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Tara Walker

Financial Aid Advisor

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Financial help is available for your studies at Columbia.  There are four main sources of financial aid available to Columbia students: scholarships & bursaries, partner grants, student loans and discounts. What’s truly amazing is that the majority of this funding comes from generous individuals and churches who are passionate about investing in you and your Bible college education!

Scroll down to learn about eligibility, timelines, and how to apply for each type of aid. Remember Financial Aid is here to answer all your questions and to help you make a plan for attending Columbia.

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Some scholarship and bursary applications require an accompanying reference or nomination. Please send this link to your reference, with plenty of time to spare.

Scholarships & Bursaries for New Students

Timeline

Fall 2024 Semester Winter 2024 Semester
Applications Open March 15, 2024 Oct 31, 2023
Application Deadline May 15, 2024 Nov 25, 2023
Recipients Notified May 31, 2024 Dec 8, 2023

 

Applications for Winter 2024 Scholarships & Bursaries are now closed. Please check back in January for applications for Fall 2024. Thank you.

Awards based on grades and/or community & church involvement
* Reference required

Fall Semester

Columbia Service Scholarship | 4 Awards at $1,500

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who plan to complete a Bachelor degree at Columbia. The recipients will have demonstrated a history of ministry involvement in their church, school, and/or community and show a commitment to ongoing ministry involvement while at Columbia.

Faith Formation Award | 3 Awards at $1,000
Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who have demonstrated a renewed faith through involvement in their church, school, and/or community. Recipients will also exhibit a desire and intention to be involved in the Columbia community.
Kim Manchip Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a student in the Outdoor Leadership program or the Emergency Rescue Technician (ERT) program who has a strong love of sports; a strong belief in God and demonstrates this in everyday life, illustrating a love for people; strong sense of stewardship toward the earth; living an action-centered life in relation to God rather than a word-centered one; willing to step beyond his/her fears and his/her comfort zone. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

*Student Development Discipleship Scholarship | 2 Awards at $1,000
Awarded to new students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (73%+ high school average) who are declared in a 4 year degree program. The selected recipients will have a history of involvement in their church, school, and/or community and have been affirmed as having leadership abilities (a reference must be submitted by a teacher or mentor who has worked with you in a leadership capacity). Selected recipients are expected to actively contribute to the Columbia community and will participate in a mentoring relationship with a member of the Student Development staff. Reference Required »
The LEE, Ching Ping Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to new students who has demonstrated excellence in academics (as displayed in their GPA).
Quest Academic Achievement Scholarship | 1 Award at $5,000 or 2 Awards at $2,500
Awarded to students enrolled in the Quest program with a high school GPA of 85% or higher; preference will be given to students with a GPA of 90%. Preference will also be given to a student who may lose a scholarship at another academic institution for deferring in order to attend Columbia. (Applications open from March 15, 2023 – July 15, 2023) 

Winter Semester

Faith Formation Award | 1 Awards at $1,000
Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who have demonstrated a renewed faith through involvement in their church, school, and/or community. Recipients will also exhibit a desire and intention to be involved in the Columbia community.
Awards based on demonstrated financial need
* Reference required

Fall Semester

New Student Bursary | 10 Awards between $500 - $1,000
Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need. Amount of bursary will depend on need.
40s & 50s Alumni Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who has financial need and who demonstrates maturity, strong Christian character and a commitment to Christian ministry.
ELF Bursary in Memory of Elijah Lee Friesen | 1 Award at $2,000
Awarded to the new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who is least able to afford attending college. The successful recipient will also receive a $1000 bursary in their 2nd year if they return to Columbia on a full-time basis and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
ELF Bursary (Friends & Family) | 1 Award at $500
Awarded to the new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who is least able to afford attending college.
Freshman Single Parent Family Encouragement Bursary | 1 Award at $500

Awarded to an entering freshman student coming from a single parent family. The recipient will be a sincere student, able to demonstrate financial need and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.

G & K Letkeman Memorial Bursary | 2 Awards at $2,000
Awarded to new students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average). Preference shall be given to students who are studying for a vocation in Ministry.
Hildebrand Family Bursary | 2 Awards at $1,500
Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who demonstrates significant financial need.
Hulda Nickel Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $2,500
Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who is the child of overseas missionaries or who is from a low-income family.
International Student Bursary | 1 Award at $2,000
Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who demonstrates significant financial need. Preference will be given to international students.
Psalm 23 Bursary | 1 Award at $2,000
Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who demonstrates significant financial need. Preference will be given to a student who comes from a single-parent home.
QUEST Bursary | 2 Awards at $500 each
Awarded to a new student in the Quest program with a GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average). The Quest bursary is funded through the donations of Quest Alumni and their families and has 2 awards at $500 each. The recipients will be chosen at discretion of the Financial Aid Advisor, the Quest department and the Admission department. The candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. The bursary will awarded on the basis of level of financial need, an alumni endorsement, stated reasons for choosing Quest, and above average academic history.
Thiessen Foundation Bursary | 1 Award at $1,500
Awarded to a new student from the Chilliwack area who is a first-generation Christian and demonstrates financial need. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (high school or college) is required, and candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Preference will be given to a first-generation Christian who is from the Chilliwack (or Fraser Valley) area.
The Yeung, Shoo Lan - Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to one new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0, who has demonstrated excellence in service.

Winter Semester

New Student Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000 or 2 Awards at $500
Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need. Amount of bursary will depend on need.
Camp Ministries Award | 2 awards at $250
Student must have been involved working in a Christian camp for the summer. Same eligibility requirements for all bursaries, be enrolled in 12+ credits and Minimum GPA 2.0.

Entrance Scholarships

To qualify, be sure to be accepted by: March 15th for Fall or November 1st for Winter

When you are accepted to Columbia (before March 15 for Fall semester or November 1 for Winter), you are automatically considered for an Entrance Scholarship.

$2,000 Award for GPA of 90% and up

$1,500 Award for GPA of 85 - 89.9%

Entrance Scholarships are open to incoming students who have graduated high school in the past five years and have completed no more than 30 credits at another post-secondary institution. To keep your scholarship for the full academic year, you must maintain a full-time course load (12+credits/semester) with a minimum 1st-year GPA of 3.0.

How is my incoming grade point average calculated?

Columbia calculates a student’s incoming grade average using their grade 12 English (academic) course, 2 other grade 12 academic courses, and 2 grade 12 elective courses. Please note that all 5 of these courses must be different grade 12 courses (i.e. Psychology 1 & Psychology 2 would not count as two separate courses).

Students who have “in-process” grade 12 classes will be evaluated based on grade 11 marks. All required classes must be either completed or “in-process” during your final high school semester/term and you must be offered accepted before March 15th. The offer of an entrance scholarship to “Conditionally Admitted” students is itself conditional upon their successful completion of all required grade 12 courses, and a final grade average of at least 85%.

Scholarships & Bursaries for Continuing Students

Timeline for Continuing Student Awards

Fall 2024 Semester Winter 2024 Semester
Applications Open Jan 24, 2024 Oct 31, 2023
Application Deadline Feb 13, 2024 Nov 25, 2023
Recipients Notified Mar 1, 2024 Dec 8, 2023

Applications for Graduating Student Awards open March 1, 2024. Application and reference form links are available under each award.

Awards based on grades and/or community & church involvement
* Reference required

Fall Semester

40s & 50s Alumni Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates maturity, strong Christian character, leadership qualities, and a commitment to Christian ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Academic Endeavour Award (Mitsuru Shimbara) | 1 Award at $1,500
Awarded to a continuing student whose lifestyle reflects a lively faith and hard work. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Henry and Selma Epp Bursary | 1 Award at $1000
Awarded to a returning married student who is in a BA program and is preparing for pastoral ministry in the local church. Preference will be given to a student who is in Biblical Studies, Youth Work, or Worship Arts.
AJ & Betty Klassen Scholarship | 1 Award at $750
In honor of AJ Klassen, and his wife Betty, who was an advocate and teacher of the Inductive Method of Biblical study, in service of God’s Kingdom. This scholarship is established in order to equip future pastors/leaders with a thorough Biblical worldview. Awarded to a continuing student enrolled in the Biblical Studies program. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
BCMB Church Ministry Scholarship | 2 Awards at $1,125
Awarded to Bachelor degree or Diploma students from MB Churches in BC who have demonstrated a commitment to the church and its mission, and have served the MB church during their service practicum. Preference will be given to students in the Biblical Studies, Youth Work, or Worship Arts programs. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Blackwood Music Scholarship | 1 Award at $500
Awarded to a deserving student displaying strong motivation and potential towards excellence in music. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Columbia Senior Student Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,200
Awarded to a continuing student entering year 4 of their Bachelor degree who has been making a significant contribution in the Columbia community and demonstrates a strong commitment to the church and its mission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Dr. Nick & Betty Willems Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student in a Bachelor degree program who has a passion for ministry and intends to devote their life to full-time service to the church either in a local or a global setting. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Dr. Walter Unger Leadership Award | 1 Award at $1,500
Awarded to a continuing 3rd or 4th year student who has been growing as a leader and continues to demonstrate leadership skills at Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
ENCOMPASS Benefits & HR Solutions Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a continuing 2nd or 3rd year student who has demonstrated above average leadership skills at Columbia and who has a desire to work in the secular business workforce following graduation. Preference given to students enrolled within the following (in order of priority) Social Entrepreneurship diploma, Social Entrepreneurship minor, Applied Leadership diploma/BA. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Erin Konrad Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a deserving student who has served in summer ministry or music ministry at Columbia. Preference will be given to a student from Northern British Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
George & Karen Schmidt Leadership Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a Bachelor degree student entering their final year of study who has a significant record of leadership in Student Development and/or Student Council. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Grace Rempel Memorial Scholarship | 2 Awards at $1,000
Awarded to students entering their final year of a Bachelor degree who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to vocational pastoral ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Helen Dirksen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year Bachelor degree student with a focus on full-time ministry who exhibits academic excellence and admirable Christian character. The recipient will have made a significant positive contribution to the Columbia community and demonstrates a commitment to the church and its mission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Henry & Esther Born Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a Bachelor degree student entering their 3rd or 4th year majoring in Biblical Studies with a future goal of full time church ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Inez Lutz Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $500
Awarded to a Bachelor degree or Diploma student active in a touring musical ensemble at Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
J & L Scholarship for Ministry | 1 Award at $5,000
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year Bachelor degree student who has a mind for ministry in either the local church or a para-church organization. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Jacob & Helena Janzen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $5,000
Awarded to a student entering their 2nd or 3rd year of study who intends to pursue further ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
JB Toews Historial Commission College Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
The scholarship shall be awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student who is an active member of a Mennonite Brethren church, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent. The applicant must contribute to the life of the school community and show interest in Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, as evidenced by a reference letter from a professor teaching in the area of Anabaptist-Mennonite studies. Reference Required »
Kim Manchip Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a student in the Outdoor Leadership program who has a strong love of sports; a strong belief in God and demonstrates this in everyday life, illustrating a love for people; strong sense of stewardship toward the earth; living an action-centered life in relation to God rather than a word-centered one; willing to step beyond his/her fears and his/her comfort zone. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Marilyn Cadwell Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,500
Awarded to a student who comes from a single parent family or is a single parent themselves. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Peter Friesen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a deserving international student or to a student whose parents are overseas missionaries. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Ricarda and Herbert Grabowski Family Scholarship | 1 Awards at $1,000
Awarded to a returning student in any field of study. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Wayne & Gwen Reese Ministry Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,300
Awarded to a student entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of a Bachelor degree program who is intending to pursue full-time career ministry. Preference will be given to a married student who has financial need. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
Awards based on demonstrated financial need
* Reference required

Fall Semester

David and Stella Manuel Leadership Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student who demonstrates a sincere and devout love for Jesus and a desire to follow him. They must demonstrate evangelism qualities as displayed through service with the local church and community. Preference will be given to an individual from or ministering to the Indo-Canadian community of Abbotsford.
G & K Letkeman Memorial Bursary | 2 Awards at $2,000
Awarded to a returning student. Preference shall be given to a student who is studying for a vocation in Ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
John Schmidt Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000
Awarded to a student entering their 3rd year who intends to pursue full-time vocational Christian ministry. They must demonstrate financial need and be showing strong effort in their studies. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Schellenberg Family Bursary | 1 Award at $2,000
Awarded to a returning student who has experienced a significant life or family hardship, and who, without financial support, would otherwise be unable to continue studies at Columbia Bible College. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Victor and Helen Dick Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $2,500
Awarded to a returning student interested in missions, who demonstrates a desire to ‘make disciples.’ Applicant must demonstrate how they apply the call of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 in their daily lives. Preference will be given to a student within the Intercultural Studies Program or the BAPT – Applied Leadership Program with an Intercultural Engagement concentration or an Intercultural Engagement Minor, who demonstrated an action love for people who have not been exposed to the Good News of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and who intend on serving full-time abroad.

Winter Semester

Continuing Student Bursary | 25 Awards between $500 - $1,000
Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need. Amount will depend on financial need.

Graduating Student Awards

The following are awarded to a graduating student, with applications opening in March of every spring semester
Katie Janzen Memorial Graduation Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000

This $1,000 bursary has been designed to help students graduate with less financial debt. It is awarded to a student who qualifies for financial need and who is entering into ministry helping others. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0. Apply for this award >

Jake & Katy Goossen Award for Excellence - BA student | 1 Award at $5,000

The Jake & Katy Goossen Award for Excellence is a $5,000 scholarship, awarded to a graduating BA student who has displayed exceptional leadership qualities in ministry, personal faith, academics and in the Columbia community and beyond. Two references shall be provided by leaders who have observed the student. The letters should demonstrate and provide evidence of the student’s character, leadership achievements and goals. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.5.

Apply for this award >

References Required >

Jake & Katy Goossen Award for Excellence - Diploma student | 2 Awards at $2,500

The Jake & Katy Goossen Award for Excellence is a $2,500 scholarship, awarded to a graduating Diploma student who has displayed a sincere and devout love for Jesus, exceptional leadership qualities as displayed at Columbia and/or ministry/business contexts and a capacity to be a future difference maker. Two references shall be provided by leaders who have observed the student. The letters should demonstrate and provide evidence of the student’s character, leadership achievements and goals. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.5.

Apply for this award >

References Required >

External Scholarships

MDS Canada Service Scholarship

The MDS Canada Service Scholarship was established to encourage post-secondary students to serve with MDS, while also offering financial support for their education.
A total of up to eight scholarships are available each year to students enrolled at the following schools: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Columbia Bible College (CBC), Conrad Grebel University College, Steinbach Bible College (SBC).

Amount: CMU, CBC, SBC students – tuition only (no extra fees) for four three-credit hour courses. Conrad Grebel students – $4500 flat rate per scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must meet the MDS criteria for long-term volunteers. This includes being at least 19 years old, a Christian, willing to abide by MDS Core Values and affirm the Mennonite World Conference Statement of Shared Convictions while serving with MDS.
  • Must be a full-time student in a degree program.
  • Must be in good academic standing with their school.
  • Must be eligible to volunteer at both Canadian and US projects. (MDS does not provide assistance with visas.)

Evaluation Criteria:

MDS is looking for students who are service-oriented, self-motivated, flexible, willing to work with a team, willing to do hard physical work, and are aligned with MDS values.

How to Apply

Application process:

  • Submit MDS Service Scholarship application by January 31 to Tara Walker.
  • Selected applicants will be invited for interviews (via zoom or in-person) and may be asked for two references (including one from a professor or staff person at their school).
  • Scholarships will be offered by March 15. Applicants who are wait-listed or are not offered scholarships will also be notified by March 15.
  • Placement dates/location will be arranged as soon as possible after offers are accepted.

Requirements if accepted:

  • Complete at least four weeks of service with MDS.
  • Submit a 500-word reflection on the experience of serving with MDS.
Additional Information

MDS provides:

  • Travel to and from the project (plane ticket, or gas and hotel reimbursement if travelling by vehicle; food is not covered during travel).
  • Accommodation and meals while on project.
  • Tools and safety equipment while on project.

Note – Volunteers are responsible for their own medical/travel insurance.

Download the MDS Canada Service Scholarship Information sheet here.

Financial Aid: Partner Grants

With partner grants, students receive funding for their Bible college education from outside organizations or donors.  Your home church, your denomination, or your Christian summer camp are often on the lookout for students who want to grow in their ministry and leadership skills.  They want to invest in students like you!

In some cases, Columbia will match the funding, which doubles your grant.  There’s a little legwork involved, but the help you could receive is worth your while.

The Extraordinary Circumstance Financial Bursary

Amount: $1000 to 25 credits of tuition per academic year; to be awarded in two equal instalments after the Add/Drop deadline each semester.) Award amount varies depending on need & circumstance.

The intention of the award is to provide an opportunity to a student who, due to extraordinary circumstance(s), would otherwise be hindered from attending Columbia Bible College. Preference will be given to students who have no or minimal access to other forms of financial support or aid (i.e. international students outside of Canada and the USA).

To receive the Extraordinary Circumstance Bursary, the student must:
  • Be a new or returning student, enrolled in a Columbia program (certificate, diploma, or degree) and be taking at least 9.0 credits per semester. Educational Assistant students are eligible so long as in addition to their program courses they take 3.0 credits of RELS courses per semester.
  • Demonstrate significant financial need due to extraordinary circumstance(s).
    • Preference given to those without access to financial assistance or social safety nets (i.e international students outside of America and Canada who do not have access to government assistance, student loans, etc)
    • Additional examples could include those who have come from a recovery program, or who have experienced a recent tragedy.
  • Submit an essay with their application (200-300 words) explaining their extraordinary circumstances.
  • Provide a character reference from a spiritual director or pastor who has known them for at least one year.
  • Show evidence of a financial plan, or financial support from a local partner of Columbia Bible College describing the ability to cover other related expenses such as: housing, food, travel, books, etc.
    • Columbia Bible College believes that students succeed when supported by additional people and/or organizations; therefore, it is Columbia’s desire to partner with other groups in the support of students.
    • Partners may include, but are not limited to: MCC, ICOMB, Multiply, local Church, a local family, etc.

Contact Tara in Financial Aid for more information.

Church Match Bursary

Amount: Up to $1000/year from Columbia plus up to $1000/year from your home church.

**For questions regarding church match bursary availability, please contact Tara Walker, Financial Aid Advisor
How to Apply

Open To:

To receive a Church Match Bursary, the student must:

  •  Be a full-time student (12 credits +) each semester.
  •  Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester.
  •  Submit the online application and have their church submit an agreement form.

How It Works:

  • You approach your home church and ask if they’d be willing to help fund your education at Columbia. (Your youth pastor is usually a great place to start.)
  • Columbia will match the church’s contribution up to $500/semester ($1000/year).
  • Applications can be submitted for the whole year or each semester individually.
  • Bursaries are given out to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to apply early, for the whole year.

How to Apply: 

  1. Student must submit the Student Application Form
  2. The student’s church must submit the Church Agreement Form
    Please note: The Church Agreement Form should be completed by a member of the church staff (pastor or secretary) or leadership/elder council and must NOT be completed by a member of the student’s family. 
  3. Once the application package is approved, the Director of Financial Aid will notify the student and contact the church with payment details.
  4. The student’s church must send their contribution directly to the school.
    Please note: Money must come directly to the school to be applied to the student’s account. Money sent directly to the student will not be considered for the Church Match Bursary program.
  5. Once the church’s contribution has arrived, Columbia will apply their match to the student’s account.
  6. Columbia will be responsible for issuing a T4A to the student for Columbia’s portion of the bursary if the amount exceeds $500. The church is responsible to issue a T4A for their portion of the bursary if their contribution exceeds $500.
Forms & Application Dates

 Application Dates

May 1 Applications Open
November 15 Deadline for Full-Year and Fall Semester Applications
March 15 Deadline for Winter Semester Applications

Leadership Training Matching Grant

Details

Amount: Up to $2,000/year from the Canadian MB Conference plus up to $2,000 from your home church.

Open To: Third- and fourth-year students at Columbia who meet the following requirements:

  • A member of an MB church in Canada for at least six months prior to the date of the application
  • Active in volunteer or paid ministry in a local church
  • Achieve a passing grade in all courses funded and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Intend to pursue pastoral ministry, cross-cultural ministry, or professional Christian service with the Mennonite Brethren upon graduation
  • Complete a discernment process with local church pastor

How to Apply: Application instructions and forms are available at: MB Leadership Training Matching Grant.

Camp Match Bursary

Amount: Camp Match Bursaries are available to Columbia students who serve at the following Christian summer camps: Camp Likely, Camp Bob, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, Stillwood, Keats Camp, Camp Squeah, and Pines Bible Camp.

Columbia will match up to $500 in funding. Students serving at a camp owned by Columbia’s supporting denominations, Mennonite Church BC and BCMB, may be eligible to receive a three-way match ($500 from the denomination, $500 from the camp, and $500 from Columbia.) The eligible camps are Camp Likely, Camp Bob, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, Stillwood, Camp Squeah, and Pines Bible Camp.

How to Apply

Open To:

To receive a Camp Match Bursary, the student must:

  • Attend Columbia as a full-time student (12+ credits/semester) for the academic year following your summer at camp
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Serve for the summer at camp

If you are the student:

  • Work at camp for the summer.
  • Give or send the Camp Match info sheet to your camp director and ask them to consider participating in the camp match program to help fund your Columbia Bible College education. (Columbia will match up to $500 for the year.)
  • Submit the student application.
  • Bursaries are given out to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to apply early.
Forms & Application Dates

Application Dates

May 1 Applications Open
November 15 Bursaries Close.

Additional Financial Aid

Here at Columbia, we understand that no matter how much you plan, changes can and do happen to your financial situation. We are happy to work with you, and we have amazingly generous donors who want to make Columbia a possibility for students.

If you have explored other options like our scholarships & bursaries, Canadian student loans and grants, and are still needing some financial help, please connect with Tara Walker. She will provide you with an application and will walk you through your next steps.

Please note, you will be required to demonstrate your financial preparedness and previous avenues you’ve explored before we will make a decision. The number of awards and amount of funding varies depending on need.