Western Canada High School Scholarship Selection Criteria

Canfor is proud to support high school graduates from our operating communities who are entering post-secondary studies. We hope this will lead to careers in the forestry industry.

The number of scholarships we have available to each school is based on the size of the graduating class:

  • Graduating classes of fewer than 50 students will be eligible for one (1) $500.00 scholarship award;
  • Graduating classes of between 50 and 100 students will be eligible for two (2) $500.00 scholarship awards;
  • Graduating classes of between 100 and 150 students will be eligible for three (3) $500.00 scholarship awards;
  • Graduating classes of more than 150 students will be eligible for four (4) $500.00 scholarship awards.

The following is a list of eligible Western Canada cities for the high school scholarship, consideration is provided to public and provincially-funded independent high schools.

British Columbia: Alberta:
Burns Lake Chetwynd Clearwater Grande Prairie
Cranbrook Creston Fernie
Fort St. James Fort St. John Fraser Lake
Houston Invermere Mackenzie
Prince George Vanderhoof


Local high school scholarship committees will be responsible for selecting students for scholarships using the following criteria:

  • The graduating student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, live in the BC or Alberta school catchment area and attend the high school offering the scholarship award;
  • The student intends to pursue a career in the forest products industry;
  • The student has applied at a British Columbia or Alberta post-secondary institution, and for admission to one of the specified forestry, wood products manufacturing, forestry-related engineering or related trade studies; and
  • Where there are multiple qualified applicants, children of Canfor and Canfor Pulp employees shall have first priority, with remaining scholarships awarded based on academic performance.

The 2021 scholarship program replaces all previous Canfor scholarship programs administered by high schools, except memorial awards that are in place in certain communities.


  1. Academic merit; and,
  2. Intent to pursue a forestry-related discipline such as:
    • Forestry;
    • Wood Products Manufacturing;
    • Process, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering; and,
    • Industry-related trades designations, including:
      • Certified Millwright
      • Certified Electrician
      • Certified Heavy Duty Mechanic
      • Certified Instrument Mechanic
      • Certified Sawfiler / Benchperson
      • Certified Pipefitter or Welder

      Please note that Children of Canfor / Canfor Pulp employees will be given first priority, while remaining applicants will be selected based on academic performance.

  3. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must enroll in approved post-secondary studies in the semester immediately following high school graduation. Deferrals are not eligible under this program. Exceptions will be made for students that have a waitlist for an eligible forestry related program.
    • In such cases, students must send Canfor a letter by email or mail, confirming waitlist placement by October 28, 2022. Canfor must be made aware of the students' placement on the waitlist to remain eligible for the scholarship payment for up to 18 months following the date of their high school graduation with approval from Canfor.
  4. Scholarship payments will be made when the student has been accepted into their program and has paid their first semester tuition. The following information should be sent directly to donations@canfor.com by October 28, 2022 to receive payment:
  • Completed Canfor's 2022 high school scholarship program application form;
  • A cover letter from the students indicating about their studies and why they are interested in forestry (less than 300 words);
  • A copy of the student’s registration in an eligible program; and
  • A copy of their receipt for the first semester tuition payment and books up to the scholarship amount.

Students who do not contact Canfor and submit the above documentations by the October 29, 2021 deadline will forfeit their award.


Once schools have identified potential students eligible for the award, please email donations@canfor.com with an expression of interest by Monday, May 2, 2022 along with the listed details below.  Pre-approval is required by Canfor in order to issue scholarship payment.

  • Indicate the size of the graduating class, and the number of awards (based on class size);
  • Provide the name of the student(s) along with their post-secondary institution and specific forestry-related program the student has applied to;
  • Include the date, time and location of the school's awards ceremony and event coordinator contact information.  Should a local Canfor representative be available, we will coordinate their attendance with your school contact and they can present the scholarship to the student(s); and
  • Indicate if the proposed award recipient(s) are the children of employees from Canfor or Canfor Pulp

The company will not be able to honour any scholarships request after the May 2nd deadline.  Canfor will review submissions and inform schools of the scholarship winners by May 16, 2022.  Note that no award will be given without proper pre-authorization.

HOW TO APPLY: Award recipients must be identified by local high school administration in order to avoid duplication.  Recommendations by high school administration should be forwarded to donations@canfor.com.

For any other questions regarding the local scholarships program, please contact donations@canfor.com.

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