Each year, the Surrey Teachers’ Association awards scholarships, bursaries and the Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award.

The Surrey Teachers’ Association Awards Committee is elected each year at the June STARA meeting. The committee is comprised of six elected members-at-large and the STA Second Vice-President, who serves as chair of the committee. The committee will meet early in September and in the spring to select award recipients.

We encourage applicants to apply for all awards for which they feel they meet the criteria, although an individual is only eligible to receive one of the awards.

For more information, view the STA Awards infographic.

Scholarships and Bursaries for Children of STA Members

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance and school and community involvement. Bursaries will be awarded based on financial need and school and community involvement. All applicants must provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary institution.

Scholarships for Children of STA Members

  • Applicants must be graduating children of STA members active during the applicants graduating school year.
  • Complete the Surrey Teachers’ Association Awards Application (Application Form for children of STA Members) by September 17, 2021.
  • Six awards of $2,000 each are awarded in October 2021 at the STA General Meeting

Bursaries for Children of STA Members

  • Applicants must be graduating children of STA members active during the applicants graduating school year.
  • Complete the Surrey Teachers’ Association Awards Application (Application Form for children of STA Members) by September 17, 2021.
  • Six awards of $2,000 each are awarded in October 2021 at the STA General Meeting

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award for Children of STA Members and Surrey Students

Jennifer Wadge was the President of the Surrey Teachers’ Association from 2012 until her untimely death in 2015. She was a graduate of Surrey public schools and taught at a number of elementary schools in Surrey. She was a dedicated and passionate supporter of teachers and students, she championed social activism, and she believed whole-heartedly in the importance of an adequately funded public education system. She was known for her clear thinking, her articulate incisive views, her composed demeanour, and her passion for the issues. Jennifer was deeply committed to the principles of social justice, seeing them as a cornerstone of our work in an equitable society.

The Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award was created to commemorate our former president, Jennifer Wadge, and honour her commitment to the social justice values of our union. There are six awards of $2,000 each (two for graduating children of STA members and four for students graduating from Surrey schools).  These awards will be conferred on the the applicant’s involvement in social justice work in the school based on community, and their written statement of commitment to social justice issues.

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award for Children of STA Members

  • Applicants must be graduating children of STA members active during the applicants graduating school year.
  • Complete the Surrey Teachers’ Association Awards Application (Application Form for children of STA Members) by September 17, 2021.
  • Two awards of $2,000 each are awarded in October 2021 at the STA General Meeting

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Surrey Student Awards

  • Applicants must be graduating children of STA members active during the applicants graduating school year.
  • Complete the Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Open Awards (Application Form for Surrey Students) by May 18, 2021.
  • Four awards of $2,000 each are awarded in October 2021 at the STA General Meeting

Bursaries for Surrey Students

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance and school and community involvement. Bursaries will be awarded based on financial need and school and community involvement. All applicants must provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary institution.

Bursaries for Indigenous Students

  • Open to any current Grade 12 student at a Surrey public secondary school during the 2020/2021 school year who identifies as an Indigenous Student.
  • Complete the Surrey Teachers’ Association Indigenous Student Awards (Application Form for Surrey Students) by May 18, 2021.
  • Two awards of $2,000 each are awarded in June 2021 at the STA STARA Meeting

Selection Process

Application Submissions

Applicants are responsible for submitting all required documentation with their awards application and ensuring all documents are received by the applicable deadline date.

Awards Committee

The committee will meet early in September and in the spring to select award recipients. An incomplete or late awards application will not be considered.

Award Recipients

All applicants are notified of decisions in writing. Awards are given in October and June. Recipients’ write-ups are shared on this page.

Award Recipients 2020-2021

Scholarships for Children of STA Members

Simrit Boparai

I am extremely grateful to STA for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.

I am currently pursuing Engineering at UBC, hoping to specialize in the Biomedical stream. I have been passionate about physics and biology since witnessing the 3D printing of prosthetics and my teachers at Panorama Ridge enhanced my love for the sciences. This has also led me to volunteer with the Surrey Memorial Hospital and UBC Geering Up club where I was able to share my fascination with like-minded people.

Thank you again for awarding me this scholarship so that I can work towards my goal of one day being at the forefront of healthcare technology developments.

Riya Brar

My name is Riya Brar and I graduated from Terry Fox Secondary School. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the STA for awarding me with this scholarship. I am in my first year of studies at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. The STA’s financial award will be going directly to my tuition, and coupled with my part-time job as shift leader at a local small business, will help me in the pursuit of my goals. This year I have had much time to reflect on my future goals. I want to be in a position to financially help others because this makes me the happiest. Last December, my two friends and I raised funds for charity by learning how to make hair scrunchies. We sold at our school prior to the lockdown and then continued our sales on social media. We chose to donate all the money we received from selling scrunchies to Black Lives Matter Vancouver and our local food bank. The success of our endeavor has strengthened my belief and determination to make a difference in this world. Furthermore, this initiative has influenced my program choice for undergraduate studies. Ultimately, I wish to utilize my business skills to start an online business and donate all profits I make to select charities.

After obtaining my Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, I wish to further channel my passion for learning to pursue a graduate degree in Law. My decision was influenced by a combination of factors; I excelled in Law 12 as a result of my genuine interest in the subject area and I have always had an innate desire to help others. Experiencing first hand the struggle some members in my close circle of friends and my family have faced, I am most interested in family law. My plans are ambitious, but I am up for the challenge and I thank you once again for this scholarship which will help me in the pursuit of my education and my goals.

Sophie Campbell

Thank you so much for awarding me the 2020 Surrey Teacher’s Association Academic Scholarship. I have almost completed my first semester at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan and have returned from residence after finishing the first phase of my varsity soccer season. I am currently in the Human Kinetics program with the ultimate goal of a career in the healthcare industry. Being awarded this scholarship has made it easier for me to afford schooling and residence and allows me to focus on my academic and soccer goals while continuing to volunteer at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Holly Friesen

I am sincerely honoured to have been selected as the 2020 Surrey Teacher Association Scholar. I am currently working towards my Associate Diploma in Sciences and I am planning to transfer a joint program through BCIT and UBC Sciences. Receiving this scholarship motives me to continue to strive in my studies. I look forward to be able to give back to my community once I begin my career. I thank you for your confidence in my abilities, I am determined to achieve my goals.

Sunder Singh Bains

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Jaya Sran

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Bursaries for Children of STA Members

Rena Bains

I am so thankful and pleased to have received the STA bursary for $2000.  This will be a tremendous help with my upcoming tuition costs as I word towards my Bachelor’s of Education degree.  I’m currently finishing my first semester at Simon Fraser University.  I have 9 semesters to go!  While attending Simon Fraser University I have secured a p/t job working at Aldo. I have also been volunteering at Surrey Memorial Hospital while attending school and working. I will be using this bursary, as well as:  a $500 firefighters bursary, $1250 Enver Creek Fine Arts Scholarship and $2500 Dianne Watts Legacy Scholarship to help pay for my 5 year degree.  This bursary is so helpful as I struggled finding employment during the summer which I needed to earn money to help pay my tuition.  I hope to finish my degree when I am 23 and hopefully start working as a teacher in Surrey.

Marco Lanfranchi

My name is Marco Lanfranchi and I am a recipient of the 2020 STA Bursary. I am very grateful for this award and am happy to share my academic plans with you.

This fall, I started my first year at UBC in the faculty of Arts. Before applying for university, I knew that I wanted to study economics and pursue a career in that field. Now, approaching the end of my first semester, I have found myself with many additional interests, such as computer science, after enjoying and learning plenty from my classes. Although most students, including myself, are not able to attend on-campus lectures due to the pandemic it has been extremely helpful to connect with my peers online, help each other with work and discuss future academic plans. After next year, I am hoping to major in either economics or computer science in pursuit of a career in which I can enjoy and have room for growth.

Being awarded the STA Bursary is greatly appreciated; university education holds many costs and while working part-time, this Bursary provides me with great relief. Not only does it help with my expenses, but it comes at a time that has clearly been hard for everyone, and for that, I sincerely thank the STA.

Alexander Thornton

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Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award for Children of STA Members

Shaugnessy McNabb

I am honoured to have won this scholarship for recognition of my various social justice pursuits. I value speaking up for marginalized groups, and advocating for various social justice issues. I will continue to use the immense privilege I have been granted with in this life to speak up for people who haven’t had it so easy. I Plan to eventually pursue a career in teaching, because I believe I have a gentle and engaging approach that a lot of youth would appreciate.

Prabhnoor Bagri

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Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Surrey Student Awards

To be determined in June 2021

Bursaries for Indigenous Students

To be determined in June 2021

To view all past recipients, please visit our Award Recipients List page.