Financial Aid

VCC Awards and Scholarships

VCC offers hundreds of scholarships and awards which are presented at two ceremonies every year. Numerous awards and scholarships are available to recognize student achievement and provide educational assistance at VCC. Many of the awards are proudly supported by Vancouver Community College Foundation and its community of donors.

For complete descriptions of all VCC's financial awards, visit our Online Awards Guide.

Many financial aid forms will ask you to list program costs. To help you determine the cost for your VCC program we have an online calculator.

Spring 2024

Please stay tuned for updates on the Spring 2024 Scholarship program.

The Dr. Bik May Wai Scholarship is an award available to a Vancouver Community College student with refugee status, demonstrates initiative and commitment to his/her studies and community, fosters and facilitate collaboration and team-building, and shoulders responsibility in the face of challenges.

Application deadline: To be announced
Award amount: 1 x $2,000


The Jess Daniel Nichol Memorial Award is offered to students entering the Music Program at Vancouver Community College who have a strong interest in music and have encountered challenges in their lives. Preference will be given to residents of the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver and those who have a financial need.

Application deadline:  TBA
Award amount: 1 x $3,000 ($1,500/year x 2 years)


Mars Canada established the "Seat at the Table Fund" to create more equal access to education for equity-deserving groups. The Seat at the Table Fund is to cover tuition and education-related expenses to help students from underserved communities pursue a culinary education, and careers in the food industry. The program provides funding for exceptional and deserving students who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Colour to help overcome financial barriers.

Application deadline: March 29, 2024
Award amount: 3 x $5,000

Ben's Original Seat at the Table Fund application form

The Positive Space Scholarship will honour a student who has displayed leadership in building a positive and welcoming environment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, 2S (LGBTQ2S) community – inside VCC or in the community. ‌

Application deadline: TBA
Award amount: 1 x $450


The Canada Life Scholarship for New Canadians  supports new Canadians, either permanent residents or Canadian citizens, who have become BC residents within the last five years to assist in advancing their education, and alleviate financial barriers to pursuing post-secondary study.

Awards will be granted on the basis of financial need and a desire to enter into or be currently enrolled a full-time VCC program.

Application deadline: March 29, 2024
Award amount: 5 x $1,250


Designers Danielle and Wade Papin have been handcrafting their signature talisman jewellery from their Vancouver studio, Pyrrha, since 1995. The Pyrrha Scholarship provides financial assistance to a first-year VCC Jewellery Art and Design student who demonstrates high academic and artistic achievement. ‌

Application deadline: March 29, 2024
Award amount: 1 x $3,500

Pyrrha Scholarship application form

This scholarship is awarded to a student who excels in academic works, is committed to community involvement, and displays leadership capability.

Preference will be given to local BC residents who are Canadian citizens. Financial Aid may be a consideration.

Application deadline: Spring 2024
Award amount: 5 x $2,000

For further information on applications, please see the Financial Aid Office.