The bursary program seeks to make an award to deserving students in pursuit of a post-secondary degree or diploma.

The Karren Stinson Bursary Fund is an endowment fund established in 1990 by Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria, B.C., to celebrate the life of former parish worker Karren Stinson, who was stricken with an aneurysm and died on August 13, 1990, at the age of 32 years.  In her six years of service at Church of the Cross, Karen contributed significantly to the life of the congregation, especially in areas of parish education, congregational programming, youth work and ELW ministry.  In addition, she served on committees at the conference, Synodical, and national levels of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  Karren resigned in order to attend the University of Victoria to pursue a degree in social work, with the goal of full-time church service.  The purpose of this Fund is to give financial assistance to Christian persons currently involved in post-secondary education leading to a vocation of service.  The first award was given in 1991.