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.

Recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship voucher that they can use to be reimbursed by the Ministry of Education for tuition paid after they are attending an approved K–12 teacher education program at one of B.C.’s nine Faculties of Education.

Students have seven years to redeem their Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship vouchers; an expiry date is printed on each voucher and extensions are not possible.

Key dates

  • Early June 2021: conditional recipients and their schools notified by email
  • September 2021: conditional recipients checked against eligibility requirements
  • October 2021: paper scholarship vouchers mailed to confirmed recipients
  • Late Fall 2021: online applications for awards year 2022 open
  • February 2022: online applications for awards year 2022 due 

Eligibility requirements

Students selected as conditional recipients of the Pathway to Teacher Education 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 basic eligibility requirements;
  • be eligible for a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma);
  • fulfill the requirements of the B.C. Graduation Program;
  • be graduating (between September 1 and August 31) during the same year the scholarship is awarded; 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 Pathway to Teacher Education scholarship and the BC Excellence scholarship but can be awarded only one.  

How applications are evaluated

  1. Written statements are assessed by teams of B.C. teachers using the marking guidelines  
  2. A subset of approximately 40 candidates is shortlisted
  3. The resume packages for those shortlisted  candidates are assessed by the scholarship committee, which includes B.C. teachers, using the marking guidelines
  4. Twenty candidates are named as conditional recipients

Preparation

Students interested in applying for the 2022 awards year are encouraged to get organized well before applications are due in February 2022.

  • Record the key dates noted above
  • Plan to meet all eligibility requirements
  • Review the sample Pathway to Teacher Education application (PDF)
  • Look for the online applications to open in late Fall 2021

Questions?

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