The KIS Educational Bursary Fund was created in Memory of Paul Lagacé, the agency’s Executive Director from  2011 to 2018.


The KIS Educational Bursary Fund was created in Memory of Paul Lagacé, the agency’s Executive Director from 2011 to 2018. Paul brought stability, expansion of services and growth to KIS, consolidating a strong foundation to continue providing essential services to New Canadians. His guidance to afford as much Respect, Wisdom, Generosity, Honesty, Humility, Courage and Fortitude as possible in all dealings with others, leaves an enduring legacy in our community. 

To honor Paul’s passion for education, the fund will help Newcomer, Naturalized Citizen and First Generation Canadian Students residing in the Thompson-Nicola Region during their first and second year of a first degree, be it a bachelor or diploma, in any discipline, at any Canadian registered Colleges or Universities. 

Thanks to the generous monetary donations from our supporters, this year two bursaries of $1,000.00 for a one year award.

Applicants are requested to fill out the attached application form and provide all the information required. Please ensure that a character reference letter is submitted with your signed application, and that all supporting material
is enclosed (copies are acceptable as applications will not be returned).

Applications will be accepted from May 1st, to June 15th, 2024 and must
be submitted via email at: [email protected] by fax at: 778-470-6102 or via
regular mail at: 448 Tranquille Rd. Kamloops BC V2C 3H2

Announcement of the two successful recipients will be made on June 26h, 2024.

Please note the following:

• Candidates cannot be employees, family of employees, or Board members of KCRIS.
• KIS staff is unable to provide character reference letters for applicants.
• Permanent Residents, Naturalized Citizens and 1st Generation Canadians who live in the Thompson-Nicola
region can apply.
• The bursary is awarded upon proof of registration from the institution’s registrar, and will be
disbursed directly to the educational institution.
• Successful recipients are welcome to re-apply in subsequent years.
• Should you withdraw from the educational institution, please contact KIS to discuss your options

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