BIPOC Journalism Student Awards

Applications for the 2023 BIPOC Journalism Student Awards will open in September.

Until then, see the info below in order to be prepared to apply.

In order to address the lack of cultural awareness and knowledge about diverse communities in Canada, and recognizing that systemic barriers continue to exist in the media, these awards are open to journalism students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.

With support from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, the Foundation will grant up to three awards of $2,000 each to be paid towards tuition at the recipients’ schools.

Presented By:

  • Applicants must be B.C. residents who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour
  • Applicants must be enrolled 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 postsecondary 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  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 later this fall.


Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award paid directly to their post-secondary institution.