are due April 12, 2017

Pemberton Secondary School: Applications are due April 13, 2017

Whistler Waldorf School: Applications are due April 10, 2017

Please see below for specific information on each of the scholarships offered by the Community Foundation of Whistler.

Whistler Scholarship Society Scholarship

Available to graduating students at Whistler Secondary School

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • community leadership, consideration for others and outstanding personal qualities
  • strong academic performance

Amount: approximately $500

Applicants must submit a letter of reference along with their letter of application. A letter of application must include name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, description of interests and activities, employment and/or volunteer experience, description of how students meet the award criteria, a description of what community means to you, and a description of post-secondary plans.

Sarah McSeveney Scholarship

Available to graduating School District 48 students pursuing post secondary education in early childhood education. Please note that although there is a preference for graduating students, if there are no such suitable applicants, scholarships may be made available to individuals in the Sea to Sky Corridor who wish to pursue further education in early childhood education.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Good academic performance
  • Well-rounded
  • Community involvement

Amount: approximately $500, though amounts may vary

Applicants must submit a letter of referece along with their letter of application. A letter of application must include name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, description of interests and activities, employment and/or volunteer experience, description of how the applicant meets the award criteria, a description of what community means to you, and a description of post-secondary plans.

2017 Sarah McSeveney Scholarship Information

Wendy Thompson Scholarships

Available to students in School District 48 who are participating in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program and wish to pursue post-secondary studies in outdoor leadership.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Exemplary achievement and qualities
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of outdoor leadership

Amount: $1000 approximately

Applicants must submit a letter of reference and a letter of application. A letter of application must include name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, description of interests and activities, description of community involvement and volunteer work, description of your career objectives and how this award will help you reach your goals.

Wendy Thompson Bursaries

Available to students who wish to participate in an Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program in School District 48. The Wendy Thompson Bursary is intended to help offset the costs of program participation.

Amount: $500

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Exemplary achievement and qualities
  • Applying to participate in an Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program in School District 48.
  • Financial need
  • Be a resident of School District 48

Applicants must submit a letter of application which includes the following:

  • name, mailing address, email address, telephone number
  • description of interests, volunteer work, community involvement
  • descripton of your objectives for particpating in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program and how this award will help you attain those objectives.

kelty & riley dennehy scholarships

The Kelty and Riley Dennehy Scholarship Fund was created by Ginny and Kerry Dennehy and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation in honour of their two children Kelty and Riley. On March 2, 2001 they lost their 17 year old son Kelty after a short battle with depression. That same year, the Dennehys created the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation to help those that suffer from depression as well as their friends and family. Tragedy hit the Dennehy family again in 2009 when Riley died of a heart attack from strong medication prescribed to manage the pain fora separated shoulder. The scholarships generated by the Kelty and Riley Dennehy Scholarship Fund are intended to support students graduation from secondary schools in Whistler. The scholarships will be awarded to students who stand out in unique ways, beyond academics.

2015 Amounts:

One Scholarship in the amount of $500 for a graduating male student

One scholarship in the amount of $500 for a graduation female student

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of the Whistler area
  • be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited post-secondary instituion
  • demonstrate community involvement and engagement
  • demonstrate leadership qualities and/or well rounded development

Applicants must submit a letter of application which includes the following:

  • name, address, email address, and telephone number
  • description of interests, community activities
  • descripton of plans for post secondary educatio

GRAD 2014 Legacy Scholarship

The Grad 2014 Legacy Scholarship was established by the 2014 Graduation Organizing Committee at Whistler Secondary School in 2015. The committee and graduating students worked hard to raise money for their graduation ceremonies. By the end of the school year and after expenses, they they had funds left over. The students had the idea of creating a scholarship for someone in the school district in financial need. The group used the funds to set up a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Whistler.

Amount: approximately $500

Applicants must:

  • be a graduating student in School District 48
  • be pursing post-secondary education or formal post-secondary training
  • demonstrate financial need

Students are asked to submit a letter of application indicating the following:

  • name, mailing address, email, telephone
  • interests, volunteer work, and community involvement
  • their secondary school objectives and how this award will help them reach their goals.

Doug and Mary Forseth Scholarship

Created by long term Whistler residents Doug and Mary Forseth, this scholarship supports graduating students in the Sea to Sky region who are pursuing post-secondary education in field related to tourism and hospitality.

Amount: one scholarship of $500

Applicants must:

  • be a resident in the Sea to Sky region
  • Demonstrate a balanced background in athletics, community service and scholastic acheivement
  • be pursuing post-secondary education in a field related to tourism and hopitality

Students are asked to submit a letter that includes the following:

  • name, mailing addres, email, telephone number
  • description of their interests, activities and community service
  • information about ther post-secondary plans