Scholarships and Bursaries

Jackie Yih, anaesthesia assistant/respiratory therapist

HSA members and their families are eligible to apply for a number of educational scholarships and bursaries:

HSA Bursaries

Twenty $1000 full-time and four $500 part time bursaries are available to HSA members or their kids under 25.

Ten $1000 scholarships are available to HSA members and their kids under 25.

HSA Bursaries for Aboriginal students

HSA provides two $1000 bursaries to Aboriginal students from BC who are continuing or proceeding in any HSA-related field.


The Madden Memorial Education Fund was established in 1984 following the death of Joe Madden, who was HSA's Assistant Executive Director from 1974 to 1984. Through the Madden Memorial Education Fund, HSA provides financial assistance to members attending external labour education programs.


HSA is an affiliate member of the National Union of Public and General Employees, and that means HSA members and their families are eligible to apply for a number of NUPGE scholarships -- the new Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship ($1500), the Tommy Douglas Scholarship ($1500), the Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship ($1500), the Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians ($1500) and the Scholarship for Visible Minorities ($1500).   

The 2019 deadline is July 4.


Through HSA's affiliation with the CLC members are eligible to apply for the CLC/UWCC  Post-Secondary Scholarship. Young workers today are facing many social and workplace issues. However, many have taken these challenges as an opportunity to create positive change, and impact their communities for the better. This scholarship is offered in recognition of the efforts and commitment of young workers across Canada who have demonstrated commitment to positively impacting social and workplace issues in their community.

*This new scholarship is in the amount of $2,500 to support a young activist who is starting their first year of full-time post-secondary studies in September 2017.

2018 deadline is June 1, 2018


The Columbia Institute is a national charitable organization committed to lifelong learning that benefits all segments of society. It was established by Working Enterprises, a group of companies owned by the labour movement.


  • Nurses Education Bursary Program - This program provides up to $1 million in bursary funding, awarded each year to qualified nursing applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Bursary awards range from $500 to $2,000 per recipient. Only one Bursary will be issued to an individual in a 12-month period. You are eligible if you are enrolled in a full-time nursing program of at least 4 months in length at a designated post-secondary institution that leads to a Certificate, Diploma or Degree recognized for practice in B.C.
  • British Columbia Loan Forgiveness program - Recent graduates in some professions can have their B.C. student loans forgiven by agreeing to work at publicly funded facilities in British Columbia. In some cases, eligibility also includes working in an underserved area of B.C. If you qualify for the program, the government of B.C. will forgive your outstanding B.C. student loan debt at a rate of 33 1/3% per year.
  • More information about BC government bursaries, loans and student aid


Are you a registered psychiatric nurse working in a rural or remote community? Check out your eligibility for student loan forgiveness.