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FVRCF helps vulnerable youth achieve education goals with $55,000 bursary program

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The Fraser Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation (FVRCF) recently announced a new bursary program aimed at graduating British Columbia high school students who face vulnerabilities or challenges as they head into post-secondary education.

The program will award a $1,000 bursary to a deserving recipient at every public secondary school and learning centre (55 total) in Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and North Delta. The FVRCF’s goal is to empower students to overcome financial hardships and confidently pursue their educational goals.

Applications for the bursary program are currently open at each school. Students are encouraged to connect with their school counsellor or awards administrator for more information and eligibility criteria.


Local realtors and FVREB members helped make it happen


“We are excited to launch this bursary program as part of our ongoing efforts to support at-risk youth in our community,” says John Barbisan, chair of the FVRCF. “Education is a transformative tool, and we believe that every young person, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education and achieve their full potential. These bursaries aim to provide crucial financial assistance to students who face significant challenges, helping them access the opportunities they deserve.”

The FVRCF is deeply grateful to local realtors and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) members, whose generosity has made the program possible.


‘This bursary is not just a financial aid, but a beacon of hope and encouragement’


Schools in the region have reacted quite positively and note the difference the bursaries can make and they hope they can offer.

For example, Laurie Larsen, chair of the Surrey Board of Education, says, “These bursaries can make all the difference, providing vulnerable students with opportunities that they may not otherwise have thought were possible. The funds help close the gap so that students who are looking to pursue post-secondary education or training can do so, allowing them to follow their dreams and aspirations.”

Tom Nguyen, principal of Fraserview Learning Centre in Mission, adds, “This bursary is not just a financial aid, but a beacon of hope and encouragement for students who often face unique challenges in pursuing their education.

The FVRCF’s belief in their potential and dedication to investing in their future is truly inspiring. This bursary represents a lifeline — a chance for youth to break barriers, overcome obstacles and strive for excellence. It also reaffirms their belief in themselves and reminds everyone that with hard work and support, anything is possible.”


Photo: FVRCF board of directors


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