The Archbishop’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education

The Archbishop’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education has been set up to foster the pursuit of Catholic higher education for teachers within our CISVA schools who have demonstrated or have the potential for leadership within CISVA.  The Archbishop’s Scholarship will reimburse successful applicants their tuition fees upon completion of the designated courses.

Working in partnership with St. Mark’s College, the Archdiocese, and CISVA have organized the following courses for 2017 that are eligible for the Archbishop’s Scholarship.  These courses include:

Course Details ^ Course Dates Archbishop’s Scholarship* Application Deadline
Fall 2017

Christian Morality (THEO 530)

Instructor: Dr. Carolyn Roeber, OP

Further information Friday evening and Saturday format spread over 3 weekends:
September 8-9,
October 13-14,
November 17-18
$1,110 July 15, 2017
Fall 2017 – ONLINE ONLY

Christian Morality (THEO 530)

Instructor: Dr. Robert Sheard

Further information ONLINE ONLY

October and November

 $1,110  July 15, 2017

^ The regular St. Mark’s College application has been simplified for CISVA applicants.  Please register under “Catholic Core” as this will allow you to take one course per term
* The Archbishop‘s Scholarship covers the tuition fee for the course only and does not include any fees charged by either St. Mark’s College or the University of British Columbia.


  1. Open to all TRB-certified teachers from CISVA and Congregational schools within the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
  2. Successful applicants will have demonstrated leadership experience or show promise in the areas of religious education, faith development, campus ministry, or working as department heads, vice-principals and principals.
  3. The Archbishop’s Scholarship applies only to designated courses offered through St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia in 2017 that are listed above. It provides for full tuition reimbursement for these courses upon successful completion (defined as attaining a course grade of 70% or better).  Scholarships are available for up to 3 courses offered in 2017.
  4. Applicants must be employed by a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Vancouver and are under contract at the time of course engagement.
  5. Preference will be given to teachers on a continuing/grandfather contract but short-term contract holders are eligible to apply.


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Application Process

Note: it is your responsibility to register for the course directly with St. Mark’s.
Details can be found at the links included in the table above.

Step 1

Complete the Application form found here: Application Form

Step 2

Your application for the Archbishop’s Scholarship will be reviewed by a panel made up of CISVA and RCAV personnel. Decisions will be communicated to you two weeks after the close of the application deadlines given above.

Do taking these courses replace the Foundations of the Catholic Faith requirement?

Completing all three courses fulfills the Foundations of the Catholic Faith requirement except for the two-day retreat component, which would remain.

Are Education Assistants eligible to apply for this scholarship?

The scholarship is open to all TRB qualified teachers at a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

In taking these courses how does this impact the salary that I receive?

Successful completion of these 3 courses does not on its own lead to a salary adjustment.  If the applicant is enrolled in an academic program and these courses can count toward the completion of that program the degree or diploma obtained would be assessed against CISVA’s 2016-17 Teacher Salary Scale.
In such cases please be sure to speak with your principal to allow for adequate budget planning should an adjustment be required.

For Congregational school teachers, you need to check with your respective school to determine what impact, if any, taking these courses has on your salary.

When can I be reimbursed for taking these courses?

You will be reimbursed after successfully completing the course and providing the Superintendent’s Office with a copy of your academic transcript.  Successful completion is defined as attaining a course grade of 70% or better.

Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship?

The Scholarship is open to all TRB certified teachers at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This includes Congregational schools as well.

I am not interested in becoming a principal but do wish to deepen my knowledge and understanding of my faith in an academic context am I eligible to apply?

Yes.  We encourage applicants from any TRB certified teacher within the system who wishes to improve themselves in these areas.

I am currently enrolled in a program at St. Mark’s. Am I eligible to apply for this scholarship?

Yes. Students currently enrolled in a program at St. Mark’s are able to apply for the Archbishop’s Scholarship.

I have recently completed one of the courses listed as eligible for the Archbishop’s Scholarship. Can the Scholarship be retrospectively applied?

The Scholarship applies only to Introduction to Scripture (SCRI 505), Foundations of Theology (THEO 501), and Foundations of Theology (THEO 501) commencing in April 2017 and running through the balance of 2017.

Can the Archbishop’s Scholarship be applied to courses taken in 2018 or taken prior to 2017?

No.  The Scholarship is to be applied to the 3 courses offered through St. Mark’s College during 2017 only and can’t be applied to courses already completed prior to 2017 or are taken in 2018 and beyond.

Can the Archbishop’s Scholarship be applied to courses outside of core?

No.  The Scholarship can only be used for the three courses offered.

Can I apply for the Archbishop’s Scholarship for all three courses?

Yes, provided you successfully complete these courses in 2017.

Will these courses be offered online?

Yes.  At this stage Introduction to Scripture (SCRI 505) will be offered online.  St. Mark’s is offering Christian Morality (THEO 530) online beginning with the fall term.

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