Donate your frequent flyer miles to help BC youth study abroad

Aug 14, 2015    Source: Chantal Moore


Sending more domestic students abroad is part of BC’s International Education Strategy. 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 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. 
Last year, through the generous donation of miles, Boris Remes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Bodwell High School in North Vancouver, sent a BC student abroad through the Remes Family Scholarship. You can read about Meghan’s experience in her blog postings on the BCSA website. This year, the Remes family has again donated miles for the second annual Remes Family Scholarship.

What you can do

Call out for donations 

We are hoping that this year we will be able 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