Youth Education Awards FAQ

Interested in becoming one of the more than 850 students who have received a Youth Education Award since 2004, but you need more information? This is the place!

Applications and 2020 deadline dates for all school districts are available on our website.

You are welcome to apply for both, but there are some conditions. First of all, the Beth Hutchinson Award is awarded only to one student from the Surrey School District. You must also meet the criteria for both awards: have overcome adversity (Standing Tall), and exemplify a commitment to continue your education in the face of considerable health challenges (Beth Hutchinson). To make a double application, check mark both boxes on the application form.

While you can apply for both, you are not permitted to receive both awards. Your school district selection committee will determine the award recipients for your district, and will make the decision about which award to present.

No! Coast Capital is committed to helping youth achieve what’s important in their lives, whether they are a member or not. To be eligible for the Youth Education Awards, you must however meet our eligibility requirements at the time you apply:

  • Be a grade 12 student;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Having been a BC resident for at least 6 months;
  • Graduating high school in the 2019/2020 school year in one of the 26 School Districts in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, mid and southern Vancouver Island and Central and Northern Interior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited Canadian university, college or technical school in the 2020/2021 school year.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Coast Capital member, click here.


No, but you must be attending an accredited Canadian university, college or technical school in the 2020/2021 school year. And don’t forget you must be a BC resident and Canadian citizen or permanent resident for 6 months to be eligible to apply.

To apply, you must meet our eligibility requirements at the time you make your application, including having been a BC resident for at least six months.

No. As long as you are a grade 12 student, graduating in the 2019/2020 school year, and plan to attend an accredited Canadian university, college or technical school in the 2020/2021 school year, you can apply.  

We have left it up to each school district to determine the recipients, because they know you best. Each school district has its own process for determining the recipients and deadlines for submissions, found here. For more information about your district’s selection process, please check in with your school counsellor.

If you’ve been selected to win one of our Youth Education Awards, first of all, congratulations! You will be notified and presented with your award certificate by your school, by no later than June 30, 2020. We’ll send you an award information package c/o of our school counsellor.

We're inspired by our Youth Education Award recipients, and we would like to share that inspiration with others. In order to do this, we may invite you to share your story through social media, new releases, and video. But we only share what you’re comfortable sharing. And we’ll be asking for your permission to share your story. Here's an example.
Your Youth Education Award may be used for any education-related expense, such as tuition, books, transit fare to and from school, rent or a new laptop.
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to apply.

Each recipient will receive a cheque as part of their award package. Your award package will be sent to your school counsellor and presented to you by no later than June 30, 2020.

The cheque needs to be deposited into your bank account (at any financial institution) within six months of the date on the cheque. Did you know after six months, cheques become state-dated and can no longer be used? If you are in need of a free chequing account, we can help with that! Come speak with us at your local branch or check out our website.

Coast Capital members can make a deposit with the Deposit On-the-go. Use your Coast Mobile® App to make deposits by simply snapping a photo of a cheque and follow the instructions (don’t forget to do the happy dance).


Yes, Education Awards, like all income, should be reported. We will send you a T4A slip for the 2020 year.

The best approach is to have the student make the application directly, but if it works best for you to nominate them, go for it! Use the same application form, and please make it clear on the application that you are nominating a student. Please ensure that all required signatures are included.
Still have questions or need more information? Contact us.