External awards & bursaries

Many organizations offer their own scholarships that can be used towards a UBC education. Students apply directly to a corporation, parent’s employer, or community group. We recommend you take advantage of outside scholarships by searching actively in your community and by familiarizing yourself with the following websites and award opportunities:

Scholarships Canada

Canadian scholarship portal with searchable database containing scholarships, student awards, bursaries, and grants.

Student Awards

Online awards search service that includes information on scholarships, bursaries, grants, and other forms of financial assistance.

Canadian mental health association – bc scholarship & bursaries

Since 1982, CMHA BC has been helping people with mental illness further their pursuit of post-secondary education through our scholarship and bursary programs. They are committed to lowering access barriers and would like to ensure that these scholarships and bursaries are available to anyone in BC with lived experience who is pursuing higher education.

Community Foundation – South Okanagan & Similkameen Bursary

Over $40,000 in bursaries. Available to all graduating and returning students in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Offering support for post-secondary education as well as bursaries specific to art, fine art, linguistics, engineering, and more!


Youth Initiative Grants are specifically for youth, up to age 25, who would like to develop and run a project that benefits both youth and the whole community. After all, young people have proven to have creative and effective ideas to implement meaningful change in their communities!

foster children bursary program

Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life.

Interior Savings Million Dollar Bursary

Every year, Interior Savings gives $10,000 to 1000 local students. Must be 17 to 24 years old and be, or become, an Interior Savings member.

Save on food’s joint diversity scholarship

Save-On-Foods is proud to have partnered with UFCW Local 1518 to establish a Joint Diversity and Training Trust to support and maintain a respectful and positive working environment. Up to ten $1,000 scholarships are available and will be awarded to applicants who have promoted diversity awareness and acceptance in their community and have not previously received the Joint Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students who are BC residents and are going to be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution within the province of BC in the fall.

Depositing External Award Cheques

Undergraduate students that have received an external award should request the granting agency or organization to send the cheque directly to the UBC Development Office for processing with the subject line “Attention: External Awards Processing”.

If you’ve received the cheque from the organization directly, please download your Proof of Enrolment in your SSC under Grades & Records, write down your student number, and include it in your mail with the cheque to the UBC Development Office. Allow 6-9 weeks for processing.

In some cases, the granting agency or organization may require supporting documentation from the student before the cheque can be released.

Please contact Student Services if you have any questions.