About the Competition

The SFU Student Community Engagement Competition (SCEC) started in 2014 as a collaboration between Blackwood Partners Management Corp., Central City, the City of Surrey and Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

In its first three years, the competition supported some amazing projects, such as S.C.O.R.E.Gro Carts and Media Minds, which have engaged youth, supported food justice and created foundational support for young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

In 2017, the competition expanded with two new awards designed to encourage innovative community-student engagement for positive social impact in Burnaby communities. The two winning projects in our first Burnaby-based competition were We Are The World and Eco Endeavours.

Purpose of the competition

Simon Fraser University aspires to be a leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. The SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition seeks to recognize, celebrate, and champion community-student engagement and spirit by mobilizing student-led projects that will lead to meaningful impact:

  • recognize, celebrate, and champion community-student engagement and spirit;
  • assist in the rejuvenation, development and success of Surrey City Centre and Central City;
  • assist in the development and success of Burnaby’s four town centres: Metrotown, Brentwood, Lougheed and Edmonds;
  • catalyze meaningful student-community engagement and impact with local newcomer and refugee communities;
  • facilitate student participation in experiential learning opportunities through community service and partnership;
  • attract students from a variety of disciplines who are enthusiastic about social entrepreneurship, innovation and community-building;
  • expand and deepen collaborations with important partners in the communities where SFU students live, study, work and play.

New this year: a third set of awards to support newcomer and refugee engagement

In the 2018-19 competition, thanks to SFU International two new awards have been made available to support student-led projects to engage newcomer and refugee communities in meaningful and significant ways. This means that there is a total of $19,000 available across three competitions to bring eight of the most innovative student-led ideas to life. We are humbled by the generosity of our supporters, and we know deeply that our students are worthy of their confidence.

Thank you to our partners

If you step back and think about it, it’s pretty amazing when people come together with the intention of doing something good in the world. We all know that conversations about what “good” means can be contentious – especially at a university! But there’s no doubting that it takes commitment, hard work, and some kind of intention to connect with others.

We are so grateful to our partners, who share this vision and who are the heroes that make this opportunity available. The SFU Student Community Engagement Competition is a collaborative initiative involving Blackwood Partners Central City, the City of Surrey, SFU Public Square, the Burnaby Festival of Learning, SFU International and Simon Fraser University.

Hey, students!

Do you have an idea to make a difference by engaging with the community around you?  Take a chance on yourself, and on your community. Amazing things happen when people come together (especially when you have $2,000 or $3,000 to work with)!

All it takes is some passion and an idea. Ignite yours and register today.