Slide AWARDS & FUNDS We invest in our students.

STUDENT INITIATIVE FUND

Every year, the BCITSA Student Initiative Fund (SIF) sets aside $15,000 in funding for professional development opportunities. SIF offers financial support to initiatives that enhance students’ experience and further their professional development. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time and can only apply once per academic year for up to $500 in their initiative.

Eligibility Requirements
Funding is only available for the registration costs (we do not cover travel, hotel, etc.).

Funding is available for initiatives that focus on professional development such as, but not limited to:

  1. Webinars (check industry associations for online options of workshops they typically offer in-person)
  2. Conferences
  3. Online Conferences
  4. Leadership Training & Industry Best Practices (e.g. Online Subscriptions like MasterClass, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Skillshare, etc.)
  5. Virtual Networking (e.g. LinkedIn Premium)
  6. Opportunities also pertain to communication skills, time management, effective teamwork, etc.

Funding is not available for the following requests:

  1. Professional Membership Fees
  2. Competitions
  3. Clubs, Associations, and Accreditations
  4. Courses for Credit
  5. Co-ops or Internships

October 2, 2020, by 4:00 pm

March 19, 2021, by 4:00 pm

November 13, 2020, by 4:00 pm

May 21, 2021, by 4:00 pm

January 15, 2021, by 4:00 pm

July 16, 2021, by 4:00 pm

BCIT STUDENT COMPETITION FUNDING

The BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) allocates funds on behalf of BCIT to support student and student clubs with their participation in competitions. Funding is available for students and clubs that aren’t from the School of Business.* BCIT provides the funding, and a committee allocates it. Decisions are made based on the availability of funds, and if the club or student met the criteria. Students can only apply once per academic year. Please note, at this time, funding is quite limited, and all requests may not be able to be accommodated.

Eligibility Requirements

Funding is to be used for competition costs such as travel expenses, registration fees, accommodation costs, and competition materials. As a BCIT student, you MUST be:

• Enrolled as a part-time or full-time student
• Attending the competition within your attending year(s)

Funding is NOT available for:

• Costs incurred for hosting a competition
• Meal expenses
• Competitions against only BCIT Students
• School of Business Students and/or competitions*

*Funding is available for School of Business students/clubs through their school directly. Contact your Program Head or Associate Dean for more information.

October 2, 2020, by 4:00 pm

March 19, 2021, by 4:00 pm

November 13, 2020, by 4:00 pm

May 21, 2021, by 4:00 pm

January 15, 2021, by 4:00 pm

LAURIE JACK AWARD

Laurie Jack was President of the BCITSA from 1971 – 1972. Tragically, he died in an airplane crash in 1975. Together, his parents and the BCITSA have sponsored two (2) annual awards of $500 in his honour. These awards are given to two (2) students in their graduating year who have contributed to life at BCIT, and who have been nominated by another BCIT community member (staff, faculty, or student).

The Laurie Jack Award application will open in spring 2021, check back here at that time for the application form.

DISTINGUISHED REPRESENTATIVE AWARD

Classroom representatives are eligible to apply for the Distinguished Representative Award. The award will be given to a deserving representative that has gone above and beyond their duties. Each school will give out one award of $500 per year to selected representatives.

The Distinguished Representative Award will open in 2021.

Awards

BCITSA, as a registered charity, can accept donations (either cash or gifts-in-kind) from individuals and/or companies. We are always looking for prizing and giveaways at our events. Additionally, the BCITSA works on several initiatives each year that help us invest in our students.

BCITSA Donations Policy governs the solicitation, acceptance and stewardship of all donations to BCITSA and BCITSA Student Clubs. Its purpose is to ensure that all facets of BCITSA remain compliant with the Income Tax Act and Revenue Canada-established practices and standards.