Donate your frequent flyer miles to help BC youth study abroad!  

Sep 14, 2016    Source: Chantal Moore


Announcing the 3rd Annual Remes Family Scholarship

Sending more domestic students abroad is part of BC’s International Education Strategy. BC graduates with international experience globalize our workforce, bringing much needed intercultural skills to Canada. However, expenses are always listed as a top reason why students choose not to study abroad. Often, the cost of an international roundtrip ticket alone can prevent a student from this opportunity, but this does not have to be the case.

Through the generous donation of frequent flyer miles, Boris Remes, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at the Schulich School of Business, is helping to send BC students abroad through the Remes Family Scholarship. Past scholarship winners include Meghan Thompson, who studied in France, and Andrea de Bruyns who studied in Spain. This year, the Remes family has again donated miles for the third annual Remes Family Scholarship.

What you can do

We are hoping to offer additional scholarships similar to the Remes Family Scholarship and are putting a call out for donations of frequent flyer miles or air miles. A roundtrip ticket in economy from BC to anywhere in the world is between 25k and 80k miles plus taxes depending on the geographical zone. Now you can be a part of supporting internalization and outbound student mobility!

The donation of your miles can remain anonymous. In addition, if you do decide to donate your miles, you may participate in creating the scholarship eligibility criteria and be on the selection committee for the winner or are welcome to delegate this to BCCIE if you prefer. Once the scholarship winner has been selected and the travel dates are confirmed, we will do the award search and provide clear instructions on how to book the ticket for the scholarship winner.

If interested, please contact

Meet the donor: About Boris Remes

Remes is a former recipient of BCCIE’s Excellence in International Education Marketing Award. Originally from Kazakhstan, Remes first studied abroad in Canada as high school student. Giving back is important to him because he knows first-hand the tremendous value of intercultural experiences.

Remes is also passionate about educating Canadians on managing loyalty programs. He has a new venture. Canadian Points University is the first all Canadian conference series created by and for travel enthusiasts to come together and learn how to use their miles and points to maximize flights, hotel stays and trips. Individuals and institutions can donate their miles to help Canadian youth study abroad.