Nominations open now until March 12, 2024!

Dbperks Commercial Aquatics Supplies ForwebThe purpose of this scholarship award is to recognize and support BC students who have excelled in recreation and parks post-secondary programs, and 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 4,000 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 recipients 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 related programs 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 ongoing generous support.

Scholarship recipients receive a:

  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Complimentary registration to attend BCRPA’s 2024 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 2024.
  • 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 2023 and convocating in 2024, 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 Felicitas Lutz, Partnerships and Events Coordinator, with the subject line: 2024 Nomination for BCRPA Student Scholarship

Submission Deadlines

  • January to March 12, 2024 – Call for nominations
  • 4:30 pm, March 12, 2024 – Submission deadline
  • By April 3, 2024 – Selection of successful scholarship recipients
  • May 1 & 2, 2024 – BCRPA's Annual Symposium in Penticton
  • May 2, 2024 Awards Presentation happening at Symposium, and 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. 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 2024.


2023 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to BCRPA's DB Perks Graduating Student Scholarship recipients!

Maggie Conway Web

Maggie Conway

Langara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

Maggie is passionate about working with communities to enhance social inclusion and cultural representation and remove barriers to accessing necessary resources for individuals to develop and thrive. Maggie approaches recreation and community development through an equity lens as she continues to support her community through programs and services.

Maggie is HIGH-FIVE® certified and currently works as a Provincial Early Years Community Coordinator with Metis Nation BC. She has held previous roles as a Program Coordinator/Community Development Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator, Recreation Leader, and Child Care Development Instructor in Richmond.

Maggie completed her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Langara in April 2023.

Andrea Pearson Web

Andrea Pearson

University of Victoria, Recreation and Health Education

Andrea actively promotes healthy lifestyles in the communities where she lives and works. She has a long history both playing and coaching multiple team sports and is a BCRPA certified Group Fitness and Weight Training instructor.

Andrea works with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria as a Development Associate and the District of Saanich as a summer camp Program Assistant. Upon graduation, she will also volunteer with the Victoria West Community Association supporting with community events.

Andrea will be completing her bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria in Spring 2023.


Past Scholarship Recipients

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