3 Awards that Support PSE for People Who Have Experienced Mental Health Challenges --  Please Share 

Dear Community of Practice Member,

Income and education are two of the most important determinants of health and we know that the cost of post-secondary education is both a barrier to higher education and a significant source of stress for many who attend.
We are pleased to share with you information about three kinds of financial awards coordinated by the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) that support the pursuit/continuation of post-secondary education for people who have experienced mental health challenges. 
Open to BC residents at least 19 years of age
Open to BC residents under 19 years of age  

Please Post, Forward and Share!

If applicable, it would be greatly appreciated if you could post the posters in relevant locations and share information about the awards with your networks.

Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary Poster
Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion Poster
Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary Poster
Please encourage anyone who is eligible and interested in applying for one of the awards to mail a complete application to the CMHA BC office. In order to be considered for an award, applications must be received by 4:30pm on May 20, 2013.


Application Forms

Application forms for each of the awards are available online:
Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary Application Form
Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion Application Form
Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary Application Form
Interested applicants can download the PDF application forms above or visit their local CMHA branch for a paper copy. If someone interested in applying indicates to you that they are not able to access the online application form, print the form or go to their local CMHA branch, please contact us.


For More Information

More information about these awards can be found at and
If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Walter Chownyk at or 1-800-555-8222 regarding the Lorne Fraser Bursary or Scholarship and Sarah Hamid-Balma at or 1-800-555-8222 ext 225 regarding the Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary.
Thank you for your help in promoting these awards!

About the Lorne Fraser Fund

Lorne Fraser, the fund's founder and namesake, is committed to increasing opportunities for people with a mental illness. He has lived with bipolar disorder for many years and recognizes the importance of education to personal well-being. Since 1982, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund has helped more than 150 British Columbians pursue their educational dreams.    
Interested in contributing? Click here to make a donation to the Fund.
About the Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary

The Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary honours the legacy of Janice Lee, an 18-year-old who struggled with depression and anxiety for six years and took her own life in 2006. The following year, Blue Wave was created by her family to help break the silence around mental illness in teens and to provide support earlier. The vision of the Janice Lee Blue Wave bursary program is to invest in the resilience, wisdom and potential of young people and to reduce some of barriers during the major transition from high school to higher education.
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