External Scholarships

Scholarships are available through a variety of organizations including non-profit societies, employers, unions, service clubs and government agencies. Below are a selection of scholarships and resources to help connect you with scholarship opportunities.

The BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships and financial awards to help BC post-secondary students achieve their education goals. The society offers three separate awards for BC students:

Transfer Scholarships

The society offers transfer scholarships for students who have completed one or two years of study and will be transferring the credits to a second institution to complete your program.

BC Aboriginal Student Award or Aboriginal Teacher Education Award

The society offers awards for BC students of Aboriginal ancestry who plan to study in a program with a minimum length of 9 weeks leading to a post-secondary credential.

International Scholarships

The society offers international scholarships designed to support students from BC who have been accepted into an eligible study or work abroad program and have demonstrated extracurricular community involvement and academic standing suitable to an overseas study/work program.

Both the provincial and federal governments offer financial assistance to students in a number of forms, including scholarships.


A BC Government service with links to a variety of scholarships, bursaries and grants available to students.

Student Financial Assistance

Government of Canada service with information and tools to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education, including scholarships.

Scholarships are available through a variety of private sector organizations. Below are two resources to help connect you with millions of dollars in scholarship funding that are available across Canada. A number of private sector scholarships are listed on the student portal.

Scholarships Canada

Free service that connects students with 99,000 awards worth more than $199-million to help students achieve their post-secondary goals.

Many unions offer scholarships to students related to their members. Below is information on scholarships available through NIC staff and faculty unions.


The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents employees in the public sector, including support staff at NIC.

CUPE BC offers the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Memorial Scholarships to members, their spouses or their children.