Scholarship Opportunities for BC Residents

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

  • Scholarship towards either full- or part-time study in the 2+2 Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) program at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS).
  • Made possible by funding to the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement (WDA)
  • $6,500 annually for each of two years of full-time study, or $3,250 annually for the first 3 years only of four years of part-time study, applied towards tuition fees.
  • Scholarship funds will cover most (but NOT all) of the annual course tuition per year applied, and can only be applied to tuition for the specialized courses required to complete the 2+2 BDM program.

This is a critical gateway to a highly desirable and rewarding professional career opportunity in the rapidly expanding field of Return to Work and Disability Management not only in BC, but across Canada and internationally.

Candidates must:

⋅ Have permanent resident (landed immigrant) or Canadian citizenship status and be permanent     residents of British Columbia;

⋅ Meet the admission criteria of PCU-WHS, and must qualify for Admission Directly into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) program (i.e., the 2+2 program). To qualify for Admission Directly into Year 3, applicants must:

  • Have graduated with an associate degree, 2-year diploma, or other relevant educational prerequisite which provides 60 transferable academic credits (or equivalent) in a range of disciplines


  •  Be eligible for Admission Directly into Year 3 (i.e., the 2+2 BDM program) on the basis of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). A combination of professional experience and career education will be assessed under Flexible Admission policy on a case-by-case basis. Applicants under Flexible Admission should have a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant experience in a related field.

⋅ Be in a position to register for full-time (10 courses per year) or part-time (5 courses per year) study in the 2+2 BDM program beginning in September 2024 and to complete the degree within a 2-year period for full-time study or 4-year period for part-time study. The Scholarship will apply to both years of the 2+2 program for full-time study, but only the first 3 years of the 2+2 BDM program for part-time study.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-qualified basis.

WDA Scholarship Information-Booklet-2024


This Scholarship is designed to significantly increase the availability of disability management professionals and practitioners for British Columbia employers across all public and private sector organizations and be a major long-term strategic and sustainable workplace approach to “Building a Culture of Accommodation”. This strategy mirrors the successful outcomes seen in other jurisdictions across Canada and around the world where greater professionalization in the Return to Work and Disability Management field is significantly improving socio-economic outcomes for disabled workers, employers, and society at large.

 Preferred domains of previous study include human resources, occupational health and safety, healthcare, business, and social work.