Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Award

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the two Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Awards is January 31st of each year. The successful applicants will be notified within six weeks of the application deadline.


The Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Awards are awarded to a refugee who has shown courage and determination while adapting to a new language and culture in Canada. It is valued at $3,000.

The Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Award is awarded to a student who:

  1. Entered Canada as a refugee
  2. Completed Grade 12 or the equivalent in British Columbia
  3. Studied English language [ELL] at the secondary level. A transcript is required documenting completion of a minimum of one English language course in grades 8 to 12. .
  4. Wishes to study in a vocational or academic program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia


Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Must be a Grade 12 or equivalent graduate who wishes to study at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia
  2. Documented English language course[s] completed in grades 8 to 12 at the secondary level in British Columbia
  3. Documented school and/or community volunteer service

Application Requirement

Applicants for the Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Award are required to submit:

  1. A written description of the applicant’s life before and after coming to Canada. The description must be approximately 500 words in length and double-spaced.
  2. A personal essay with the original copy signed by the applicant. The essay must be two pages in length, double-spaced and approximately 500 words in length. The applicant needs to address the following questions in his or her personal essay. i] How will having a post-secondary education make a difference in the applicant’s life. ii] What post-secondary program is the applicant planning to enter and why. iii] How will a post-secondary education help the applicant contribute to Canadian society.
  3. Two letters of reference:
    i] One from a teacher regarding the applicant’s academic performance
    ii] One from an administrator, counselor, coach, sponsor, or coordinator regarding the applicant’s school or community volunteer service
  4. Documented proof of permanent residency or Canadian citizenship
  5. Transcripts documenting English language coursework or equivalent
  6. Completed application form by January  31st

Disbursement of Funds

Funds will be disbursed as follows:
i] The recipient is expected to commence post-secondary education within one year of receiving the award.
ii] The recipient must submit registration receipts from a BC post-secondary institution prior to the disbursement of funds.
iii] Disbursements will only be made after the institution’s deadline date for withdrawal from the program.

Application Submission

Applications for the Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Award must be submitted by January 31st.

Completed online applications will be submitted directly to the TCF at BC TEAL.  If, however, you were unable to upload or copy and paste any required document(s) into this form, please email the document(s) to On your email with the documents, include your name and the line, ‘Nicholas Collins Founders Refugee Award Application documentation.’

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