Awards & Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards

Teacher candidates who complete 55 per cent or more of their coursework in French may qualify to receive up to $1,600 to offset tuition fees from the BC Ministry of Education Bursary.

Recommendations for the bursary are made by the Okanagan School of Education.

Bursary Application

For professional development and other French education course bursaries, visit the BC Ministry of Education website.

Each year UBC Okanagan faculties award a student with the University of BC Medal for the head of the graduating class. In other faculties, the Head of Graduating Class is determined base of GPA.

As the Bachelor of Education Program is a pass/fail system, nominees will be considered for their overall academic performance while enrolled in the program.

Selection

The Undergraduate Program Committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations and selecting the award recipient(s).

Faculty can send their nomination form to education.ubco@ubc.ca.

Nomination Form

Scholarships totaling $2,000 have been endowed through a bequest by Madeline Betty Korfman to honour her love for teaching. Madeline Korfman taught school in southwestern Saskatchewan before relocating to the Okanagan in the mid-1990s.

Eligibility

The criteria for this award is very broad. Two recipients will share this award sum – an amount of $1,000 each.

Selection

The scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the Faculty of the Okanagan School of Education to full-time students.

The Undergraduate Program Committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations and selecting the award recipients. Faculty can send their nomination to education.ubco@ubc.ca.

application

The Maxwell A. Cameron Award is given annually by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation to students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Education degree in elementary and secondary school teaching to be the outstanding student in the graduating class who has:

a. initiated, worked or participated in a project that created positive change globally or in their local community, and or,

b. been actively involved in issues related to poverty, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, peace, global or environmental issues.

You can learn more about the Maxwell A. Cameron Award and other BC Teachers’ Federation Awards, Grants and Scholarships on their website.

A $1,500 award is offered by Associate Professor Emeritus Sharon McCoubrey to a student completing a bachelor’s degree at the Okanagan School of Education.

Eligibility

Preference is given to a student who also has a fine arts degree in visual arts, and/or has demonstrated leadership and passion for creativity with a commitment to advancing the teaching of visual arts in elementary school.

Selection

Awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty. The Undergraduate Program Committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations and selecting the award recipient(s).

Application

This award is offered to students who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership.

2019 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients!

Head of Graduating Class
Tyler Tronnes

“For me I’ve always loved teaching, and through the program what I started realizing was that it’s less about teaching, it’s trying to reveal to children and adolescents their potential and abilities and creating opportunities for them to grow and learn… Receiving the Head of the Graduating Class is an incredible honour. I’m really thankful.”

Sharon McCoubrey Award in Visual Arts Teaching
Heather Noakes

“Teaching is exciting to me as it’s a very creative practice and receiving this award supports how visual arts can be used in the educational process… why teaching? There are so many reasons. I went in to teaching because I want to be involved with the next generation of youth and help influence a generation of critical thinkers and engaged citizens.”

Maxwell Cameron Award (BC Teachers Federation) 
Ramandeep (Raman) Rajwan

“I have always dreamed of being a teacher that creates change in the world. My greatest takeaway is to be human and to educate the whole self. We all bring different perspectives and knowledge that needs to be acknowledged. Everyone is a teacher and learner. In order to create true rich learning, we must get comfortable with the uncomfortable. As a mentor once said to me “learning happens at the edge of messy”(VCS 2018).”

Sharon McCoubrey Award in Visual Arts Teaching
Audrey McMann

As noted by one nominator:

“Audrey is an exceptional BEd student with a Fine Arts and American Sign Language focus within her degree. Audrey has shown a passion for teaching Fine Art/Visual Art and has made incredible connections with her students during her internship in the senior art classes at KSS and her candidacy practicum with the art teacher at KLO Middle School.”

Graduate Awards

An award in the amount of $2,550 has been endowed by Dr. Vicki Green, a member of the Okanagan School of Education. The award is offered to a graduate student in the Okanagan School of Education, studying issues in social, economic, ecological, environmental and/or political sustainability. Candidates for the award are selected based on how their research will implement contemplative, transformational, imaginative, or creative interdisciplinary understandings in sustainability for children, youth, or teachers. The award is made on the recommendation of a selection committee comprised of members of the Okanagan School of Education.

Application Form

Please submit the nomination with supporting documents to lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

Eligibility

The graduate (Master or Doctoral) student nominee must be a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a graduate degree program with the Okanagan School of Education.

 Evaluation Criteria

  • Good academic standing.
  • Implementation potential – Candidates for the award are selected based on how their research will implement contemplative, transformational, imaginative, or creative interdisciplinary understandings in sustainability for children, youth or teachers.
  • The award is made on the recommendation of a selection committee comprised of members of the Okanagan School of Education.

Application Procedures

  • An Okanagan School of Education faculty member must submit a completed application to the Director of Graduate Program by the deadline
  • The nomination letter should reveal why the graduate student is a good fit for the award. A sub-committee from the Graduate Program Committee will act as reviewers.
  • The graduate student must supply a one-page summary of their research/project. 

A $5,000 award is offered by family in memory of Dr. Stephen Daniel Pope to a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Dr. Stephen Daniel Pope is remembered for his passion for education and his significant contributions to the public education system of British Columbia in the 1800s.

Preference is given to a student who shows great promise in the field of education.

Eligibility

All currently registered graduate students in the Okanagan School of Education are considered for this award.

Nomination Procedures

  • The Okanagan School of Education will review and evaluate currently registered graduate students and make an award recommendation to the College of Graduate Studies
  • Only successful nominees will be notified

We recognize up to eight meritorious students enrolled in programs leading to a graduate degree each year. Awards are made on the basis of applicants’ academic excellence, potential contribution, and relevant interactions and characteristics. Awards are open to students currently enrolled in graduate studies in the Okanagan School of Education and recent graduates within one year of degree completion. Awards will be determined at the conclusion of the Winter Two term on a yearly basis.

Deadline May 15th.

Application Form

Please submit the application with supporting documents to lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the recognition awards applicants must:

  • Be registered as a graduate student or be a recent Master or Doctoral level graduate of the Okanagan School of Education (maximum of one year beyond the receipt of degree).
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or an international student with a valid study permit.
  • Have completed at least one term of their graduate degree at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  • Have obtained a first-class standing across completed graduate level coursework to be eligible to receive funding (for UBC courses, first class standing is 80% and higher).

List of Awards

The Education Graduate Student Recognition Awards include a diverse list of achievements for our MA, MEd and PhD students:

  • Outstanding Master-Level Graduate Student Award
  • Outstanding Doctoral-Level Graduate Student Award
  • Master of Education Outstanding Project Award
  • Doctoral Studies Outstanding Conference Presentation Award
  • Master-Level Outstanding Conference Presentation and/or Publication Award
  • Master of Arts Outstanding Thesis Award
  • Doctoral Studies Outstanding Publication Award
  • Doctoral Studies Outstanding Conference Presentation Award
  • Doctoral Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award

Download the list of awards with descriptions.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Academic Excellence
    • Academic records and standing
    • Scholarships and awards
    • Scholarly involvement
  2. Potential
    • Applicant’s history and current work in
      • Program of study
      • Depth of scholarship
      • Areas of interest
      • Contribution to the field
  3. Relevant Characteristics and Interactions
    • Academic and leadership experiences
    • Project management
    • Organizing conferences/events and meetings
    • Elected positions
    • Committee responsibilities
    • Mentoring
    • Teaching
    • Community engagement and outreach
  4. Specific Component Criteria
    • Demonstrations of competency and excellence in the component that identifies the award e.g. project, thesis, presentation or dissertation

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member subcommittee of the Graduate Program Committee (GPC). Recommendations based on the review will be reported to the GPC for final determinations. The Director of Graduate Programs in Education will inform all applicants of awards and make this information public.

Award 1 and 2 will be judged as follows:

Academic Excellence 50%
Potential 25%
Relevant Characteristics 25%

Award 3 through 8 will be judged as follows:

Quality of Specific Component 50%
Academic Excellence 25%
Relevant Characteristics 25%

Congratulations to our Graduate Award Recipients

Vicki Green Graduate Award

Serveh Naghshbandi

Stephen Daniel Pope Graduate Award

Kelly Hanson

Outstanding Master-Level Graduate Student Award

Leslie Shayer

Master of Education Outstanding Project Award

Erica Neilson-Mahoney

Doctoral Studies Outstanding Publication Award

Camille Rousseau

Doctoral Studies Outstanding Conference Presentation Award

Serveh Naghshbandi

Doctoral Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award

Donna Kozak

Other Award Opportunities

Find the full list of Award Opportunities offered by the College of Graduate Studies on their website.

Graduate Student Internal Research Support Travel Grant

This internal grant is intended to subsidize travel to conferences for graduate students in Master’s or Doctoral programs. In order to be eligible, students must present scholarly work based on their graduate studies at a national or international scholarly meeting or conference as first author or sole author. Applications will be considered for travel support for up to $1,000 per request.

Student applications for the Internal Research Support Travel Grant will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year subject to available funds.

Grant applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the Graduate Program Committee according to the award eligibility criteria. This sub-committee will be chaired by the Okanagan School of Education’s Director of Graduate Programs

Applications should address the following questions:

1) What are the research results to be presented? (Must be described in terms accessible to a lay person)

2) Where is the presentation being made? (What conference/location/society, at the local/national/international level, to what audience?)

3) Why is the selected conference an important venue for presenting the research results? (What are the benefits to the student and to UBC Okanagan to have the applicant’s presentation given at this conference?)

4) What was the Applicant’s role in the development of the graduate inquiry being presented? What is the Applicant’s role in the conference?

5) Why is the Applicant an excellent candidate for the travel award? (Demonstrate excellence of the applicant’ please attach a C.V. as per the template provided)

Each of the criteria has equal weight in the ranking of the applications.

  • Graduate students currently enrolled in the Okanagan School of Education presenting scholarly work at a conference are eligible to apply in the term in which they plan to travel.
  • Applicant must be noted in the conference program.
  • Travel must occur by March 31st of the current academic year in which funds are received. Only expenses incurred within the terms of the award are eligible for reimbursement.
  • The project/research for this presentation must have been done while you were a student at UBC Okanagan.
  • Student must be registered in an Okanagan School of Education graduate program at the time of the application and at the time of the conference.
  • Applicants may receive travel funding from this source once as a Master’s student and twice as a Doctoral student.
  • If previously awarded a Graduate Student Travel Grant, you must share your presentation at an Education Forum at UBC Okanagan.

Where two or more students co-author a paper or presentation, only one may apply for funds to any given conference.

Complete the Graduate Student Travel Grant Application Form after carefully reviewing the Award criteria and eligibility information.

Complete the Application

The application must be the original copy, single-sided and not stapled, and must contain copies of all required documentation, including the following attachments:

  • Letter of Invitation/Acceptance that describes the nature of your participation in the conference (with English translation if necessary)
  • Abstract and/or Proposal (as submitted to conference organizers)
  • Two-page C.V. – please use separate headings to distinguish between conference presentations and written publications; follow template provided below.
  • Airfare quote
  • Accommodation quote
  • Confirmation of Registration
  • (Optional) Additional details about the conference (brochure, list of plenary speakers, etc.) One page maximum.

Submit the completed application to Lindsay Cox at lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

Documentation:

  • If any of the mandatory documentation is unavailable when submitting the application an explanatory note must be included.
  • In the case of an incomplete application, a committee decision to award a travel grant will be made on a provisional basis only, pending receipt and review of the necessary documentation.
  • When the documents are available, please submit them to the Okanagan School of Education – Graduate Programs, Lindsay Cox at lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

Applicants are encouraged to apply even when their acceptance to the conference is still pending.

All applications must be accompanied by a budget clearly outlining anticipated expenses and sources of funding. Students with external grant funding should include this in their budget. This grant will fund up to a maximum of $1000 per request.

To facilitate the review process, it is suggest that your C.V. adhere to the guidelines below; failure to do so may affect the review of your application:

  • Two-page maximum
  • Font size 12
  • Format:
    • Personal Information Education
    • Degrees Academic Awards and Honours
    • Distinctions
    • Scholarships
    • Awards Research Contributions
    • Work Experience (space permitting). Begin with the most recent and put in chronological order
    • Other items (space permitting) E.g. memberships

Note: Use separate headings to distinguish between journal articles and conference presentations (posters/abstracts)