Dr. Donald Rix Inspiring Business Excellence Scholarship

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APPLICATION DUE DATE: Monday, May 1, 2017 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

Dr. Donald Rix was one of British Columbia's leaders in the field of life science. He was a community volunteer, philanthropist, angel investor, and mentor to countless young entrepreneurs. He was an enthusiastic supporter of youth, education and entrepreneurship. Dr. Rix was inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame in 2006 and was an inaugural contributor to the building of the Hall of Fame wall in the convention centre.


Through an endowment fund created by Dr. Rix, JABC offers an annual scholarship to a qualifying aboriginal, rural or immigrant high school student who has demonstrated significant growth or improvement in business excellence skills, improvement in learning skills, demonstrated leadership and/or entrepreneurial skills. 

The winning student will receive a $2,500 scholarship towards post-secondary education in the academic, trades or technology career of their choice.
Eligibility & Requirements


To be eligible for this award, you must meet the following criteria:

  •  Be a Grade 10, 11 or 12 aboriginal OR rural OR immigrant student who has completed JA Company Program, JA Titan or Be Entrepreneurial during the 2015-16 or 2016-2017 school year.

Aboriginal = self-identifying

Rural = all students living outside Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Greater Victoria

Immigrant = born outside of Canada

  • Have not previously been a recipient of this scholarship
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident


You must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher (preferably from the applicant’s JA Teacher), counselor, or post-secondary professor/instructor.
  • A 500-word response to the essay question
  • An updated resume
For Aboriginal applicants, it is recommended you obtain a letter from an Aboriginal organization.

Reference letters should comment on the student's potential as a future business professional, leader or entrepreneur as well as any particular challenges the applicant may have encountered, particularly as a rural, Aboriginal or immigrant student, and how they have dealt with these challenges.


If shortlisted for this award, applicants may be required to attend a brief interview in person or by telephone.


If selected as a winner, the award recipient will be required to provide a signed statement indicating how the funds will be utilized before they are released by JABC. 


One winner of this award will receive a certificate and a bursary cheque in the amount of $2,500 to further their post-secondary education. This award will be presented to the winner at a local JA student celebration event. The winner will be notified in May. 

Application Form

Your Information

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Application Materials

Submit your responses to the following questions:

Additional Information

You may also email or mail us your reference letters no later than one week after the application deadline. 

You may also email or mail us your reference letters no later than one week after the application deadline. 

Submit your Application

When you are ready to submit your application, please click "Submit" below.

If you haven't already uploaded them, you will also need to email or mail us two letters of recommendation from a teacher (preferably from your JA teacher), counselor, or post-secondary professor. 

Reference letters should be sent to the attention of Rosine Hage-Moussa via:



or mail:

JA British Columbia

360 - 475 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC  V6B 4M9

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