On June 1st the incredible individuals and companies transforming BC’s expanding tech sector were celebrated at the 25th anniversary of the TIAs. Nine companies and two of the tech community’s most prominent leaders were recognized for their positive impact and contributions to the tech industry.
Alongside, another set of exciting awards were announced. This year marked the 13th year BC Tech has supported high-school and post-secondary students in their goal of pursuing an education in STEM-related fields. The BC Tech and Bill Tam Scholarship awards were presented providing several gifted and innovative students scholarships to continue pursuing STEM.
Investing in the future of the local workforce is one of the keys to success for the BC technology sector; this includes the students, programs, and institutions that help make that happen. Established in 2005, the industry-funded BC Tech Scholarship is proud to provide grants to students who have a proven passion for technology, a desire to leave a mark in the tech sector, and are pursuing a post-secondary education in a technology-related program.
Eligible disciplines include Engineering, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Cleantech, IT & Applied Technology, Business & Technology Management, Product Management, Digital Media, and other technical programs.
This year’s recipients of the BC Tech Scholarship and the inaugural Bill Tam Scholarship represent the diversity and innovative spirit that British Columbia was built upon. It’s also the first time that more women than men were awarded the scholarships—a welcome shift towards an increase in women pursuing careers in tech.
“Every year we receive applications from students across the province who are passionate about technology and determined to use tech for good to make the world a better place” said Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO. “This year was no exception, there were so many deserving applicants who aren’t just excellent students, they’re visionary change-makers. This year’s scholarship recipients are truly exceptional, and we look forward to all of their incredible accomplishments.”
The 2018 BC Tech scholarship winners are:
Brianna Carrels of the University of Victoria received UVIC’s Co-op Student of the Year award, is a nominee for the Canadian Co-op Student of the Year Award, and hopes to pursue a career in biotech. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Engineering.
Kieran Halliday of the University of British Columbia is a decorated athlete, recipient of academic distinctions, and wants to be part of the sustainability movement in the technology industry. He is currently working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on mobile app development.
Johanna Jucutan of Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary—an active part of her community, she is involved in promoting STEM to elementary school girls and is a project developer for the Youth Mental Health Association. Johanna will be pursuing a career in web development and UX design. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science, Interactive Art and Technology program at Simon Fraser University.
Giulia Mattia of the University of British Columbia is currently completing the Bachelor and Master of Management Dual Degree Program. She is an active committee member for UBC’s Focus on Women in Computing Society and is an advocate for diversity in STEM. She aspires to one day represent women in the tech sector across BC and around the world.
Stephanie Nguyen of Terry Fox Secondary—is a top academic student at her school, and a dedicated volunteer at the MSL Piret Lab at UBC. She aspires to become a biomedical engineer and has been accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Sciences program at the University of British Columbia.
Kaylan Wang of Ecole Hugh McRoberts Secondary—an active member of Science World’s Future Science Leaders program. She aspires to build a career in the field of public health and disease prevention. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science Program at the University of British Columbia.
Are you a secondary or current university or college student with a passion for STEM? Do you know an eager and innovative young person with an interest in science, tech, engineering, and math?
Awards offered for 2018:
- Up to 3 x $3,500 for current University and College students
- Up to 3 x $2,500 for Grade 12 graduates entering post-secondary
Check back for information about next year’s scholarship opportunities coming soon!