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UBCP/ACTRA Scholarship Fund

Scholarship MEMBER application – download here

Scholarship DEPENDANT application – download here

We are investing in your future.

The UBCP/ACTRA Member and Dependant Scholarship Program helps to make sure you and your family have the means to pursue your education goals.


Two Scholarship Programs for Members and their dependants have been created by the UBCP/ACTRA Scholarship Fund Committee (SFC). These scholarships will help UBCP/ACTRA Members and their families pursue education and professional development to further their career goals.

The Member Scholarship will contribute funding to Full Members in pursuit of educational and/or professional development.

The Dependant Scholarship will contribute education funding to eligible dependents of Full Members.

Spring Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020
Fall Submission Deadline: October 2, 2020

Member Scholarship

UBCP/ACTRA will award funding, to a maximum of $5,000 per year, to Full Members to enhance their educational and/or professional standards in the industry. Programs which assist the member in continuing to develop their careers, whether directly through actor training or through training in other fields in order to supplement their income will be considered. Be aware that you may only be approved for a portion of the amount you are requesting. For example, if you are applying for a $5,000 scholarship, you may be approved for any amount between $0 and $5,000.

Priority consideration will be given to members who wish to broaden their skills within the film and television industry.

And finally, and importantly, members who wish or need to transition to a new career entirely may be supported by this initiative. Awards will be decided on both merit and financial need.


Any Full Member, in good standing for 5 (five) years, with UBCP/ACTRA (BC Branch) may apply for assistance.

You must reside in the BC/Yukon region in order to apply and be awarded funds. For example, if you are a UBCP/ACTRA Member but reside full-time in Toronto, you cannot be considered.

The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

In the case of members wishing to transition to a new career, priority will be awarded based on length of membership within UBCP/ACTRA.

Supporting Information Required

  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • A full description of the course of study – Please state the exact course/program/training you are applying for, you cannot say “various acting programs around Vancouver”. Only describe your course/program/training well enough for us to understand the program you are applying for.
  • Proof of acceptance in the course of study
  • Tuition cost
  • A statement of any other financial assistance being awarded for the same course of study, including other bursaries or parental support
  • The applicant’s Notices of Assessment from CRA for the past five years or from the time the applicant first filed income tax whichever is shorter (you only need to submit enough pages to show Total Income and Expenses and Net Income. Usually, the one or two summary pages is enough. Please do not submit your entire tax return)
  • An essay of no more than five hundred words or a video no longer than three minutes outlining the reasoning for making the application

If applying for travel and lodging:

  • The location of the study program
  • Full details of costing including travel, food, lodging

Further Information

If you file your taxes as an incorporated company, you must state that on the application form and submit BOTH your personal and incorporated returns.

Awards will be paid directly to the institution, school, or teacher providing the education and not directly to the applicant unless other arrangements are made.

The maximum grant will be five thousand ($5,000) dollars in any given year. A grant may be renewed on application if the applicant is in a program of study longer than one year.

If the applicant needs to travel and reside away from their normal residence, assistance MAY be awarded for travel and lodging, to a maximum of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars for board and lodging and one thousand ($1,000) dollars for return travel.

The program of study must begin within nine months of the application deadline. The course of study may already be in progress. Scholarship funds will not be awarded for courses that are already complete. Funds must be used towards the specific program stated in their application. Any remainder of funds will be redistributed back into the Scholarship Fund. Funds cannot be carried over.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you submit your application before the deadline, staff can let you know if it is not complete and what is missing. You then have ONLY until the application deadline to submit any missing information. Nothing will be considered if it is received after the deadline. There will be no exceptions for missed deadlines.

To Apply

Applications are available online (see above) and at the UBCP/ACTRA office.   If submitting by email please send to scholarship@ubcp.com. If submitting a hard copy, the application should be submitted directly to:

UBCP/ACTRA Scholarship Application
300 – 380 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1C8


Dependant Scholarship

UBCP/ACTRA will award funding to the dependants of Full Members, in good standing, in need of financial assistance for their education.

The dependant must be planning to enroll in a full-time course leading to either:

  • A diploma at a recognized community college or professional arts training institute; or
  • A university degree, or
  • A professional degree or certification.

The dependant must be the child (natural, step, or adopted) of a Full Member who has contributed the major support for the child. Preference will be given to members who have been members in good standing for at least five years.

The dependant may be beginning their course of study or be in an ongoing course and applying for assistance to continue their studies.


The dependant can be no more than 25 years old at the beginning of the course of study.

The course of study must be full time.

The applicant (i.e. the Member) needs to satisfy a financial needs test.

Supporting Information Required and Further Information – See above.

To Apply

Applications are available online (see above) and at the UBCP/ACTRA office.   If submitting by email please send to scholarship@ubcp.com. If submitting a hard copy, the application should be submitted directly to:

UBCP/ACTRA Scholarship Application
300 – 380 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1C8

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