APB Scholarship and Bursary


The APB will normally fund up to two scholarship or bursary awards each year of up to $2000. Under the Scholarship and Bursary Program, the APB reserves the option to create graduate and undergraduate categories, and provide one scholarship or bursary for each (total of two), if the applications warrant this segregation. This is intended to provide undergraduates with an equal opportunity to compete with their graduate peers. Moreover, the Board may expand the Scholarship and Bursary Program if additional funds become available during any given year.

If you run a business, please consider sponsoring out scholarship and bursary program. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how.


Past Recipients

Mackenzie Gutierrez – Recipient of the 2019 APB Scholarship

Congratulation to Mackenzie Gutierrez who received the 2019 APB Scholarship.  Mackenzie is a 4th year student in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia.  She is passionate about this field and plans to pursue an MD PhD focusing on microbiome research.  The APB is happy to present Mackenzie with $800 in scholarship.

Neelah Hassanzadeh & Sarah Choi – Recipient of the 2019 APB Biology Award for the Provincial Science Fair Award Program

Congratulation to Neelah Hassanzadeh & Sarah Choi of Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair for their project BSFL Frass: Improving Plant Health While Minimizing Environmental Impact..  The APB is happy to present Neelah and Sarah with $200 in award.

See Science Fair Foundation

Application Instructions

When applying for this scholarship, we require the following information, which should be assembled in a folder before mailing.

  1. Download and complete the application form. Submit form to [email protected].
  2. Include a short personal statement which tell us about yourself. Please expand on the following:
    Interests; Activities out of school time; and Your goals for the future.
  3. Include a current resume.
  4. Arrange for and include two letters of reference.
  5. Mail original transcripts to the APB office.


Terms of Reference


Applicants for the APB Scholarship and Bursary may be:

  • the son or daughter, spouse, niece, nephew, granddaughter or grandson of a member in good standing of the APB entering the third or fourth year of an undergraduate program in biology or the second year of a diploma program in biology, or a closely related area as specified in the College schedule
  • a student member of the APB entering the third or fourth year of an undergraduate program in biology or the second year of a diploma program in biology, or a closely related area as specified in the College schedule
  • a Biologist in Training of the APB returning to university to pursue a higher degree
  • a Registered Biology Technologist in Training of the APB pursuing an undergraduate or higher degree
  • an R.P.Bio, in good standing with the APB returning to university to pursue a higher degree
  • an R.B.Tech. in good standing with the APB who is pursuing an undergraduate or higher degree

Applicants must be enrolled in an academic program, similar to those in the College membership guidelines, that leads to a degree or diploma that will be used as a practicing biology professional. Applicants will be eligible to re-apply for the scholarship in subsequent years. However, an applicant will only be eligible to receive a scholarship up to a maximum of two years.

Application Deadline

The final date for applications for the scholarship shall be July 31 of the year in which the student will be starting her/his second year (diploma) third or fourth year (degree) or entering/continuing a post-graduate program.

Information Required

Applicants are required to fill in the application form available on the web site.
Information required with the application includes:

  • a letter to the scholarship committee indicating the applicant’s qualifications, background, professional /extracurricular interests and activities and
  • two letters of reference.
  • Ensure original transcripts are mailed to the APB office to arrive prior to the deadline.

The information provided is to inform the committee about the applicant’s goals, life experiences, motivations and extracurricular activities.


Applications shall be reviewed by the Committee, convened by the Chair, or any combination of the Chair and two members of the APB (i.e. a “Selection Sub-committee”).

In the case of a conflict of interest (i.e. son, daughter, spouse, co-worker), a member of the Committee (or Selection Sub-committee) will step down and another member will be appointed by the remaining members or by the Board as so required.

Selection shall be on an assignment of points for each application, with the top scorer(s) receiving the scholarship(s).
In the case of a tie, the committee may:

  • interview the applicants by phone
  • review the applications
  • check with references
  • choose to divide the scholarship between the two individuals.

Applicants will be evaluated on a scale of 50 points where:

  • 20 points – evaluation of transcript;
  • 10 points – evaluation of letters of reference; and
  • 20 points – evaluation of personal information.

The committee may choose not to award a scholarship in any year in which there is no candidate scoring at least 40 points.


A cheque will be forwarded to the winner on proof of registration at the post-secondary institution specified in the application.


A brief write-up taken from the information supplied by the applicant will appear in BioNews and/or other APB media.

Sponsor the APB Scholarship and Bursary Program

The Association of Professional Biology is seeking your professional biology membership support! Support for our members begins when they are students. 

Through the APB Scholarship and Bursary Program, the APB wants to recognize BC’s consulting firms willing to give back and pave the way ahead for deserving up and coming Biology Professionals. 

  • For as little as $50, your firm can contribute to the education and development of future Professional Biologists and your own potential employees.
  • Your firm’s name and logo will be included in the list of sponsors supporting the deserving student recipient through APB’s media (APB website, APB e-News Letter).
  • Your firm’s contribution will create awareness among biology students throughout the province of future employers and their community business practices.

Please consider an in-kind contribution as an investment opportunity in the future of Professional Biology in BC and recognition of your firm’s name as a valued sponsor, educator,employer, and BC community leader! 

Make a contribution to the APB Scholarship and Bursary Program.

Thank you for your consideration!