BCCGC awards are distributed to students who are contributing to the horticultural world in a variety of ways. Their courses range from a three-month course in viticulture, to a master’s degree in landscape architecture or pest management. In between are hands-on courses of eight months to a year, or bachelor degrees in horticulture-related fields. The Scholarship Trustees get wonderful letters from many of the award winners, and we thank them for sharing their goals and passions for their field of horticulture.
The diversity of courses, and interests, of the students is amazing. Here are a few of the plans for the future from students who attended some of the programs the STF supports.
Lee Fish attended Vancouver Island University and is pursuing his dreams of food security. He managed a greenhouse growing lettuces where the aquaponics system utilized the fish waste from a co-located onshore fish farm as fertilizer. He hopes to continue his education and qualifications by getting his Red Seal in Horticulture.
Sara Tanaka went to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She grew up in the Fraser Valley working with her father in their garden, and is now taking her passion for horticulture in the field of edible and native flora. She wants to start her own landscape company to help increase the biodiversity of urban landscapes by designing for a more sustainable future.
Jaala Parkes attended the UBC horticultural program. She has plans to be a horticultural therapist. She wants to use the natural landscape as a therapeutic medium. What a wonderful way to utilize horticultural knowledge. We all need the therapy of our gardens.
Research in the degree programs covers a variety of areas: invasive ant colonies, crop rotation for maintaining fallow fields for use by migrating wild birds with the Delta Wildlife trust, water management through use of landscaping, and studying potential cancer-fighting compounds in the bark of specific tree.
Good luck to all the award recipients in 2020, and we look forward to hearing of your amazing plans in the future. Who knows what the recipients of the 2021 awards will bring to our attention?
We continue to focus on connecting with scholarship and award departments to ensure our funds are distributed to qualifying students. This is the up-to-date list of grants distributed to educational institutions in BC. If your institution would like to apply for a grant, please contact our Scholarship Committee.
|Simon Fraser University |
(Mildred Wells Scholarship)
|Vancouver Island University*||$800||$800||*||$800||$600||$1,000|
|Horticultural Centre of the Pacific||$700||$700||$700||$800||$800||$1,000|
|University of British Columbia |
(Rose Bancroft Scholarship)
|University of British Columbia|
|University of the Fraser Valley||$1,000||$1,000||$1,500||$1,000||$1,000||$1,200|
|Kwantlan Polytechnic University||$900||$1,000||$2,500||$1,000||$1,000||$1,100|
|University of Northern BC||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000||$1,100||$1,200||$900|
|Thompson River University||$900||$1,000||$1,000||$1,100||$1,000||$1,000|
|University of British Columbia|
(Horticultural Training Program)
Surplus funds in each institution from prior years are used to balance award amounts.
* Accumulated surplus funds were sufficient to cover awards in these years.
** Okanagan College did not offer the viticulture course in 2019.
*** The BCCGC Scholarship Fund began awarding grants to this program in 2018.