Nomination period is closed for 2021

Dbperks Commercial Aquatics Supplies ForwebThe purpose of the scholarship awards is to recognize and support BC students who have excelled in recreation and parks post-secondary programs, who have demonstrated strengths in academics, practicums, class participation, and team work. Award applicants have shown a commitment to leadership that will help advance recreation and parks being embraced as essential to the quality of life of every British Columbian (BCRPA’s vision). The award is for final year students graduating from recreation and parks post-secondary institutions that are BCRPA affiliate members.

Commercial Aquatic Supplies has sponsored this Student Scholarship Award Program since it began in 2001. We thank them for their generous support.

Scholarship recipients receive:

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • complimentary registration to attend BCRPA’s Symposium or Ripple Effects conference
  • One-year complimentary BCRPA Membership upon graduation


  • Nominating post-secondary institutions must be affiliate members of BCRPA.
  • Institutions will nominate their top student in the program, based on the criteria. (Nominations packages must be submitted by the school's department representative - 1 nomination per department)
  • Student nominees must be graduating from a recreation or parks degree or diploma program at a BC university or college, and be convocating in 2021.
  • Nominees who have been chosen to receive the award must be BCRPA student members at the time the award is granted at the BCRPA Awards Ceremony.

Nominations Process

All BC post-secondary educational institution with a current BCRPA Affiliate membership are eligible to nominate one (1) student per graduating year the recreation or parks related academic program they offer, and the student must be currently enrolled in the final year of the program. Students who have completed their studies in Fall of 2020 and convocating in 2021, are also eligible for nomination.

Nominating institutions will promote the award opportunity to eligible students, conduct an internal selection process based upon the selection criteria, and submit no more than one (1) nomination per program. Nomination packages must be submitted to BCRPA by the department representative.

Nomination Criteria

Student nominations will be evaluated on the following broad criteria. The nominated student:

  1. Exhibits excellence in a recreation or parks program of study as demonstrated in academics, practicum performance and evaluation feedback, class participation, team work, and other criteria deemed important to the program;
  2. Demonstrates commitment and leadership (academic and in the community) to the recreation and parks field;
  3. Is actively engaged in recreation (as volunteer and participant- include any past or current aquatics experience: ie: swim team, coaching, lifeguarding, etc.,) and shows promise of future impact on the sector;
  4. Is in the final year of the program;
  5. Is chosen by the program leadership as the graduating student who is most representative of the scholarship nomination criteria.

Submission Requirements

Completed nominations packages must include:

  1. Nominee’s resume (maximum 1-2 page), demonstrating capabilities as well as work experience and any current/past involvement in recreation (including aquatics), and or parks;
  2. Cover letter by the student that cites his/her successfully meeting each of the four nomination criteria;
  3. A well-crafted written work of up to 500 words (two pages) summarizing:
    1. How the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in the program contribute to the student’s understanding of and leadership within the recreation and parks field; and
    2. How the student models these qualities. The essay should highlight critical thinking and understanding of the field, and convey what excites the student about the field.
  4. One (1) letter of reference from an instructor or program leader supporting the nomination which references their and the institution’s observations on how the student meets the nomination criteria. 
  5. Photos of the nominee, including a current digital headshot photo, as well as 3 to 5 additional photos that showcases how recreation and parks has been a part of their life, from any age.
  • In the event that the Nominee receives a student scholarship, these photos will be used in recognition material, including the BCRPA Award Ceremony presentation, website, social media, and other digital print material.

Submission Deadlines

  • February 3 through March 11 – Call for nominations
  • 4:30 pm, March 11, 2021 – Submission deadline
  • April 8 – Selection of successful candidates and announcement
  • May 6 - Scholarship Recipients announced and posted on BCRPA's website


Selection Process

Nominations received will be evaluated and ranked by a BCRPA committee based upon the selection criteria. The BCRPA will inform the nominating institution and the successful student awardee of the selection outcomes. Decisions are at the discretion of the BCRPA. Up to two (2) DB Perks and Associates Graduating Student Scholarships Awards, and one (1) BCRPA DB Perks Provincial Aquatics Youth Award are available for 2021.


Congratulations to the 2020 Student Scholarship Recipients!

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Nicole Bracewell

Recreation and Health Education, University of Victoria

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Megan Fortune

Department of Recreation and Tourism Management, Vancouver Island University

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Dylan Myers

Recreation Management Program, Langara


View a complete list of current and past Student Scholarship winners, who are the future leaders of our sector!