Provincial Scholarships Program

Date came into force or revised

July 1, 2016
Revised June 2021 

Status

Current

Policy statement

The Provincial Scholarships Program recognizes student achievement and encourages students to pursue post-secondary education.

Purpose or Rationale of Policy

To outline the eligibility criteria for students to receive and redeem awards under the Provincial Scholarships Program.

Authority: legislation, regulations, orders

Policy in full

Core Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an award through the Provincial Scholarships Program, a student must satisfy the following eligibility requirements.

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) and have that on record with the school at which they registered for Grade 12.
  • Must be a B.C. resident.
  • Must be a student enrolled or registered, as follows, in the school year for which the scholarship is awarded:
    • enrolled in a British Columbia public school (including Distributed Learning schools); or
    • enrolled in a Group 1, 2, or 4 British Columbia Independent School; or
    • enrolled in a Continuing Education Centre; or
    • registered with a public, independent, or distributed learning school in B.C. as a homeschooled child.
  • Must graduate and complete all requirements between September 1 and August 31. (Note: for the purposes of the Provincial Scholarships Program, students who complete requirements during the summer, by August 31, are part of the preceding cohort of graduates.)
    • Schools must report all student information (including marks for repeated courses when students attempt to upgrade) to the Ministry by August 31; information provided later may not be considered.

A student may receive only one of each scholarship and cannot receive both a BC Excellence scholarship and a Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship.

Redeeming Scholarships

To redeem a BC Achievement, District/Authority, or BC Excellence scholarship voucher, recipients must provide evidence of enrolment and tuition paid at a designated post-secondary institution (i.e. approved for Canada Student Loans by British Columbia) or an Industry Training Authority (ITA) authorized trades training provider in the province. Programs of study should lead to a post-secondary credential.

To redeem a Pathway to Teacher Education voucher, recipients must provide evidence of enrolment and tuition paid at an approved K–12 teacher education program at one of B.C.’s nine Faculties of Education.

Tuition paid must be equal to or greater than the amount of the voucher.

Recipients have five years to redeem most vouchers and seven years for the Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship. Expiry dates are printed on the vouchers.

BC Achievement Scholarship

BC Achievement scholarships recognize graduates for academic achievement in the grades 10–12 courses (required and elective) used to meet B.C. Graduation Program requirements. The average final mark of these courses determines the recipients. Ties are broken using the final percentage reported for the course used to fulfill the Language Arts 12 graduation requirement.

All courses must be reported by schools to the Ministry with a percentage score.

Scholarship specific eligibility requirements

Students must meet the following requirements by August 31 to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher:

  • meet core eligibility requirements;
  • be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma);
  • fulfill the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program;
  • have no more than one Transfer Standing (TS) or Standing Granted (SG) reported among course marks used to satisfy graduation requirements, regardless of the credit value of the courses; and,
  • have for the course used to fulfill the Language Arts 12 graduation requirement a percentage score reported and at least a “B” (73% or above).

District/Authority Scholarship

The District/Authority scholarship is awarded to high school graduates who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen area.

District/Authority scholarships are proportionally distributed across school districts, as well as the independent school system through the Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA), based on September 30th Grade 12 enrolments. 

Students attending public schools apply through their school or district. Students attending independent schools apply through FISA, which facilitates the process for Groups 1, 2, and 4 independent schools.

Scholarship specific eligibility requirements

Students selected as conditional recipients of the District/Authority scholarship must meet the following requirements by August 31 to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher:

 

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies

Business, Home Economics, Media Arts, Technology, Tourism

Community Service (Volunteer Activity)

Includes awareness of local, global, and cultural issues

Fine Arts

Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts

Indigenous Languages and Culture

Demonstrated at school or in the community

Languages

External Assessments or Languages Curriculum, including AP and IB courses 

Physical Activity (and Health)

Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics

Technical and Trades Training

Coding, Culinary Arts, Mechanics, Robotics, Woodwork

 

BC Excellence Scholarship

The BC Excellence scholarship is awarded to well-rounded high school graduates who have demonstrated service and leadership, both at school and in their communities, and who show aptitude for and commitment to their chosen career paths.

Each secondary school in B.C. may nominate one eligible student for this scholarship.

To be considered, applications must be submitted complete, on time, and in the mandatory format.

Scholarship-specific eligibility requirements

Students selected as conditional recipients of the BC Excellence scholarship must meet the following requirements by August 31 to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher:

  • meet core eligibility requirements;
  • be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma);
  • fulfill the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program; and
  • have the following final marks.
    • Minimum “B” average in grades 11 and 12 courses required for graduation.
    • Minimum "B" (73% or above) in Language Arts 12.
    • Minimum “B” average, no more than one "C+" (67% or above), and no marks lower than “C+” in courses that fulfill graduation requirements for Science 11 or 12, Math 11, and Social Studies 11 or 12.

Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship

The Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship is awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to and aptitude for a career in K–12 teaching.

To be considered, applications must be submitted complete, on time, and in the mandatory format.

Scholarship-specific eligibility requirements

Students selected as conditional recipients of the Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship must meet the following requirements by August 31 to be confirmed as a recipient and receive their scholarship voucher: 

  • meet core eligibility requirements;
  • be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma);
  • fulfill the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program; and
  • have the following final marks.
    • Minimum “B” average in grades 11 and 12 courses required for graduation
    • Minimum "B" (73% or above) in Language Arts 12
    • Minimum “B” average, no more than one "C+" (67% or above), and no marks lower than “C+” in courses that fulfill graduation requirements for Science 11 or 12, Math 11, and Social Studies 11 or 12

Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship

The Graduation Program Examinations Scholarship has been phased out. To be eligible to redeem, students must have a valid voucher. The last vouchers issued, in 2015/16, expire September 2021.