Training, Education & Career Advancement Bursary

When we think of the automotive industry in B.C. we normally think of hands-on trades. These are important to the industry. However, that is not all the industry is about. Accounting, sales, management, payroll, human resources, marketing, computer support, technical occupations, and many other areas are equally critical to business success, and so too is the diversity of people working in the industry.

This bursary focuses on all aspects of the automotive industry in B.C. If you have a desire to work in the industry, in any related aspect, and need financial assistance to reach your goals, the ARFI would like to hear your story and help you reach your goals.

Bursary Description

This bursary provides up to $2,500 for continuing education tuition related to an automotive career. Up to four of these bursaries are offered.


To be eligible, applicants must have graduated from secondary school. The training/education applied for must be offered through a recognized training facility/provider and relate to some aspect of the automotive industry in B.C.

We are looking for those who have demonstrated a flair for, and a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the automotive industry.

Children or dependents of ARFI board members are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are asked to provide the following:

  • A statement by the applicant stating his/her long-term automotive goals. This should briefly outline why they believe they should be considered for this scholarship. It may include a summary of past school and work experience. It should also explain why they need the financial assistance offered by the bursary.

  • A supporting letter from the applicant’s current automotive industry-related employer. This may include the applicant’s academic achievements, natural ability, hard work, professionalism, teamwork, attention to detail, initiative, etc. The employer should also indicate how the training will make the applicant a more valuable employee.

Awarded Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded annually within British Columbia to qualified applicants who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance. Consideration is given to awarding students throughout the province. The bursary selection committee gives special consideration to students demonstrating an interest in careers in the automotive industry and those employed by ARA members.

The recipient may be requested to participate in a brief interview that may be recorded and published. The recipient may also be invited to appear in a video acknowledging the award.

The recipient will be requested to provide a recent photograph for use in promotional material.


All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decisions. Awards are applicable to the academic year commencing in September of the year of application and awarding.


The administration of the scholarship program is carried out by the ARFI, under the direction of the ARFI Board Chair.

Application Requirements Checklist

You MUST have the following ready to submit with your application:

(See “Eligibility” above)

  • A statement by the applicant outlining his/her long-term automotive goals. The application form includes a text box for this (250 words minimum).
  • Supporting letter from the applicant’s primary automotive instructor or current employer. This document is to be uploaded in PDF, JPG or Word format. The application form includes a file uploader for this.
  • A brief outline of the scholarship applicant’s demonstrated leadership and civic abilities. The application form includes a text box for this.
  • An outline of financial considerations as they relate to the student’s pursuit of their automotive studies. The application form includes a text box for this.

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