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James Edmunds Memorial Scholarship

 This is the highest award given at Killarney Secondary and its recipient is considered the top all-around student in their graduating class.  James Edmunds was the beloved Principal of Killarney from 1963 to 1969 when he passed away.  Mr. Edmunds was proud of the school and the students for their academic standings as well as their achievements—in school work, sports, and extra-curricular activities.  He believed in the younger generation and often tried to bring change within the community as well as the school for their benefit.  This award is given to a student who is heavily involved in every aspect of the school and the community and still maintains an excellent scholastic standing. 

 Silver Scholastic Cup

Awarded to the top academic scholar in the graduating class. 



Aboriginal Achievement Award

This annual is awarded to two grade 12 indigenous students at Killarney Secondary who intend to enroll in a post-secondary institution.  The recipients will have shown consistent academic achievement as well as persistence, resiliency and a responsible attitude over the school year.  These students have also participated and/or volunteered in school and community activities and appreciate the importance of helping others.  The award is offered by Killarney Secondary’s Social Studies/Social Justice teacher Janet Nicol at her retirement in 2017 and will be given to graduating classes over the next five years (2017 to 2021).


Aric Hayes Memorial Scholarship

The Aric Hayes Memorial Scholarship exemplifies what he stood for ideas of social awareness, activism, social responsibility and humanitarianism. A tree was planted on the south side of the school in his honour to commemorate his passing.

Aric Hayes was a teacher, man of principle, cyclist, hiker, social activist and lover of the outdoors. Since becoming a Vancouver Secondary teacher in 1995, Mr. Hayes passionately demonstrated his enthusiasm and commitment to his students, most notably during his tenure at Lord Byng and Killarney Secondary Schools. 


Aujla Alumni Scholarship

This Scholarship recognizes a grade 12 student who demonstrates excellence in academics and community involvement.  This student has shown perseverance in achieving their academic goals, dedication to solving issues within their community, and a determination to become a leader amongst their peers.


Artona Studios Scholarship

Awarded to students with good academic standing and service hours, ambition, teamwork, and dedication to completing professional-level projects within the professional world.


Bob Brown Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented to the top student in the Social Studies program. Bob Brown was a teacher at Killarney for over thirty years.  He was the Social Studies Department Head when he retired.  Upon his retirement, he served as a city councilor for the City of Port Moody until his untimely death. 


Daisy & Arnold Webster Social Justice Scholarship

Sponsored by the Vancouver Fraserview Provincial NDP Constituency Association.

Arnold Alexander Webster served as a teacher and administrator during his 40 year career in education. He was the second principal of Killarney Secondary School.  Arnold Webster also served his community and his province. He was a Vancouver East MLA and the Leader of the Official Opposition as a CCF member (forerunner of the NDP) of the BC Legislature from 1953 to 1956, a Vancouver Kingsway NDP Member of Parliament in Ottawa from 1962 to 1965 and served as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner from 1940 to 1962.  

In the presentation of the award it was said “There are hundreds of students who remember him as their guide when he was a school principal. But he was even more closely associated with the great contributions he has made to the community life of Vancouver.”(Vancouver Sun) 


Elizabeth Abbotts Award

This award is given to deserving students who have spent a great deal of time working in the Cougar Mart. Elizabeth Abbotts was a teacher of Special Education at Killarney. During her time at the school, she established the school store.


Gordon May Memorial Scholarship

This award recognizes a student who is a well-rounded individual.  In addition to scholastic excellence, the winner must have shown leadership and contribution in the school. Gordon May began his teaching career at Killarney as a student teacher in 1960.  He went on to teach at Killarney for a number of years under Principal, James Edmunds.  Mr. May was appointed principal of Killarney in 1992 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1995. 


Hindu Cultural Society Scholarship

This Scholarship award was originally established in 1987 by the India Club which was restructured in 2016. The Hindu Cultural Society & Community Centre of BC has generously offered to continue the support of this prize in honor of the India Club.


Janice Leung Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship is intended to award student-athletes that embody Janice’s love of sport and her generous spirit. The vision of Olympians Peter Butler and Carey Nelson, owners of the Forerunners stores, is to help build the running community, for fitness and wellness. They are committed to being a hub for the community, and to support local charities. The Killarney Athletics Scholarship Fund is one that they enthusiastically agreed to get involved with. Janice Leung competed on Killarney’s Athletics teams for five years before graduating in 2011. Janice was a committed athlete, a diligent student, and a compassionate friend and teammate. She continued to coach and support Killarney student-athletes while at university.


Joanne Windsor Scholarship

This Scholarship is awarded for academics, leadership and the ability to give back to their school and community. Joanne Windsor was a teacher at Killarney for many years and contributed her time and efforts to the graduation ceremonies, career preparation and work experience.  She spearheaded Killarney’s annual clothing drive to help the homeless in the downtown core and established the Student Street Squad.


Killarney Visionary Scholarship

Through a generous donation, we are proud to offer this to the graduating student who exemplifies artistic vision in either classic or contemporary art forms and is pursuing studies in visual or performing arts, vocational training or technological training. This student has demonstrated commitment and/or a passion for their chosen area of study


Matthew Kennedy Creative Writing Scholarship

This award is presented to the student who is considered the best writer of the graduating class, as decided by the English Department.  Matthew Kennedy, son of William Kennedy, who is also among our award profiles.  Matthew loved creative writing, particularly science fiction.


Terry Jensen Scholarship

The Terry Jensen Scholarship honours a student who has been a positive peer role model and has overcome adversity by volunteering and creating change within their community.  They are not necessarily academically included and may not be on honour roll but deserve recognition for their improvement.


Tom Tagami Award

This award is given to a basketball player who has exhibited the ethics of service through participation in school sports; and who has shown growth during his/her time Playing for Killarney.  Tom Tagami was a long-time basketball, rugby, and football coach.  At this time of his retirement, his former players established this award in his honour.


Vancouver South Federal Liberals Award for Leadership

This award was generously donated by the office of the Vancouver South Federal Liberal Association for a Grade 12 student moving on to post-secondary education.  The successful candidate is a student who has embraced and met specific criteria.  A high academic achiever, maintaining at least a “B” average who is a consistently participatory and caring citizen, demonstrates strong leadership skills and the will and ability to work effectively as part of a team.


Wesgroup Properties Scholarship

Wesgroup has been building communities for many years. One of the key things we have learned is that schools bring a natural, authentic social network to a community. Kids bring neighbours together. Parents and their kids form bonds with each other that can last a lifetime. Schools offer neighbourhoods a strong social and emotional connection that brings people together to create a real, authentic community. Wesgroup’s vision for River District is to create a vibrant, people-centered community that makes the well-being of residents its highest achievement and is proud to support and recognize a student in the graduating class who has exemplified community service.


William Hurrell Scholarship

The William Hurrell Scholarship is given to a student who is motivated to create change and help their community.  They are interested in writing, Science and Fine Arts




Bob Fitzpatrick Scholarship for International Students

 Captain James Cook Elementary Scholarship

Carleton Elementary Scholarship

Champlain Heights Elementary School Scholarship

 David Oppenheimer Alumni Scholarship

Developmental Disabilities Award

Doreen Kumar Memorial Scholarship

 Dr. George M. Weir Elementary School Scholarship

Friedrich’s Film Award

Friesen’s Certificate of Merit

Killarney Association of Film & Theatre (KAFT) Scholarship

Killarney Community Centre Scholarships Gold, Silver & Bronze

Killarney Music Association—Band & Choir Scholarship

 Killarney Parents Advisory Council Scholarship

Killarney String Association—Peter Rohloff Award

Kingsford Smith Elementary Scholarship

Kristian Domingo Memorial Award #11 Forever

Louise C. Papais Music Scholarship

Maccorkindale Elementary Scholarship

Universal Buddhist Temple Scholarship

 Vancouver Association of Secondary School Administrators Scholarship

Victoria Uberall Scholarship

Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association Scholarship

  Waverley Elementary Scholarship

Killarney Secondary School—Departmental Scholarships

Killarney Secondary School also extends our sincere thanks to the many hours devoted to fundraising for departmental awards:

Congratulations to the recipients of the following categories:
    • Business Education
    • Drama
    • English
    • Grad Committee
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • Modern Languages
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Silver Scholarship Cup
    • Staff Award
    • Strings
    • Student Government

Vancouver Board of Education—District Scholarships

There are 5,500 District/Authority Scholarships distributed across school districts and independent school authorities.  They recognize graduating BC students for excellence in their chosen area of interest or strength.  Winners receive $1,250. Scholarship voucher to use towards their post-secondary tuition.

Areas of Achievement and Examples:

  • Indigenous Languages and Culture—demonstrated at school or in the community
  • Fine Arts—Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music
  • Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies—Business, Technology, Home Ec, Info Tech
  • Physical Activity—Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to PE
  • International Languages—International Languages curriculum or External Assessments (AP/IB)
  • Community Service—Volunteer activity—building awareness of local, global and cultural issues
  • Technical & Trades Training—Auto, Robotics, Coding, Woodwork, Culinary Arts

Congratulations to the recipients of the following categories:

    • Acting
    • Art
    • Band
    • Business
    • Choir
    • French
    • Home Economics
    • Japanese
    • Media Design
    • Metalwork
    • Physical Education
    • Strings
    • Tech & Trades (Computer)
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
    • Woodwork

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