The BCCHS Scholarships
Rules and Conditions

Rules for Scholarship contest. Please Read Carefully

All entrants must be:

  • a resident of British Columbia.
  • about to enter, or continue, a program of study at a post-secondary educational institution in British Columbia.
  • not a winner of a BCCHS Scholarship on a previous occasion.

Up to three awards may be made. Each award will be for $500.

The award must be used only for tuition fees and must be used within 12 months of being granted.

Payment will be made either:
– directly to the awardee on provision of a receipt from the institution, or
– to the awardee’s account at the institution if:

  • a) evidence of fees payment is provided, and
  • b) it states that the award is refundable only to the BCCHS if the award is not used.

To enter applicants must provide either:

  • a short story not to exceed 1500 words
  • original artwork, or
  • an original cowboy craft work.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant.

Each entry must have as its theme our BC Cowboy and ranching heritage.

– Each entry should be accompanied by a completed, and signed entry form.

– From amongst the entries the judges will select up to three creators who will be awarded a one year, $500 scholarship.

A small panel of Judges will review submissions.
The decision of the Judges will be final.
Selection will be based solely on the merit and presentation of submission.

BCCHS, at its discretion, may decline to make an award if in the opinion of the Judges, no entry meets a minimum standard. Awards may be made in any category, not necessarily one in each category.

Written entries should be double spaced and no longer than 1500 words. Illustrations integral to the presentation will be welcomed. Presentation, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be among the criteria used in judging written submission. Previously published work will not be acceptable.

Paintings, drawings, bronzes, and photographs will all be welcomed as entries — AI generated art is acceptable and must be disclosed. The ORIGINAL of all work must be sent. Copies will be disqualified. All work must be presented in a form suitable for display. Paintings, drawings or photographs must be mounted on board, or if on canvas, mounted on a stretcher. Work should not have been previously published.

Cowboy crafts must be usable by cowboys, or their horses. Examples include saddles, bridles, bits, spurs and items braided in rawhide or horsehair.

The standards used in judging entries are high. Entries which fail to directly address the subject of our BC Cowboy Heritage will not be considered.


Entries should be sent to
Museum of the Cariboo-Chilcotin
1660B Broadway Ave S
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 2W4

Entries must be be received between November 1st and December 31st of each year. Entries received after December 31st or before November 1st will not be considered.

Judging will take place during early 2024.

Winning recipients will be notified via email. All submissions will not be returned and become property of the Museum of the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

In providing an entry you agree that BCCHS may use its content for display and promotional purposes without restriction.


Winning entries tend to combine excellence with a theme very consistent with the objectives of the society. Some entrants have found research into BC’s ranching history helpful. Searching for: “ranching in BC” and “cattle ranching in BC” will provide a lot of current and historical information. A painting of Roy Rogers or Clint Eastwood is not closely consistent with the theme. Good presentation lets a piece show its merits. Art work which has been creased during mail handling, or that needs a weight at each corner to lay flat does not show well.

Written work should have a title and the author’s name.
A brief biography and description of what is behind any work be it written, art or craft gives the entry context.

Good luck. We look forward to getting your entry.