General awards

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

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 may be enrolled in any program that focuses on mental health issues. They must also have volunteer experience with youth suffering from mental health issues. Preference will be given to students who reside within the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody).

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. 

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 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 students and group participants who demonstrate the ability to build community through initiatives or projects.

Douglas College Award 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 Business Association Award

The Douglas College Business Association Award was established in 2003, by the Marketing Student Society (originally named the Marketing Student Society Award). The purpose was to provide awards to students enrolled in the Marketing Management Program at Douglas College. In 2011, when the Marketing Student Society became the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA), the purpose was updated to recognize and reward students enrolled in any program at the College who demonstrated involvement with the DCBA.

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 Award was created in 1987 by Myrna Popove in memory of her husband.

FSO Student Ambassador Award of Distinction 

The ONS Student Ambassador Award of Distinction was created, in 2009, by the Douglas College Office for New Students (ONS). It's purpose was to recognize and reward the dedication and hard work of both domestic and international students who demonstrate commitment to Douglas College and the Student Ambassador program, as evidenced by their work ethic and performance. In 2018, the award name was changed to the FSO Student Ambassador Award of Distinction when ONS was renamed the Future Students’ Office (FSO). The purpose of the fund remains the same.

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 is 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.

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 one domestic student enrolled in any Post-Degree or Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program at Douglas College. Preference is given to single parents.

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. 

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

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 was created to support students engaged in STEP UP courses. View STEP UP information.

Sally Allan Memorial Award

The Sally Allan Memorial Award was established, in 2006, by her daughters and their families. The purpose is to support mature students, with demonstrated financial need, enrolled in English courses at Douglas College. A preference will be given to students with a disability.

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.