Rules for Scholarship contest. Please Read Carefully
All entrants must be:
- a resident of British Columbia
- about to enter, or continue, a program of study at a post-secondary educational
institution in Canada
- not a winner of a BCCHS Scholarship on a previous occasion
Up to three awards may be made. Each award will be for $500.
The award must be used only for tuition fees and must be used within 12 months of being granted.
Payment will be made either:
- directly to the awardee on provision of a receipt from the institution, or
- to the awardee's account at the institution if:
- a) evidence of fees payment is provided, and
- b) it states that the award is refundable only to the BCCHS if the award is not used.
BASIS of AWARDS
To enter applicants must provide either:
- a short story not to exceed 1500 words
- original artwork, or
- an original cowboy craft work.
Entries must be the original work of the entrant.
Each entry must have as its theme our BC Cowboy and ranching heritage.
Each entry should be accompanied by a completed, and signed entry form.
From amongst the entries the judges will select up to three creators who will be
awarded a one year, $500 scholarship.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
There shall be three Judges.
The decision of the Judges will be final.
Selection will be based solely on the merit and presentation of submission.
BCCHS, at its discretion, may decline to make an award if in the opinion of the Judges,
no entry meets a minimum standard. Awards may be made in any category, not necessarily
one in each category.
Written entries should be double spaced and no longer than 1500 words. Illustrations
integral to the presentation will be welcomed. Presentation, grammar, spelling and
punctuation will be among the criteria used in judging written submission. Previously
published work will not be acceptable.
Paintings, drawings, bronzes, and photographs will all be welcomed as entries. The
ORIGINAL of all work must be sent. Copies will be disqualified. Computer generated
graphics and any work involving any tracing will not be eligible. All work must be
presented in a form suitable for display. Paintings, drawings or photographs must be
mounted on board, or if on canvas, mounted on a stretcher. Work should not have been
Cowboy crafts must be usable by cowboys, or their horses. Examples include saddles,
bridles, bits, spurs and items braided in rawhide or horsehair.
The standards used in judging entries are high. Entries which fail to directly address
the subject of our BC Cowboy Heritage will not be considered.
Entries should be sent to
BCCHS Scholarship Committee
Entries must be be received by December 31st of each year. Entries received after December 31st will not be considered.
Judging will take place during January and February.
Awards will be announced at the Cowboy Festival held in Kamloops in March, after which
all entrants will be notified. All art and craft entries will be returned by mail as
soon as possible thereafter. Written entries will not be returned. If you would like
a notification of receipt of your entry, please include with it a stamped, addressed
In providing an entry you agree that BCCHS may use its content for display and promotional
purposes without restriction.
Winning entries tend to combine excellence with a theme very consistent with the objectives
of the society. Some entrants have found research into BC's ranching history helpful. Searching for:
"ranching in BC" and "cattle ranching in BC" will provide a lot of current and historical information.
A painting of Roy Rogers or Clint Eastwood is not closely consistent with the theme.
Good presentation lets a piece show its merits. Art work which has been creased during
mail handling, or that needs a weight at each corner to lay flat does not show well.
Written work should have a title and the author's name.
A brief biography and description of what is behind any work be it written, art or craft
gives the entry context.
Good luck. We look forward to getting your entry.