Nominations are due March 1, 2022

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.

BCRPA Scholarship Recipients are celebrated widely by BCRPA – during Symposium, on our website, through our social media platforms, and in member communications that reach over 3,500 of BC’s recreation and parks professionals – providing them with unprecedented exposure and a prestigious accomplishment and recognition to add to their professional profiles.

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
  • 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 2022.
  • 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. View "Submission Requirements" below for details.

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.

Please email all documents to Connie Mah, Administrator, with the subject line: 2022 Nomination for BCRPA Student Scholarship

Submission Deadlines

  • December 14, 2021 to March 1, 2022 – Call for nominations
  • 4:30 pm, March 1, 2022 – Submission deadline
  • April 6, 2022 – Selection of successful candidates
  • April 27, 2022 - Virtual, and May 4-5, 2022 in-person in Whistler – BCRPA's Annual Symposium including AGM and Awards presentation. Date of award presentation to be determined.


Selection Process

Nominations received will be evaluated and ranked by a BCRPA committee based upon the selection criteria. BCRPA will inform the nominating institution and the successful student awardee of the selection outcomes. Decisions are at the discretion of BCRPA.

Up to three (3) DB Perks and Associates Graduating Student Scholarships Awards are available for 2022.


Current Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Student Scholarship Recipients!

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Alanna Tieszen

Lanagara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

Alanna Tieszen has been described as intelligent, curious, and a life-long learner. Faculty of the program describe her as thoughtful and analytical, and she asks relevant compelling questions that push her thinking as well as that of her peers. She has a heart for building a community that is well and engaged.

Throughout her academic studies, Alanna has been able to maintain high marks, and produce works of academic excellence while also working full-time as Lifestyle and Program Manager at Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence in Langley, creating and delivering recreation programs to over 150 seniors. She also volunteers as Run Director for the DRIME Run for the Nations, and as Substitute Instructor at Richmond Academy of Dance, while also enjoying many recreational activities.

She is looking forward to continuing to help people reach their full potential and offering opportunities that challenge their perceived understanding of quality of life.

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Dave Osborne

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Arts, Recreation and Tourism Management program

David has been described as a leader and a mentor, in both his classes and in his work as a skating instructor in Nanaimo, helping youth develop their individual skating and hockey skills. He has also been described as an ambassador for community sport and recreation, and someone who creates positive and meaningful change within the local community.

David has been a Dean’s List student since 2019, while also working as a skating instructor for the City of Nanaimo. He is active in the community as a volunteer hockey coach with the North Island Silvertips, and is an athlete, participating in multiple sports. He’s also had experience working in municipal parks maintenance in Ladysmith.

David has a passion for sustainable outdoor recreation and protecting the environment, and sees recreation playing a large role in protecting it. His goal is to lead with ideas that will help shape the future world of recreation and leisure as well as motivate his peers to rise to their potential abilities. He looks forward to a career where he can provide recreation experiences for the community and create sustainable outdoor recreation spaces that protect our environment.

Learn more about the 2021 Provincial Award Recipients and Student Scholarship Recipients.


Past Scholarship Recipients

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