Apply for a Scholarship


The Richmond Community Foundation holds endowment funds that have been designated for scholarships for Richmond students. These funds are from donations that members of our community have given to ensure that young people age 16 to 21 are supported as they pursue their post-secondary education.


Scholarships are available to students who are entering a post-secondary institution directly after high school, as well as those who have taken a year off before beginning their post-secondary studies. If you have questions about your eligibility, please call 604-279-7020 or e-mail

We also encourage you to check out these Common Scholarship Myths, particularly if you’ve convinced yourself that you shouldn’t apply. Chances are, there’s a scholarship for you, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on that opportunity!

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017


Etta Demerse Scholarship – UBC, SFU, or Kwantlen
Kronier Family Scholarship – Community Involvement
Richmond Community Foundation Scholarship – Community Involvement
Richmond Sunset Rotary Art Scholarship – Visual or Performing Arts
Michael Diston Memorial Scholarship – Fine Arts, General Arts (History, Social Sciences, Humanities), Apprenticeship Programs
RichCity Idol Scholarship – Performing Arts

There is no requirement for a specific grade average for any scholarship and students who are pursuing trade and diploma courses are encouraged to apply in addition to those undertaking degree studies. The criteria for all the above scholarships include the following:

  1. A permanent Richmond resident
  2. Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  3. Graduating, or have graduated within the past two years, from a secondary school in Richmond
  4. Applying to an accredited post-secondary school
  5. A demonstrated commitment to the community of Richmond

Notwithstanding the above, consideration will be given to those that demonstrate financial need.


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If you have any questions about your application, call us at 604-279-7020 or e-mail


Please note that this scholarship is available exclusively to UBC Dentistry and Dental Hygiene students.

This year, two scholarships are offered: $1,000 each to a Dentistry student and a Dental Hygiene student.

Application Deadline: The final day to apply for the 2016 Dr. Bud Sipko Family Fund Scholarship was Tuesday, October 25. Check back here in the fall of 2017 for information on next year’s scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact us:

Richmond Community Foundation
190 – 7000 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond, BC  V6Y 3Z5
Tel: 604-270-4483

Application Process

There is no formal application; please send a letter or e-mail, including your full name, postal and e-mail addresses and UBC student number. Detail your connections to Richmond and your interest in Dentistry or Dental Hygiene. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must either currently, or in the past:

  • have lived in Richmond;
  • have worked and/or volunteered in Richmond; or
  • have some other tangible connection to Richmond

Please include the following with your application:

  • your resume or CV;
  • one reference from a UBC Dentistry/Dental Hygiene faculty member who can vouch for your scholastic and faculty achievements;
  • a second reference from an agency or individual who can speak to your connections and contributions to Richmond; and
  • a third reference who will attest to your contributions to any other community, including volunteerism or professional activities related to dentistry or dental hygiene

Note that references need not be lengthy, but should detail the type of (volunteer or other) duties or work referenced, duration, quality, and attitude.


The Steveston Community Society provides an annual scholarship to each of their two catchment high schools – Steveston-London and R.A. McMath – to support a graduate who intends to pursue a post-secondary education in the field of recreation or a similar program, and who best exemplifies the “Spirit of Steveston” by having a well-rounded record of service to the community. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  1. Have volunteered for the Steveston Community Society
  2. Demonstrate strong leadership at school and in the community
  3. Demonstrate a strong history of volunteerism at school and in the community
  4. Are planning a career in recreation or similar field to benefit the community

To apply, complete an application form and submit it by 5:00pm on April 30, 2016. For this particular scholarship, please send your application directly to the Steveston Community Society, whose contact details are at the end of the form. Best of luck to all applicants!


The Richmond Community Foundation holds an endowment fund, initially set up by the Richmond Review, to honour the work and life of Ethel Tibbits, a newspaper pioneer and women’s rights activist. The fund provides annual scholarships to local women seeking to further their education, so they can broaden their career opportunities and better support their families.

In 2016, we’re offering two $500 scholarships.

Scholarships are available to women who have been Richmond residents for at least one year, have financial need, and require training to enter the workforce or upgrade skills to improve their ability to support themselves and their families.

Applicants are to submit a letter stating why they are applying for the scholarship, their needs, career goals, future plans, academic achievement, volunteer activities, and details of employment, if any. Applicants must also submit two letters of reference outlining their personal character, family situation, and suitability to engage in the career for which their course of study will prepare them. Scholarship awards may be used for tuition fees and other course requirements such as text books, software, equipment, or tools.

Applications, along with reference letters, can be mailed directly to the Richmond Community Foundation:

Richmond Community Foundation
190 – 7000 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond, BC  V6Y 3Z5

Application Deadline: The application deadline for the 2016 Ethel Tibbits Scholarship was Monday, April 25. Check back next year for details on the 2017 scholarship.

If you have any questions about your application, call us at 604-279-7020 or e-mail


In addition to the aforementioned scholarships, the Richmond Community Foundation is pleased to offer two others:

Dr. Bud Sipko Family Fund Scholarship – This scholarship has been established by the Sipko family for those wishing to pursue a career in the profession of dentistry. It is designed to support Richmond residents who are second or third year students in any of the dentist or dental assistant professions.

For information on how to apply for the Dr. Bud Sipko Family Fund Scholarship, please contact the Richmond Community Foundation at 604-270-4483 or

Walter Wu Scholarship Fund – This scholarship was established by the Santos Wu Family to assist Richmond students who wish to compete in sports at a higher level, but require funding assistance to help them continue their post-secondary education while pursuing their goals as an elite athlete. We hope to begin awarding the Walter Wu Scholarship in the near future. Before we can do that, though, we need your help to grow the fund. Click here to make a donation!