Scholarships / Career Development

As an active and supportive member of our operating communities, we work with secondary and post-secondary institutions to support students and provide opportunities for a career in the forestry industry. Canfor has well-established scholarship programs, and has also recently partnered with educational institutions such as University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) to provide forestry-related courses for students interested in entering the industry.

Canfor and UNBC Forestry 498 Course: Canfor and UNBC recently partnered to provide a unique fourth-year course in which forestry professionals from Canfor teach students directly, rather than serving simply as guest lecturers. The course focuses on operational practices in harvest planning and implementation and includes field trips to working forestry locations, including Canfor’s sawmills in Prince George.

Post-secondary scholarships: Canfor partners with post-secondary institutions to provide scholarships to students in forestry, wood products manufacturing, and other forestry-related engineering and trades programs. These scholarships are managed directly by our partner institutions. For more information please visit the following institutions online:

HOW TO APPLY: Eligible students should apply directly through each institution.

High school scholarships: Canfor also provides scholarships to students entering degree or trades foundation programs related to forestry, and in areas in which we face a skills shortage. Students applying to receive a scholarship must identify their intent to pursue a career in the forest products industry. Further information about the scholarship application process is provided below.

Students at public high schools and government-funded independent high schools in the following Canfor / Canfor Pulp operating communities are eligible:

  • Grande Prairie
  • Fort St. John
  • Chetwynd
  • Mackenzie
  • Prince George
  • Vanderhoof
  • Fort St. James
  • Fraser Lake
  • Burns Lake
  • Houston
  • Quesnel (eligible until the 2016-17 graduating year)
  • Clearwater
  • Cranbrook
  • Invermere
  • Fernie

Awards are in the amount of $500. 

View selection criteria.

Bentley-Prentice Scholarships:  This award commemorates the founders of our company, and was established in 2013 to mark Canfor’s 75th anniversary. It recognizes academic excellence among children of current Canfor employees who plan to pursue a career in forestry or a relevant trade. There are six awards available each year, one for each of our operating regions. Students receiving these awards will receive a payment of up to $5000 to cover the cost of tuition. Recipients will not be eligible for other Canfor scholarships in the same year.

How to Apply: This program is administered by the Corporate Office. Students must apply, in writing to communications@canfor.com.

Memorial and Limited Eligibility Scholarships

The following awards are sponsored by Canfor, but are not directly administered through our corporate office.

New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF) Scholarships: These awards are administered by NRTF specifically for First Nations students in Canfor’s operating communities. While First Nations students are eligible in all other scholarship categories, Canfor’s partnership with NRFT provides dedicated support for First Nations students entering our targeted education streams. Five (5) $2,000 bursaries will be awarded.

How to Apply: This program is administered by the NRT. Those interested in applying should contact them directly.

George Park Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Canfor and the BID Group of Companies co-sponsor a millwright foundation training scholarship in memory of millwright George Park Jr. who was killed in an accident at our Plateau Sawmill in Vanderhoof in 2012.  The award is open to students in the Vanderhoof school catchment area, and is administered by the Nechako Valley High School in coordination with Canfor and the BID Group.  Vanderhoof students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact their guidance counselor.

Jennifer Hartley Memorial Scholarship: This award was established by Canadian Forest Products Ltd., North Central Plywoods to honour the memory of Jennifer Hartley. The scholarship is open to students in the City of Prince George who are the son or daughter of a Canfor/ Canfor Pulp employee, and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, commitment to self-improvement, and involvement in their school, community, and/or volunteer activities.

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