For more information, please contact the Student Certification Branch.
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.
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:
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.