Students seeking a career in the graphic communications industry may be eligible for one of the scholarships offered through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

Additionally, PrintForward is building a local scholarship fund through the Vancouver Foundation to honour Lorne Patterson, a long time industry member and past Board of Directors Chair and Board Member.  (This scholarship will be made available through BCIT.)

Scholarship Amounts

The CPIASTF Scholarships of $1,250 are administered and managed through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

Scholarships Eligibility

Eligibility for a scholarship is dependent on a student meeting all of the following criteria:

  • must be enrolled in, or plan to be enrolled in, the first year of an approved program;
  • 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 grade average of at least 75% if applying for a college program, or at least 80% if applying for a university program.  If transferring from a college or university, a grade of at least 80% or GPA of 3.0 is required for either a college or university program;
  • must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to continue to receive their scholarship regardless of program chosen;
  • 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 prepare, a one page presentation outlining their reason for pursuing this course of study and explaining what they can contribute to the future of the industry.  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.

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 as a  full-time two, three or four-year certification program would be acceptable as an approved school.  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.

Approved Schools in BC and Canada

  • BC Institute of Technology (Graphic Communications Technology Program)
  • For an up-to-date list of approved programs and schools throughout Canada, please visit the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund website
  • Applications must be received on or before June 30th for consideration for the next program year, starting the following September.