BC Excellence Scholarship

Awards Year 2022: The 2022 BC Excellence Scholarship application deadline has now passed. Only conditional recipients will be contacted (in June). Thank you to all applicants and best wishes for success in your post-secondary studies.

Awards Year 2023: Online applications for the 2023 BC Excellence Scholarship will open late Fall 2022. Those applications will be due in February 2023. Please review this page for information regarding the requirements, and resources, such as a sample application. 


Last updated: February 15, 2022

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The BC Excellence scholarship is awarded to 55 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.

Successful recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher from the Ministry of Education and Child Care that they can use to be reimbursed for tuition paid after they are attending a post-secondary institution that is designated by the Province of B.C. (i.e., approved for Canada Student Loans) or a program provider that is approved by the Industry Training Authority.

Students have five years to redeem their BC Excellence scholarship vouchers; an expiry date is printed on each voucher and extensions are not possible.

Key dates

  • Early June 2022: conditional recipients and their schools notified by email
  • September 2022: conditional recipients checked against eligibility requirements
  • October 2022: paper scholarship vouchers mailed to confirmed recipients
  • Late Fall 2022: online applications for awards year 2023 open
  • February 2023: online applications for awards year 2023 due 

Eligibility requirements

Students selected as conditional recipients of the BC Excellence scholarship must meet the following requirements by August 31 of their graduating year 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

Note: students may apply for both the BC Excellence scholarship and the Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship but they can only be awarded one.   

How applications are evaluated

  1. Written statements are assessed by a team of B.C. teachers using the marking guidelines
  2. A subset of approximately 80 candidates is shortlisted
  3. The resume packages for those shortlisted candidates are assessed by a different committee of B.C. teachers, using the same marking guidelines
  4. Fifty-five candidates are named as conditional recipients

How to prepare (overview)

Students interested in applying for the 2023 awards year are encouraged to get organized well before applications are due in February 2023.

  • Understand students must be nominated by their secondary school to qualify for this scholarship and each school may nominate one student only
  • Check out a sample of the 2022 BC Excellence scholarship application (PDF)
  • Review the required information you will need to submit
    • Nomination form completed by your school
    • Written statement
      • the written statement is worth 60% in the overall assessment of the application; all written statements are assessed, and those assessments are used to shortlist applications 
    • Resume in mandatory format
      • Resumes are worth 40% in the overall assessment of the application; they are only reviewed for those applications that are shortlisted 
    • Reference letters (2)
      • One community-related and one school-related
      • The marking team does not mark reference letters but does consider them when scoring resumes
  • Look for the online application to open in late Fall 2022
  • Plan to meet all eligibility requirements

Questions?

Please contact the Provincial Scholarships Program team: scholarships@gov.bc.ca