Awards & Bursaries

The 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 a number of initiatives that help us invest in our student members annually.

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.


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-time or part-time and can only apply once per academic year for up to $500 in their initiative. The submission deadlines for the 2019/2020 academic year are as follows:

May 22, 2020 by 4:00 pm | July 17 2020 by 4:00 pm  |  October 2, 2020 by 4:00 pm  |  November 13, by 4:00 pm  |  January 15, 2021 by 4:00 pm  |  March 19, 2021  |  May 21, 2021 by 4:00 pm  |  July 16, 2021 by 4:00 pm

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:

  • Webinars* (check industry associations for online options of workshops they typically offer in-person)
  • Conferences
  • Online Conferences
  • Leadership Training & Industry Best Practices* (ex. Online Subscriptions like MasterClass, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Skillshare, among others)
  • Virtual Networking (ex. LinkedIn Premium)
  • Opportunities also pertaining to communication skills, time management, effective teamwork

Funding is NOT available for the following requests:

  • Professional Membership Fees
  • Competitions
  • Clubs, Associations and Accreditations
  • Courses for Credit
  • Co-op or Internships

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BCIT Student Competition Funding

The Student Association of BCIT (BCITSA) allocates funds on behalf of BCIT in order to support student and student clubs with their participation in competitions. Funding is available for students and clubs not from the School of Business*. Funding is provided by BCIT and is allocated by a joint committee based on the availability of funds and criteria met by the club/student. 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. The upcoming application deadline dates are:

October 2, 2020, by 4:00 pm | November 13, 2020, by 4:00 pm | January 15, 2021, by 4:00 pm | March 19, 2021, by 4:00 pm | May 21, 2021, by 4:00 pm.

Eligibility Requirements

Funding is to be used for competition costs such as travel expenses, registration fees, hotel/accommodation & 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
  • Food & 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.

For more information on eligibility, the funding and to fill out an application

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Freedom of Information Request (FOI)

Download the FOI Request From BCIT for SFC Students

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Laurie Jack Award

Laurie Jack was President of the BCITSA from 1971 – 1972. Tragically, he died in an aeroplane 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 deadline is April 24, 2020, by 4:00 pm.

Download Your Application Package Here

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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.

This year’s deadline to apply for this award is
Friday, April 24, 2020 by 4:00 pm

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Silver Pen Award

The Silver Pen Award is presented annually to the student contributor, staff member, or volunteer at LINK Magazine whose writing demonstrated the highest level of quality and community impact throughout the year.

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