WIC’s reputation consistently attracts applicants from over 40 elementary schools in Montreal and off-island. Building our scholarship and financial aid program ensures the financial support and recognition that will allow us to continue to attract and retain students who are well-rounded, community-driven and hard-working. Over the last 4 decades, over 250 families have benefited from scholarships and financial aid at WIC thanks to the generosity of the WIC community.
Our general bursary fund helps students who need some level of financial assistance. New and existing WIC students (from secondary II – V) in need are welcome to apply. The amount of financial assistance can vary per student and is dependent on the funds available and number of requests per year.
Named bursaries – The Rita and Victor Bertrand Foundation began building our named bursary program in 2016 with an initial commitment of $100,000. Each bursary of $5,000 to $7,500 per year ($25,00 – $37,500 total per bursary) is awarded to deserving students for the duration of their WIC education. Students are to apply for the bursary at the same time as they apply for admissions for secondary 1. There are a limited number of bursaries available and we are always looking to create additional named bursaries.
We use Apple Financial Services to assess all tuition assistance requests. Both parents applying for tuition assistance must complete the online application and submit the required documents. Apple provides an objective analysis of each application, with a recommendation of what the family should reasonably contribute towards the total fees. The West Island College Financial Aid Committee then reviews the results and approves the final grants, subject to the availability of funds.
The annual fund is the solution for all the “extras” that make our school not just good, but exceptional and has been critical these past few years as it has allowed us to create a safe environment for our WIC community. The Annual Fund, also known as the Foundation Fund, enabled us to build a new health centre, to upgrade our air systems and bathrooms, to furnish study pods, to provide new musical instruments and to fund many other wonderful campus projects.
Phase I – 2022: Transformation of the entire outdoor space, giving rise to a beautiful new campus environment, including vastly improved safety and traffic flow through expansion and reconfiguration of pick-up and drop-off areas, a new multi-sport court and fitness circuit and an experiential learning zone. There are a multitude of naming opportunities that our Advancement Office is be happy to further explore with donors.