Trans Mountain and the Coquitlam Foundation are pleased to celebrate a $300,000 contribution over 20 years towards funding for eligible secondary students in School District 43.

“This educational funding allows the Coquitlam Foundation to continue fulfilling our important mission of providing benefits to our local community. We look forward to helping support students further their education,” said Sid Sharma, Coquitlam Foundation Board Chair.

The funding will help support students pursuing studies in nautical science, marine engineering, heavy mechanics, environmental science, social work and emergency management studies. Scholarships are applicable for various diploma programs offered at BCIT, Douglas College and other recognized post-secondary institutions.

“We are proud to support education and training programs that promote trades, environmental stewardship, social work and research,” said Lexa Hobenshield, Manager, Lower Mainland and Community Investment, Trans Mountain. “This agreement further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to support educational opportunities to communities along the pipeline and marine corridor.”

The Coquitlam Foundation will provide the following annual awards over 20 years to eligible students in School District 43:

  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Marine Engineering – BCIT – $1,500 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Nautical Science – BCIT – $1,500 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Heavy Mechanical Trades – BCIT – $1,000 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Environmental Studies – Douglas College – $1,000 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Bachelor of Emergency Management and Security Management Studies – Justice Institute of BC – $1,000 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Award for Emergency Management Certificate – Justice Institute of BC – $1,000 annually
  • Trans Mountain Education Awards in the fields of Environment, Trades and Social Work – Any recognized post-secondary institution – Seven awards of $1,000 annually

Applications for the Trans Mountain Education Fund opened December 1, 2021 and closes February 15, 2022. Learn more about the Coquitlam Foundation and apply for bursaries directly online here.

Trans Mountain values the relationships it has built with communities along the pipeline corridor over its more than 65-year history. We have signed Community Benefit Agreements along the pipeline route, which help fund education and training opportunities, investment in local infrastructure and park and trail improvement projects.

The City of Coquitlam is part of Trans Mountain’s Lower Mainland construction area that includes about 35 kilometres of pipeline construction from Langley to Burnaby. Trans Mountain began pipeline construction in Coquitlam, BC earlier this year, and continues through the United Boulevard area west of the Port Mann Bridge.