Irene Cameron Bursary

Value varies annually approx: $5000

The Irene Cameron Bursary for Office Administration will provide financial assistance to two students in the Office Administration Program who have demonstrated financial need. The bursaries are funded from the Victoria Foundation and will be available in fall of each year.

The bursary is made available through the generous bequest of Donald Stewart Cameron held in a permanent endowment fund at the Victoria Foundation.  This bequest was made in memory of his wife Irene (1920-1991).  The bursary honours her contributions as a teacher of shorthand typing and office administration skills, both in England and in British Columbia.  Arriving from Liverpool, England in 1953, Irene was the first exchange teacher at Lake Cowichan High School.  She taught commercial studies under her maiden name "Miss Neilson."

Deadline to apply August 1

Irene Cameron Bursary

  • Value: $5000
  • Number of Awards: 2

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must:

  • Be entering full time into the Office Administration program in the upcoming fall semester.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Selection Process

  • The Awards Committee will review applications and recommend a recipient. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • The successful recipient will be notified by email no later than 6 weeks after the award application closing date
  • The award will be applied to the successful recipient’s tuition account

Additional Information

  • Complete online applications must be submitted by August 1. All supporting documentation must be received by this date.  Late, incomplete, or printed applications will not be accepted
  • Adjudication of this bursary will be managed by Financial Aid & Awards. All decisions are final
  • Successful recipients will be notified by email
  • Funds will be applied directly to the student account. If tuition and fees have already been paid, any residual bursary amounts will be refunded to the student
  • Entrance bursaries cannot be deferred to a future semester or year
  • Students will not normally receive more than one entrance bursary
  • Students receiving Persons with Disabilities or Income Assistance should speak with Financial Aid & Awards and their Ministry case worker to discuss how bursary funds may impact their government assistance
  • Bursary funds are considered income. A statement for income tax purposes will be sent to recipients by Camosun
  • Bursary recipients are encouraged to write a thank you letter to the donor; thank you letters can be submitted to Financial Aid & Awards at either campus


  1. Complete one application form and attach your one-page letter of intention
  2. Review your application form for errors. NO CHANGES are permitted after the application is submitted
  3. Submit your application and supporting documents to Financial Aid & Awards. Only one application per person may be submitted
Section A - Personal Information
Section B - Student Study Information
Section C - Demonstration of Financial Need

if select other, please describe

Section D – Supporting Documentation

Please attach a letter below, describing why you are interested in your chosen field/program, what your future career goals are, outline your past work and educational experiences. The letter should include information regarding any past or current financial barriers or challenges.

Section E – Declaration

I understand and agree that, by clicking “Yes” below, it means that:

  1. I am a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number. Successful applicants will be required to provide their Social Insurance Number.
  2. I have answered all questions completely and accurately.
  3. I consent to Camosun College Financial Aid & Awards staff checking or verifying information on this application. This may include the exchange of information within Camosun College and with external organizations, such as provincial or territorial student aid offices.
  4. If I give answers that are not true or if changed circumstances make me ineligible, I will be required to pay back all or part of the bursary I received.
  5. If am receiving income assistance, student loan/grant or other government funding, I am required to notify the appropriate government office of the amount of bursary funding I have been granted.
  6. I consent that the Financial Aid & Awards office may release application information to the Camosun College Foundation Office and the bursary donor.
  7. If I receive $500 or more in bursary funds in one year, a statement for income tax purposes will be sent to me by Camosun College. I will ensure my mailing address is kept up to date.
  8. I understand that bursary funds will be applied to any outstanding tuition fees. Residual bursary funds will be provided to me.

Collection and use of information: Camosun College asks for the information on this application at the request of the donor, the Victoria Foundation Irene Cameron Bursary. The information on this form and all supporting documents may be verified with Camosun College Student Records; with faculty and staff to verify your registration, class attendance, progress, grade point average, and other details related to your eligibility for the Irene Cameron Entrance Bursary. The information collected on this application form will be protected and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (SBC1992). If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, contact the Associate Registrar, Camosun College, 3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria, BC, V8P 5J2, telephone: (250) 370-3550.