BCPIA Memorial Scholarships
Students seeking a career in the graphic communications industry may be eligible for one of: six memorial scholarship from the British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association (BCPIA - these scholarships are exclusively for students from British Columbia. In addition students may also apply for one of the numerous scholarships offered through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).
Both the BCPIA and the CPIA Scholarships of $1,250 are administered and managed through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).
The CPISTF also provides at least one Prestige scholarship each year in the amount of $5,000. It goes to the student with the highest mark out of high school and it is only for the first year of post secondary. Thereafter the student receives $1,250 per year as long as they maintain grade level in a recognized program.
Scholarships are granted to students who meet all of the following criteria:
- must be enrolled in or plan to be enrolled in the first year of an approved program (see overleaf);
- must be enrolled for a minimum of two years, on a full-time basis, in a printing management or technical program (not art or design) in a post-secondary Canadian school;
- must have a high school average of at least 75% if applying for a community college program, or at least 80% if applying for a university program or a university or college GPA of 3.0 or better if applying for either a college program or a university program; and
- must have a commitment to pursue a career in the printing industry (this could include management, estimating, pre-press, press, sales, etc.)
To ensure the validity of the fourth point, students must consent to, and participate in, an interview with an industry executive. Based upon the student’s responses and level of enthusiasm, a final decision on scholarship qualification will be made by the Board of Trustees of the Fund. The requirement for an interview is part of the screening process for all new applicants only.
Students must be enrolled in an approved course of study which will provide him or her with sound basic skills in preparation for a printing industry career. Any college or university offering such an approved full-time two, three or four-year certification program is acceptable for this scholarship program. The eligibility of any particular course or institution is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, whose decision is final.
Part-time students or those enrolled in design or art courses are not eligible for scholarships from the Fund.
When a student receives a scholarship, funds are provided to the Registrar of the appropriate school to be applied to the cost of tuition on behalf of new applicants who have successfully completed the screening process, or students already in the scholarship program who have maintained the required academic standard. Half of the scholarship amount is provided, in this manner, at the beginning of each semester of the school year. Under no circumstances are these moneys made available directly to qualifying students
Approved Schools in BC
- BC Institute of Technology (Graphic Communication Technology Program)
For a list of schools approved throughout Canada, please visit our website www.bcpia.org and click on scholarships.
Please fill in the form below and submit by June 30th. You will be contacted regarding a transcript of your marks and an interview.