Financial Awards

All full-time students are eligible for scholarships in the BFA and MFA programs at UBC Creative Writing.

For MFA students, full-time status is determined by UBC for funding purposes as 12 credits of courses (6 per term) in the fall/winter term.

GRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Incoming MFA students may be awarded scholarships at the discretion of the Creative Writing Program. We receive modest Graduate Support funding each year, and allocate this to students in both the on-campus and Optional-Residency Programs.

MISCELLANEOUS GRADUATE AWARDS

Graduate Awards frequently sends notices of scholarships, fellowships, competitions, travel awards and these are posted on the Graduate Advisor’s bulletin board throughout the year as well as the Graduate Studies website: www.grad.ubc.ca.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM (B.C. ARTS COUNCIL)

For programs following completion of second year undergraduate, professional diploma, or post-graduate programs; or equivalent private instruction, offering up to $3,500 for full-time winter studies. The award is available for full-time study at recognized post-secondary institutions or academies without restriction of country. Assistance is available for a maximum of six years of full-time study at an institution, or three years equivalent private instruction. Applicants should demonstrate a first-class standing in an eligible field of study. Preference will be given to applicants who have resided in British Columbia for at least one year prior to application. Artists currently established as professional in their field are not eligible for assistance.

Deadline & Application Forms – Contact:
B.C. Arts Council, Box 9819, Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C. V8V 9W3
Phone:(250) 356-1718
Email: BCArtsCouncil@gov.bc.ca
Web: www.bcartscouncil.ca

STUDENT LOANS AND BURSARIES

Canadian student loans are government-funded repayable financial assistance. Eligibility is determined by a standard means test. Students are required to apply for student loans through their province of residence. See the UBC Student Services website www.students.ubc.ca/finance/student-loans/ for further information.

Non-Canadian students should inquire in their country of residence regarding student loans.

UBC also offers bursaries to students who have student loans. There are general bursaries available to all UBC students as well as a few bursaries designated specifically for Creative Writing students. See the UBC Student Services website www.students.ubc.ca/finance/types-of-financial-support/ubc-bursaries/

Please note that on-campus students are also eligible for bursaries and loans to cover the summer term, since they are enrolled over the summer.

List of Internal Creative Writing Awards

Students do not apply for these awards. They are allocated based on GPA each year. Students are informed in late summer of any awards they may receive.

Complete award information sorted by award number. Note that values are approximate as many awards are endowed and dependent on revenue.

The following awards are currently available. Note that values are approximate as many awards are endowed and dependent on revenue.

00359 William REA Fellowship in Television  GRAD ONLY
One or more fellowships totalling $2,100 are offered by William Rea, Jr., founder of CKNW, in honour of his father, a pioneer Edmonton educator. The minimum value of each award is $500. The fellowship is open to a University of British Columbia graduate student of either sex, who shows the greatest aptitude in terms of scholarship and extracurricular activity for a career in television through drama, music, writing, photography, engineering or business. The student may attend any recognized graduate school which will further his training in this area, and the scholarship may be renewed for one or more years in appropriate circumstances.Students wishing to be considered should apply by letter which should include a statement outlining program objectives, academic transcripts and a statement regarding financial circumstances. Applicants must also request three or more instructors familiar with his work to supply confidential statements indicating his merits and their estimate of his ability to pursue work in one of the areas of the field of study in which the candidate desires to work. Completed applications should be sent to the William Rea Fellowships in Television, c/o The Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of B.C., Vancouver, B.C. Applications must be received by July 1. The Program normally recommends 1 MFA per year.
00523 Gordon H. WOODWARD Memorial Scholarship FICTION
A scholarship of $100 has been endowed by friends in memory of Gordon H. Woodward who, during the two decades before his death in 1966, contributed fiction to the best periodicals in Canada, England, Australia and the United States, and whose dedication to writing as an art is well-known here and abroad. It is awarded by the Department ofCreative Writing to a student with a good academic record who has shown ability and promise in the writing of fiction.
00525 Helen BADENOCH Scholarship ALTERNATING
A bequest from Ida Helen Badenoch provides four scholarships of $425 each, two for students most proficient in community health nursing practice and proceeding to further work in this field of study; and two for the most proficient students in a field of journalism, or in a field related to journalism.
00555 Thea KOERNER Memorial ALTERNATING
A scholarship of $825, endowed by her friends in memory of Thea Koerner and in recognition of her most generous encouragement of the arts at the University and in British Columbia, is awarded upon the recommendation by the Theatre Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Departments of Art History and Visual Art, and the School of Music, to a full-time student regularly enrolled in one of these areas and proceeding to a degree, whose past performance and future promise qualify him as the most suitable recipient of the award.
00615 Harry and Hilda SMITH Foundation Scholarship
Scholarships totalling $200 have been endowed by the Harry and Hilda Smith Foundation. The late Harry Smith was a pioneer in the wholesale book business in Vancouver, having opened the first such facility in the city in 1933. He had a life-long interest in books which was continued by his late wife Hilda. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to students, graduate or undergraduate, on the basis of ability in Creative Writing and of financial need.
01104 BRISSENDEN Scholarships
TWO scholarships of $1,500 each have been made available through the Vancouver Foundation by Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Brissenden for students who demonstrate promise in the field of Creative Writing. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing.
01139 IODE Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship  ONE SCHOLARSHIP
Four awards of $550 each have been endowed by the University Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. They are made on the joint recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, Creative Writing and the School of Music, for excellence in these fields.
01155 George William KENWOOD Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing
A $525 scholarship has been endowed by the Kenwood family in memory of George William Kenwood, who maintained an abiding interest in fine writing throughout his life. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a major or graduate student in the Department, on the basis of promise in Creative Writing and of financial need.
01230 Douglas and Beverly BANKSON Scholarship in Creative Writing  (INCOMING)
A scholarship of $475 has been endowed by colleagues, friends and former students to honour Douglas Bankson and his wife, Beverly, on the occasion of his retirement in 1985 from the Department of Creative Writing. The scholarship symbolizes the respect, admiration and affection that many people have felt toward Douglas Bankson because of his superb achievement over many years as a teacher, administrator, originator and writer, and especially as a friend of promise, both inside and outside the university. It is awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed a Creative Writing course in his/her first or second year at UBC, who has shown unusual promise as a writer and who will major in Creative Writing in the third year. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing.
01236 Ranjit Singh AZAD Memorial Scholarship  POETRY
One or two scholarships to a total of $1,600 have been established in memory of Ranjit Azad by his family. Until his death in 1985, Mr. Azad pursued a career in the field of labour and immigration with both the federal and provincial governments. His life-long interest in music, literature and especially poetry, was most notably manifested by his translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from the original Persian in to his own Punjabi dialect. The scholarship(s) will be awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department who have demonstrated excellence in the writing of poetry.
01239 Maxine SEVACK Memorial Scholarship   NON-FICTION
A scholarship of $1,050 has been made available by the Maxine Sevack Memorial Foundation. Maxine Sevack was a student in the Department of Creative Writing. Following graduation, she established herself as a successful magazine journalist. She died in a plane crash in Guatemala in her 28th year. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a student who has completed at least one year of study and shows promise in writing. In making the award, the candidate’s financial circumstances may be considered.
01240 Iser STEIMAN Memorial Scholarship in Translation
A scholarship of $150 is in memory of Iser Steiman, a Vancouver physician who translated Russian texts, including biographies and autobiographies as well as significant medical articles and books. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a student who has shown ability in the art of translation. The candidate’s financial circumstances may also be considered.
01241 Laura STEIMAN Memorial Scholarship in Children’s Literature
This scholarship of $150 is in memory of Laura Steiman, who appreciated fine work in all the arts. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a student who has shown ability in the writing of children’s literature. The candidate’s financial circumstances may also be considered.
01253 Jacob ZILBER Scholarship   SCREEN
$625 scholarship has been endowed by the Smith Family Foundation to honour Jacob Zilber on his retirement from the Department of Creative Writing in 1989 and has subsequently been enhanced by Jake and Alice Zilber. The scholarship acknowledges his central role in the development of scriptwriters and the art of scriptwriting at UBCand in British Columbia, and symbolizes the affection and respect of his students and friends. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department to a student who has shown exceptional promise as a writer for screen and television and has completed at least one year of study in a B.F.A. or M.F.A. program in Creative Writing.
01256 Norman L. ROTHSTEIN Memorial Scholarship  POETRY
$150 scholarship has been endowed by the Smith Family Foundation to honour Norman Rothstein, B.A.’39, a lifelong resident of Vancouver, a generous supporter of UBC and a friend to many charities and people of this city. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a student who has shown ability in the writing of poetry. Financial circumstances are a consideration.
01257 FACULTY Women’s Club Ida Green Scholarship     ROTATING:
An $1,050 scholarship has been endowed by the Faculty Women’s Club in memory of Dr. Ida Mabelle Green, LL.D.  Ida Green was a pioneer in the American Association of University Women and in the provision of graduate fellowships for women.  With her husband Cecil H. Green, Dr. Green was a major benefactor of post-secondary education and the advancement of science.  The scholarship is awarded on the joint recommendation of the School of Music and the Departments of Creative Writing, Fine Arts and Theatre to a student entering the third or higher year of study in the creative or performing arts.
01277 Earle BIRNEY Scholarship in Creative Writing
$2,075 scholarship has been endowed by friends, colleagues and the Province of British Columbia to honour Earle Birney and to recognize his contribution to Canadian Literature. The award is offered to a student in the Department of Creative Writing and is made on the recommendation of the Department. In the case of graduate students, the award is made in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
01298 Malcolm LOWRY Scholarship
Scholarships totalling $1,850 have been endowed through the Priscilla Woolfan Testamentary Trust for promising writers. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
01304 Cherie SMITH Prize in Creative Writing
$250 prize has been endowed by Cherie Smith for a student in Creative Writing. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
01307 Bruce N. ROBINSON Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing
$775 scholarship has been endowed in memory of Bruce N. Robinson by family and friends. The award is offered to a student in Creative Writing and is made on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre, Film & Creative Writing and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies
01335 Teresa TENISCI Memorial Prize    UNDERGRAD
A $500 prize has been established by her husband and endowed by family and friends in memory of Teresa Tenisci (1952-1999) (B.Sc.1974), a long-serving member of the University’s management and professional staff. The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing to a third or fourth year undergraduate student demonstrating exceptional achievement in the Creative Writing Program.
01355 George McWHIRTER Prize in Poetry  UNDERGRAD
A $500 prize has been endowed by colleagues, friends and students in honour of George McWhirter’s retirement and in recognition of his thirty-five years of teaching at UBC. A recipient of the Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Creative Arts, George has assisted hundreds of young writers in their careers. The award is made on the recommendation of the Creative Writing Program to an undergraduate student specializing in poetry.

Please note that some of these awards may not be available every year to Creative Writing students and the amounts are subject to change.