Entrance scholarship & awards

Are you new to Douglas?

If you're starting Douglas in the Fall semester and are coming from high school or another post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for an Entrance Scholarship or Award. These scholarships and awards recognize students who excel in their studies and contribute to their communities, including the promotion of social justice and/or truth and reconciliation.

The program offers a variety of one-time scholarships or awards of up to $3,500, and renewable scholarships or awards of up to $20,000, payable over four years.

Eligibility Criteria

Entrance Scholarships: Students must have a minimum admission GPA of 3.5 and significant contributions to their school or community.

Entrance Awards: Students must have a minimum admission GPA of 3.0 and significant contributions to their school or community. 

Application process

In your application, you must clearly illustrate your contributions to your school or community, the promotion of social justice and/or truth and reconciliation.

Please include two letters of reference from members of your school or community

If applicable, please outline your personal and/or family financial circumstances and why you feel you should be considered for awards that include a financial need component. 

To apply, please download the application form available on the right-hand side of this page. Follow the directions on the form for providing all information, including attachments, and then mail or email your application as indicated on the form.

Timeline

  • The application period is from October 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021.
  • All completed applications must be received by Douglas College by March 1, 2021 at 4pm.
  • All applicants who submit an Entrance Scholarship & Award application for the 2021/2022 academic year will be notified of Douglas College’s decision by April 15, 2021.

Scholarships and awards available

President's Entrance Scholarships

Established by the Douglas College Office of the President in 1992, the President’s Entrance Scholarship initially provided eight (8) tuition waiver scholarships for local (New Westminster & Tri-Cities) high school graduates attending Douglas College. In 2010, the catchment area was redefined as Metro Vancouver high schools, and in 2013, the number of scholarships offered increased to sixteen (16), with a value of up to $5,000 annually (to be split equally between the Fall & Winter semesters). Recipients are eligible to receive additional renewal scholarships, valued at up to $5,000 annually (to be split equally between the Fall & Winter semesters), for a maximum of 4 years. Recipients must be active in, and a major contributor to, at least one school activity (eg. student council, athletics, music, clubs, etc) or be active within their community on a volunteer basis. Deferral of the scholarship for medical or other reasons is at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee. Candidates must provide relevant documentation in support of the reason for their deferral request.

Douglas International Education Entrance Scholarship

Douglas International began offering merit-based entrance scholarships to international students new to Douglas College in 2011. These scholarships are used to recognize & recruit students based on academic performance. They also require students to demonstrate engagement in their school, community and/or personal development.

Canadian Hospitality Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to high school students in their final year of school who are enrolling in September of the same year in the Hospitality Management program. View scholarship information.

CJP Architects Scholarship

CJP Architects, and the partners involved in the firm, established this fund as part of the inauguration of the Thomas Haney Campus in Maple Ridge. Preference is given to students residing in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.

Douglas College Music Scholarship & Performance-Based Scholarship

These scholarships will be given to students who are entering the full-time University Transfer Music program at Douglas College and who are enrolled in a minimum of 11 credits, including all the required Music courses for which they are eligible. Applicants must audition (auditions are in April and May) and pass the theory requirement. The number of scholarships and the amount of each will be at the discretion of the Music Department. Applications due by May 9. Scholarships are based upon demonstrated achievement and potential at the auditions and presume acceptable theory entrance standings. Consideration will also be given to secondary school grades and a letter of reference. Winners must register in all the required Music courses (11 credits minimum).

Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration Entrance Scholarship

The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration created this entrance scholarship, with a one time donation in 2001, from their Faculty Productivity Incentive fund and through international consulting projects. The purpose of the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration Entrance Scholarship is to encourage enrollment by students in any program within the Faculty who have demonstrated academic excellence.

New Westminster Community Entrance Scholarship

The New Westminster Community Entrance Scholarship is the result of a merger of two funds: The Royal Visit 1983 Scholarship and the George Wootton Scholarship.  The Royal Visit 1983 Scholarship was created in 1983 to commemorate the 1983 Royal Visit to New Westminster. New Westminster City Council established the fund and then invited local groups to contribute. The following groups participated: Downtown New Westminster Association, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Fraternal Order of Eagles New Westminster Aerie No.20, Woodward’s New Westminster Store, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #2, International Woodworkers of America Local 1-357, New Westminster Hyack Festival Association, B.C. Government Employee’s Union, New Westminster & District Labour Council, Native Sons of British Columbia Post No.4, Native Daughters of British Columbia Post No.4, New Westminster Council of Women. The George Wootton Scholarship was established in 1979 by the Douglas College Board in recognition of George’s outstanding dedication, service and contributions to Douglas College and the community as the first president of Douglas College. The two scholarship funds were merged in 2016 to create the New Westminster Community Entrance Scholarship with the purpose of supporting recent high-achieving high school graduates in their pursuit of a post-secondary education at Douglas College.

Coquitlam 1991 BC Summer Games Award

This fund was created as part of the legacy provided by the 1991 BC Summer Games, held in Coquitlam. The award is available to a graduate of Centennial High School, with a minimum 75% in all Grade 11 and 12 courses (a high school transcript must be attached to the application). There should be evidence (a letter of recommendation) of involvement in school or community athletic activities.

Douglas College Music Entrance Award of Distinction

The Hugh Livingstone Maze Music Award of Distinction was created in 1998 through a gift from the estate of Hugh Livingston Maze. In 1994, the Meiji University Mandolin Old Boys (OB) Club created an Award of Distinction after performing a benefit concert for the Centre for International Education and Douglas College Foundation at the Massey Theatre. The purpose of both awards was to recognize and reward students entering their first year of the University Transfer Music Diploma program at Douglas College.

In 2016, the Douglas College Music Department made the decision to merge these two funds with their entrance Award of Distinction, originally created in 1990, and rename the award the Douglas College Music Entrance Award of Distinction. This merger will yield a higher annual distributable income from investment and allow the department to grant more substantial awards to deserving students. Hugh Livingstone Maze and the Meiji University Mandolin OB Club will continue to be recognized individually for their contributions during the annual Music award ceremony.

Additional Music awards.

Douglas International Education Entrance Award

In recognition of Douglas Internationals' diverse group of students from around the world they began offering entrance scholarships based on key geographic regions. The Douglas International Education Entrance Award recognizes & recruits students based on academic performance and their capabilities to contribute to the internationalization of Douglas College. Preference will be given to students coming from less-represented countries.

Douglas International Music Entrance Award

The Douglas International Music Entrance Award was created, in 2018, to encourage international students to enroll in the Douglas College Music Diploma program. Douglas International has committed to funding this award at $14,000 per year for 2 years.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Entrance Award

The Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Entrance Award was established, in 2007, by Faixfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) to provide two entrance awards to students entering any full time program of study at Douglas College. Recipients are eligible to receive a 2nd year of funding should they continue to meet all eligibility criteria. In 2018, Fairfax increased the value of these awards from $3,500 per year to $4,000 per year, per recipient. They also expanded their offer to include 3 new students per year. To recognize the many Degree programs offered at Douglas College, Fairfax will now offer a maximum of 4 years of support to one of these three students should they be enrolled in a Degree program after the initial 2 years of funding has been exhausted, should they continue to meet all eligibility criteria each semester. The main objective of these awards are to assist worthy candidates for whom the cost of pursing a post-secondary education would be a serious impediment.

Y.P. Heung Foundation Entrance Award

The Y.P. Heung Foundation created this fund in 2019 to address the rising cost of post-secondary tuition fees and the general challenge of “affordability” in all major urban centers in the Province of BC. The funds will create academic awards to encourage and support new entrants in their venture into post-secondary education. The Y.P. Heung Foundation believes that through education, the gap of inequality in the future will be reduced, thus enhancing the economic performance of the overall community.

The Joyce Family Foundation Entrance Award

The Joyce Family Foundation Entrance Award was created in 2016 through a generous donation of $250,000 from The Joyce Foundation. The purpose of the award is to provide support for first year students at Douglas College, who have recently graduated from high school and who demonstrate financial need, with the cost of tuition, school fees and books. Having not been able to obtain a post-secondary education when he was young, due to financial hardship, Ron Joyce intends this award to provide transformational support for students at Douglas College. The Foundation’s primary focus is to provide access to education for children and youth with significant financial need or facing other socio-economic barriers to success.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir Voice Entrance Award 

The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir Voice Entrance Award was established, in 2015, by the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir. The purpose of this entrance award is to support recent high school graduates enrolling in the Douglas College Music Diploma program, with a focus on studying Voice. 

Loyal Protestant Association Entrance Award

The Loyal Protestant Association established this entrance award with a $5,000 donation in 2016. The purpose of the fund is to reward and recognize high school students from New Westminster, Burnaby or the Tri-Cities wishing to begin their post-secondary education at Douglas College. The Loyal Protestant Association is one of BC’s oldest charities and is dedicated to helping students succeed in life.

Naked Stage Readers Theatre Entrance Award

This award was created by Jim Trimble & The Naked Stage Theatre to support a high school student entering their first year of studies in the theatre program at Douglas College.

How to Apply

The Douglas College Entrance Scholarship and Award program recognize students who are transitioning to Douglas College from secondary school or another post-secondary institution.

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