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TLA scholarships

The TLA has been awarding scholarships for over 33 years. We currently have two types of scholarships:

  • Forestry Scholarships: These scholarships are at UBC, VIU, and BCIT and students must apply through their program. The scholarships are administrated by each school based on criteria set by the TLA.
    • Find out more about these scholarships at UBC and VIU's websites. 
  • Heavy Duty Machine Operator Scholarships: These scholarships are at VIU and students must apply through their program. The scholarships are administrated by each school based on criteria set by the TLA.
  • Scaling Awards: These awards are for people who have taken a coastal scaling course, successfully written the coastal scaling exam and have been issue their scaling license. These awards are administered by the TLA's Education Committee.
  • Trades Awards: These awards are for people training in the trades who plan to work in BC's coastal forest industry and are administered by the TLA's Education Committ

We couldn’t support these scholarships without the support of our members who donate items to the TLA’s Donor Auction, which takes place annually at the TLA convention and trade show, or without the support of the TLA members who purchase the items at the auction.  At the 2016 convention, we raised $74,315 through the auction for the TLA Forestry Education Fund. This money goes to support ongoing forestry edcuation program and these important scholarships.

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January 15, 2016 – Minister Steve Thomson with TLA scholarship recipients. These students study at the University of British Columbia (UBC), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Minister Thomson made the presentations after his keynote speech at the Truck Loggers Association’s 73rd annual convention and trade show.
Award for BCIT 
  • Michael Eastwood - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Gregory Spence - Truck Loggers Association Award
Awards for University of British Columbia 
  • Alex Tang - Bert Welch TLA Scholarship in Forest Operations
  • Nur Hassan - Dave Husby TLA Scholarship in Forest Operations
  • Natasha Feldes - Truck Loggers Association Scholarship
  • Shawna Girard - Truck Loggers Association Scholarship
  • Patrick Riley Ladyman - Truck Loggers Association Scholarship
Awards for VIU Forestry
  • Gregory Herringer - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Jiahang  Li - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Matt Parker - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Sean Owens - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Darren Vandergrift - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Stephanie Wilson - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Eric MacLean - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Rianna Martindale - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Elias Torheiden - Truck Loggers Association Award
  • Hannah Vander Meer - Truck Loggers Association Award
Awards for VIU Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Linden Feniak - Truck Loggers Association & Chevron Award
  • Shane Wiersma - Truck Loggers Association & Chevron Award

Left to right: Adrien Byrne, Policy, Government & Public Affairs Representative, Chevron; Shane Wiersma, VIU student; Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations; Shane Wiersma, VIU student; Rolf Braun, Business Consultant, Chevron
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TLA and Chevron Award Scholarship for  Heavy Equipment Operator Students

January 15, 2016, Vancouver – Minister Thomson congratulated the winners of two scholarships from Vancouver Island University’s Heavy Equipment Operator Program at the Minister of Forests Breakfast during the TLA’s 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show