Scholarships and Bursaries

Applications closed on March 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.


PEA members and their families are eligible for the scholarship program

Scholarship Application Process

Scholarship Policy



Only PEA members are eligible for the bursary program

Bursary Program

Bursary Application Process

Please send PEA Bursary Applications to:

PEA Bursary Committee, c/o Professional Employees Association
505 - 1207 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2E7
or email to

Bursary Policy

2018 Scholarship Winners

Makalo Duxbury | High School

I am very grateful to be a recipient of the PEA scholarship. Thank you! I plan to pursue my dream of becoming a physiotherapist, but first, I plan to take a year off to travel and save some money. Next year, I hope to study kinesiology at UVic and then pursue grad school at UBC. Thanks to the PEA scholarship committee and all the PEA members for helping make my dreams a reality.

Read Makalo's Essay

Chris Clausen | University

Thank you PEA members for this scholarship. Higher education is increasingly becoming unaffordable which makes scholarships like this all the more important.  You’ve helped make my dream of finishing my degree possible.

Read Chris's Essay

Molly Tanner | University

Thank you to the PEA for the financial support that they are providing. I am a second-year student majoring in elementary education at North Island College in Courtenay. This scholarship money will help me with my tuition and living expenses for the coming year, and for subsequent years where I plan to attend the University of Victoria to complete my university degree. Thank you!

Read Molly's Essay

Celina Wang | University

Read Celina's Essay

Octavia Rusch | High School

I would like to thank the PEA Union for helping me achieve my life long goal of becoming a Primary school teacher. I have been accepted into the University of British Columbia’s  (Okanagan campus) four-year Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. After completing my Psychology degree I then plan on attending the University of the Fraser Valley to complete my Bachelor of Education degree. I am excited to begin this next step in my journey and this scholarship is helping me do just that. Thank you again for your support.

Read Octavia's Essay

Gillian Saunders | University

I am currently working as an English as an Additional Language Specialist at the Centre for Academic Communication at the University of Victoria, and will be starting PhD studies in Education this fall. I have previously completed a BA and MA in English Language and Literature (UVic and Queen’s University, and have been teaching English for over ten years, both in Canada and overseas. Inspired by my work with students who are English language learners, I hope that my graduate studies will result in a better understanding of how writing centres in Canada are adapting to increasing numbers of international students, and how those students might be most effectively supported in their academic communication skills. I am very grateful to have received this scholarship that will help me to pursue my learning.

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Emily Travers-Smith | University

Thank you for your generous support of my undergraduate education through a PEA scholarship. I am currently in my second year of studies in business at Camosun College. My hope is to transfer to either Royal Roads University or the University of Victoria next year to complete a degree in finance or human resource management. Your support is most appreciated!

Read Emily's Essay

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 45 Issue 2

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 issue



The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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