A Commitment to the Next Generation
In 2008, The Cmolik Foundation was created with the aim of providing opportunities for youth who have experienced adversity in their lives. Rooted in a profound belief in the power of education to transform and empower, we sponsor field trips and summer camps for elementary students, support undergraduate and graduate education, and provide mentorship to ensure the healthy development of our youth to become responsible, contributing members of our community.
Cmolik Scholars currently funded
In scholarships granted in 2020
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By awarding BC graduating students with scholarships, we make a post-secondary education possible for more promising young people. This commitment to education starts early: students in Grades 5 to 7 who participate in our summer camps with SFU receive tuition passports, which can be redeemed upon entry to post-secondary.
Students from inner-city elementary schools benefit from a diverse range of field trips and summer camps that introduce them to interesting career paths in STEM, build confidence and important life skills, and inspire them to continue to work hard for themselves and their communities.
At the heart of our program is a warm and close-knit community, where everyone一every student, mentor, and volunteer一is part of the Cmolik Foundation family. Our scholarship students are matched with caring and engaged mentors who support them on their journey into adulthood, and they’re given the opportunity to make friends and connections through our annual awards dinner and events.
New Graduate Studies Scholarships Announced
The Foundation sets aside $60,000 in a new Graduate Scholarship funding stream for its own alumni.
Scholarships Focused Across B.C.
The Foundation doubles its efforts to recruit applicants from secondary schools outside the Lower Mainland.
The Ellen Cmolik Award Established
This annual $5,000 award goes to a graduating Cmolik Scholar who exemplifies Ellen’s spirit of focus, work ethic, and perseverance.
The Cathy Ross Award Established
This annual $2,500 award goes to a senior Cmolik Scholar who exemplifies the spirit of its namesake: a positive role model who encourages and supports others while building a sense of community among the Cmolik Scholars.
Russ Cmolik Alumni Award Established
This annual $5,000 award goes to a Cmolik Scholar Alumni who best exemplifies Russ’s spirit of determination, perseverance, tenacity, and involvement in the Foundation and who positively impacts their community.
Tuition Passport Program
The Foundation creates a mini-scholarship program for students at an inner-city school in Surrey as part of their Expanding Horizons Program.
Major BC Prize for Educators Created
The Cmoliks fund The SFU Cmolik Prize for the Best Enhancement in Public Education in BC ($100,000) to support practices aligning with their belief in the power of education to transform lives.
The Foundation develops a specialized curriculum for students enrolled in the Expanding Horizons program.
The Foundation awards 13 scholarships while simultaneously growing its Expanding Horizon Program at an inner-city school in Surrey.
The Foundation awards eight scholarships to students from the Surrey School District and formalizes its Expanding Horizons Grade 5 program at an inner-city school in Surrey.
Foundation Formally Established
After several decades of informally supporting post-secondary students with scholarships, the Foundation becomes a formal, registered non-profit with Revenue Canada.
“TCF has allowed me to pursue an education path I did not think was possible.”
“Beyond the financial support, the social support and “family” atmosphere with the scholarship is by far the best part about this whole experience.”
“I have met friends through the scholarship program, and I feel like I am part of something special.”
“No amount of words can ever equate to the level of gratitude I have towards all the members of my Cmolik Family.”
“The Cmolik Foundation provided the opportunity for me to find and pursue my passions.”