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Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship

Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students.

This scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program. Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including: academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare.

The scholarship is closed! Find out how to apply here.

» Who has received this scholarship in the past?


Elder Mary Thomas was a highly respected Neskonlith Elder of the Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nation in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. She was an avid environmentalist and a devoted teacher who spent her lifetime educating both the young and old about the need for increased environmental awareness, conservation and preservation. She believed in preserving and promoting traditional practices as a way to heal both the land and its people.

Mary was a pioneer in early childhood development and championed the importance of the early years in improving the lives of young children. In 2004, the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development awarded its Medal for Exceptional Contributions to Elder Mary Thomas, in recognition of all her outstanding contributions to the field.

The recipient of two honourary degrees (including an honourary doctorate from the University of Victoria in 2000), Elder Mary Thomas shared her knowledge, skills and experience in ways that have made positive and lasting impacts for all Aboriginal children. She was a strong and passionate supporter of the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. In honour of her lifetime of commitment to the health and well-being of Aboriginal children, we have named our ECE scholarship in her honour.

If you have any questions and/or require any more information,
please contact our Scholarship Administrator:

Scholarship Administrator

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
102 – 100 Park Royal South,
West Vancouver, BC   V7T 1A2
Phone: 604-913-9128 Ext. 227
Fax: 604-913-9129

The guidelines for this program are subject to change without notice.

The Mary Thomas Memorial ECE Scholarship is presented by the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society thanks to the support of the Ministry of Children and Family Development