The Discover Your Potential Bursary Program
The Neal Estate Team Bursary Program
We Live Here, We Give Here.
The Neal Estate Team is proud to be one of the top performing real estate teams in Victoria. We are even more proud to give back to our communities in any way we can. Find out more about the community initiatives we support.
In 2018, we chose to expand our community involvement in ground-breaking ways. We believe that our next generation possesses the potential to change our world for the better, and an investment in our young people is an investment in our community. We want to help students who are already actively contributing to their community to achieve their post-secondary academic pursuits so that they can continue to contribute in meaningful ways to the world we live in.
We are delighted to offer the Discover Your Potential Bursary Program. In the inaugural year, the DYP Bursary was awarded to one Grade 12 student from Discovery School who started their post-secondary education by January 2019.
We have chosen to award this bursary initially to students from Discovery School because we have a personal connection to this specialized school. Ron Neal’s son Cameron attended this school, which offers a focused experience for students with unique learning needs. Discovery School features small-sized classes which allows their skilled, experienced teachers to provide students more personalized attention and customized approaches to learning.
Discovery School is an independent school that specializes in meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities. Students have individualized education programs that balance challenge with success, build self-confidence and self-esteem. Student progress is closely monitored and teaching staff communicate regularly and openly with parents. A non-denominational school with Christian values and virtues, Discovery School strives to develop the child as a whole being. Specialized learning strategies combined with small class size suit young learners discouraged by the demands of the regular classroom.
Cameron Neal transferred to Discovery School from the public school system so that his unique approach to learning could be fostered in a more supportive environment. According to Cam, his teachers “were empowered to guide us, as human beings, rather than telling [us] 'right' from 'wrong’. “
He goes on to describe how Discovery School’s small classrooms enabled him to develop true friendships that had alluded him in the past. Had it not been for Discovery School, Cam fears he would have become isolated in his career path as a developer and researcher, possibly forgetting that the outside world provides the motivation for inquiry and creativity in the first place. Since graduating from Discovery in 2009, Cam launched his own blog at abundanceconomica.ca, where he explores the intersections between technology, biology, human civilization, ecology, and economy.
Are you a student - or do you know one - who is endeavouring to make our world a better place?
To qualify to apply for the DYP Bursary, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Be currently attending Discovery School as a Grade 12 student
- Be registered for full-time classes starting in an upcoming semester, up to and including January 2019, at an accredited college or university
- Be actively involved with a local or nationally recognized organization, including community organizations, social causes, places of worship, sports teams, and more
To apply for the DYP Bursary, please submit a 400-word maximum essay describing who you are, the change you wish to see in the world, and what you are actively doing right now to move towards your vision. Please include a short statement describing your need for funding, and submit proof of registration for the post-secondary program to which you have been accepted.
The recipient for the 2019/20 DYP Bursary will be announced in June 2019.
The Discover Your Potential Bursary, sponsored by the Neal Estate Team, is available exclusively to students from Discovery School in Victoria, BC.
Are you graduating from another local school and plan to begin your post-secondary program in the coming year? We invite you to submit your application through us for one 16 Bursaries offered by RE/MAX of Western Canada’s Quest for Excellence Program. Submit your application here!
Deadline for Entries is April 15th, 2019