Each year, JABC is very pleased to offer a number of awards to recognize outstanding performance in a JA program.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are able to give away thousands of dollars worth of awards annually. The process is simple! Please review the eligibility requirements for each award below and then apply online.

View the 2023 award recipients

2024 Awards and Scholarships

Individual Awards

Oratory and presentation skills are keys to success in business and community leadership. This award recognizes achievement in the development of speaking and presentation skills and is open to any senior-secondary or post-secondary youth who has participated in a JA program within the past five years.

This year, up to four participants will be awarded $2,500 each intended to support their diverse educational or other needs. Award recipients will make a one-minute speech at the annual BLBC Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies to be held on June 3, 2024. 

Deadline: March 29, 2024

The Junior Entrepreneur Award recognizes youth who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, growth, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit while participating in JA Company Program or JA Company Program for Indigenous Learners.

Four youth who held executive positions in their student company during the 2023-24 school year will be awarded $2,500 each to support their diverse educational or other needs. Participants must be nominated by their JA Company Program mentor(s) or host teacher(s). Award recipients will participate in a live interview about their experience at the annual BLBC Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies to be held on June 3, 2024. 

Deadline: March 29, 2024

This award recognizes a self-identifying Indigenous OR rural (outside Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Greater Victoria) OR new immigrant youth (born outside Canada) Junior Achiever who has demonstrated significant growth in business skills, learning skills, leadership skills and/or entrepreneurial skills.

The award recipient will receive $2,500 to support their diverse educational or other needs.

Deadline: May 3, 2024

The purpose of this award is to inspire and encourage young women to lead at the highest levels with heart. The Jan Bell-Irving Award recognizes a female-identifying Junior Achiever who has demonstrated ambition and the ability to lead through collaboration and kindness.

The award recipient will receive $2,500 to support their diverse educational or other needs.

Deadline: May 3, 2024

Student Company Awards

JA Student Companies can complete one application to apply for both awards.

  • These awards are open to all JA British Columbia student teams participating in the JA Company Program or JA Company Program for Indigenous Learners during the 2023-24 school year.
  • Submissions must include a video. Check out previous winners below.
Deadline: May 3, 2024. One application will be used for both awards.
This award recognizes creativity and innovation, profitability and viability, and outstanding planning and operation of a Student Company. The awarded team will receive $3,000 and will be entered into the national JA Canada Company of the Year award. The National award winner will represent JA Canada at the international JA Americas Company of the Year competition.
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This award is generously supported by:

This award recognizes the JA Student Company that demonstrates the most innovation in their business. Some examples of innovation include: creating a new product, distributing your product or service in a completely new way, marketing your product using cutting edge tools and media, or using a business model rarely seen in today’s business world. The awarded team will receive $3,000.

This award is generously supported by the Province of British Columbia through Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

Mentorship Opportunities

JABC is pleased to partner with CDL-Vancouver to offer a unique mentorship opportunity to recognize high school girls participating in JA Company Program. 

The intention of the CDL Apprentice Program program is to address the gender gap by offering an engaging learning experience for female-identified students 14-18 years of age who have a curiosity for STEM-related topics and a keen interest in how science and technology are transforming the world and the opportunities available to the next generation of leaders.

Learn more here

This opportunity is made possible by CDL-Vancouver.

Learning to Lead™ is a leadership program open to Grade 10-12 girls, transgender, and non-binary youth. Participants gain confidence through a series of interactive workshops and activities. They leave the program with greater self-awareness, and the inspiration to take on new challenges and opportunities. This interactive program invites young women to develop a leadership mindset in a supportive and fun environment.

For more information, please visit Minervabc.ca/learning-to-lead.

We encourage JA Company Program students to apply. This opportunity is made possible by Minerva BC.

PLUS: JA program participants are eligible for JA Canada national awards.

JA Future Leader Award – Value: $1,500 CAD

Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship – Value: $3,000 – Must be a graduating Achiever

JA Company Program Community Award – Value: $1,500 CAD

2024 Applications Due March 31, 2024. For full details, view JA Canada’s National Awards and Scholarships

Check out some previous Student Company award-winning application videos:

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JA British Columbia reserves the right to withdraw or modify the terms of these scholarships or awards at any time.

JA British Columbia believes equity, diversity and inclusion is about creating a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals representative of the population we serve. We value that uniqueness and we are strengthened by diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. JABC will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, creed (religion), gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, or any other grounds prohibited by the B.C. Human Rights Code.