British Columbia offers exceptional standards and opportunities in education. Students receive highly evaluated education, which opens the door to better jobs and potential careers. Students are free to discover and follow their passions, feeding their growth as individuals and steering them towards successful careers in which they are passionate. In the process, students gain awareness for what they want out of their studies and learn where opportunities lie. Learning is a life-long journey. As our province evolves—adapting to new and innovative methods and incorporating new technologies along the way—so does its people.
We are committed to investing in quality education, thus widening the scope of possibilities and opportunities for generations to come. Our emphasis on education reflects our continued support of youth in BC. The Y.P Heung Foundation believes in supporting selected essential programs for students attending institutions such as: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.
SUPPORTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
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British Columbia Institute of Technology | BCIT
First Year Achievement Award – Real Estate – This Real Estate Achievement Award is for students concentrating in the Professional Real Estate Option of the Marketing Management Program. The award recognizes the achievements of students who have demonstrated a combination of high academic standing, leadership, service and/or all-around achievement.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University | KPU
Simon Fraser University | SFU
The Takao Tanabe Undergraduate Award – In honour of Takao Tanabe, this award is granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who fulfills the following: full-time enrollment as student in the School for Contemporary Arts program, who is in his or her third or fourth year of studies, in good academic standing and shows the strongest artistic potential. The award is granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Director, School for Contemporary Arts.
Andrew Petter Graduate Scholarship in Public Policy – This award was established in 2020, in honour of Professor Andrew Petter and to thank him for his significant contributions during his term as president of SFU. Two scholarships, valued at $7,500 each, will be granted annually in any term to full-time graduate students studying public policy who are in excellent academic standing, have demonstrated leadership potentia,l and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Preference will be given to students in the School of Public Policy,
The University of British Columbia | UBC
Dr. Richard Lipsey, Vancouver School of Economics – In honor of Dr. Lipsey, this scholarship is given annually to outstanding undergraduate students in the Bachelor of International Economics program at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC and who demonstrate volunteerism and community service.
Fred Herzog Award in Visual Art – In honour of Fred Herzog, a pioneer of colour photography, the award is available to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a Fine Arts Major in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and demonstrating volunteerism and community service.
Ian Wallace Award in Art History – In honour of Ian Wallace, a Vancouver-based artist, educator and art historian, the award is available to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an Art History Major in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and demonstrating volunteerism and community service.
Dr. Michael Goldberg – Finance and Real Estate – In honor of Michael Goldberg, Dean Emeritus, this award is granted to an exceptional graduate student enrolled in either Finance or Real Estate in the MBA or MSc Programs of the Sauder School of Business. Students who demonstrates leadership, involvement in student and community activities and exceptional academic achievement are eligible for this award.
Prof. Fred Pennance – Urban Land Economics. & Real Estate – In honor of Fred Pennance, this award is granted to an exceptional undergraduate student enrolled in the Urban Land Economics and Real Estate Division in the Bachelor of Commerce Program of the Sauder School of Business. Students who demonstrate leadership, involvement in student and community activities and exceptional academic achievement are eligible for this award.
Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC - Rise Women’s Legal Centre
Since 2016, the RISE Women’s Legal Centre—the first of its kind in BC—has provided low-income women in the Lower Mainland with much-needed legal representation in family law and related areas. Its services are open and inclusive regardless of age, place of origin, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality or ability, including those women who support themselves by selling or trading sex. Under the supervision of practicing lawyers, legal services are provided by senior law students from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.
The Y. P. Heung Foundation and its advisors have proudly supported this local program since 2017. Says Trustee Raymond Heung, “We learned that the genesis of the name ‘RISE’ is the hope that clients will be able to rise above difficult times by advancing their legal matters to resolution, and this strongly resonates with the mission of the Foundation.”
Langara College Foundation
The Y. P. Heung Foundation proudly supports the following programs at Langara College:
Community Cupboard Project: The Community Cupboard is an on-campus food bank program created to help Langara students with food insecurity. The Community Cupboard gives students the opportunity to anonymously pick up one week’s worth of groceries, which provides approximately 21 meals.
Hamper Program: Since its inception, hampers have been distributed to hundreds of students. It has grown from supporting single-parent students and students with families, to also include Youth in Care, Indigenous students, students with special needs and other identified low-income students.
Laptop Lending Library: Launched in fall 2020, the Laptop Lending Library provides the tools necessary for students to continue and to succeed in their online education. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed an important issue: not all students have personal access to computers and other online tools. For low-income students, money is limited and is directed to their basic needs. The Y. P. Heung Foundation has funded the purchase of ten laptop computer for this important service.
Decoda Literacy Solutions - Fostering Literacy Project
Decoda Literacy Solutions is the only province-wide literacy organization in British Columbia. Through resources, training and funds, Decoda supports community-based literacy programs and initiatives in communities across the province. Decoda supports children and families, youth, adults, seniors, Indigenous and immigrant communities in an effort to build strong individuals, strong families and strong communities.
In 2020, the Y. P. Heung Foundation helped fund the Fostering Literacy Project. This program improves the educational outcomes of children in BC communities by bringing together schools districts, literacy groups, community volunteers, teachers, and parents. Fostering Literacy is also an employment program for Grade 11 & 12 students to gain paid work experience. Many of the children and youth are from rural areas, Indigenous communities, or urban centres, where there is a high percentage of children in care.
Founded in 2000, NatureKids BC is a nature discovery and environmental action organization that helps children (ages 5-12) get outdoors to explore, play, learn about, and take action for nature. This organization has nearly thirty volunteer-led clubs throughout British Columbia. Its mandate is to “provide regular opportunities for children and families to explore, learn about and enjoy nature nearest to where they live, guided by local nature mentors – naturalists, college and university scientists and other experts from every possible sphere of interest.”
The Y. P. Heung Foundation has provided a grant that will help NatureKids BC expand its reach within the province.
Science World - Tech-Up Program
The Y. P. Heung Foundation proudly supports Science World’s Tech-Up Program. Launched in 2018, this program provides coding and computational thinking workshops, materials/equipment and professional development for teachers and students in communities throughout British Columbia.
Funding will go towards helping Science World connect with kids in remote communities, support underserved families through afterschool science sessions, and provide free/low-cost professional development to our most passionate K-12 teachers.