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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.

Important Information

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. 

Application deadlines for the 2018/2019 academic year open. The submission deadlines for the 2018-2019 academic year are as follows:

  • October 5, 2018, by 4:00 pm
  • November 15, 2018, by 4:00 pm
  • January 18, 2019, by 4:00 pm
  • March 22, 2019, by 4:00 pm
  • May 22, 2019, by 4:00 pm
  • July 19, 2019, by 4:00 pm

Click Here to Apply  

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:

  • Public speaking
  • Conferences
  • Leadership training
  • Industry best practices
  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • Effective teamwork
  • First aid (as it pertains to industry standards)

Funding is NOT available for the following requests:

  • Professional membership fees
  • Competitions
  • Clubs, associations, and accreditations
  • Courses for credits
  • Co-op or internships

Download the FOI Request from BCIT for SIF Students

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 application deadline for this award is Friday, April 26th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Download your application package here

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. The upcoming application deadline dates are:

  • November 15, 2018 by 4:00 pm
  • January 18, 2019 by 4:00 pm
  • March 22, 2019 by 4:00 pm
  • May 22, 2019by 4:00 pm

Eligibility Criteria

Funding is to be used for competition costs such as travel expenses, registration, hotel/accommodation 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
  • Food and 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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Download the FOI Request from BCIT for SCF Students


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 26th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm.

Download your application package here

The 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.