BCRPA's DB Perks and Associates


The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) is a not for profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active healthy lifestyles and communities in BC. Established in 1958, the Association is a central resource agency for members and stakeholders of the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector, providing leadership, training and support. Through a diverse network of partners and extensive initiatives and services, the BCRPA actively advocates accessibility and inclusiveness to recreation and physical activity.

BCRPA’s Student Scholarship Award Program began in 2001. We thank DB Perks and Associates for their generous support that now funds this program.

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To recognize and support BC students who have excelled in recreation and parks post-secondary programs, who have demonstrated strengths in academics, practicums, class participation, and team work. Award applicants have shown a commitment to recreation leadership that will help advance recreation and parks being embraced as essential to the quality of life of every British Columbian (BCRPA’s vision). The award is for graduating students from recreation and parks post-secondary institutions that are BCRPA affiliate members.

Value of the Award:

Four awards are available each year. Each award is valued at $2,000 and consist of:

  • $1,000 cash,
  • One (1) year BCRPA membership in the first year post graduation,
  • up to $500 travel/accommodation toward Symposium attendance,
  • Free registration as a full delegate to the BCRPA Symposium in the year or subsequent year of the award


  • Nominating post-secondary institutions must be affiliate members of BCRPA.
  • Institutions will nominate their top student in the program, based on the criteria.
  • Student nominees must be graduating from a recreation or parks degree or diploma program at a BC university or college.
  • Nominees who have been chosen to receive the award must be BCRPA student members (www.bcrpa.bc.ca/students) at the time the award is granted at the BCRPA Awards Ceremony.

Nominations Process:

All BC post-secondary educational institution with a current BCRPA Affiliate membership are eligible to nominate one (1) student per year for each related academic program they offer, and the student must be currently enrolled in the final year of the program.

Nominating institutions will promote the award opportunity to eligible students, conduct an internal selection process based upon the selection criteria, and submit no more than one (1) nomination per program.

Selection Process:

Nominations received will be evaluated and ranked by a BCRPA committee based upon the selection criteria. The BCRPA will inform the nominating institution and the successful student awardee of the selection outcomes. Decisions are at the discretion of the BCRPA. BCRPA reserves the right to not offer some awards every year.

Nomination Criteria:

Student nominations will be evaluated against the following broad criteria. The nominated student:

  1. Exhibits excellence in a recreation or parks program of study as demonstrated in academics, practicum performance and evaluation feedback, class participation, team work, and other criteria deemed important to the program;
  2. Demonstrates commitment and leadership (academic and in the community) to the recreation and parks field;
  3. Is actively engaged in recreation (as volunteer and participant) and shows promise of future impact on the sector;
  4. Is in the final year of the program.

Submission Deadlines:

  • January to March 19, 2018 – Nominations accepted
  • March 19, 2018 – Submission deadline
  • Early April 2018 – Selection of successful candidates and announcement to nominates
  • Awards presented by Doug Perks, DB Perks and Associations, at awards ceremony at BCRPA annual Symposium, happening April 30 to May 2, 2018.

Submission Requirements:

Completed nominations packages must include:

  1. Nominee’s resume (maximum 1-2 page), demonstrating capabilities as well as work experience;
  2. Cover letter by the student that cites his/her successfully meeting each of the four nomination criteria;
  3. A well-crafted written work of up to 500 words (two pages) summarizing:
  4. how the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in the program contribute to the student’s understanding of and leadership within the recreation and parks field; and how the student models these qualities. The essay should highlight critical thinking and understanding of the field, and convey what excites the student about the field.
  5. One (1) letter of reference from an instructor or program leader supporting the nomination which references their and the institution’s observations on how the student meets the nomination criteria.