Lisa Huus Bursary Application

About Lisa Huus

The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund was established in 1988 in memory of Lisa Pauline Huus, who was a third-year sociology student at the University of Victoria. A native of Victoria, Lisa graduated from Claremont Senior Secondary School in 1985 and was a registered member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada.

The fund was created by Lisa's family and has been supported by personal donations in memory of Lisa and by fundraising activities undertaken by the Huus family and the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund.

Eligibility

About the Scholarship

The Lisa Huus Memorial Fund provides bursaries in the range of $500 to $2,000 annually per recipient, to assist persons with disabilities to undertake or continue their post-secondary education for academic credit at the University of Victoria or other accredited post-secondary institutions on Vancouver Island. Bursaries may be used for items such as tuition fees, textbooks, equipment, transportation, residence and support worker costs.

The Fund is administered by the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund Committee with the support of Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The membership of the committee includes a medical advisor.

The intent of the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund is to provide bursaries to as many eligible applicants as possible; however, the number of bursaries awarded in a given year varies depending on the number of applications received and the amount of funding available. Decisions of the committee are final.

Applications must be received no later than May 31 for support in the following academic year.

Eligibility

  • Persons with disabilities studying at the University of Victoria or another accredited post-secondary institution on Vancouver Island.
  • Persons attending a qualifying post-secondary institution who require a personal attendant, are dependent on a mechanical device for mobility or maintenance of body functions, require major continuing therapies, or have other significant special needs.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Only complete applications that meet all stated criteria will be considered for funding.

Please contact pkhuus@telus.net for questions regarding eligibility.

Applications must be received no later than May 31 for support in the following academic year.

Completing the Application

Application

Your application to the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund consists of:

  • Online application form
  • Letter of disability certification
  • Three reference forms
  • Official academic transcript
  • Proof of permanent residency (for applicants who are not Canadian citizens)

Online Application Form

The online application form consists of six sections:

                Section A—Applicant Information
                Section B—Letter of Disability Certification
                Section C—Statement of Personal Goals (500-1000 words)
                Section D—Financial Information
                Section E—References
                Section F—Academic Transcripts

Please note:

Once you begin the application process, you cannot save your work—please make sure you have all the necessary information on hand before you start. You will have the chance to preview your application before submitting.

Letter of Disability Certification

Applicants must provide a signed letter from a medical professional. This letter should include:

  • the professional’s name, title, phone number and address, official stamp or letterhead and signature;
  • the date of the assessment;
  • a statement of the nature of the disability ;
  • an explanation of the functional impact of the disability on your education; and
  • recommendations for any specific accommodations that will assist in the pursuit of a post-secondary education.

Please note that your medical professional may charge a fee to prepare this letter. The application is not considered completed until this letter has been received.

References

Applicants must ask three referees to fill out the Reference Form on their behalf. One referee must be a current or former teacher. The application is not considered completed until the three reference forms have been received.

When you are ready to complete the online application, please be prepared to provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your referees.

Guide for Referees

The completed Reference Form should be signed by hand, sealed in an envelope, and mailed to the address below. The envelope closure should also be signed, after it has been sealed.

Download the Reference Form (pdf)

Please submit to:

Frances Melville
Lisa Huus Memorial Fund
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
2390 Arbutus Rd
Victoria BC  V8N 1V7

Official Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts for the last two years of study. These documents may be submitted by mail. The application is not considered completed until the transcripts have been received.

Please submit to:

Frances Melville
Lisa Huus Memorial Fund
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
2390 Arbutus Rd
Victoria BC  V8N 1V7

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Lisa Huus Memorial Fund bursary is May 31. Accompanying materials must be received by May 31 in order to be considered for this bursary. A personal interview may be requested.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by September.

Whom should I contact for help?

Frances Melville, Director of Operations
250-519-6943

Application Checklist

  • Complete online application form
  • Provide letter of disability certification
  • Ask three referees to submit Reference Form
  • Provide official transcripts
  • Provide proof of permanent residency (if you are not a Canadian citizen)

Section A—Applicant Information
Please choose "No" if you are a Canadian Citizen.
Section B—Letter of Disability Certification

You must provide a signed letter from a medical professional.

This letter should include:

  • the professional's name, title, phone number and address, official stamp or letterhead and signature;
  • the date of the medical assessment;
  • a statement of the nature of the disability;
  • an explanation of the functional impact of the disability on your education; and
  • recommendations for any accommodations that will assist you in the pursuit of post-secondary education.

Please note that a medical professional may charge a fee to prepare this letter. The application is not considered completed until this letter has been received.

Section C—Statement of Personal Goals
Please write a 500 to 1000 word statement that states your personal goals and reasons for pursuing higher education.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Section D—Financial Information
Expenses
Please list your anticipated expenses for the upcoming school year.
Tuition
Books
Living expenses (e.g. rent, groceries, internet)
Special needs assistance (e.g. medications)
Transportation
Ongoing Therapy
Other
$
Income
Please list your anticipated income for the upcoming school year.
Employment
Disability assistance
Student loans
Savings
Family support
Other scholarships/bursaries
Other
$
Section E—References
Referee 1
Referee 2
Referee 3
Section F—Academic Transcripts

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