Scholarships & Awards

To apply for VIU Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries, unless otherwise noted in the award criteria, students must complete their Scholarship, Award & Bursary Profile from their student record.  

To apply for VIU Scholarships & Awards, unless otherwise noted in the award criteria, students must complete their Scholarship, Award & Bursary Profile from their student record between early September and March 31 NOON each year as information is not brought forward annually.  

Learn how to apply using the Scholarship, Award & Bursary Profile

Scholarships and Awards will be selected based on minimum course load requirements, grade point average requirements, specific donor criteria and information provided on your Scholarship, Award & Bursary Profile.

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal Program for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation

The Lieutenant Governor’s medal program was expanded from students enrolled in one-year certificate programs only, to also include two-year diploma and four-year undergraduate degree programs at public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.  Eligible students include British Columbia residents, out-of-province and international students enrolled in their last year of studies who will graduate during the academic year.

Lieutenant Governor's Medal Program - Nomination & Application Form

Project Hero

This unique program, which was started in 2009 by retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed, provides undergraduate scholarships to children of fallen soldiers. Commencing in September 2009, many of Canada's finest colleges and universities are offering tuition, and in some cases, support with room and board in the first year, to children of Canadian Forces personnel who have lost their lives while serving in an active mission.

TO BE ELIGIBLE, THE APPLICANT MUST BE:

  • A dependent of a Canadian Forces personnel, deceased while serving in an active mission

  • Under the age of twenty-six

  • Registered as a full-time undergraduate student at a university, in a program of study eligible for funding by the Province of the location of school

  • Meet the academic requirements for entry to the academic program for which the recipient applies and maintain satisfactory academic standing in the program

If you meet the above criteria, complete the Project Hero Application Form and submit to the VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office. There is no deadline for this application.

Eligibility to the scholarship program of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission will be determined by Canadian Forces criteria.

View the list of VIU Scholarships & Awards:

Published award information is subject to change.  Many of the awards are funded by interest earned on endowment funds established by very generous donors. The interest earned for the awards will vary with the financial markets.

Awards

Students transferring to the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, or Simon Fraser University are advised to contact the respective institution's Financial Aid & Awards office as each have many "in-house" scholarships and bursaries, some of which are specifically designated for students transferring from regional colleges or universities.

Irving K. Barber Scholarships

Up to 160 Transfer Scholarships of $5,000 each are available to students who have completed at least one year of full-time study and must transfer to another public post-secondary institution in BC to complete their degree.

Please note, GPA, residency criteria and application processes have been changed.

BC Indigenous Students Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to BC residents of Aboriginal ancestry who have been active in their school or community and who are planning to study in a certificate, diploma, degree, or approved trades / apprenticeship program.

BC Indigenous Teacher Education Awards of $5,000 are available to Aboriginal students registered in a teacher education program at a BC University, which leads to certification by the BC Teachers' Council. This includes programs leading to a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in First Nations Language and Culture.

Ten Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships valued at $10,000 each are available to recognize women who are excelling at the study of Computer/Data Science, Engineering or Mathematics at the post-secondary level. At least one of these scholarships is dedicated to a woman of Indigenous ancestry. 

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Available to graduates of Canadian universities to pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.  One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $10,000 but it is subject to change.

The Traveling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities to pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in areas of international relations or industrial relations. Recently, four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually but the number and the amount are subject to change. 

Note: Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarships are available to graduates of Canadian universities to support graduate study.

Worksafe BC

The PCU-WHS Scholarship is available to complete the online Bachelor of Disability Management degree program at PCU-WHS (Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences). Eligible students will receive $6,000 annually for each of two years. Must be residents of BC, have already graduated with a 2-year diploma, degree, or other relevant educational prerequisites in a range of disciplines, but preferably in human resources, occupational health and safety, health care, social work, or business.

VIU Scholarship and Awards * Under construction*

BMO Bank of Montreal Award for BC Aboriginal Students
Available to aboriginal students who will be continuing their studies in a diploma or degree program at VIU.  Selection will be based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

CFUW Cowichan Valley Indigenous Student Award
Available to female Indigenous students enrolled at the Cowichan campus in their second year or greater, progressing successfully in their program.  Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need, along with good academic standing.  

Elizabeth Newham Award
Available to deserving First Nations students attending the Cowichan campus of VIU.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in post-secondary studies, but consideration will be given to students progressing from ABE to post-secondary studies.

First Nations Study Program Scholarship
Available to Aboriginal students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts - First Nations Study program, who are completing 3rd year, and continuing to 4th year of the program.  Selection will be based on academic achievement.

Isaac Tait Memorial Award
Available to Aboriginal students continuing in the Visual Arts Degree Program.  Preference will be given to students who live, or have lived, in a remote community and are entering their 3rd or 4th year in the program.

Mosaic Indigenous Student Support Award
Available to Indigenous Students in one of the following programs: Heavy Equipment Operator Road Builders & Heavy Construction Foundation Program, Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Program, and the Welder Foundation Program. Preference to students interested in a career in the Forestry Industry.

Partners in Wellness Aboriginal Health Career Award
Available to students of Aboriginal heritage (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), who are registered in full time studies in one of the following programs: Unit Clerk, Health Care Assistant, Community Mental Health Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Practical Nursing, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The order of priority for consideration will be given as follows: 1) to students from Vancouver Island who have self-identified as being of Aboriginal descent; 2) to Aboriginal students from within BC; 3) to Aboriginal students from within Canada. Preference may also be given to those demonstrating financial need.

Storrow Q.C. LL.D Indigenous Student Scholarship
To be awarded to an indigenous student in recognition of academic success, with preference given to those having a major or minor in Indigenous Studies.

'‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Award
Available to VIU students participating in the ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins program, and who demonstrate excellent leadership through volunteerism. 

Academic & Career Preparation (ACP) Award
Available to students enrolled in Academic & Career Preparation at the Nanaimo Campus, who are highly motivated and committed to learning, have overcome significant barriers in returning to learning, have better-than-average attendance, and contribute to a positive classroom atmosphere.

Alan Harrison Education Award
Available to ABE students who are progressing to their first year of a degree program at VIU.  Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need.

CFUW Nanaimo - Adult Basic Education Award
Available to female students in their final year of Academic & Career Preparation (ABE) courses, and who will be continuing her studies in a VIU degree program. Preference will be given to community involvement and excellent achievement.

Coastal Community Credit Union Nanaimo Award
Available to current Nanaimo campus ABE students, or residents of SD #68, who will be enrolling in full-time post-secondary studies for the first time, in the fall semester at any campus of VIU. Financial need will be considered, as well as academic performance (current ABE students).

Coastal Community Credit Union Parksville/Qualicum Award
Available to current Parksville/Qualicum campus ABE students, or residents of SD #69, who will be enrolling in full-time post-secondary studies for the first time, in the fall semester at any campus of VIU. Financial need will be considered, as well as academic performance (current ABE students).

Cowichan Campus ABE Health & Human Services Award
Available to ABE students at the Cowichan Campus, who will be progressing to post-secondary studies in a Health or Human Services program.  Selection will be based on high academic achievement, financial need and nomination by faculty.

Cowichan Campus ABE Indigenous Student Award
Available to an Indigenous student in the ABE program at the Cowichan Campus. Selection will be based on high academic achievement, financial need and nomination by faculty.

Cowichan Campus ABE Literacy Award
Available to ABE Fundamentals students at the Cowichan Campus, who will either be continuing with upper level ABE courses, or progressing to any approved post-secondary certificate, apprentice or Red Seal program at VIU.  Selection will be based on achievement, financial need and nomination by faculty.

Cowichan Campus ABE Science Award
Available to ABE students at the Cowichan Campus, who will be proceeding to a diploma or degree program in science at an accredited post-secondary institution.  Selection will be based on high academic achievement, financial need and nomination by faculty.

Cowichan Campus ABE Trades Award
Available to ABE students at the Cowichan Campus, who will be progressing to an Apprenticeship or Red Seal Program at VIU, or an accredited post-secondary institution.  Selection will be based on high academic achievement, financial need and nomination by faculty.

Don Hubbard ABE Award
Available to top students at any VIU campus, who are enrolled in their final year of Academic & Career Preparation, (ACP) courses, and who will be continuing to post-secondary studies in the fall at VIU. Selection made in conjunction with ABE faculty, in recognition of hard working, determined and motivated individuals.

Jean Campbell Memorial ABE Achievement Award  (certificate programs)
Available to students enrolled in their final year of ABE courses at the Nanaimo Campus, with selection based on academic achievement. No program restriction, but preference will be given to students who will be proceeding to one of the following certificate programs:  Dental Assisting, Applied Business Technology (ABTP), or Culinary Arts.  Students must demonstrate strong motivation and commitment to learning. Preference will be given to students with financial need who live in the mid island area.

Jean Campbell Memorial ABE Achievement Award  (diploma / degree)
Available to students enrolled in their final year of ACP courses at the Nanaimo Campus. Selection will be based on academic achievement, with preference to students proceeding to one of the following degree or diploma programs: Bachelor of Science (including Nursing), Practical Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration, Forest Resources Technology, or Information Technology & Applied Systems. Students must demonstrate strong motivation and commitment to learning. Preference will be given to students with financial need and who live in the mid island area. 

John & Page Porter Science Scholarship
Available to outstanding students completing ABE chemistry upgrading at the Cowichan Campus, who are entering into a Faculty of Science & Technology Program at any VIU Campus as a full-time student.

Joseph Lea and Associates Bursary
Available to graduates of the Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program (West) who will be continuing their studies at VIU. Selection will be based on financial need and faculty recommendation.

Kiwanis Club of Duncan Award
Available to students enrolled in an ABE program at the Cowichan Campus.  Selection will be based on faculty recommendation.

Mid Island Co-op Adult Basic Education Award
Available to students enrolled in an ABE program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered. Preference will be given to students continuing to post-secondary studies at VIU. Open to residents in the area from French Creek to Duncan. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Nicholas Plecas Achievement Scholarship - Cowichan
Available for high academic achievement, to students enrolled in ABE Advanced or Science Foundations courses at the Cowichan Campus, who will be proceeding to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, Resource Management, Forest Resources, or Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Nicholas Plecas Achievement Scholarship - Nanaimo
Available for high academic achievement, to students enrolled in ABE Advanced or Science Foundations courses at the Nanaimo Campus, who will be proceeding to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, Resource Management, Forest Resources, or Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Nicholas Plecas Achievement Scholarship - Parksville
Available for high academic achievement, to students enrolled in ABE Advanced or Science Foundations courses at the Parksville/Qualicum Campus, who will be proceeding to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, Resource Management, Forest Resources, or Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Richard W. Johnston ABE Award - Cowichan
Available to full-time Academic & Career Preparation (ABE) students enrolled at Cowichan Campus.  Students must maintain a "B" average, have good attendance and be highly motivated.

Richard W. Johnston ABE Award - Nanaimo
Available to full-time Academic & Career Preparation (ABE) students enrolled at the Nanaimo Campus.  Students must maintain a "B" average, have good attendance and be highly motivated.  Selection made in conjunction with the ABE department.

Richard W. Johnston ABE Award - Parksville
Available to full-time Academic & Career Preparation (ABE) students enrolled at Parksville/Qualicum camp.  Students must maintain a "B" average, have good attendance and be highly motivated.

Roger Prior Entrance Scholarship
Available to students graduating from the Academic & Career Preparation program, who will be entering any first year university program at VIU in the fall semester.  Selection will be based on academic achievement.

Rotary Club of Duncan - Daybreak Bursary
Available to students graduating from the ABE program at the Cowichan campus, with selection based on financial need.

Royal Bank Award - Parksville/Qualicum
Available to current Parksville/Qualicum Campus ABE students, or residents of School District #69, who will be enrolling in full-time post-secondary studies for the first time, in the fall semester at any campus of VIU. Financial need will be considered, as well as academic performance (current ABE students).