News From The Nest

Graduation Post-secondary Scholarship - February 2019


The Grad Newsletter posted on the JH school website outlines expectations for the graduation commencement ceremonies, dinner and dance, and dry grad festivities. Make sure you take the time to read it!!!!


Attention All Gr. 12 Grads: the Yearbook team is once again collecting your baby photos, write-ups, and signature. If you have not yet handed these items in, please submit them in an envelope with your name clearly printed on front to a yearbook team member or to Mr. Choo in 4FP.

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It is around this time of year when senior students start to experience and react to stressors unlike any time before possibly due to upcoming change of routines, change of environments, uncertain plans for post-graduation, familial and personal pressures to get into programs and/or schools, keeping up grades and because of these and other stress(ors) you are experiencing, friendships/relationships begin to be challenged.

There is assistance from your parents, teachers, counsellors and there are FREE YMCA Mental Wellness programs happening this winter for teens and youth across the Lower Mainland.

Teen Mindfulness (ages 13 - 17)

This six week program uses Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to support individuals with stress and worries. Spring 2019 program locations, session dates and times are listed below:

Tong Louie YMCA, 57th Ave, Surrey

Wednesday(s): 4.30 PM - 6.00 PM, April 3rd - May 8th

Intake Session #1 - March 6th @ 4.30 pm

Intake Session #2 - March 13th @ 4.30 pm

For more information or to register visit our webpage or connect with us via email at or call 604.673.6172 today!

Mind Fit (ages 13 - 19) - Learn to incorporate physical activity into a mental wellness plan!

Mind Fit is an 8-session program that uses physical activity and group wellness visits to help teens with low-mood, low energy or stress. Spring 2019 program location, session dates and times are listed below:

Tong Louie, YMCA, 57th Ave, Surrey

Monday(s): 6.15 PM - 8.15 PM, April 1st - June 3rd

Intake Session #1 - March 4th @ 6.15 pm

Intake Session #2 - March 11 @ 6.15 pm

For more information or to register visit our webpage or connect with us via email at or call 604.673.6182 today!

***All participants must attend an intake session in order to register for YMCA Mental Wellness programs***





Friday, Feb. 22nd, 10am-2pm

5500 180 Street

Surrey, BC

Looking for something to do on your pro-d day? Why not attend KPU's Trades Discovery Day?

  • Attend mock workshops and lectures presented by KPU instructors
  • Speak with current students, faculty, and advisors
  • Participate in a campus-wide Amazing Race to win cool KPU swag
  • Enjoy free pizza and snacks throughout the day.

Have questions? Contact or 604.599.3030. Register at KPU Trades Discovery Day now.

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Applications open for Winter 2020

For domestic students interested in attending Douglas College beginning in Winter 2020, applications are now open. More information is available at douglas

Financial aid deadlines

Deadlines for financial aid are coming up fast! Entrance award applications are open Feb. 1 to April 1. Students are welcome to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor at a first-come, first-served appointment.

Campus tours

You are invited to visit Douglas College on a campus tour. Whether you have already applied, or haven't quite decided, campus tours are a great opportunity to learn more about Douglas College. Tours are offered on:

  • Tuesdays, 1 pm at the Coquitlam Campus
  • Wednesdays, 11 am at the New Westminster Campus
  • Thursdays, 1 pm at the New Westminster Campus
  • Special group tours can be arranged at your most convenient time.

Register now for something to check out during Spring Break!!!

Academic Foundations of Child and Youth Care

There's a new program in town: Academic Foundations for Child and Youth Care! Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. This program is designed for students who wish to apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, but will not be 19 years of age by Nov. 1 of your first year. It includes three-program required courses and electives, allowing you to apply for entrance into the degree in your second year and earning a certificate. If you're interested, attend an information session for Child and Youth Care.

Veterinary Technology

Are you interested in Veterinary Technology but intimidated by the application process? Good news! The admissions criteria have changed and students are no longer required to complete the admissions interview. Attend an information session for Veterinary Technology to tour their vet clinic!

Theatre auditions coming up!

Auditions for Fall 2019 intake to the Theatre Program are April 5 and 26. More information here.


Upcoming Deadlines:

February 28, 2019

  • Deadline to submit self-reported grades
  • Deadline to submit all supporting documents
  • Deadline to complete Student Transcripts Service form with BC Ministry of Education

April 30, 2019

  • Deadline to apply for entrance bursaries, awards, and non-entrance scholarships

May 1, 2019

  • Deadline to accept offers of admission


Registration 101 Workshops

Registration 101 workshops will be hosted across Western Canada and online to help students register for the University of Alberta! Workshop dates and locations, as well as registration tips, how-to videos, and more will be available soon here.

Updating Courses & Marks

Students can continue to update their marks and submit courses even after they have submitted their applications. How-to information can be found on the After You Apply webpage. The deadline for updating marks is April 30, 2019.

Application Deadline

The application for admission deadline for most direct-entry programs is March 1. Students can apply here.


Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6-7pm

Capilano University Birch Building, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

North Vancouver, BC

Learn more about the Accounting Assistant programs offered at CapU! You will need to RSVP to reserve a place for this popular info session.

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Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30-8pm

Capilano University Birch Building, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

North Vancouver, BC

High school students and their parents are invited to come on campus to learn about their amazing programs and student services. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!!

Please RSVP by clicking here. Once you've RSVP'd you are entered to win of two $500 tuition fee waivers.

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New BC Graduation Program Requirements

Our faculty/program web pages, which now show requirements for current applicants (Grade 12 students applying for September 2019) and future applicants (Grade 11 students applying for September 2020).


Sunday, May 5th, 1-4pm

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC

Our beautiful city is once again host to 100s of universities from all over the world!

You and your parents are invited!!! There will be opportunities to speak with university & college reps from all over the world and participate in workshops and panel discussions related to program admissions and career pathways.

Registration and information about the fair can be found here.

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The suite of Capilano's entrance awards recognize and support excellence in scholastic, athletic, and musical achievement; leadership, volunteerism, and community involvement; and demonstrated financial need.

The new Capilano Community Leadership Awards (CCLA), valued at $2,500, recognize high school students who are entering the university with a strong academic standing, as well as leadership and volunteerism in the community. We are pleased to be able to partner with you on the nomination process for these new awards.

Our premier entrance scholarships are the Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX), valued at up to $40,000 each. Ten of these four year renewable scholarships are available to high school graduates who demonstrate excellence in academics and show leadership in their school and community.

The application deadline for all entrance awards is March 1, 2019.

Full details on all of our entrance awards, including eligibility, is available on our website at

UFV Scholarships

The UFV Entrance Scholarship require ONE application for multiple awards online through the MyUFV student account.


March 1, 2019 for all Undergraduate Programs

September 1, 2019 for all Trades Programs

Paper applications are available for those students who have conditional admission to UFV - printable PDF available at UFV Entrance Scholarships.

Some highlights of the entrance scholarships for the graduating class of 2019 are:

  • Dr. Francis Pang Endowment Entrance Scholarship - Computer Information Systems
  • George A. Ferguson Memorial Annual Entrance Scholarship - Business/Agriculture
  • Manning Elliot Annual Entrance Scholarship - Business Administration
  • Craftsman Collision Annual Entrance Scholarship - Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Details of these and other awards can be reviewed at UFV Entrance Scholarships.

The University of the Fraser Valley is once again offering the prestigious UFV President's Entrance Scholarship.

There will be four of these scholarships awarded in 2019. Recipients will be outstanding students graduating from BC high schools. They must also be enrolling full-time (12 credits or more per semester) in any post-secondary career, vocational, or academic program at UFV. The recipients will be students demonstrating exceptional academics, citizenship, and leadership at school and within their community.

The value of each UFV President's Entrance Scholarship is $4000 per yer, renewable for up to three additional years, to a maximum of $16,000 total.


The following information are entrance scholarship and awards opportunities for students who are planning to enrolling in classes at KPU for the first time in Fall (September) 2019 or Spring (January) 2020.

  • Only one application needs to be submitted for students to be considered for both the KPU Major Entrance Scholarship and Donor-Funded Entrance Award programs. Students must have a valid KPU Student ID number in order to access the application through the KPU online self-service (OSS) portal.
  • The application deadline is Thursday, March 28, 2019 by 4.00 PM.
  • In addition to the scholarships available for the Fall, KPU is offering Indigenous Entrance Scholarships for $5000, as well as KPU Major Entrance Scholarships for $20,000 and $5000 for students who are taking classes for the first time at Kwantlen in Spring 2019.
  • Detailed information and instructions for applying for KPU Major Entrance Scholarships and Donor-Funded Entrance awards can be found here.


The Member Schools of BC School Sports are pleased to announce this year’s BC School Sports Scholarship Fund. The association is dedicated to assisting worthy student-athletes in their desire to attend an accredited Canadian University or College.

BC School Sports Scholarships reward excellence in both scholastic and athletic pursuits. The successful applicants will be student-athletes who have balanced their high academic achievements with significant success as school athletes and contributions to their community.

Scholarships shall be awarded to students enrolled in member schools who apply, and who meet all of the criteria.

The BC Dairy Association Scholarship rewards student-athletes who exemplify school spirit, practice a healthy lifestyle, and engage with their community.

2018-19 BC Dairy Association Scholarship Form - for girls volleyball and/or ultimate

The Bert & Greta Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship rewards excellence in both scholastic and athletic pursuits. The successful applicants will be student-athletes who have balanced their achievements as badminton athletes with significant success as leaders and contributors to their community.

2018-19 Bert & Greta Quartermaine Badminton Scholarship Form - for badminton

BCSS Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarship - this scholarship is for one male and one female student who truly excels as a student-athlete. Applicants must have competed in at least two (2) BCSS approved sports during their grade 12 year. Unsuccessful applicants for the Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarship will automatically be considered for their respective Zone Scholarship. (Please DO NOT complete two applications)

2018-19 Dave Gifford Memorial Scholarship Form

Zone scholarships

Applicants must have competed in at least one (1) BCSS approved sport during grade 12. They must be enrolled in a BC School and must be graduating this year and will be entering their first year of full-time studies in a Canadian University or College. Applicants must have demonstrated exceptional athletic achievement in a BCSS approved sport, have a minimum grade percentage of 75% and have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in school and/or community.

2018-19 Zone Scholarship Form - reminder to NOT complete two applications (for Dave Gifford and Zone Scholarships)


Canadian Tourism College may award between $500 and $10,000 in annual scholarships per high school.

These scholarships will be awarded to those applicants that demonstrate a true desire to begin a career in the tourism industry.

Application deadline: June 30th of current grad year.


We recognize it takes a combination of both hard work and educational funding for most students to achieve their goals. That’s why we’ve developed a diverse set of scholarship programs worth over $500,000 a year to help address the critical need for student funding across Canada. Please review the chart below to see which scholarship is right for you.

Click here for a list of RBC Scholarships


The SASSY Awards honour youth aged 15 to 21 who are living or studying in Surrey or White Rock and are making a difference in our community. The awards are provided by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club and aim to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of youth who exemplify "Service Above Self". SASSY stands for "Service Above Self" Surrey Youth, incorporating Rotary's motto.

Youth are recognized in seven categories:

  • Arts and Culture Leadership
  • Community Service
  • Environmental Leadership
  • International Service
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sports Leadership
  • Youth Leadership

Complete the 2019 Nomination or Application form today. Submissions must be received by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (11:59pm) for email submission or must be post marked February 25, 2018 if submitting by mail. Forms can be either emailed to or mailed to:

SASSY Awards
Healthy Communities
Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

The 9th annual SASSY Awards show will be held on Thursday May 9th , 2019 at “Centre Stage” at Surrey City Hall.

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    The Chacko and Lize Simon Scholarship Fund (a registered non-profit organization governed by a Board of five Directors) provides an annual scholarship to enable bright students from low income families in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia to attend a University, Community College or Technical Institution.

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $3000.

Criteria includes:

  • Need for financial assistance to continue education
  • High academic achievement

Documentation required:

  • Completed Application Form;
  • Proof of financial need (copy of parents' last income tax assessment preferred);
  • Letter of recommendation from teacher or counsellor with reference to the good character of the
  • Transcript of marks for the three previous years;
  • Brief biographical profile of applicant written by the applicant and verified by the teacher (family
    circumstances, interests, academic goals, pastimes, community activity and involvement);
  • Name and address of post secondary institution the student wishes to attend;
  • Date of registration when fees are required;
  • Student number at post secondary institution (if available).

Applications must be received by March 1st.


The BCCPAC Educational Award is granted annually to a well-rounded student in Grade 12 who is involved and interested in many things and has an understanding of the importance of parent involvement in education. The student must be from a school that has a PAC that is a member of BCCPAC. The following must be submitted:

1. Complete the BC Educational Award application showing specific plans as to immediate future academic, technical, or vocational education or training studies.

2. Prepare a 300 to 500 word essay, on the value of parent involvement in education, with reference to Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs), and/or BCCPAC.

3. Include a cover letter with information about interests and evidence of good citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship, and community service.

4. Include two letters of reference: one from an educator, and one from a community member, but not a relative of the applicant. The references should comment on the applicant’s good citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship, and community service.

5. Provide copies of Grade 11 and Grade 12 report cards or transcripts to date.

Important: Children of current BCCPAC board members, staff, or contractors are not eligible to apply for this award.

This provincial award is in the amount $1000.

Completed applications must be received by the BCCPAC office by February 28th each year.


The 2018/2019 Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship Application is now available. Deadlines have been extended until February 24. Apply now.

The Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship is awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment and aptitude for a career path in K-12 teaching. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher to redeem when they are registered and attending an approved K-12 teacher education program at one of BC’s nine Faculties of Education.

Conditional winners and their schools will be notified by email in May. Winners will be notified directly in September when eligibility is confirmed.

In the online application, you will be asked to provide specific information and additional attachments.

  • You can prepare by reviewing the list on the first page of the Application in advance
  • You will upload any required attachments directly to the online application when prompted
  • Attachments should be Word documents or PDF files under 15 MB in size


1. Complete the Application online

o See Scoring guides (PDF) for reference

2. Submit your completed application to the Ministry no later than February 24, 2019

3. Selection of winners will be finalized after August 31, 2019


You must

  • Meet basic eligibility requirements
  • Be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) and meet the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program (2018) by August 31, 2019
  • Have at least a
    • "B" (73% or above) in your Language Arts 11 final mark
    • "B" average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one "C+" (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than “C+” are not accepted)
  • Maintain a “B” average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation
  • Write and pass a Language Arts 12 provincial examination

You can't win both a Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship and a BC Excellence Scholarship.


A $5,000 Black Press Business Scholarship is available to high school students entering the UVIC Gustavson School of Business. Awards will be based on academic merit, leadership and a demonstrated desire to make a positive difference in the world. To be eligible, students must have applied to the BCom program For more information or application form please go to website


$2,000 - $5,000 scholarships –open to all dependent children of foresters. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated a minimum of 40 hours community service in the 24 months leading to the application deadline, strong academics and submit an essay outlining how they believe Foresters goals align with their own values about volunteering. For more information visit the website at


Applications for scholarships must be made online. Please see SFU website for further details.


Each year, BCSTA selects a number of graduating BC public school students who have displayed exemplary citizenship within their school and community as recipients of the BCSTA Student Citizenship Scholarship. In 2010, BCSTA added one extra Student Citizenship Scholarship, in honour of the late Jean Ciriani, a former communications director for the Association.


Information regarding eligibility and the application process is contained in the application form (please read and follow all directions). Applications will be accepted until March 4th , 2019.


Students only need to fill out one application online through their myUFV student account.

Details of these and other awards can be reviewed here.

UFV is once again offering the prestigious UFV President's Entrance Scholarship. The value of each UFV President's Engrance Scholarship is $4000 per year, renewable for up to three additional years.

Deadline: March 1st, 2019.

The Stacey Levitt Memorial Award was created in memory and celebration of her life. On August 30, 1995, Stacey was struck and killed by a car while jogging in North Toronto. She was only 18 years old.

Stacey loved life, and this annual student award encourages Canadian youth to embody Stacey’s qualities and ideals, and Parachute’s overarching goal of a long life lived to the fullest, while maintaining an approach that is rooted in risk management and injury prevention. The selected recipient will receive $2,500 to do just that.

The award is open to anyone currently attending a Canadian secondary school. The deadline to apply is March 01, 2019. The successful recipient will be selected by the Levitt family and announced on April 30, 2019.

Application Process:

The application consists of three parts, all which must be submitted to Parachute to be considered for the award. Please ensure all three parts are included in the submission package.

  1. A completed application form.

  2. A letter of recommendation from an individual with first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s involvement in their school or community.

  3. A short essay (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, font size 12) addressing the following questions:
  • How do you demonstrate a long life lived to the fullest and how are you helping others to achieve this?
  • How do you demonstrate Parachute’s goals, and brand values of nobility, courage, and inclusivity?
  • If successful, how do you intend to use the funding provided by the Stacey Levitt Memorial Award?


Gordon Smith was dedicated to serving people and the environment and was one of the finest people many of us ever met. He was passionate about stream and wetland stewardship and very active in conservation projects in Aldergrove and Delta.

To continue Gordon’s legacy, a group of his colleagues and friends came together after his death to create the Gordon Smith Environmental Youth Endowment Fund. Supported by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, the Parks Partnership and private donors the fund is administered through the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

The fund allows a modest bursary in Gordon’s name to be awarded each year at the annual Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Celebrating Partnerships event which is normally held in March. The award is open to any youth in the Region who has shown a passion for involvement in the environment and who intends to pursue post-secondary education in an environmental field.

Each year nominations are invited for the Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Fund which provides a $500 bursary for a student 19 years of age or under who has contributed to environmental stewardship through their volunteer efforts. The recipient will have shown leadership in conservation inspiring other youth and intends to pursue a related field of study. Two letters of reference/support should be submitted with the nomination form.

Please submit this nomination by Friday, February 28th, 2019.


If you are an athlete living in the Lower Mainland or in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor who is passionate about your sport and has made efforts to support your personal mental health and wellness or that of your sports team or community, we want to hear from you. This scholarship is made possible by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.(

Download the application here: Rick Blight Scholarship Application .

Deadline is March 2nd.

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RE/MAX of Western Canada has renewed the Quest for Excellence bursary program. This year we are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students.

This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. Students can enter online at Students can enter online at .

2018 Quest for Excellence program is open for submissions until March 11th, 2019. Only online entries will be accepted.


If you are a young British Columbian who has made a difference in your community, we want to hear from you! The Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship ( rewards students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and exemplary contributions and commitment to enriching the lives of others in the community.

We are looking for:

• School and community service, leadership;

• Initiating community development;

• Affecting positive change;

• Mentoring others;

• Personal development and growth;

• Good academic performance;

Please submit your application to (please note no electronic applications will be accepted):

Jessica Hoffman
Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship
89 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 0N8


Drop them off in person at 89 West Georgia Street to the attention of Jessica Hoffman, Program Manager, Community Partnerships.

DUE March 15th, 2019





Missed the Grade 12 assembly?

Don't know all the things that need to be done to graduate? Don't know what to do AFTER you graduate?

Check out the JHSS 2018 Graduation Information Booklet that can be found here.

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EducationPlannerBC helps learners make well informed decisions about their education and career options. Use the Plan section to find articles and information about the different paths along the student journey. Know what program you're interested in? Use the Search section to find schools, admission requirements, costs of attending that program in a particular school. Use the Apply section to apply to multiple post-secondary institutions.


The site was created with the intent to help reduce student debt, which many students have to take on for post-secondary education. streamlines the scholarship process for students; all they have to do is create a simple profile and based on the information they provide (including school, field of interest, volunteer experience etc.) we will match them to all of the scholarships that they qualify for.

There are still many scholarships available to students. We have recently added a way for students to track applications that they have started and a summary of the scholarship they have already completed the applications.

ScholarTree is 100% free to students!

SCHOOLFINDER ( helps students, parents and counsellors explore schools across Canada and around the world. Go ahead and compare program prerequisites and costs all in one place!

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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS has been providing scholarship information to students and scholarship management services to companies since 2003.

SCHOLARSHIPS CANADA is Canada's foremost web site for scholarships, student awards and bursaries.


Interested in Johnston Heights and the District Authority (Ministry) scholarships???

Then attend NEXT MONTH's meeting!!! On Thursday, March 14th!



Ms. Tifenbach - students with surnames beginning with A - F

Mr. Pawelchak - students with surnames beginning with G - Ng

Ms. Domingo - students with surnames beginning with Nh - Z; Scholarship Co-Chair

Mr. Szutu - ELL and International students

Ms. Punj - Math Dept. Head; Scholarship Co-Chair