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Useful Contacts

For more information, please contact the Student Certification Branch.

Telephone:(250) 356-2443 or (250) 356-2449
(250) 356-0271 (fax)
PO Box 9886 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9T6

District / Authority Awards

There are 5,500 District/Authority Awards distributed across school districts that reward graduating B.C. students for excellence in their chosen non-academic field(s). The total amount awarded to each student is $1000 – a $500 cheque and a $500 voucher – that can be used for post-secondary tuition and fees.

Students can apply for this award through their school board office or contact their school counselor for information.

Detailed information on the program is available in the Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program.

Redeem Your Award

Students who win this award will be mailed a $500 cheque in October and a $500 voucher in November. They have until the expiry date on the voucher to redeem their award - up to five years from September 30th of their graduating year from high school.

If you received a voucher, it can be redeemed once you've registered and paid for a program that leads to a credential or certification at a designated post-secondary institution (i.e. it qualifies for Canada Student Loans) or authorized trades training provider.

To redeem your voucher:

  1. Have an authorized institution representative stamp and sign your voucher as confirmation of enrolment and payment of fees
  2. Check that your voucher contains all the required information - your Social Insurance Number and current address
  3. Mail the voucher to the Ministry of Education (using the address on the voucher)
  4. Receive your cheque by mail in approximately six to eight weeks

Replace a Lost or Damaged Award

To request a replacement for your lost award voucher, please complete the replacement form and send it along with a $25 fee payment (payable by cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard) to the Ministry of Education for processing.

A replacement voucher will be mailed to you within six to eight weeks - be sure to keep it safe.