We have extended the deadline for the scholarships to midnight on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
The Portuguese Cultural Centre of B.C. will award three scholarships of $2,000 to students of Portuguese heritage who are graduating from a British Columbia high school and plan to attend public or private colleges and universities.
- Must have at least one parent or grandparent of Portuguese heritage (see below)
- Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the province of British Columbia
- Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2020-2021
Those acquiring Portuguese citizenship by descent or birth are deemed Portuguese nationality by origin if they are:
- a child of a Portuguese mother or father born in a Portuguese territory;
- a child of a Portuguese mother or father born abroad if the parent is there serving the Portuguese state;
- a child of a Portuguese mother or father born abroad if they have their birth registered at the Portuguese civil registry or if they declare they want to be Portuguese;
- a child born in Portuguese territory to foreign parents if at least one parent was born in Portugal and resides here at the time of birth;
- a child born in Portuguese territory to foreign parents if they declare they want to be Portuguese and provided that one parent has resided in Portugal for at least five years at the time of birth;
- a child born in Portuguese territory that does not possess another nationality.
Amendments to Portuguese nationality law mean the following can also claim Portuguese citizenship by descent:
- a child born in Portuguese territory or abroad to a parent who has acquired Portuguese nationality after the birth of the child;
- a child with at least one grandparent of Portuguese nationality who is sufficiently familiar with the Portuguese language;
- a child born in Portuguese territory to foreign parents if the child has lived in Portugal for 10 years.
- Completed and signed application form
- Official high school transcript
- Copy of SAT or ACT score report if applying to US college or University
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal profile
- One essay
Selection Criteria & Process
Selection Criteria and Process
Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee will review applications and select a group of finalists for review by an external committee.
- December 14, 2019 – Application opens online
- January 31, 2020 – Online scholarship application closes
- May,2020 – Finalists Selected & Notified
- May 16-17, 2020 – Final Selection
Applications must be submitted by the Friday, January 31, 2020 11:59 PM PST deadline.
*Winners of the scholarship will have to provide three additional documents in order to receive the scholarship. They must provide a letter of acceptance and proof of enrollment, their final official transcript from the BC Ministry of Education, their social insurance number for the T4A that will be mailed and any address change since the start of the application process.