PrintForward Memorial Scholarships

Students seeking a career in the graphic communications industry may be eligible for one of the scholarships offered through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

Additionally, PrintForward is building a local scholarship fund through the Vancouver Foundation to honour Lorne Patterson, a long time industry member and past Board of Directors Chair and Board Member.  (This scholarship will be made available through BCIT.)  Update September 2017:  We’re delighted to announce that the association, with industry support, has raised the funds to establish a memorial grant in Lorne Patterson’s name – the first grant of $500 will be awarded this fall to a BCIT Graphic Communications Technology student who has completed their first year and been nominated for the award by program staff.

Scholarship Amounts

The CPISTF scholarships of $1,250 are administered and managed through the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

Scholarships Eligibility

Scholarships are granted to students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in or plan to be enrolled in the first year of an approved program;
  • Must be enrolled for a minimum of two years, on a full-time basis, in a printing management or technical program (not art or design) in a post-secondary Canadian school;
  • Must have a high school average of at least 75% if applying for a community college program, or at least 80% if applying for a university program or a university or college GPA of 3.0 or better if applying for either a college program or a university program; and
  • Must have a commitment to pursue a career in the printing industry (this could include management, estimating, pre-press, press, sales, etc.)

To ensure the validity of the fourth point, students must consent to, and participate in, an interview with an industry executive. Based upon the student’s responses and level of enthusiasm, a final decision on scholarship qualification will be made by the Board of Trustees of the Fund. The requirement for an interview is part of the screening process for all new applicants only.

Students must be enrolled in an approved course of study which will provide him or her with sound basic skills in preparation for a printing industry career. Any college or university offering such an approved full-time two, three or four-year certification program is acceptable for this scholarship program. The eligibility of any particular course or institution is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, whose decision is final.

Part-time students or those enrolled in design or art courses are not eligible for scholarships from the Fund.

When a student receives a scholarship, funds are provided to the Registrar of the appropriate school to be applied to the cost of tuition on behalf of new applicants who have successfully completed the screening process, or students already in the scholarship program who have maintained the required academic standard. Half of the scholarship amount is provided, in this manner, at the beginning of each semester of the school year. Under no circumstances are these moneys made available directly to qualifying students

Approved Schools in BC and Canada

  • BC Institute of Technology (Graphic Communications Technology Program)
  • For an up-to-date list of approved programs and schools throughout Canada, please visit the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund website

Applications must be received on or before June 30th for consideration for the next program year, starting the following September.