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Lorne Fraser Educational Fund

About the bursary

Each year, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund awards several bursaries to people with a mental illness to help further their pursuit of post-secondary education. Bursary amounts, $700 each, are based on the annual interest of the fund and are awarded for the fall term of each year. In addition to the bursary program, the scholarship program annually awards $1000 or $2000 to two post-secondary students living with mental illness, whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion.

Lorne Fraser, the fund's founder and namesake, is committed to increasing opportunities for people with a mental illness. He has lived with bipolar disorder for many years and recognizes the importance of education to personal well-being. Since 1982, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund has helped more than 150 British Columbians pursue their educational dreams.

Who can apply?

Successful applicants for the Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • experience of a mental illness

  • accessing therapeutic support/mental health services

  • an identified job goal

  • a demonstrated need for financial assistance

  • will be enrolled at a recognized BC post-secondary institution by December 1, 2016

  • at least 20 years of age and a resident of British Columbia

Successful applicants for the Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • experience of a mental illness

  • accessing therapeutic support/mental health services

  • a demonstrated need for financial assistance

  • at least 20 years of age and a resident of British Columbia

  • entering the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate or graduate program at a designated British Columbia university or college

  • will be enrolled at a recognized BC post-secondary institution by December 1, 2016

  • educational and vocational goals related to mental health promotion (see instructions for the 500 word statement of intent)

Members of a review panel evaluate applications and recommend who should be selected for the financial awards.

Applicants can apply each year for either a bursary or a scholarship. An applicant may win a bursary or scholarship more than once, but will not be eligible to win an award two years in a row.

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How you can help

Unfortunately, the number of applicants for the Lorne Fraser program still far exceeds the number of people the fund can accommodate. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable more people with a mental illness to access post-secondary education and increase their chances of finding rewarding employment. Please print a donation form and make your contribution. Or donate online to the Lorne Fraser Fund.

Previous years' recipients