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1992 BC Games for the Physically Disabled Award
Created from part of the legacy of the 1992 BC Games for the Physically Disabled held in Maple Ridge that year, this fund provides awards to students with physical disabilities, or those training to enter a field involving work with the physically challenged. Recipients must be B.C. residents and Canadian citizens. Preference will be given to residents of Pitt Meadows or Maple Ridge.
Amanda Todd Legacy Award of Distinction
Carol Todd established this award in December 2015 to pay tribute to, and honour, her daughter Amanda Todd who has been described as "a transformative angel". Amanda died by suicide at the age of 15 in October 2012. Eligible recipients must be enrolled in any program that focuses on mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Badrudin (Bud) Charania Memorial Award
This award has been established in memory of Bud Charania, long-time employee of Impark and friend to Douglas College. The recipients of this award must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Applicants from all areas of study will be considered.
Calvin Sawyer Memorial Award
Calvin Sawyer was a graduate of the Douglas College Sport Science Diploma program and a Coquitlam resident. In early 2012, Calvin passed away at the age of 29. He will be remembered for his big smile, kind heart, very tall and muscular stature and easy going nature. Calvin was a mentor and protector to his friends and family and had a heart of gold. Calvin was multi-talented and a gifted artist who began designing video games at the age of eight. He played many sports and his love of the water ultimately lead him to his first job as a lifeguard for the City of Coquitlam. Calvin's biggest passion was working out at the gym. He worked evenings and weekends while attending Sport Science and Business classes. Calvin had big dreams of owning and operating his own business and when asked his advice he would say "follow your dreams. Do something you love and would do for free." Calvin's family established this award in his name to offer support and recognition to hard working students at Douglas College who have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students enrolled any program in the Sport Science department.
Canadian Federation of University Women Award of Distinction
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Award of Distinction was established in 2003. CFUW - Coquitlam applies annual to the Gaming Commission of BC to receive a grant through their Direct Access Funding. Funds obtained through that grant are used to support students at Douglas College. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Career & Employment Preparation program with one award going to graduates of School District 43 and one to students with disabilities.
Coca-Cola & Stewart Graham International Volunteer Award of Distinction
The Stewart Graham Memorial International Volunteer Award of Distinction was established by an estate gift from Stewart Graham in 1997. Stewart Graham worked with the Department of Education in the 1960s and 1970s when colleges were being established and is considered one of the educational architects of Douglas College. The award supported Douglas College students who were engaged in any Douglas College approved international volunteer program. The Coca-Cola Bursary was established by Coca-Cola in 2001 to support students enrolled in any program of study at Douglas College. Coca-Cola works to refresh the world, inspire moments of optimism, create value and make a difference. The two funds were merged in 2016 and became the Coca-Cola & Stewart Graham International Volunteer Award of Distinction. The award continues to support Douglas College students in any program of study who are engaged in an international volunteer program, including unpaid service learning, practicum or internship placements.
Community Builder Prize
The Community Builder Prize term fund was established by Douglas College Foundation in 2016, using surplus funds made possible by the Envision Financial Douglas College Community Building Program. The purpose of the Community Builder Prize is to recognize both an individual student and a class group who demonstrates the ability to build community through initiatives or projects. These prizes will be awarded at the annual Student Engagement Awards Ceremony. Award application.
Douglas College Award of Distinction for Educational Excellence
Established in 1999 by the Douglas College Education Council, the Douglas College Award of Distinction for Educational Excellence recognizes the best Douglas College has to offer the world - an individual who has strived for excellence in learning and is passionate about the community. The recognition package includes lunch with Douglas College’s President and, starting in 2015, a $500 cash award.
Douglas College Faculty Association Award
The Douglas College Faculty Association (DCFA) established this endowment in 1992 to assist students who are in financial need yet demonstrate academic ability. The DCFA Award is presented annually to hardworking student(s) at the college who are enrolled in full-time studies. Whenever possible, preference is given to family members of Douglas College Faculty or BCGEU staff. In 2010, the Douglas College Faculty Association Bursary was rolled into this Award.
Douglas College International Education Award of Distinction
The Douglas College International Education Award of Distinction endowment fund was created in 1995 by Douglas College International (then Douglas College Centre for International Education). The purpose of the fund is to recognize and reward international students returning to Douglas College who have demonstrated excellence over time, having completed a minimum of 24 credit hours.
Douglas College International Studies Award of Distinction
The purpose of this fund is to support Douglas College students on work/study abroad activities. Work/study abroad may include the following: institutional academic exchange with a partner institution; field school; service learning; language training; practicum and unpaid or partially paid internship/co-operative work term.
Douglas Students' Union Domestic Student Leadership Award
The Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) established a scholarship, in 1989, to recognize & reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence while enrolled in any program or Faculty at Douglas College. In 2017, the DSU revised the criteria and renamed the fund the Douglas Students’ Union Domestic Student Leadership Award to ensure financial need, as well as academic achievement, would be taken into consideration. The DSU is one of the founding members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and works with more than 80 other students' unions across the country to campaign for more accessible post-secondary education and to provide services to students. The DSU represents students’ needs and concerns within Douglas College and in the greater community, working to provide services to improve the lives of its members.
Dr. Philip Popove Memorial Award
The Dr. Philip Popove Memorial Bursary was established in 1987 by Myrna Popove to memory of her husband. The purpose of the fund is to support students enrolled at Douglas College, preferably within the Dental Assisting program, who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence. In 2017, Myrna changed the name of the fund to the Dr. Philip Popove Memorial Award to support a higher GPA requirement of 3.0.
Gordon Gilgan Award
This award was established in honour of Gordon Gilgan, former faculty and long-time administrator at Douglas College. Gordon was instrumental in establishing the Douglas College Centre for International Education, as well as Douglas College's Institute for Urban Ecology. This award is for a student residing in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows School District.
Honorary Fellow Award
In 2012, Douglas College gifted $20,000 to establish the Honorary Fellow Award in support of students with financial need who demonstrate leadership and community involvement. The hope is that this Award will continue to grow via tributes to and by Honorary Fellows.
Japan Canada Educational & Cultural Award of Distinction
This fund was established by contributions made by Momoyama Gakuin University (in 1986), Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS) (in 2002), Shirafuji Academy (in 1992) and the Japan Canada Educational & Cultural Exchange Foundation (JACEF) (in 2001) to support Canadian students attending Japanese educational institutions, as well as international students studying at Douglas College. In 2015, these institutions individual funds were merged to create the Japan Canada Educational & Cultural Award of Distinction. The purpose of the fund remained the same, to encourage Douglas College students to develop educational and cultural experiences in Japan, as well as to support Japanese national students studying at Douglas College.
Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award
The Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award was established in 1992 with the purpose of recognizing students enrolled in any teaching program at Douglas College that supports individuals with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: Behaviour Intervention, Classroom & Community Support Worker, Co-occurring Disorders, Employment Supports Specialty, Sign Language Interpretation, Therapeutic Recreation and Psychiatric Nursing. Demonstrated community or College activity involvement is also taken into consideration.
John and Elvi Clark Award
The John and Elvi Clark Award was established in 2012 by their children. John and Elvi came to Canada as immigrant children. New Westminster gave them a home and opportunity. They worked hard, becoming the first in their families to get a post-secondary education. Both were teachers, volunteers and, in retirement, tutors for the I-CARE program at Douglas College. A fund at Douglas College in New Westminster was the natural place for the children of John and Elvi to remember their parents and express their inherited belief in the value of community and education. In 2012, they made an initial donation of $18,000 to be distributed at $2,000 a year for nine (9) years. The family continues to support this fund with annual donations and, in 2017, they decided to increase the award values to distribute two awards, worth a maximum value of $2,250 per student, per year. Recipients will be awarded $750 each in the Fall semester and, provided they reapply to confirm that they continue to meet all eligibility requirements, an additional $1,500 in the Winter semester.
John Halani Award of Distinction
BC's Honorary Consul General of Uganda, John Halani, created this award in 2016 to recognize and reward individuals participating in the Global Affairs Canada IYIP, Douglas College Uganda Project through two essay prizes valued at $500 each. Mr. Halani has supported the Douglas College Uganda Program since its inception in 2005.
Lau Award of Distinction
Michelle Lau established this award in 2009 with the purpose of recognizing and rewarding excellence in Badminton players at Douglas College. The Badminton program was cancelled in 2015 so Michelle adjusted the terms of reference to support students who are either participating in the Douglas College Toastmasters club and/or the Co-operative (Co-op) Education program.
Living Big Student Leader of the Year Award of Distinction
Suzanne Kyra established the Living Big Award of Distinction in 2015 to encourage students to reach for success - live big - regardless of their situation. The name was changed in 2016 to the Living Big Student Leader of the Year Award of Distinction. Suzanne is an international empowerment speaker, registered clinical counsellor, certified coach and past clinical supervisor at SFU. She has a private practice and more than 30 years' experience. She is the author of the award-winning book Welcome Home to Yourself and is a frequent guest on Canadian and US radio shows and at conferences. She runs Living Big seminars, retreats and conferences throughout Metro Vancouver. Suzanne joined the Board of Douglas College Foundation in 2010.
Maggie Clark Award
Ben and Eleanor Kendall established the Maggie Clark Award in 2013 in honour of their grand-daughter, Maggie Clark. Each year the award supports a single domestic student enrolled in any Post-Degree Diploma program at Douglas College.
Moore and McCready Memorial Award
The Sharon Moore & Matthew McReady Memorial Award was established by Ken Moore, former Douglas College instructor, in memory of his daughter (Sharon Moore) and his grandson (Matthew McReady) in 1992. The award was created with a purpose of supporting students in any program who have financial need, with preference given to those returning to school after time away and who may have been engaged with distance or correspondence learning. In 2012, Ken Moore passed away and the award was renamed to honour his memory alongside that of Sharon and Matthew.
Norm and Larissa Streu Award
The Norm and Larissa Streu Award, established in 2014, supports and recognizes students with financial need who are enrolled in in any program of study at Douglas College. Recognizing the importance of education, Norm and Larissa created this award to provide financial assistance to a person who has faced challenges or overcome adversity to become a student at Douglas College.
ONS Student Leadership Award of Distinction
This award was created in 2009 by the Douglas College Office for New Students (ONS) to recognize and reward the dedication and hard work of students in the Douglas College Student Ambassador program. In 2016 the terms of reference for this award were expanded to include both Domestic and International students who demonstrate academic excellence, as well as, evidence of a commitment to a good work ethic in their performance.
Peter W. Webster Award
Peter W. Webster, chair of the Douglas College Foundation Board from 1987-91, and an Honorary Board member, established this award in 1992. Initially, this award rewarded and recognized the efforts of well-rounded students enrolled in the Hospitality Management and Criminology programs at Douglas College. In 2016, the award criteria changed. It continues to support Criminology students but focuses, as well, on supporting single parents within any program or Faculty.
Real Estate Foundation Award
The purpose of the Real Estate Foundation Award is to support students enrolled in any real estate related course at Douglas College. It also recognizes students who are licensed real estate agents, have family members that are licensed real estate agents, and those who plan to pursue a career in real estate.
R. Howard Webster Foundation STEP UP Award of Distinction
The Student Teams Exploring Pervasive Urban Problems (STEP UP) project, offered through various courses at Douglas College, allows students to get a hands-on, real-world experience. Through STEP UP, students practice teamwork skills and apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to explore the unique challenges of urban environments. Students learn to think deeply and critically about the societal challenges facing modern cities. From homelessness to traffic congestion, waste management to crime prevention, students are given the opportunity to go beyond the textbooks and to become immersed in a pervasive urban problem, working together to make recommendations for improvement. Through the generosity of the R. Howard Webster Foundation this award of distinction was created to support students engaged in STEP UP courses. For more information: http://www.douglascollege.ca/programs-courses/faculties/humanities-social-sciences/step-up-project
Virginia Chisholm Memorial Award
The Virginia Chisholm Memorial Award was established to honour the memory of Virginia Chisholm, Douglas College Library Director from 1981-1999. Available to any student in any program who has a GPA of 3.0 and above and shows evidence of financial need.
Wesbild LIFT Mentorship Award of Distinction
In 2012, Wesbild announced the Wesbild Learning Initiative For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship Program in support of students enrolled at CABE Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. A number of these scholarship recipients chose to attend Douglas College (DC) but faced challenges when transitioning from a sheltered and supportive educational environment to the less-structured post-secondary environment. In 2017, DC created a mentorship program to help CABE students navigate their way through their first year at the College & promote a sense of belonging. Wesbild saw this as the ideal opportunity to expand their LIFT Scholarship program by creating the Wesbild LIFT Mentorship Award of Distinction. Wesbild mentors are DC students who are already involved in leadership positions and have been trained in leadership & mentoring. They are carefully matched with a CABE student to offer individually tailored support & guidance. This award recognizes these mentors for their dedication to the program.
Women Do Recover Award of Distinction
This annual award was established in January 2016 in partnership between Westminster House Treatment Centre for Women in New Westminster and Douglas College Foundation to encourage and support graduates of Westminster House in attaining a post-secondary credential. Recipients will receive up to $5,000 provided they take a minimum of six (6) credits in consecutive semesters (Summer optional). The funding is to be used to cover tuition, fees and books. Recipient(s) must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 after their first semester, be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits each semester within any program or required upgrading courses, and have completed their program at Westminster House.