Students have until March 1 to apply for a variety of awards, bursaries and emergency financial assistance

Applications are now being accepted for more than $16,000 in awards and bursaries for students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

For the March 1 application deadline there are 12 awards and bursaries available. In addition to several general awards open to JIBC students, there are awards available for students studying in a range of specific academic programs including paramedicine, conflict resolution, and firefighting.

For instance, the Derm McNulty Courage to be Curious Memorial Award provides support for students planning to enrol in CRES-110: Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution. The Sophie and Andrew Saxton, LLD Bursary provides tuition support for students in financial need who are enrolled in JIBC’s Emergency Medical Responder program.

Indigenous students in financial need who are planning to enrol in the online delivery of Basic Security Training at JIBC can apply for the Blackbird Security Indigenous Bursary, funded through the support of Blackbird Security, which will cover the cost of tuition and assessment. The Safetek Profire Bursary provides support for students in financial need in the full-time Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program at JIBC with preference given to Indigenous learners. 

The new Choose to Challenge Award is available for applicants who have actively contributed to challenging gender bias and inequality through their community involvement.

The awards and bursaries have been funded through the generous support of donors to The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation).

Bursaries assist students in financial need, while awards are based on a combination of criteria that may include community involvement and financial need. For detailed information on specific award criteria and the application process, visit the Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships page.

“JIBC students are encouraged to learn more about what financial supports are available to them and to take the time to apply,” said Mary DeMarinis, Registrar and Director of Student Affairs. “These awards and bursaries are supported by generous donors committed to helping our students earn the education and training they need to make a difference in the safety of our communities.”

Emergency financial assistance for students

Eligible domestic JIBC students with an unexpected financial need due to unforeseen circumstances can apply for emergency assistance funding. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For the complete list of awards available to JIBC students and information about emergency assistance funding, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships page.


Want to make a difference every day? The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) provides the education and training to let people to do just that, being there to support others when their health, safety or property is at stake.

JIBC is a public, post-secondary institution focused on justice and public safety professionals at all stages of their careers in fields including law enforcement, firefighting, paramedicine, security and emergency management. Complementing these programs, the Institute provides instruction in related areas such as conflict resolution, mediation, leadership and counselling, offers graduate studies in cybersecuritybusiness intelligence, and tactical criminal analysis, and conducts applied research in the justice and public safety fields.