Awards for Students who are Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the 2023 BIPOC Student Journalism Award. Find out more by clicking here.

Below you’ll find information about these awards.

With sponsorship from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, the Foundation will grant up to three awards of $2,000 each.

Two awards will be granted to Indigenous students, and one to a BIPOC student.

We recognize we need to remove barriers to access for the Webster student awards. If you have ideas, please email us at [email protected]. We realize there’s much more work to be done, and we’re learning as we go. 

These awards are presented by the BC Teachers’ Federation.

  • Applicants must be B.C. residents who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour
  • Applicants must be enrolled either part or full-time in the current fall and spring terms in any year at an eligible B.C. post-secondary journalism program
  • Eligible journalism programs are at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Thompson Rivers University,  and the University of British Columbia.
  • A student is also eligible if they already hold a post-secondary degree and enrolled as per above.

Fill out the online application here. You will be asked for the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Phone Number/Email
  • Are you a full time student? Yes or No?
  • Name of educational institution
  • Expected graduation year
  • Upload just one reference letter from someone who explains why they think you should receive this award, including their name, email, phone number
  • Upload two pieces of journalism (published or not) that you have written/created– print/audio/video accepted, audio and video to be no more than 30 minutes each
  • Upload your resume
  • Opportunity to share additional information regarding challenges/obstacles you face that receiving this award would mitigate
  • Upload an essay of not more than 500 words addressing the following questions, not necessarily in this order:
  • How would you describe your connections and contributions to your BIPOC community?
  • What made you choose journalism as a career path?
  • Where do you hope it will lead you?
  • Which journalist’s work do you most admire and why?
  • Without exceeding the word count, feel free to weave in additional points that will demonstrate to the judges your suitability for this award.

Recipients will be announced in the fall.


Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award paid directly to their post-secondary institution, plus a complimentary ticket to the annual Webster Awards event.


Your support today makes a big difference and will help us continue the Jack Webster Foundation and celebrate excellence in journalism to protect the public interest for British Columbians.

Your donations go to support Student Journalism Awards, Professional Development Fellowships, free Masterclasses for journalists, journalism educators and students, and to support the costs of funding the annual Webster Awards.

As the Jack Webster Foundation is a registered Canadian charity, tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Should you wish to make your donation by cheque, please contact us by sending an email at [email protected].