The Dave Stevens Educational Scholarship
The Dave Stevens Scholarship is an award presented in memory of Dave Stevens, a long-serving Executive Director of Sasamat Outdoor Centre. Dave was instrumental in the development of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC's Leadership Program and a lifelong advocate for youth and the benefits of participating in the outdoor environment. The $500.00 Scholarship is awarded annually to a Leadership I or Leadership II graduate who has demonstrated significant contributions to the community, and who has been accepted into a post secondary learning institute.
Who Is Eligible?
The Scholarship is open to graduates of Sasamat Outdoor Centre - Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC Leadership I and II programs, who are currently enrolled in, or have been formally accepted to, post-secondary education in a university, college or vocational setting. While the Dave Stevens Scholarship is not primarily an academic competition, evidence of strong scholastic achievement is important. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a significant contribution to the community at large.
How Do I Apply?
Applications are to be submitted online through our website. Follow the link below, create a new account and follow the prompts for the Dave Stevens Scholarship. Applications can be submitted from May 1 - July 31 annually.
To apply, you will need the following on hand:
1. A digital copy of your Leadership I or II graduation certificate to upload.
2. A personal essay response (500-1000 word limit). Personal essay's should highlight your academic, professional or personal leadership achievements and contributions to your community.
3. Two letters of reference that attest to your leadership qualities, experiences or qualifications. Suitable letters of reference include those from a teacher, employer, guidance counsellor, volunteer supervisor, church official or coach. Letters of reference from family members or personal friends are not accepted.
4. A copy of your current educational transcript from a recognized post-secondary institution. If you have been accepted to a post-secondary institution and will be beginning your program in the fall, a copy of your acceptance letter is acceptable is this circumstance.
The application deadline is July 31 and the selected recipient will be notified by September 30 annually. A sub-committee of Sasamat Outdoor Centre's community board of directors will select the recipient based on merit and qualifications.
The recipient will be asked to kindly attend the following year's Leadership Recognition Ceremony in May for a formal presentation and photo opportunity with that year's Leadership students.