We are very pleased to announce the new Rick Bourne Rugby Award Fund. Established on the eve of Rick Bourne’s induction into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame, the Rick Bourne Rugby Award aims to support students of any gender who are actively involved in playing rugby in Canada

June 23, 2023 Induction Photos



Fund and Award Overview
This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of Rick Bourne, a prominent figure in the Canadian rugby community for over six decades. Rick Bourne’s leadership, passion and generosity have made a significant impact on rugby in Canada, making this award a deserving tribute to his legacy. The awards will be funded from donations to the endowment fund and earnings on the fund’s assets.

To be eligible for the Rick Bourne Rugby Award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Gender and Rugby Participation: Applicants must be students actively participating in rugby in
    Canada. The award is open to all genders. Whether involved in club or university rugby, the
    award is open to individuals dedicated to the sport.
  2. Age Requirement: Applicants must be between 17 and 24 years of age.
  3. Academic Enrollment: Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time degree (graduate
    or undergraduate), diploma or certificate program at a Canadian college or university. The
    program should commence in the academic year for which the award is granted. Students
    starting their studies in the fall semester are eligible.

General Guidelines:

  1. Reapplication: Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years.
  2. Conditional Award: The award is contingent upon the acceptance and continuance of
    the applicant’s chosen educational program. Verification of acceptance into the program will be
  3. Application Submission:
    a. Submit a completed application form from the Canadian Rugby Foundation.
    b. Attach a letter, not more than 250 words, describing the reasons why you would be a
    worthy recipient of the Rick Bourne Rugby Award. Include your contributions to the
    rugby community, how you have helped expand the game, other volunteer activities,
    your academic achievements, your most important accomplishments and your future
    c. Attach two letters of reference from the two individuals named in your application. One
    must be someone who has been involved with you in the rugby community;
    d. Attach a photograph in .jpg format. We would prefer if the applicant is wearing a rugby
    jersey in the photo but that is not required (once submitted the photo will be the
    property of the Canadian Rugby Foundation).

NOTE: Items 1 to 4 above must be e-mailed to to
complete the award application.

4. Publicity and Promotion: The award recipient must consent to having their name and
photograph publicized. Additionally, they should be prepared to support the promotion of the
award as requested.

Selection Criteria:
The selection of the Rick Bourne Rugby Award recipient will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Active Participation: Applicants must demonstrate active involvement in playing rugby and a
    commitment to staying engaged in the sport.
  2. Contribution to the Rugby Community: Applicants should exhibit a recognized contribution to
    both the local community and the broader rugby community, showcasing their impact both on
    and off the field.

Rick Bourne’s extensive involvement as a player, coach, administrator, volunteer, director,
philanthropist and leader within the Canadian rugby community has inspired the establishment of this scholarship. His remarkable leadership through rugby in Canada has left a lasting legacy. While many exceptional leaders have emerged within Canadian rugby, Rick Bourne stands as one of the most successful, passionate and generous individuals the country has ever witnessed. On December 12, 2023, Rick was announcement among the 2023 inductees into the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame.  Article.

For any further inquiries or clarifications, please refer to the contact information included in the
application instructions.

To make a donation to the Rick Bourne Rugby Award Fund, go here:

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