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The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation (AWBMF) was established in the summer of 2008 to honour and preserve the memory of late journalist Amber Michelle Bowerman (née Webb), and to help fulfil her dreams by supporting other emerging artists and journalists. Dedicated to quality in writing, reporting and the arts, Amber encouraged and supported young journalists and artists similarly committed to their own careers.
By providing scholarships, bursaries and awards, the Foundation aims to foster the achievement of excellence, and to broaden scholastic opportunities for emerging Western Canadian journalists and artists of all disciplines.
The AWBMF is a registered charity that provides a program of annual scholarships. Recipients are selected by the individual post-secondary institutions on the basis of both scholastic merit and financial need. The foundation offers scholarships in perpetuity (endowments) at SAIT Polytechnic and Mount Royal University—both are Amber’s alma maters.
In 2017, the Foundation co-sponsored UBC’s Okanagan Short Story Contest, an open contest in its 19th year that awards the best new short stories by writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The sponsorship doubles all prize-winnings and creates a new category for high-school participants. The competition is juried by UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and its annual Writer in Residence.
Also recently, the AWBMF announced a $5,000 donation to the Banff Centre’s Emerging Artists Intensive (Literary Arts) program, supporting its November 2016 participants.
The Foundation has in the past also sponsored the Student Writing Award with the Western Magazine Awards Foundation, writing awards through the Canadian University Press and, in 2012, helped to establish the student writing category of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association showcase awards.
In the spring of 2013, the Foundation began a partnership with the WordsWorth Creative Writing Residency, hosted by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
For more information about specific scholarships and bursaries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.