External Awards

Below is a list of awards, scholarships, and bursaries offered by external institutions that may be helpful to some of our students. Please read the criteria carefully. These funds are not administered by JIBC nor do we have any involvement in the application and selection processes.

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Disability Resources

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Scholarship - the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary school students.

Canadian Mental Health Association - several awards are available each year to BC post-secondary students who live with mental illness or addition.

DisabilityAwards.ca - a comprehensive online portal containing information on financial assistance for post-secondary students in Canada. The searchable portal will provide disabled students with relevant disability-related financial aid information.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students NEADS runs two scholarship programs: the $3,000 NEADS National Student Awards Program and the $1,000 Holly Bartlett Memorial Award. These programs support students with disabilities in undergraduate university, graduate university and college and cegep level programs.

Indigenous Learners

BC Hydro Indigenous Scholarships & Bursaries BC Hydro Indigenous scholarships and bursaries are available to Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit students who are residents of B.C. and are enrolled in an accredited full-time post-secondary program.

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards - the awards are open to all Indigenous Canadians who have been out of school for at least one year, who have since decided to return to an educational system, and who have been back at school for at least one full year.

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool - use the Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool to search more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others aimed at Indigenous students.

Indspire - bursaries, scholarships and awards for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in remote communities, rural areas and urban centres across Canada.

Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society - offers three award programs for students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, that is, First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit.

Ken Dobell Public Service Education Fund Scholarship - this scholarship is to encourage students interested in federal, provincial, local government or First Nations administration and policy studies to pursue post-secondary opportunities.

Learning Communities - various scholarships and bursaries for Canadian resident First Nations (status and non-status) Métis and Inuit students who are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies.

RBC Indigenous Student Awards - the RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Indigenous students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Indigenous community. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.

Other External Awards

AFABC Youth Bursary was established in 2014, with funding from the Adoptive Families Association of BC, and accepts applications from youth who have joined their family by legal adoption.

ASIS Foundation - the ASIS Foundation invests in individuals by awarding scholarships and grants annually to support and help security professionals achieve their career goals.

Beedie Luminaries - offers financial support to promising British Columbia students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, applying to BC public post-secondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and trade schools.

BCGEU Scholarships - scholarships for dependants of BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Bob Baxter E.M.S.Education Bursary - BCAS 10-7 Association Society is offering a bursary $500 to any qualified student accepted in to any training program resulting in qualification in any level of pre-hospital care within BCEHS. 

Canadian Forces Paid Education Plan - the Canadian Forces is offering reimbursement to JIBC students enrolled in the Advanced Care Paramedic program and actively serving.

Chinese Government Scholarship Program- The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for eligible British Columbia (B.C.) students to study abroad.

CICAN Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program - this fund aims to provide financial support to college and institute students who demonstrate financial need. Students attending colleges or institutes in rural, remote, or northern areas will be given preference. 

Community Health Retraining Fund - this fund is open to workers who fall under the Community Health subsector who have been laid off, displaced or looking to upgrade their skills towards another job within the Community Health subsector.

Columbia Institute Scholarships - the Columbia Institute is committed to lifelong learning that benefits all segments of society. We recognize that the skyrocketing cost of education makes it difficult to return to the classroom for retraining and skills upgrading. That's why we' help deliver a range of scholarship opportunities for working people and mature students.

Credit Union Foundation of British Columbia - offers educational bursaries for post-secondary academic, vocational, or technological students who need financial assistance to complete their program of studies.

Dean Larivee Memorial Bursary - the BCFTOA awards one or more $500 bursaries to the son/daughter/grandchild of an active member of a participating department.

Federation of Community Social Services of BC Youth Education Bursary - the FCSSBC Youth Education Bursary supports young people 25 or younger who either are or have been in care and who want to pursue post-secondary education towards a career in human social services.

Health Officers Council of British Columbia - bursaries for qualified students who are or who wish to engage in post-graduate study in a field of Public or Community Health Practice within any recognized discipline.

Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society - provides scholarships and financial awards to help British Columbia post-secondary students achieve their educational goals.

Loran Award - recognizes that academic performance is not the only indicators of future value to the community, a group of dedicated volunteers set out to find and support young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.

Lotus Light Charity Society Scholarship - recipients achieved excellency in academic performance and at the same time have been actively involved in community volunteer programs at the local, national, or international level.

National Fire Protection Association - NFPA has a number of grants and awards available.

Nikkei Place Foundation - busaries available for student athletes of Japanese Heritage.

Overwaitea Food Group Diversity Scholarship - up to ten $1,000 scholarships are available and will be awarded to applicants who have promoted diversity awareness and acceptance in their community. This scholarship is available to students who are BC residents and are going to be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution within the province of BC.

Prospera Educational Awards Program - offering Prospera Credit Union members more than $35,000 in awards every year. Applicants must be attending programs in one of the following areas: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz, MIssion, Langley, Surrey, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton or Vernon.

Public Guardian and Trustee Educational Assistance Fund annual bursaries are awarded to individuals "who are over the age of 19 years, and have been permanent wards of the Superintendent of Family and Child Service in the Ministry of Social Services and Housing (or its successors), and who meet the criteria deemed appropriate by the Trustee."

Road Accident Scholarship - League and Williams Lawyers is offering one $1,000 scholarship annually to a road accident victim who has had their career or education plans altered by an accident and are pursuing post-secondary training in Canada.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship - the scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education.

Seniorszen Scholarship - SeniorsZen.com grants $500 Scholarship each year to Canadian students to help them in pursuing their educational goals. This initiative increases the connection between youth and senior citizens.

Start Proud - is committed to recognizing excellence in Canada's LGBTQA+ community and to providing students with resources to help achieve their goals.

Storwell's Foster Children Bursary Program - an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools.

The Howard Legacy Youth Fund was established with a donation from Peggy Howard in 2012, and is made available to applicants who are current or former youth in care.

Veterans Affairs Canada Education and Training Benefit - an education and training benefit for honourably released members of the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular Forces or Reserves).

Youth educational assistance fund for former youth in care - this program provides grants of up to $5,500 per program year to former BC youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Students may receive a maximum of four grants.

Last updated January 23, 2020