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Alexander College Scholarships

Academic scholarships reward outstanding achievement in a specific discipline (e.g. commerce, psychology, etc.). Scholarships are offered in each major term (Fall, Winter, Spring).


Award Type: Scholarship
Value: $1,200 CAD each

Currently Accepting Nominations for: Spring 2022 term

Nomination Deadline: July 19, 2022

Recipients Announced: August 23, 2022

Subject Rotations:
Fall term (award given in Winter):

  1. Norman Swartz Philosophy Scholarship
  2. English Scholarship
  3. Biology Scholarship
  4. Asian Studies Scholarship
  5. Computing Science Scholarship
  6. Film Scholarship

Winter term (award given in Spring):

  1. Commerce Scholarship
  2. History Scholarship
  3. Chemistry Scholarship
  4. EAP Scholarship*
  5. Psychology Scholarship
  6. Communications Scholarship

*Students enrolled in EASL 068 – ENGL 099 (excluding UPRE 099) may be considered for the EAP Scholarship. Credit requirement waived for EAP scholarships only.

Spring term (award given in Fall):

  1. Physics Scholarship
  2. Sociology Scholarship
  3. Peter Kennedy Economics Scholarship
  4. Math Scholarship
  5. French Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Academic excellence within the respective subject area;
  2. Strong attendance record within the respective subject area;
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.67 in a minimum of 9 credits

Nominations: Students are nominated by their instructor immediately after final grades are entered in a term. Each instructor can nominate multiple students in each course section. Nomination is voluntary.

Selection Committee: The Regular Instructors within each subject area convene, according to the scheduled rotation of subject area awards, to form the selection committees in a given term. In cases where there is only one Regular Instructor for that subject area (e.g., HIST), s/he should consult with the SASC member. In EAP, the Department Head is always included in the Committee.

External Scholarships

Further to our internal Scholarships, Alexander College is committed to student success by connecting students to external scholarships as well – please see below for a consistently updating list of some of these opportunities. For assistance applying or if you have questions regarding any qualifications, please reach out to or book an appointment with a Student Engagement Officer.

    • Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged Scholarship
      Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only. Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words
      in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
      1st Place – $10,000
      2nd Place – $2500
      3rd Place – $500
      Finalists – $100
      Deadline:  September 26, 2022. Once closed ontest will re-open mid-January 2023.
        • BC Excellence Scholarships
          There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C. graduates.You must be nominated by your secondary school in order to apply for this
          scholarship. Only one student from each school may be nominated. Please inquire at your school if you would like to be considered for nomination. Eligibility:

          • Have at least a
            • “B” (73% or above) in their Language Arts 12 final mark
            • “B” average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one “C+” (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than “C+” are not
          • Maintain a “B” average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation

          Prize: $5000
          Deadline:  Closed but will open again late Fall 2022.

        • CAEL Scholarship
          Eligible applicants will be able to apply directly through their CAEL account. If you have received a score of 70 or higher, log into your CAEL account to access the application

          • Submitted the CAEL CE Test for admissions to a Canadian university or college as proof of English language proficiency
          • Achieved a score of 70 or higher on CAEL CE
          • Completed the essay submission
          • Admitted or enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution

          Prize: $4000 scholarship
          Deadline: July 1st, 2022

        • Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development

          The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:

          • CAD 10,200 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
          • CAD 12,700 for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research; or
          • CAD 15,900 for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study or research.

          Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).

          Deadline: Closed for the 2022-2023 academic year

        • Centennial Scholars Entrance Award to UBC


          • A strong academic student
          • Meet all of UBC’s admission requirements
          • You must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or protected person in Canada
          • Entering UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus directly from high school, or transferring from another post-secondary institution into a direct-entry program for your first undergraduate degree

          You and your family must complete an application to demonstrate financial need. The application also requires a reference letter from someone who is well acquainted with you and who can comment on your character, interest in UBC, and
          situation. Your reference could be – but is not limited to – a coach, a teacher, your counsellor, your principal, your supervisor from a work or volunteer position, your family doctor, or a community or religious leader.

          Prize: Up to $40,000
          Deadline: December 1st 2022

        • Collegedunia Dream Scholarship

          The scholarship is available to all international students who are planning to pursue or pursuing higher education from a reputed Canadian university.

          Eligibility Requirements:

          • Should be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
          • Should be enrolled in an approved undergraduate/postgraduate course in the reputed Canadian educational institute
          • Should submit a non-plagiarized, original essay including the following points:
            • Why did you choose this course and university?
            • How will it help you in your career growth?
            • What will be your next course of action after completion of the course?
            • How does it give you an extra edge as compared to other applicants?

          Prize: $1000 scholarship
          Deadline: September 30, 2022

        • Elizabeth Paterson Award

          Awarded to an international student or group of students in order to recognize those who contribute in a positive way to the internationalization of their campus community.

          Deadline: Closed, will re-open

        • College Scholarship

          Every year, award outstanding students for their essays on the energy industry. Students from all fields are welcome to apply.


          • Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an American or Canadian post-secondary educational institution within the following calendar year
          • The essay must be written in English or French and not exceed 500 words (not including title, applicant name, etc.)
          • The scholarship funds must be used for some education-related expense, such as tuition, books, school fees, room and board, etc.
          • The subject of the essay is “where you see the future of the energy industry”. Such topics can include green energy, oil politics, the continued use of nuclear power, your personal ideas and innovations — so long as it’s about energy in the world of tomorrow

          Prize: $500
          Deadline: January 31, 2023

        • Irving K Barber Transfer Scholarship

          You can apply for a transfer scholarship after one year of full-time study if you MUST transfer to complete your degree or two years of full-time study, if you CHOOSE to transfer to complete your degree.


          • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident (landed immigrant), convention refugee, or protected person living in Canada;
          • be currently attending, and transferring to, a public post-secondary institution in British Columbia;
          • have completed one year of  study with a minimum of 30 transferable credits at a BC public post-secondary institution and must transfer in order to complete your degree;
          • have at least a B Grade Point Average on your best 30 credits;
          • clearly demonstrate that you have significant community and/or school involvement, and academic achievement, supported by two references;
          • be starting your studies at a new institution between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

          Prize: $5000
          Deadline: Applications for 2022/23 Transfer Scholarships will be available through the website in January 2023.

        • Ivy Panda’s Semi Annual Video Contest for International Students

          Create a short Video – 1:00-1:30 on the following topics:

          • How COVID-19 Changed My Attitude Towards Self-Study
          • Online Tutoring in the Post-Pandemic World — A Perfect Freelance Job for Students
          • Self-Care Tips the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Me

          Videos will be evaluated on content usefulness, engagement, creativity, and production. One submission per student. For details on video format and how to submit, please visit the website.

          Prize: $1000
          Deadline: July 1 – October 31, 2022

        • IWSH Essay Scholarship
          • Eligibility:
          • Students must provide a copy of their current full-time schedule, school transcripts, or acceptance letter with their submission.
          • Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.
          • International students are eligible. Please submit proper school documentation with the essay.
          • 800-1600 words

          Prize: $1000, $750, $500
          Deadline:Closed for the 2022 season. Topic to be announced Spring 2023

        • Live Your Dream Award

          The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards, specifically for women. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 – November 15.


          • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
          • Has financial need.
          • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
          • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals
          • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay,
            Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
          • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
          • Does not have a graduate degree.
          • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.

          Prize: $1000, $5000, and $10,000

          Deadline: November 15, 2022

        • Margaret McNamara Education Grants


          • Be a self-identifying woman, at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
          • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washington University program);
          • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;
          • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;
          • already be enrolled as a full time student, with relevant student visa in national passport, and plan to continue studying full time in the following academic year;
          • not hold US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status

          The scholarships requires the following:

          • Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
          • An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
          • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.

          Two reference letters are required.

          Deadline: Applications are accepted between September 15 2022 – January 15, 2023. Queries may be addressed to

        • MENSA Canada Scholarships

          The Mensa Canada Scholarship Program includes one or more scholarships of $2000. Applicants must submit an essay describing your career goals in 250 words or less. Your essay should describe specific goals (academic, vocational or career). It should contain explicit ideas and information.


          • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants enrolled in a full-time program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, accredited by the applicable provincial Ministry of Education, during the 2020-2021 year.
          • Applicants must be at least 18 years old on January 31, 2022.
          • Awards are based on applicant’s essay.
          • Essays may be written either in English or in French. Only one essay is accepted per applicant.

          Prize: One or more scholarships of $2000-$3000
          Deadline: Closed for 2022

        • Pacific Medical Training Scholarship

          The Pacific Medical Training Scholarship requires a submission of a 750 to 1,000 word essay discussing emergency medical care from the perspective of a medical student. Basic life support is a critical skill for all healthcare providers and advanced and pediatric life support are also practiced by certain nurses and physicians depending on where they are working. Please explain how you will prepare mentally and physically before performing life saving techniques on patients in your career. Working as a healthcare provider can be a stressful and rewarding career. And they are looking for your insight and advice for other students entering the field.

          They are judging your essays based on helpfulness and sincerity, technical ACLS acumen isnecessary in life but not for this essay. See the 2020 winning essay.


          • Any undergraduate or graduate college student currently enrolled in a “healthcare degree” program may apply
            • This includes, but is not limited to, degree programs and courseware supporting the following professions: Athletic Trainer, Cardiac Sonographer, Cardiovascular Technologist, Dental Assistant, Dentist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Electrocardiographic Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Exercise Scientist/Specialist, Mammographer, Medical Assistant, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Assistant, Paramedic, Pharmacist, Phlebotomist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Physician, Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist
            • Pre-professional programs such as pre-nursing and pre-medicine students are qualified as well. Students begin their coursework but ultimately transfer to another institution to complete their degree.
          • Employees and Pacific Medical Training, and their family members, are not eligible to participate in this program.

          Prize: $100 award
          Deadline: November 1, 2022

        • Rank-It Scholarship

          The College Scholarship is a yearly, ongoing scholarship provided by Eachyear, they award one outstanding student for their essay on their vision of the future’s consumer trends. Students enrolled in any area of study are welcome to apply. All you must do to be eligible for the scholarship is write an essay in English or French of up to 500 words, explaining what consumer trend you see emerging, going obsolete or standing the test of time – feel free to be creative with it, as long as it’s about tomorrow’s shoppers.

          Prize: $500 award
          Deadline: March 1, 2023 (The deadline is March 1 annually)

        • Study in BC Writer’s Award


          • You must be a full- or a part-time international student currently enrolled at a BC post-secondary institution. You are still eligible if you are currently living in your home country and attending online classes due to COVID-19.
          • The applicant must submit three (3) original unpublished blog posts. Each post must be between 300-400 words and must include at least one (1) photo.
          • And one (1) photo album with at least ten (10) high-resolution photos (in JPEG format).
          • Applicants must submit a Verification of Enrolment Letter
          • To apply, applicants should download and complete the application form. Email the completed form and additional required documentation in ONE PDF with the subject line reading “Study in BC Writers’ Award Application” to submission per applicant.

          Prize: $1000 to use towards your tuition
          Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST.

          Study in BC Writer’s Award: Share your experiences with us!

        • The Cover Guy Scholarship


          • The student must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled in a program at a university, college or trade school in the United States or Canada for the upcoming school year.
          • The applicant must submit an article consisting of 500-1000 words.
          • The article must be in and around the applicants experience with hot tubs, backyard experiences, how hot tubs improve life, etc…
          • One submission per applicant. And should be sent by email only. Please include name, phone number, address, school name, program. Give an explanation of why you should be considered for the award (grades, volunteer work, etc..), student ID number, and the article.

          Prize: $1000 award
          Deadline: June 30, 2022.

          *This is an abridged version of the policy on Academic Scholarships.

          For more information, please contact:

Scholarship for Indigenous Students

This is an entrance scholarship for people of Indigenous ancestry, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Two scholarships equivalent to 60 credits, including books, will be awarded each year starting in Winter 2023. Students will be required to submit their scholarship application package before the deadlines stated and need to have successfully gained admission into the college before the Winter 2023 term.


Award Type: Entrance Scholarship for Indigenous* Students
Value: 60 Credits or 20 courses (equivalent to a full Associate Degree) and textbooks

Currently Accepting Nominations for: Winter 2023 term

Application Deadline: December 5, 2022

Recipients Announced: December 15, 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Indigenous ancestry (First Nation, Inuit, or Métis)
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, convention refugee, or protected person
  • Eligible for admission to the college (see Academic Calendar)
  • Submitted scholarship application package before stated deadline
  • Admitted to the college before term starts

Application form:

Please submit this form to to apply.
Scholarship for Indigenous Students Application Form

*Alexander College uses the term “Indigenous” in place of “Aboriginal” as held in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.