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Awards and Scholarships

Watch this space for information on prizes and scholarships that is of special interest to Criminology students. For example, the Ken Doern Memorial Scholarship was established jointly by Securiguard, the Criminology Advisory Committee, and Kwantlen. Ken Doern served as the Chair of the Criminology Advisory Committee for 17 years.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers a variety of scholarships, awards, and bursaries. Please contact Student Awards and Financial Assistance on any Kwantlen campus or visit kpu.ca/awards for more information.


Criminology Department's Student Recognition Awards

The Criminology Department is pleased to present Student Recognition Awards each spring to recognize the achievements of students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Major or Honours degree in Criminology. The Criminology Department’s Award Ceremony takes place after the Spring Convocation Ceremony for criminology students. Eligible students must complete their criminology degree in time for the fall or spring semester; however, attendance at the Convocation Ceremony is not required.

Applications may be submitted through our online application form. If you have questions, please email crimprograms@kpu.ca.

Student Recognition Awards:

1. Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Award honours KPU Criminology Major students who achieve academic excellence in their coursework. It will be awarded to the top three students with the highest cumulative grade point averages (CGPAs) in upper-level KPU Criminology courses.

Nomination Process: Students graduating during the current academic year are eligible to apply for this award. Applications for this award must be made by the student. An unofficial copy of the applicant’s KPU transcript must be submitted at the time of application.

2. Contribution to Scholarship Award

The Contribution to Scholarship Award is awarded to a KPU Criminology Major who has shared his/her research with academics and/or community partners. One student will receive the award; however, a joint award will be considered if two students work together on a project.

Please submit a 500-word statement that includes:

  • how you shared research with academia (e.g., conference, paper publication) and/or community partners or stakeholders (e.g., presentation to community event), and
  • explanation of how your research contributed to a particular field (e.g., Criminology, domestic violence, policy recommendations, etc.).

One reference letter from someone who can speak to the scholarship you submitted for this application is also required.

Nomination Process: Students graduating during the current academic year are eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. A copy of the statement, reference letter, and scholarly work must be submitted at the time of application.

3. Indigenous Justice Award (formerly Spirt Award)

This is an award for a KPU Criminology Major who is Indigenous and who demonstrated a passion for justice or aims to make a difference in their community. One student will receive the award.

Please submit a 500 - 750-word statement that:

  • introduces yourself, such as where you are from, your nation, or community,
  • discusses how you plan to use your degree to enhance Indigenous justice or make a difference in your community, and
  • describes what “justice” means to you and your current commitment to justice.

A reference letter from someone who can support your involvement in making a difference is optional.

Nomination Process: Indigenous students graduating in the current academic year are eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. A copy of the statement and any other supporting work must be submitted at the time of application.

4. Social Justice Award

This is an award for a KPU Criminology Major who is engaged in social justice. One student will receive the award.

Please submit a 500-word statement that includes:

  • how you are working toward policy, legal, and/or social change,
  • an explanation of what social justice means to you, and
  • how have you been engaged in social justice during your KPU career.

Please include a reference letter of someone who can speak to your work (faculty member, member of community, inmate, etc.).

Nomination Process: Students graduating during the current academic year are eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. A copy of the statement and reference letter must be submitted at the time of application.

5. Community Engagement Award

This is an award for a KPU Criminology Major who has demonstrated community engagement. 

Please submit a 500-word statement that includes:

  • how you have engaged in community partnerships, organizing, etc. (e.g., what did you contribute? what was the impact of your engagement?),
  • an explanation of what community engagement means to you, and
  • how the community work impacted you.

One reference letter from someone who can speak to the community engagement that you discussed in your application (e.g., community partner/agency; KPU faculty) is also required.

Nomination Process: Students graduating during the current academic year are eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. A copy of the statement and reference letter must be submitted at the time of application.


Community Policing Volunteer Scholarship Program For Post-Secondary Students 

The Program: The South Vancouver Community Crime Prevention Society, a non-profit, registered, charitable, volunteer organization and operating as the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre (SVCPC) will sponsor seven individual $1,000.00 “Community Policing Volunteer Scholarship Awards” which will be made available to select students, willing to commit to volunteering at the centre to assist in the delivery of crime prevention services and programs in Vancouver.

Goal of the Award Program: To Foster Volunteerism, Community Participation and Community Service in the Field of Crime Prevention in Vancouver among High School, College and University Students

Participants of the program: Students will be selected according to qualification criteria set by the SVCPC from three secondary schools from the district of the SVCPC, namely John Oliver, David Thompson and Sir Charles Tupper Secondary Schools, and from four post-secondary institutions, namely Douglas and Langara Colleges and from Kwantlen and Simon Fraser Universities to participate in the program.

Value of Scholarship: $1,000.00 per student

Partnerships: The South Vancouver Community Policing Centre will be working with the above identified secondary schools and post-secondary educational institutions to promote the program to students.

Administration: The program will be administered by the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre

Funding: The South Vancouver Community Policing Centre will provide all the funding – secured through fundraising - for the program. To date, that Centre has raised $7,000.00 for the purpose of supporting the funding for the Community Policing Volunteer Award program for the first group of seven students who complete the Program. (Please note, it is our intention to continue fundraising in order to extend this program for years to come)

Qualifications and Selection Criteria for Students:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen
  • Must have resided in BC for a minimum of three years
  • Must consent to and pass criminal record check and a suitability interview at the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre
  • Must be a student in good standing
  • Must be a full time student
  • Must be minimum 17 years of age.
  • Must be a student of Douglas College or Must be a student of Langara College or Must be a student of Kwantlen University or Must be a student of Simon Fraser University
  • Must be enrolled in a criminology certificate / diploma / or criminology degree program
  • Must provide letter of endorsement / recommendation from two members of the teaching staff / members of the faculty – whose classes the student has attended.
  • If applicable, the student must provide a letter of endorsement from the scholarship committee from named university or college.
  • Must submit a typed, single spaced, maximum 500 word essay outlining their interest in applying and why he or she should be selected for participation in the scholarship program
  • Must commit to volunteer a total of 104 hours (average 2 hours per week) at the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre
  • Must have completed one full year of studies and/or obtained a minimum 30 credits, (must be entering second, third or fourth year of studies)

Terms of Payment of Scholarship Award:

  • Must complete volunteer hour requirement within 12 months or less from the start of the first shift to and including the last shift at the SVCPC.
  • Full Payment of the Scholarship Award will paid directly to the Student by the SVCPC within 30 days of completion of the last volunteer shift.
  • Students who do not complete their hours according to program criteria will not be receiving any payment what so ever.
  • In the unlikely event of dissolution of the South Vancouver Community Crime Prevention Society, the student must agree to complete their volunteer hour requirement with another similar organization in the South East Vancouver district according to the terms of their program.
  • The SVCPC will transfer the funds, dedicated to the CPC Volunteer Scholarship Program, to the new organization for administration.

Additional Information:

  • Criminal Record Check & training provided free of charge by SVCPC.
  • Training hours will be counted towards volunteer hours.
  • Of the total of 104 volunteer hours, the student will have to earn 80% (about 80 hours) of his or her hours working on a designated program area, as assigned at the discretion of the SVCPC. The remaining 20% (about 20 hours) can be earned working on any SVCPC program areas as elected by the student.
  • Great flexibility offered to the student over the scheduling of volunteer hours. While the office is open six days a week and most activities are happening during regular office hours, there are opportunities to work at other times, especially when working as a member of the foot and/or bike patrol programs. Most volunteers of the centre work a two hour shift per week; however, if a volunteer wishes to work more frequently and for longer hours, that is always an option. This way a student can satisfy required hours in a shorter time.
  • SVCPC Program description and Criminal Record Check Application Forms and Community Policing Volunteer Scholarship Application Forms are available at the SVCPC.
  • Student wishing to stop their participation in the program – for whatever reason - must notify the South Vancouver Crime Prevention Society in writing.

Deadline for Application: Application is accepted throughout the year. Please check with us for funding availability prior to application.

To learn more about the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre and its programs: visit the office in person, at 5657 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC, or visit website: southvancouvercpc.com or call the office at 604.717.2940.

Contact: Ms Adrien Balazs, Executive Director South Vancouver Community Policing Centre: svcpc@telus.net or phone 604.717.2940