Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Children of Public Servants

Every year up to 60 scholarships of $2,500 are available to children of BC public servants. Applicants must be under 25 and accepted (or conditionally accepted) for admission as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree program or trade, technical or vocational training. The program must be at a designated public or private post-secondary institution in the Province of British Columbia.
Qualified students with a parent who has been an employee of the BC Public Service for the last three years may apply. The application deadline for this year is May 18, 2018.


You are eligible to apply if

  • You are a student under the age of 25 as of May 18, 2018
  • You have not received a scholarship from Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Children of Public Servants previously. You can receive only one scholarship during your lifetime
  • You will be a full-time student and you have at least one parent, as defined by StudentAid BC policy, who is a full- or part-time regular employee of a BC Public Service employer. This includes all ministries and any organization that is enabled under the Public Service Act
  • Your parent has worked in the BC Public Service for the last three years as of May 18, 2018
  • You plan to study a trade or do technical/vocational training or an undergraduate degree at a designated school or university located in B.C.

You are not eligible to apply if your parent is an auxiliary or casual employee. If you are unsure of your parent’s employment status, please have them contact AskMyHR. You are also ineligible if your parent is an employee of the broader public sector, including

  • Health authorities (such as VIHA)
  • School districts and universities
  • Crown corporations (for example, Community Living BC, BC Hydro)
  • Other municipal or federal governments (for example, police)

These organizations have their own terms and conditions of employment. If you are not sure if your parent works for an eligible employer, email StudentAidBC.

How it Works

Scholarship winners are chosen by an independent selection committee of current and retired provincial government employees.

Applications are judged based on

  • Solid academic achievement (B or better)
  • An essay by the student explaining the contribution that public service employees provide to the citizens of British Columbia
  • Communication skills and references

All applicants will be notified in writing once the scholarship recipients have been selected. Feedback will be provided upon request. 

For more information on Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Children of Public Servants, email StudentAid BC.

More Information

There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. Scholarships must be used before March 31 of the following year. Scholarships cannot be deferred, but you can reapply the next year.


The scholarship cut off age of 25 is consistent with other government programs and allows us to target the dependents of public servants. Research shows that students of this age range likely need the financial boost the most. This program is targeted to those under 25 who are pursuing an undergraduate credential: graduate students are not eligible.

Only one scholarship is allowed per child because we want as many members of the public service—and their children—to benefit from these scholarships as possible. If public servants have more than one child, each child is eligible.

Since one of the criteria of this scholarship is solid academic achievement, applicants must have a threshold mark of B. Higher grades are not rewarded; as long as the B threshold is met, this requirement is satisfied. The selection committee will also base its decision on your communication skills and the relevance of your education and career plans to BC Public Service goals.

Institution & program eligibility

Pacific Leaders programs and StudentAid BC use public funds, so scholarship funding can only be provided for studies at public or private post-secondary institutions in B.C. that are designated by the province for the provision of student financial assistance. The educational or training program itself must also be one that is eligible under the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training's StudentAid BC criteria. Check the StudentAid BC website to ensure your chosen institution is designated.

All B.C. public post-secondary institutions and some private institutions are designated. Before any B.C. private career training institutions can be designated for student financial aid, it must be registered and accredited by the Province of British Columbia.