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 between early September and March 31 Noon each year as information is not brought forward annually. 

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.

The VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary Profile is OPEN, Learn how to apply

  

"It is always worth applying. I was able to pay my entire first year in tuition from scholarships. Even if you don’t win, every application is practice for other awards, bursaries, and even job applications! I used to get really stressed about applying for scholarships but now I am so familiar with it that it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. I am always surprised at how many students don’t apply. It can make such a difference."

Alex, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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.

 

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.

Eligibility

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.

VIU Scholarships and Awards

To apply, be sure to complete and save your VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary Profile by the yearly application deadlines (Oct 31 and Mar 31 Noon).

Academic and 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 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 Progression Awards

Available to students enrolled at the Cowichan Campus, who are completing their ABE studies, and who will be progressing to any post-secondary program for the upcoming fall semester. Selection will be based on academic achievement and recommendation 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 and 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 Duncan to North Island. 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, 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.

Anthropology Club Award

Available to third or fourth year anthropology students with a minimum "B" average and who have demonstrated financial need. Students must submit a 300 word essay with their application. The essay should address the question, "How will you use anthropology in your career?" and elaborate on their financial need. 

WorldBridger Award

Available to students in the Anthropology program, based on academic achievement and recommendation of the department.

Don Tamelin Athletic Award

Available to student athletes who demonstrate dedication, commitment and excellence to their sport.  Recipient must be a continuing member of the VIU Golf team, with a commitment to play in the coming year.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Award

Available to a VIU student athlete, who is continuing to the 3rd year of their program.  Selection will be based on the recommendation of the coaches, and awarded for contribution to the team.  Academic achievement will also be considered. 

George MacPherson Mariner Award

Available to VIU Mariner Hockey athlete as selected by coaches.  If no hockey program currently running, second preference will go to Mariner Golfer.  If neither programs have candidates, any qualified Mariner may be selected.

Hrabowych Golf Award

Available to high performing students on the VIU golf team, who have demonstrated leadership and dedication.  Selection will be made by the Coach.

Jack Whittaker Athletic Award

Available to student athletes who demonstrate dedication, commitment and excellence to their sport. Recipient must be a continuing member of the VIU Soccer team, with a commitment to play in the coming year.

Michael Walker and Janice Tissington Badminton Award

Available to full-time students, who are also members of the Mariners Badminton Team. Selection will be based on recommendation of the coaches, and awarded for contributions to the team. Academic achievement will also be considered.

Ryan Thibault Memorial Award

Awarded to a current Men's Volleyball player, who possesses leadership, selflessness, teamwork, and outstanding athletic ability.  Selection will be made by a committee of team players, coaches and the Athletic Director.

A. Rod Glen Business Management Award

Available to students in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program, who are Canadian Citizens and BC residents.  Financial need will also be considered.

Association of Women in Finance Award

Available to female students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program, with a major in Finance.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated community leadership.

Bachelor of Business Administration ACCT 100 Award

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration ACCT 100 course, who will be continuing their studies at VIU in the fall semester. Selection based on academic improvement and student life involvement, along with recommendation of faculty.

Bachelor of Business Administration MGMT 192 Award

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration MGMT 192 course, who will be continuing their studies at VIU in the fall semester. Selection based on academic improvement and student life involvement, along with recommendation of faculty.

Brian Lewicki Memorial Accounting Scholarship

Available to top third year students enrolled in the Accounting concentration of the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Selection will be based on cumulative program GPA.

CNB Accounting Award

Available to 2nd or 3rd year Bachelor of Business Administration students, who are continuing to 3rd or 4th year in the program, and who aspire to become Certified Professional Accountants (CPA). Preference will be given to students with leadership experience and/or community involvement.

CPA Education Foundation of BC Award

Available to top students in the ACCT 362 course at VIU, who intend to become Chartered Professional Accountants.  Applicants must demonstrate community involvement or leadership through participation in clubs, associations and/or sports.

Dana Spicer Bertrand Memorial Scholarship

Available to continuing students in the Bachelor of Business Administration program for outstanding achievement.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Financial Services concentration.

Daniel Gardiner Business Excellence Scholarship

Awarded to a top academic student currently enrolled in 2nd year of the BBA program, who will be continuing to 3rd year with a major in Accounting or Finance. Selection will be based on program cumulative GPA.

Danny Harris Memorial Scholarship

Available to students in their second or third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program.  Selection based on academic excellence, with preference given to students in the Marketing option.

Douglas A. Johnston Accounting Award

Available to graduating students from the Bachelor of Business Administration Program - Accounting concentration, who will be enrolling in the CPA of BC Professional Education program. Successful applicants will be in the top 15% of BBA - Accounting concentration graduates in the current year. Preference will be given to students who are involved in community service, and who have been residents of Vancouver Island for the past five years, from Ladysmith to Qualicum Beach.

H.Ray and Grace L. Ballard Accounting Scholarship

Available to Bachelor of Business Administration students enrolled in Intermediate Accounting. Selection based on high achievement.  Students should have completed Acct 335 in the fall semester.

Hazelwood Construction Business Award

Available to top Bachelor of Business Administration students. Preference given to students who graduated from School District 68.

Kerm Culham Business Award

Available to students enrolled in a Business Degree program.  Selection based on academic achievement and financial need.  Preference will be given to members, employees (or dependents) of Coastal Community Credit Union.

Margaret J Brown Memorial Business Award

Available to students enrolled in, and continuing in the Bachelor of Business Administration program.  Applicants must describe how the criteria has been met, and why they qualify for this award.  Selection based on academic achievement, financial need and faculty input.

MNP Nanaimo Founders Award - Bob McDougall and Barney Bestwick

Available to students in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Selection based on academic achievement, community involvement and/or sportsmanship.  Preference will be given to students in the Accounting concentration.

Nanaimo Women's Business Network Award

Available to female students enrolled in, or continuing in full-time business related certificate or degree programs.  Based on financial need and achievement.

Nanaimo Women's Business Network Business Award

Available to mature female students, enrolled in a 100% course load, who are continuing from first to second year at VIU in the Business program. 

New Car Dealers of BC Foundation Award for Business Students

Available to a continuing student in a business program, preferred applicants will be those who have interest in a technical, accounting, management, sales or marketing career with the New Car Dealers of BC.  Applicants must be residents of BC.  Successful applicants may be asked to participate in a testimonial.

Nick Peters Memorial Award

Available to students enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of the Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting program, who have shown passion for the accounting field and have overcome obstacles.

RBC Dominion Securities Scholarship

Available for academic achievement to students enrolled in any of the following programs:  Applied Business Technology, Certificate in Business Management, Diploma in Business Management or Bachelor of Business Administration.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 Internship Education Fund

Available to support students in the MBA program, via an internship with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #10.  Availability is based on program requirements, with funds issued upon completion of the internship, along with submission of required documents.

Smythe LLP Scholarship

Available to students in the Bachelor of Business Administration program - Accounting concentration, who will be continuing at VIU in the fall term.  Based on academic achievement.

Tom Harris Memorial Scholarship

Available to students in their second or third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program.  Selection based on academic excellence, with preference given to students in the Marketing option.

United Floors Business Award

Available to 2nd year students, continuing to 3rd year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program, with selection based on academic achievement and financial need.

Vancouver Island LGMA Robert Skene Memorial Award

Available to undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Business Administration diploma or Certificate in Business Management programs, with preference to students having obtained a B+ average. Students must demonstrate an interest in local government which can be evidenced through university course work, past employment or future career plans. Applicants must be residents of Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast or Powell River, and show financial need.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board - Nanaimo Scholarship

Available to students continuing in the BBA program at VIU, based on academic excellence.

VIREB and REF of BC Business Scholarship

Awarded to a top second year student, based on GPA, progressing to third year in the Finance Option of the Bachelor of Business Administration Program.

VIU Bookstore Business Award

Available for financial need to third or fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration students, with preference given to students enrolled in a Marketing or Management concentration.

VIU Business Students Association Legacy Award

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program, who are active members of the VIU Business Students Association, participating in events and meetings.

Windsor Plywood Business Management Award

Awarded to a top second or third year BBA student, with the highest GPA, continuing at VIU in the fall, and who will be continuing to a Marketing option.

Criminology Student Association Award

Available to students enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of the Criminology degree program, based on academic achievement and financial need.  Community involvement will also be considered.

Coca-Cola Culinary Arts Scholarship

Available to graduating VIU Culinary Arts students.  Selection is based on academic excellence.

Culinaire Victoria Award

Available to Culinary Art students in the Professional Cook 1 program who are continuing to the Professional Cook 2 program, who have demonstrated passion, aptitude, and the right attitude for the profession. Consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

David and Maureen Thomas Culinary Arts Award

Available to students who are hard working, ambitious, talented, and passionate about the profession, and who show promise in the Culinary field. Selection based on instructor recommendation.

Debbie Shore Award

Available to students who have demonstrated dedication and hard work in the Culinary Arts program.

Diploma Award of Excellence

This award goes to students who exemplify a positive attitude towards the Culinary Arts, shows promise of succeeding in the chosen profession, and who excels in all aspects of the Culinary Diploma program.

DRC Culinary Arts Award

Available to students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at the Nanaimo Campus, for talent and promise shown in the culinary field.  Selection is based on departmental recommendation and financial need, with preference given to students who are residents of the mid island area.

Erma Klassoff Memorial Award (Diploma)

Available for financial need to students enrolled in the August/September intake of the Culinary Arts Diploma program.  

Erma Klassoff Memorial Bursary (Certificate)

Available for financial need to students enrolled in the January/February intake of the Culinary Arts Certificate program.

House of Knives Award

The value of this award varies, and is in the form of a Knife Set, and a gift card.  Available to students in the Culinary Arts certificate or diploma program, with selection based on academic achievement, leadership and promise in the field.

Pacific Rim Academy of Chefs Award

Available to top graduates of the Culinary Arts program.

VIU Culinary 2nd Year Scholarship

Available to students entering the second year of the Culinary Arts diploma program.  Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need.

VIU Board Members Award

Available to second year students continuing to third year of any VIU degree program, with selection based on academic performance and financial need.

VIU Faculty Association Degree Entrance Scholarship

Award will be a maximum of $5,000, (up to $2,500 issued for each of Fall & Spring*).  Available to second year students, who are enrolled in a 100% course load, with high GPA, who are continuing into a degree program at VIU delivered by members of VIUFA.  *Funds for spring semester are contingent upon successful completion of the fall, with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and 100% course load in spring.

Donna Blackhall-Pearce Award for Professionalism

Available to students in the Dental Assisting program who exhibit professional behaviour and attitude in all areas of the program, and work well within the classroom team, and during clinical practical.

Nanaimo & District Dental Society Award

Available to top students graduating from the Dental Assisting program.

Patterson Dental Canada Inc. Scholarship for Excellence in Clinical Skills as Demonstrated During Restorative Assists

Available to students in the Dental Assisting program, with selection based on instructor recommendation.

Patterson Dental Canada Inc. Scholarship for Excellence in Clinical Skills with Competence & Safety

Available to students in the Dental Assisting program, with selection based on instructor recommendation.

Petricca Foundation for Periodontics and Implantology Award - Dental Assisting Program

Available to students in the Dental Assisting program, with selection based on instructor recommendation.

BCDHA Award of Excellence - Second Year

Awarded to a student graduating from the Dental Hygiene program, who has demonstrated the highest clinical proficiency, and who is a student member of the BCDHA.  Selection will be based on recommendation of program faculty.

BCDHA First Year Achievement Award

Available to the BCDHA student member who demonstrates the highest overall standing after completing their first year of dental hygiene studies.  

CDHBC Award for Highest Overall Achievement - 1st Year

Available to first year students in the Dental Hygiene program, who have achieved the highest overall combined mark in their academic and clinical studies.

CDHBC Award for Highest Overall Achievement - 2nd Year

Available to graduating students in the Dental Hygiene program, who have achieved the highest overall combined mark in their academic and clinical studies.

CDHBC Award for Professionalism & Ethics - 1st Year

Available to first year students in the Dental Hygiene program, who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of professionalism, ethics, and leadership in all learning and practice settings, and not just on academic performance.

CDHBC Award for Professionalism & Ethics - 2nd Year

Available to second year students in the Dental Hygiene program, who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of professionalism, ethics, and leadership in all learning and practice settings, and not just on academic performance.

CDHBC Award for Special Care

Available to graduating students the Dental Hygiene program who have displayed an interest in practicing in alternative settings and have shown excellence in working with special care populations.

Dr. Michael Rockwell Dental Health Award

Available to 1st year students continuing to 2nd year in the Dental Hygiene diploma program. Selection based on overall achievement, attitude, professionalism and faculty recommendation. Financial need may be considered.

Petricca Foundation for Periodontics and Implantology Award - Dental Hygiene Program

Available to students in the Dental Hygiene program, with selection based on instructor recommendation.

BC Hydro Endowment Award

Available to continuing students with a disability, based on scholastic achievement, community involvement, knowledge of and commitment to the protection of the environment and efficient and safe use of electricity.

Judith Arnold Award

Available to students with a disability who are enrolled in at least two Academic & Career Preparation (ABE) courses, or a minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) in a university program, or at least half-time in an applied or career program.  Selection based on academic achievement (min. GPA 2.33) in the spring semester, with financial need being considered.

Kiwanis Sunrisers Special Needs Award

Available to students living with a disability, who demonstrate incentive and who are working / learning to the best of their abilities.  Preference will be given to students who are not receiving other awards.  Applicants must specify how they fulfil the criteria and, if selected, will be required to attend a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Nanaimo Sunrisers.

VIU Entrance Award for Students with Disabilities

Available for academic achievement to first year students with a disability, enrolled in a full-time course load.  Financial need will also be considered.

VIU Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Available for academic excellence to continuing students, with a disability, who are enrolled full-time.

Beverly Revin Scholarship

Available to 1st year ECEC students who will be continuing to 2nd year.  Selection based on achievement with recipient selected by program faculty.  Open to domestic and international students.

Early Childhood Educators of BC Award

Available to students continuing to second year of the Early Childhood Education & Care program, with selection based on academic achievement and instructor recommendation regarding potential. 

Mid Island Co-op Early Childhood Education & Care Award

Available to students continuing in the Early Childhood Education & Care program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Open to residents in the area from Duncan to North Island. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Dr. Jixin Xu Economics Award

Available to 3rd or 4th year students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts - Economics Major or Minor, or a Bachelor of Business Administration student with a concentration in Economics. For further information, students are encouraged to contact the Department Chair.

Annie May Beck Education Award

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at VIU.  Preference will be given to graduates of School District #68 (Nanaimo).

BCTF Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award - Elementary

The recipients of the award are those students who are considered by the dean of the Faculty of Education, and director of the division concerned (elementary) to be outstanding students in the graduating class who have: A) initiated, worked, or participated in a project that created positive change globally or in their local community, and/or B)  been actively involved in issues related to poverty, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, antiracism, peace, global, or environmental issues.

BCTF Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award - Secondary

The recipients of the award are those students who are considered by the dean of the Faculty of Education, and director of the division concerned (secondary) to be outstanding students in the graduating class who have: A) initiated, worked, or participated in a project that created positive change globally or in their local community, and/or B)  been actively involved in issues related to poverty, 2SLGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, antiracism, peace, global, or environmental issues.

BCTF Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award - Year 5

Available to outstanding students in year five of the Bachelor of Education program.  Selection based on recommendation of the Dean and the Faculty of Education.

Cindy Hammond Elementary Education Award

Available to 3rd year students enrolled in Bachelor of Education - Elementary Program, who will be progressing to 4th year.  Recipient must be enthusiastic and highly motivated.  Selection will be made in conjunction with Education Faculty.

Dreigo 2nd Year Education Scholarship

Available to students in second year of the education program with preference to those residing on Vancouver Island.

Dreigo 3rd Year Education Scholarship

Available to students in third year of the education program with preference to those residing on Vancouver Island.

Dreigo 4th Year Education Scholarship

Available to students in fourth year of the education program with preference to those residing on Vancouver Island.

Frank and Ray Award for Education

Available to 2nd year students entering the 3rd year Bachelor of Education Program who demonstrate community engagement and/or leadership. First preference will be given to those residing in Ladysmith, with second preference to those who have demonstrated financial need.

Helga Bonkowski Education Award

Based on academic achievement, financial need, and faculty recommendation, available to 2nd or 3rd year Education students returning to 3rd or 4th year of the Bachelor of Education program, preference will be given to those whose objective is to teach in the primary grades (years K-4).  Applicants must specify how they fulfil the criteria, and attach a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Herten Family Education Award

Available to students who are entering in, or continuing to, the Post Bac. Education program.  Selection will be made by Education faculty based on academic standing, references and intake interview.  Preference will be given to those enrolling in the elementary or secondary school option.

Jean Whiteside Forrest Education Award

Available to 4th year Bachelor of Education students who have been accepted into year 5 of the Post Baccalaureate program, and whose objective is to teach in the elementary grades. Selection will be based on financial need, with preference given to tuition waiver recipients.

Judy Simmons Memorial Award

Available to students enrolled in the Education program, who demonstrate strong character and work ethics, and who also show financial need.  Applicants must attach a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Margaret J Brown Memorial Education Award

Available to students enrolled in, and continuing in the Bachelor of Education degree program (including post-Baccalaureate Education degree).  Applicants must describe how the criteria has been met, and why they qualify for this award.  Selection based on academic achievement, financial need and faculty input.

Ms Mollie Byrne Education Scholarship

Available to students in third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Education program, with demonstrated academic excellence.

NDTA Future Teachers' Award

Available to indigenous students enrolled in the education program, either in 3rd or 4th year undergrad or 5th or 6th year post-baccalaureate.

Patricia Anne Lyon Memorial Scholarship

Available to Faculty of Education students.  Preference will be given to students who reside in central Vancouver Island.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak Education Award

Available to students with demonstrated financial need, who are enrolled full time, and will be continuing in any Education program.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 - Alice Hobbs Education Award

Available to students continuing in an Education Degree program at VIU or another post-secondary institution, with preference to someone who is:  1) a member, or whose parent or grandparent is a member of Branch 257, or 2) a resident of Lantzville, or 3) affiliated with another Royal Canadian Legion, or has served in the Military/Cadet service.  Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

VIU Cowichan Campus Aboriginal Education Award

Available to second year Aboriginal students who are entering into third year of the Bachelor of Education program at VIU in the fall.  Selection will be based on academic excellence.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC - Vancouver Island Award

Available to students enrolled in an Engineering program at VIU, or to VIU students who are proceeding to an Engineering degree at another institution for the upcoming fall semester.  Award is based on high academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement.

VMAC Engineering Award

Awarded to students entering into second year of either the Engineering Transfer or Engineering Technologist program at VIU. Selection will be based on financial need and community involvement.

Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction

Available to students in journalism and/or creative writing non-fiction courses, whose efforts, integrity and potential as a writer in the field is deserving of encouragement.

Bill Juby Award

Available to mature part-time students in English or Creative Writing, who are continuing at VIU in the fall.  Selection will be based on academic achievement.

Helen "Nellie" Keigan Memorial Award

For students of children’s literature who demonstrate a sensitivity to the imagination of children, and who show originality and creativity in unlocking children’s natural potential.

Jason Mayes Memorial Award

Available to third or fourth year Creative Writing / Journalism students enrolled in Publishing or Scriptwriting.

Jason Peskanovich Memorial Award

Available to continuing students majoring in English or Creative Writing, with selection based on academic achievement and financial need.

Kevin Roberts Poetry Award

Available to continuing students in English or Creative Writing, who demonstrate excellence in writing poetry, or the literary study of poetry, as determined by faculty from the English and Creative Writing departments.

LC Parkin Memorial Award

Applicants must demonstrate potential for success through traits such as ability to meet deadlines, by showing original written expression, and by having had work published or performed in a medium for which the consumer pays.

Mary Garland Coleman Prize in Lyric Poetry

Available to students in Academic & Career Preparation or University courses in any year of study, who demonstrate excellence in writing lyrical poetry.  Applicants must submit a poem with their application.

Meadowlarks Award

Available to full-time or part-time students in Creative Writing who have produced a body of promising work, and have demonstrated a genuine dedication to, and grasp of the craft of fiction.  Not awarded to writers of genre fiction.  Financial need may be considered.  Must be a "Jacob Wrestler".  Preference will be as follows:  two awards to students currently enrolled in year 2, and two awards to students currently enrolled in year 3.

Mike Matthews Award for Studies in Canadian Literature

Available to students who have a strong interest and passion for Canadian Literature and who are  enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program with a major or minor in English. Preference will be given to students who will be pursuing further studies in their field, and whose focus is on effective writing, originality and humour.

Morris Donaldson Memorial Scholarship

Available to continuing students who demonstrate academic growth, originality and commitment to a career in English studies.

Myrtle Bergren Creative Writing Award

Available to full or part-time creative writing students demonstrating promise in the field, who intend to pursue further studies in creative writing at VIU or another BC University.

Pat Bevan Scholarship in Creative Writing - Fiction

Available to continuing full-time students showing promise in writing fiction,  who combine high academic achievement, creativity, motivation and enthusiasm, and who make a positive contribution to their classes.

Pat Bevan Scholarship in Creative Writing - Poetry

Available to continuing full-time students showing promise in writing poetry, who combine high academic achievement, creativity, motivation and enthusiasm, and who make a positive contribution to their classes.

Pat Bevan Scholarship in English Literature

Available to continuing full-time students in English literature, who combine high academic achievement, creativity, motivation and enthusiasm, and who make a positive contribution to their classes.

Richard Arnold Award

Available to students with an English Major (or Minor), who demonstrate a passionate engagement with the environment through written work and/or environmental stewardship activities.

Rollie Rose Award

Available to students enrolled in the Creative Writing and Journalism program, who are residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith).  Selection will be based on financial need.

BC Lions Society Advanced Education Fund Entrance Award

Available to students with a developmental, learning, neurological, sensory or physical disability, enrolling full-time in first year of university studies at VIU in the Fall semester.  Financial need will also be considered.

CFUW Nanaimo Re-entry Award

Available to female students who have experienced an interruption of studies, and who will be commencing full-time studies at VIU in the fall in a university program leading to a degree.  Must have completed at least the equivalent of one year in a degree program. Selection is also based on excellent achievement, and financial need.

CIBC Entrance Award

Available to high school graduates from Vancouver Island or the Sunshine Coast, who are Canadian Citizens.  Selection will be based on academic excellence, combined with evidence of community involvement and/or entrepreneurship.

CIBC Entrance Endowment Award

Available to high school graduates from Vancouver Island or the Sunshine Coast, who are Canadian Citizens.  Selection will be based on academic excellence, combined with evidence of community involvement and/or entrepreneurship.

Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island at VIU Entrance Award

Available to students entering the Culinary Arts certificate or diploma program. Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need. Applicants must upload their most recent transcripts via the on-line award profile. Students who successfully complete first year, and are continuing to second year of the diploma program, may be eligible for additional funding toward their second year.

Eva Hilborn Early Childhood Education Award

Available to students entering the Early Childhood Education program at VIU. Selection will be based on academic achievement and financial need, with preference to students from School District 69. Funds will be applied as follows: $2,000 to fall tuition and, based on successful completion of the fall with minimum 3.0 GPA, $2,000 to spring tuition. The award may be renewed for second year of the program, providing a 3.0 GPA is met each semester. Renewal is also contingent upon confirmed donor funding.

Federal Conservative Party Trades Award

Available to students who will be entering into a trades program at VIU, with preference to those entering Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Mechanical, Power Engineering or Welding programs. Students are required to state why they are obtaining a trades career, and must provide recent transcripts and a reference letter with their on-line profile. Preference will also be given to Vancouver Island residents.

First Generation in Post-Secondary Award

Available to students who will be entering in a university degree program at VIU, and will be continuing with their studies at VIU. Selection will be based on the applicant being the first person in their immediate family to purse a post secondary education as well as financial need, community engagement as related to science, education or health (with a strong preference toward secular or non-denominational activities) and letter(s) of recommendation. Applicants will be required to submit an essay as part of the application package describing how they fulfill the award criteria.

Frank Ney Memorial Entrance Award

Available to graduates of a Nanaimo High School entering an applied, technology or university program at VIU.  Must demonstrate financial need.

Herold Engineering Entrance Award

Available to students entering the Engineering program at VIU.  The intent of this award is to benefit a first year student who demonstrates strong academics, leadership in school, sports or clubs, volunteer and extra-curricular activities, and a commitment to their community. Applicants will be required to include an essay with their application (up to 500 words) describing how they fulfill the criteria, and a copy of their high school transcript.

Horticulture Technician Award

Entrance award based on academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in studying in the Horticultural Technician program.

Micah Messent Memorial Indigenous Award

Available to Indigenous Students entering the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Program. Selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. First preference given to students from George P. Vanier Secondary School. If no qualified candidates from George P. Vanier, next preference will be given to students graduating from other schools in District #71.

Nicholas Plecas Entrance Scholarship

Available for academic excellence, to students entering Bachelor of Science or Applied Science programs at VIU in the fall semester.

Nora Fulton Gibson Entrance Award

Available for academic achievement and financial need to high school graduates, or mature students, entering VIU for the first time in any program.  Preference will be given to students from the Cowichan Valley.

Peninsula Co-op Entrance Award

Available to high school graduates who have achieved a high academic standing in both Grade 11 & 12, (B average or better), who will be enrolling in a full time post-secondary program for the first time. Students are required to be Canadian Citizens, and be able to demonstrate a history of contributions to the community through volunteering, leadership, high school involvement or extra-curricular activities. Applicants, or their immediate family, must also have an active membership in good standing with the Peninsula Co-op, for no less than one year at the start of classes. Membership will be verified prior to selection.

Pieter de Reuver Foundation Entrance Award

Available to graduating Grade 12 students who are commencing full-time studies at VIU within the upcoming year. Selection based on financial need, with preference given to students who attended SD #69, and/or who are Oceanside residents.  Second preference to students from the Nanaimo area.

Pieter de Reuver Foundation Academic Entrance Award

Available to graduating grade 12 students from SD #69 who will be commencing full time studies at VIU within the upcoming year.  Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Second preference to students from the Nanaimo area.  

Pisces BBA Entrance Scholarship

Available to students of First Nations background, entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program at VIU.  Applicants must have attained a minimum gpa of 3.5 in the previous year (in high school or VIU upgrading).  Award will be renewed in the fall term each year for the duration of the student’s four year undergraduate program, as long as a cumulative gpa of 3.5 and a minimum course load of 80% is maintained.  Applicants are requested to include a short bio outlining their background and aspirations.

Pisces BSN Entrance Scholarship

Available to students of First Nations background, entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at VIU.  Applicants must have attained a minimum gpa of 3.5 in the previous year (in high school or VIU upgrading).  Applicants are requested to include a short bio outlining their background and aspirations.

Pisces Entrance Scholarship

Available to students entering a degree program at VIU.  Preference will be given to students entering the BBA program, or who are of Aboriginal descent.  Applicants must have attained a minimum gpa of 3.5 in the previous year (in high school or VIU upgrading).  Award will be renewed in the fall term each year for the duration of the student’s four year undergraduate program, as long as a cumulative gpa of 3.5 and a minimum course load of 80% is maintained.  Applicants are requested to include a short bio outlining their background and aspirations.

President’s Dual Credit Entrance Scholarship for High School Students

Available for academic excellence, to one top graduating student from each qualifying Vancouver Island High School offering the dual credit program. Selection based on the highest overall grade 11 and 12 percentage, combined with the highest GPA (3.5 or higher) of two dual credit courses.

Ryan Loggia Heavy Duty Mechanic Award

Available to top students entering the Heavy Duty Mechanical Trades program. Selection based on high school grades. First preference to students who graduated from NDSS, secondary preference to students with residency in School District #68.

Thelma Mansbridge Early Childhood Education Memorial Scholarship

Available to students entering the Early Childhood Education program for the upcoming fall semester. First preference will be given to those who will be enrolled in the program at the Cowichan Campus, or secondly to a Cowichan resident. If no qualified students meet the Cowichan Campus or residency criteria, those enrolling at Nanaimo campus will be considered.

Tommy Douglas Entrance Award

Available for academic excellence to students proceeding directly from High School to post-secondary education at VIU for the fall semester.

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit Bursary

Available to Cowichan Tribes students who are entering into a Trades program, with preference to those entering the Automotive program.  Selection will be based on financial need.

VanHall Trades Entrance Bursary

Available by application to a student entering in the skilled trades through apprenticeships and educational opportunities.

Victoria Foundation Chinese-Canadian Community Scholarship

Available to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, who are of Chinese origin, and who will be entering VIU for the first time in the fall semester.

VIU Cowichan Campus High School Entrance Award

Available to students who are proceeding directly from high school, and will be entering their first year of University studies at VIU.

VIU Entrance Scholarship for Regional High School Students

Awarded for academic excellence, available to one top student graduating from each Regional Public High School, within the Cowichan to Parksville/Qualicum catchment area (including Powell River), who will be entering VIU in the fall semester, in any post-secondary program.

VIU International Refugee Newcomer Award

Entrance award based on financial need, available to students who have arrived as refugees to Canada within the last five years.  Applicants must be accepted into any Academic or Trades program, including ESL - Level AP4 or above.

VIU Student Call Centre Entrance Award

Established by the VIU Call Centre students, this award is to support students who are beginning their studies at VIU.

Woody & Marlene Hayes Award

For strong students with evident motivation, who may not necessarily be in the top 5% academically, and who demonstrate financial need. Available to students entering a certificate, diploma or degree program in business at either the management or support level. Preference given to students graduating from a Secondary School in the Cowichan Valley, SD #79.

Apollo Award

For students in a Graphic Design program.  Based on academic achievement and faculty recommendation.

David Lambert Memorial Purchase Prize

For excellence in ceramics, available to full-time students registered in a ceramics course.  Judging of works entered in annual Student Art Show.  Based on faculty recommendation.  General award criteria may be waived.

EJ Hughes Memorial Award in Visual Arts

Available to students for excellence shown in painting, drawing, and/or printmaking.

Godfrey and Marjorie Rice Award

Available to Visual Arts students, enrolled in at least 9 credits of painting courses in year 2 or year 3.   Selection based on faculty recommendation.

Goodall-Rich Johnston Award

Available to first year students in the Visual Arts program whose work in painting reflects the "Spirit of Edward Goodall's love of nature".  Students must show promise and have demonstrated hard work and commitment in the study of painting.

Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC) Award

Awarded to a graduating Bachelor of Interior Design student who is a member of IDIBC, and whose Senior Project, specifically in its programming, schematic design and design development phases, has demonstrated IDIBC's Vision: "To benefit public health, safety and welfare, contribute to the enhancement of the environment and increase the perception, appreciation and value of design in the community."

Visual Arts Endowment Award

Available to students in Visual Arts programs, based on performance and recommendation of Fine Arts faculty.  General award criteria may be waived.

BC Shellfish Industry Award

Available to full-time students proceeding to fourth year in the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture degree program, majoring in shellfish.

Cermaq Canada Award

This award is available to students enrolled in the Fisheries and Aquaculture diploma or degree program. Preference will be given to students demonstrating leadership and safety, and who show an interest in sustainability, or fin fish aquaculture

CFUW Nanaimo - Ocean Sciences Marine Biology Celebration Award - 100th Anniversary

Preference to female students in their 3rd or 4th year of study in a degree program related to ocean sciences, marine biology, fisheries & aquaculture.  Preference will be given to indigenous students.

Dr. Brian Riddell - PSF Fisheries Award

The award will be available to full-time students (minimum 12 credit hours of study) with a keen interest in wild salmon conservation and management, and who would benefit from this award in his or her aspirations to work and contribute in the field.

Dr Daniel M Ware Memorial Award

Available to third year Fisheries and Aquaculture students who are focused on Fisheries and Oceanography. Selection made by program faculty, based on academic achievement.

Eunice Lam Award

Available to students enrolled in a Fisheries & Aquaculture diploma or degree program, who demonstrate participation in community volunteer activities.

Fan Seafoods Ltd. Geoduck Endowment Scholarship

For students continuing to second year in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program who have demonstrated potential for practical research in Geoduck Aquaculture.  GPA and outstanding work on the Geoduck project considered in selecting recipient.

Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society Award

Available to a continuing student in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program who shows passion and enthusiasm in the protection and preservation of wild salmon.  Selected by faculty, based on demonstrated financial need.

Fishing Forever Award

Available to students continuing in the Fisheries and Aquaculture program with preference to those who demonstrate financial need.

Frank Bernard Award in Fisheries

For students continuing to second, third or fourth year in Fisheries & Aquaculture, who demonstrate financial need and above average dedication and commitment to their work.  Selection also based on recommendation by Fisheries & Aquaculture department.

Island Scallops Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarship

Available to first year students enrolled in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program, with selection based on academic excellence.

Long Beach Lodge Resort - Sandy Miller Memorial Award

Available to an upper level Fisheries and Aquaculture student with a demonstrated interest and dedication to salmon.

MOWI Canada West Scholarship

Available to students continuing in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program, who have demonstrated academic achievement, applied skills and a career interest in finfish aquaculture.  Those wishing to be considered must submit a paper, on the topic of their choice, about the salmon aquaculture industry in BC by March 31st.  Papers to be submitted to, and reviewed by, the Fisheries & Aquaculture faculty.

Nanaimo Marine Pavilion Scholarship - Fisheries & Aquaculture Program

Available to students continuing from first to second year in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program, with selection based on GPA.

Nicholas Plecas Aquaculture Award

Available for academic achievement and proficiency in the field to returning Fisheries & Aquaculture students.

NPA Board CIF Fisheries & Aquaculture Award for Aboriginal Students

Available to Aboriginal students in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program.  Selection based on academic achievement.

NPA Board CIF Fisheries & Aquaculture Scholarship

Available to top students in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program.  Selection based on academic achievement.

Sandy Miller PSF Fisheries Award

The award will be available to a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours of study) with a keen interest in fisheries, salmon conservation, and in aquatic stewardship, and who would benefit from this award in his or her aspirations to work and contribute in the field.

Skretting Aquaculture Award

Available to fourth year Fisheries & Aquaculture degree students at VIU.  Selection made by faculty, based on academic achievement. 

Taste of BC Trout Culture Award

Available to 1st year Fisheries & Aquaculture students, continuing to 2nd year in the program, who have demonstrated academic achievement and applied skills to finfish aquaculture.  Applicants must have been involved in the rainbow trout project, or at least assisted with the annual spawning of the trout.  Selection will be based on recommendation of faculty.

Tom Orr Memorial Award - Sponsored by the PPFA

Available to students enrolled in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program, with selection made by faculty based on academic achievement.

Underwater Harvesters Association Research Society Award

Available to students continuing into third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture program.  Applicants must submit a research paper with their application, on a topic of their choice related to their program.  Papers will be reviewed by the donor organization.

William E. Ricker Memorial Scholarship

Available to an outstanding upper level student in the Fisheries & Aquaculture degree program, who has intentions of pursuing graduate studies in Fisheries.  Selection will be based on academic excellence and recommendation of faculty.

Association of BC Forest Professionals Award

For Forestry students continuing to 2nd year of the Forestry program at VIU, who demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a career as a Forest Professional and obtain Registered Forest Technologist (RFT), or Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation with the ABCFP; OR a graduating Forestry student continuing to any accredited post secondary institution in Canada to take further Forestry courses (or related courses) aimed specifically toward a career in Professional Forestry with the goal of obtaining RPF designation with the ABCFP.  Preference to students who exhibit a combination of academic achievement, leadership and involvement in extracurricular Forestry activities.

Canadian Institute of Forestry Scholarship

Provided by the Southern Vancouver Island Chapter of CIF for first or second year Forestry students who combine academic achievement, good citizenship, sports involvement and participation in forestry awareness programs.

Coastal Silviculture Committee Forestry Award

Available to second year Forestry (silviculture) students, based on academic achievement, professionalism, financial need and faculty recommendation.

Coastland Wood Industries Award

Available to students in the Forestry program, based on academic achievement.

CS Buzzard Scholarship

Available to students with a forestry-related career goal, with selection based on academic excellence.

Cypress Award for Leadership and Excellence

Available to students enrolled in the Forestry Program at VIU.  Selection will be based on demonstrated class leadership and excellence in the fields of ecology, soils and hydrology as determined by program faculty.

Don and Beth Hammond Memorial Scholarship

Available to second year Forestry students, based on academic standing, instructor recommendation and promise in the field of silviculture.

Frank A and Roselyn Mandalik Forestry Award

Available to Forest Resources Technology students who demonstrate leadership, positive attitudes, and who are mindful of safety.  Applicants must submit an essay to provide examples of leadership endeavours.  Financial need will also be considered.

Graham Blakey Memorial Award

This award is available to a first year student in the Forestry program.  The Graham Blakey Memorial Award will be issued to an outstanding student that embodies dedication, commitment, team work and helps to create a positive classroom environment.

Hoo Hoo Club Award

Available for financial need and academic achievement, to students in the Forestry Resources program, whose permanent residence is on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.

Mid Island Co-op Forest Resources Award

Available to students continuing in the Forestry Resources Technology program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Open to residents in the area from Duncan to North Island. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Mosaic Forest Management Forestry Scholarship

Available to students in the Forestry Program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated intent to work in the related field. Preference to First Nations students

Nicholas Plecas Forest Resources Award

Available for academic achievement and proficiency in the field to returning second year Forestry students.

Ray Robazza Memorial Forestry Award (WFP)

Offered annually by Western Forest Products in recognition of Ray Robazza to celebrate his integrity, joie de vivre and his commitment to developing the next generation of foresters.  The award is offered to students enrolled, or enrolling in the Forest Resources Technology Program, with preference to students who have graduated from secondary schools in communities where Western Forest Products operates, or to those who have worked for, or have a direct family member who works for Western Forest Products. Consideration to students with demonstrated passion for forestry and intent on a career in the BC coastal forest industry upon graduation.

South Island Fire Management Organization Award

Available to Forestry students who demonstrate an interest or career objective in fire protection. Based on faculty recommendation.

Southern VI Forest Crimes Prevention Forestry Scholarship

Available to a top student enrolled in the Forestry program, with selection based on academic excellence.

Squire Forestry Award

Available to first or second year Forestry students whose attitude and effort engender a positive influence on the overall learning environment within the class.

Truck Loggers Association Award

Available to students enrolled in the Forestry program, with selection based on academic achievement.  Students must be enrolled in at least an 80% course load, and have an interest in a forestry career.

VIU Forest Award

Available students in the Forestry program, with selection based on academic achievement, professional promise in the field, and recommendation of the department. 

Adventures in Anthropology Award

Available to 3rd or 4th year students with an Anthropology major and a minimum B average. Students must meet the enrollment requirements as specified on VIU Financial Aid & Awards website. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting a budget, including funding sources (applied, awarded, and/or self), and must be accepted to participate in a department sponsored field school. Students who wish to be considered for this award must submit their application with a 300-word statement, budget, and address the question, Why will attending a field school matter in your education in anthropology? Award amount will be based on whether the field school is international ($1000) or domestic ($500)

Alex Marriott Memorial Award

Available to VIU students who have received care at BC Children's Hospital.  Selection will be based on academic achievement, with preference given to students enrolled in the Faculty of Management, Marketing concentration

Altrusa Gwladys Brewster Memorial Award

Available to students who are residents of Nanaimo, with selection based on financial need, academic excellence and community involvement.  Preference will be given to female students.

Anneliese Skoropad Remembrance Award

Available to students who are related to a CUPE Local 1858 member, and who have demonstrated community engagement and/or leadership.

Art Mann Memorial Award

Based on financial need, available to students enrolled in any post-secondary program, who are residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith).

Audrey Gordon Award

Available to students who demonstrate outstanding character, effort and diligence, and whose contributions to the community as a whole deserve recognition and encouragement.  Financial need will also be considered.

Barbarah Nielsen Memorial Scholarship

Available to 4th or 5th year graduating students, who will be entering  graduate studies in Counselling Psychology or School Psychology in the upcoming fall semester. The award recognizes Barbarah's wonderful work in the many schools and communities she served over her life-long career.

CFUW Cowichan Valley Award

Available to mature female students (minimum 20 years of age), enrolled in, or enrolling in any academic, technical, career or upgrading program at VIU, who have been a resident of the Cowichan Valley for at least one year, and who demonstrates financial need and academic achievement.  If selected, recipient will be required to submit a short personal biography for CFUW internal publication, and will be requested to attend a meeting with the CFUW in the fall.  

CFUW Nanaimo - Margaret Strongitharm Memorial Award

Available to female students who, for a minimum of one year, have resided in, and currently reside in,  Nanaimo or Ladysmith (including Gabriola Island, Cedar and Yellowpoint), and who are enrolled in a degree granting program at VIU.  Selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement. 

CFUW Nanaimo Scholarship

To be awarded to a top female student at the end of her first year in a full-time university degree program at VIU, who will be continuing full time studies towards a degree at VIU, or an accredited university, or in a university transfer program at a community college.

CFUW Nanaimo Vilma Dubé Memorial Award

This award is available to female students who have entered Canada as a refugee. Applicants must be currently enrolled in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year in a program leading to a diploma or degree, and must be proceeding to 2nd, 3rd or 4th year in the fall. Selection will be based on academic achievement.

Charles Lemery Memorial Scholarship

Available to Cowichan campus students, who are continuing to second year or higher, in the Bachelor of Arts program. Selection will be based on academic achievement, with preference given to those studying Psychology.

Cloverdale Paint Award

Available to full-time students who are Canadian Citizens, and whose family resides in BC or Alberta.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and career or entrepreneurial activities.  Preference will be given to students related to employees of Cloverdale Paint.

Coast Capital Savings Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scholarship

Available to students based on academic achievement, demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.  Preference will be given to residents of Vancouver Island and/or BC residents.

Cowichan Foundation Award

Available to residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith), with selection based on financial need.

Credit Union Foundation of BC Award

Available to students in any year of a certificate, diploma or degree program at VIU.  Applicants must be Canadian Citizens and BC residents.  Financial need will be considered.

CUPE Local 1858 Scholarship

For academic excellence, available to continuing students who are members in good standing with CUPE Local 1858, or in the immediate family of a member of the local.

Darcy Anthony Memorial Award

Available to students who demonstrate leadership, mentorship, and coaching behaviours. Students should cite values of equity, diversity and inclusion or preventing bullying and harassment and provide examples of courage in supporting their peers, helping build up others, or advocating for others success.

David and Margaret Bradbury Award

Available to full-time students in any program, with selection based on GPA and a demonstrated history of community service.

David Yates Award

For leadership shown through contributions to student government, student newspaper, athletics, or other student activities. Available to students continuing to second, third or fourth year who demonstrate financial need.

Dennis Alphonse Memorial Award

Based on financial need, available to students in any post-secondary program, who are residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith). Preference will be given to First Nations students.

Diane Caillet Memorial Award

Available to students pursuing a future career in animal health or service, who have a love for animals, and who also do volunteer work which supports animals. Applicants are required to submit a short essay with their application, (up to 500 words), describing how they fulfill the criteria.

Don Duncan Memorial Award

Available to students in one of the following Technology Programs: Fisheries & Aquaculture, Forest Resources, or Resource Management.  Based on achievement and faculty recommendation.

Don Morton Memorial Award

Available to residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith), with selection based on financial need.

Don Stone Geography Scholarship

Available to a top third year Geography student, continuing at VIU to complete their Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geography. Selection will be based on academic achievement and a 100% course load, during third year of study. 

Dr Michael Ian McGuire Astronomy Award

Available to students with a keen interest in Astronomy, who are currently enrolled in at least one Astronomy course.  Selection will be based on academic excellence, with consideration given to those demonstrating financial need.

Dr Prem Shanker Award

Available to continuing students in any program, with selection based on academic achievement.  Preference will be given to members of the following religions: Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, or Jain.

E Jean Garside Memorial Award

Available to graduating fourth year students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Students must have completed courses in Women's Studies, and participated in a minimum of 100 hours of community involvement.

Fitzgerald Family Award for Cowichan Education

Available for financial need to first year students in any post-secondary program, who are Cowichan residents, and who will be continuing at VIU in the fall semester for second year of their program.

Frank Sarton Memorial Award

Available to support third or fourth year students in the Humanities or Social Sciences, who are facing financial difficulties.  Applicants will be required to attach a letter of recommendation from faculty demonstrating their commitment to social justice, (local, national or international).

GS Attariwala Award

Available to students enrolled in Arts & Humanities, with selection based on financial need and satisfactory academic achievement.  Preference will be given to Aboriginal students.

Gerry Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Available to students in a full-time program continuing studies at VIU. Preference to students with a career interest in any aspect of the marine industry.

Gerry Robbins Memorial Award

Available to students at the Cowichan Campus.  In memory of Gerry Robbins, to support and encourage students at VIU, who exemplify Gerry's personal strength, integrity and leadership through community service.  Students must cite their history of volunteerism, involvement in government and/or civic affairs, and their commitment to physical fitness.  Special consideration will be given to students who have a history of involvement in 4H programs.

Gerry Schroh Memorial Award

Available to 2nd or 3rd year Arts & Humanities students, who are continuing to 3rd or 4th year at VIU in the fall semester.  Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need.

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce - Community Leader Award

Available to a 3rd year student entering 4th year enrolled in any of the Faculty of Management undergraduate programs. Student must demonstrate financial need and active community leadership. This award may be accompanied with a one year membership for the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

Heath Law Lawyers Scholarship

Available to students in any post-secondary program, with selection based on academic excellence.

HSBC Bank Canada Award

Available to students enrolled in any diploma or degree program.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and financial need.

Inez Bowen Colbert Memorial Award

For academic achievement and financial need, available to mature female students, who are members of a visible minority, and who will be continuing studies at VIU.

Irene and Cliff Shoop Memorial Award

Available to graduates of School District #68 (Nanaimo - Ladysmith), who are Canadian Citizens, and who will be entering their final year of study in Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Science in Nursing at VIU.  The award will recognize students who demonstrate both commitment and compassion. Applicants will be required to submit an essay with their application, stating why they believe they qualify for the award, along with a reference letter from faculty endorsing their personal qualities.

June Gillespie Memorial Award

Available to residents of the Cowichan Valley, from Mill Bay to Ladysmith.  Selection will be based on financial need, with preference to students enrolled in Women's Studies.

Karla Shupe Memorial Award

Available to third year students, who are continuing to 4th year and have plans to pursue a career in the field of law. Students must provide a short statement in their profile application outlining their future career goals. Selection will also be based on demonstrated financial need.

Kathryn Barnwell Award for Studies in Women and Gender

Available for one 2nd year student continuing to 3rd year, and one 3rd year student continuing to 4th year in the Bachelor of Arts program, with a major or minor in Women & Gender Studies. Applicants must have achieved a final mark of A- or better in Women & Gender Studies courses taken, and have the highest GPA of all upper level Women & Gender Studies courses.

Kathryn Barnwell Bachelor of Arts Scholarship

Available to Bachelor of Arts students, English Major, with highest GPA in English.  One available to a 2nd year student entering 3rd year, and one to a 3rd year student entering 4th year

Koki Sato International Scholarship

Available to full-time Canadian or International students, based on academic excellence and demonstrated leadership in international and community development and relations.

Kyla Hanington Award for Single Mothers

Available to female students who are single parents, and who are enrolled in any degree program. Selection will be based on financial need with preference given to those with community involvement.

L Jean MacFadgen Memorial Award

Available to students enrolled in a diploma or degree program who are facing financial difficulties.  Preference will be given to those who are the first generation in their family to attend University, and who intend to gain skills and experience that can be shared with their "home" communities in any human services or community development field.

Leanne Johnson Memorial Award

Available to full time students in university transfer or degree programs, for academic achievement and demonstrated leadership, motivation and a cooperative attitude towards classmates, as supported by at least one letter from instructors.

Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy & Reconciliation

Available to students enrolled in a one year certificate program.  To be awarded for excellence in studies and positive contribution to the life of the university / community.

Lorne Ball Memorial Award

Available to students who are continuing in any university program, (with distinction), in any academic discipline.  Awarded to honor the memory of Lorne "Lucky" Ball (ex-offender and former VIU professor), to a student who has turned his or her life around, after having been incarcerated in a provincial or federal prison, and who is now able to demonstrate through education, the beginning of a new path in life.

Lt Col Norman Bunnin, MBE Award

Available to continuing students, with selection based on academic performance and significant financial need.  Not restricted to any particular program or year.

Macville Foundation Continuing Student Award

Jointly funded by the VIU Foundation and the Macville Charitable Foundation. Award will be a maximum of $5,000, (up to $2,500 issued for each of Fall & Spring). Available to students who are enrolled in a university transfer or degree program at VIU, have completed at least one year of study, and will be continuing with their studies at VIU, were born on Vancouver Island or resided here for at least the last five years. The Macville Charitable Foundation was established to help Vancouver Island students acquire, through post-secondary education, the tools required to contribute significantly to society. The Foundation aims to strengthen the voice of students who have demonstrated their potential, motivation and commitment to higher education, and who have a vision for their on-going role as contributing members of society. Students must be enrolling in an 80% course load. Selection will be based on financial need, academic excellence and letters of recommendation. Applicants will be required to submit an essay as part of the application package describing how they fulfill the award criteria. 

Marjorie Lewis Bunnin Award

Available to continuing students, based on academic performance and significant financial need. Not restricted to any particular program or year.

Micah Messent Memorial Environment Award

Available to Indigenous Students continuing their studies at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, a history of community involvement and environmental advocacy. Preference given to students who graduated from School District 71.

Michael G Coleman, QC Award

Available to residents of the Cowichan Valley, from Mill Bay to Ladysmith who are taking courses related to law or public service.  Academic achievement and financial need will be considered.

Michael K Hooper Award

Available to students who are residents of Vancouver Island with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students with a history of community service, who are enrolled in a Business, Tourism, Hospitality, Science or Trades program, which support careers in airport operations.

Mid Island Co-op Award

Available to recognize potential and encourage students enrolled in full-time studies in Science, Sociology, Health & Human Services, or Social Justice at VIU, who are working towards a career in Environmental Management or Social Work which will contribute to the health of the environment of Vancouver Island, or to the enhancement of the quality of life for its residents.

Mike Coleman Award for Citizenship

Available to Cowichan Campus students in developmental programs or university programs who have demonstrated citizenship within the Cowichan community at large and/or the Cowichan Campus, and who are good all-round students.  Student does not have to be returning.

Mike Matthews Humorous Essay or Rant Award

Available to students in any program and year of study, who demonstrate excellence in writing humorous essays or rants.  Applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay with their application.

Mr Mohinder S and Mrs. Sukhjit K Hundal Award

Available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program with a major/minor in History or Political Science. Preference will be given to students with a documented disability. Financial need will also be considered.

Nanaimo Airport Commission Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in any post-secondary program at VIU, who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.50 or better, with an 80% course load.

Nanaimo Hospitality Association Award

Available to students currently enrolled full time in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of a Hospitality or Tourism Management degree or diploma program. Students must provide a letter of recommendation for volunteer or community service in Nanaimo working in the Hospitality or Tourism industry. Students must have current or past work experience in the Hospitality or Tourism industry with career interest in this sector.

Nanaimo Safer City Award

Available to students who have completed a road safety project, or invested volunteer hours in a road safety-related endeavour.  Student must be returning to VIU in the fall semester.

Oceanside Rotary Award

Available to deserving students who are enrolled in any year of a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate program.  Students must have attended an Adult Basic Education program at VIU.

Outdoor Adventure Award

The purpose of the Outdoor Adventure Award is to recognize a student who can clearly demonstrate a passion for adventure sport, outdoor exploration and environmental literacy. Students must submit a short paper, maximum 500 words, supporting their participation in outdoor based adventure activities while clearly explaining how outdoor based adventure activities are meaningful in their lives. Applicants are asked to describe their personal connection between the natural environment and the adventure sports they like to participate in. Photos are accepted within the submission in support of students demonstrating participating in the activities they have identified. To be considered for this award, you must maintain a minimum 60% course load at VIU, and have achieved a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or higher.

Pathfinder Award

Available to students who demonstrate effort and diligence toward their studies.  Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, and may be enrolled in any University or Trades & Applied Technology program.

Patricia Hadaway Award

Available for academic achievement and demonstrated financial need to continuing students, who are single parents and primary care givers of their children, and who are enrolled in Bachelor of Arts in Humanities or Social Sciences.

Peter Robert Driedger Scholarship

Available to students in any post-secondary program, with selection based on academic achievement.

Pieter de Reuver Foundation Academic Award

Available to students who attended SD #69, and/or who are Oceanside residents. Selection will be based on academic achievement with financial need being considered. Second preference to students from the Nanaimo area.

Pieter de Reuver Foundation Award

Available for academic achievement, with preference given to students in higher financial need, and those who attended SD #69 and/or who are Oceanside residents.  Second preference to students from the Nanaimo area.

Provost Council Scholarship

Available to VIU students based on academic achievement.  Faculty area for selection will vary each year.

Ramsay Lampman Rhodes Award

Available to continuing students enrolled in a degree or degree transfer program pursuing a career goal in business or law, and who are permanent residents of mid-Vancouver Island (Duncan to Qualicum).  Selection based on academic achievement with preference given to students who also participate in athletics.

Remembrance Award - Royal Canadian Legion Branch #257

Available to VIU History students with financial need, who demonstrate a particular interest in Canadian military history. Open to children and grandchildren of Canadian veterans, ex-service personnel and currently serving armed forces personnel. Preference will be given to students who have participated in the "Letters & Images" project, the "Western Front" field school, or who have been, or are currently enrolled in "WWI" or "Canada in WWI" History courses. Recipient to be selected in conjunction with VIU History department faculty.

Robert Ross Memorial Scholarship

Available for academic achievement to full-time third year students enrolled in a 100% course load, who will be continuing to fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts Program in Philosophy, Liberal Studies, English or History.

Robyn Muir Memorial Award

Available to returning female students who exemplify the dedication, commitment and excellence of women’s volleyball athlete, Robyn Muir. Recipient must be a continuing member of a varsity athletic team, with a commitment to play in the coming year.

Rotary Club of Lantzville Award

Available to continuing students who exemplify the Rotarian qualities of humanitarian service, based on academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must submit a written statement in order to demonstrate a history of volunteer work for school and/or community functions (participation in student council, management for school teams, organization or running of intramural programs or clubs, etc.). Statement must provide a self-evaluation of how applicant meets the following Rotarian principles: truthfulness, fairness, contributions to building goodwill and better friendships, and actions that will be beneficial to all concerned.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo - Helmut Graf International Award

Available to presently enrolled students planning to pursue further studies outside Canada. The period of international study must take place in the calendar year in which the award is received (includes field school, study abroad, etc.).  Recipient must be a graduate of a Nanaimo High School.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo North Award

Available to students in any certificate, diploma or degree program at VIU, with selection based on high academic achievement and financial need.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Sesquicentennial Award

Available to students enrolled in any post-secondary program, with selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to community service.

Ryan Cathers Memorial Award

Available to a 3rd or 4th year VIU Biology or Natural Resource Protection student, with career goals or interest in ecology and natural history, including ornithology.  The award is given to a student in recognition of community/university volunteer excellence, and who shares Ryan's passion and curiosity for natural history.

Sociology Student Union Award

Available to 2nd or 3rd year "declared" students, who are continuing to their 3rd or 4th year of Sociology.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated community service.

TD Bank Financial Group Award

Available to continuing students, with selection based on academic achievement and financial need.  Applicants must be Canadian Citizens.

Vancouver Island Master Gardner Award

The VIMGA Award is be given to Master Gardeners in Training in their second year of the VIMGA Master Gardner Program. Applicants for the award must demonstrate commitment to obtaining their Master Gardener Qualification by completing the program. Applicants will provide a brief statement that demonstrates their enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience in supporting horticulture programs that benefit the community.

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board - Cowichan Valley Award

Available for financial need to first year students in any post-secondary program, who are Cowichan residents, and who will be continuing at VIU in the fall semester for second year of their program.

VIREB and REF of BC Award

Available to students based on financial need and academic achievement, who are entering third year of studies in any of the following programs:

  1. BBA - Financial Services concentration who are intending to pursue a career in real estate brokerage, appraisal, property management, property development or mortgage brokerage; or
  2. Bachelor of Arts, Major in Geography specializing in Sustainable Resource Management or Urban and Social Sustainability.

VIREB and REF of BC Membership Award

Available to students in any post-secondary program,  with preference given to those affiliated with the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.  Applicants must supply member's name and relation on the application.  Consideration will be given to community involvement.

VIREB and REF of BC Scholarship

Awarded to a top student, based on GPA, who is entering third year of studies in either of the following programs: 1) Financial Services concentration in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program, who is intending to pursue a career in real estate brokerage, appraisal, property management, property development or mortgage brokerage; or 2) Bachelor of Arts, Major in Geography specializing in Sustainable Resource Management or Urban and Social Sustainability.

VIU Alumni Association Award

Available to third year students who are continuing to fourth year of study in their program.  Selection will be based on financial need.

VIU Cowichan Campus Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in any program at the Cowichan campus of VIU, with selection based on academic achievement.

VIU Education Award

Available to current 2nd year students who will be continuing to year 3 of the Bachelor of Education program in the fall.  Selection will be based on academic achievement, community involvement and demonstrated financial need.

VIU Employees Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Available to students entering second to fifth year of any diploma or degree program at VIU, in recognition of academic achievement.

VIU Faculty Association Scholarship

Award will be a maximum of $5,000, (up to $2,500 issued for each of Fall & Spring*).  Available to first year students, who are enrolled in a 100% course load with the highest GPA, and who are continuing to second year in an academic program delivered by members of VIUFA.  *Funds for spring semester are contingent upon successful completion of the fall, with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and 100% course load in spring.

VIU International Refugee Newcomer Award - Continuing WUSC Students

Entrance award based on financial need, available to students who have arrived as refugees to Canada within the last five years.  Applicants must be accepted into any Academic or Trades program, including ESL - Level AP4 or above.

VIU Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Available to students entering second to fifth year of any university level program, with selection based on academic achievement.

VIU Students' Union Award

Available to students in any year of a post-secondary program at VIU, with selection based on academic achievement, current university and community involvement. 

VIU Student Success Scholarship

Available to students entering 2nd to 5th year of any university  program, with selection based on academic achievement.

Vivian & Gerry Streader Study Abroad Award

Available to students who are, or will be, participating in a field school semester.  Selection will be based on financial need.

Wiekenkamp Entrepreneurship Innovation Award

Available to students enrolled in programs under the Faculty of Management.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and career aspirations in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Preference will be given to residents of Vancouver Island, then to other cities within British Columbia.

Zonta Club of Nanaimo Scholarship

Available to returning female students at the Nanaimo campus who are enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Women's Studies), or International Studies. Selection will be based on academic performance and demonstrated community service.

Lady Rose Geography Prize

Available to top students graduating from a Bachelor of Arts program with a major in Geography.   Based on GPA of the best 6 upper level VIU Geography courses.

Community Planning Entrance Award - Local Interest

Available to a student entering the Masters of Community Planning program. Applicants will be assessed on their statement of intent with a focus on local interest.

Neilson Family Sustainability Award

Available to students in the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management program, with preference to students who have demonstrated an interest in ecotourism.

Planning Institute of BC - Community Planning Scholarship

Available to first year students who will be enrolling in second year of the Master of Community Planning program, and who hold an active student membership with the Planning Institute of BC.

Project Management Institute - Vancouver Island Award

Available to a student in the Graduate Diploma in Project Management program. Selection based on financial need with preference given to those that reside on Vancouver Island and show a commitment to work, volunteer, or other activities that support the project management discipline.

R. Keith Brown Community Planning Award

This award will be offered to students enrolled in the second year of the Masters of Community Planning program, who demonstrate leadership & community involvement, along with financial need.

VIREB and REF of BC Master of Community Planning Award

The award will be based on a combination of academic achievement and contributions to the program, and priority will be given to research issues relevant to coastal BC communities and BC's islands. 

VIU MBA Association Award

Available to students enrolled in the MBA program who are members of the MBA Association. Selection will also be based on academic achievement, and current community involvement.

Doreen Parken Memorial Award
Available to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students currently enrolled in year 3, who plan to complete a BSN degree at VIU, are residents of the mid-island area and have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.  Preference will be given to students with an interest in geriatric nursing.

Dr. Owen Gloster Memorial Award
Available to students from the Cowichan region, who are enrolled in programs seeking education in public health or related fields.  Example of programs are nursing, dental, and health care assistant.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Edna Lucy Woodcock Nursing Scholarship
Available to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, who will be continuing their studies in Nursing at VIU, with selection based on academic excellence.

George Paine Award
Available to students enrolled in Practical Nursing, or related programs, who demonstrate financial need, and whose outstanding character, effort and diligence as a student, and potential as a member of society deserves recognition and encouragement.

Jane and Don McKerricher Scholarship
Available to an exceptional student in the Practical Nursing program, with selection based on faculty recommendation.

Jim Huard Jr. Memorial Award (1st year)
Selection will be based on highest GPA of a first year student who is enrolled in any program in the Faculty of Health & Human Services. Recipient must be employed by a BC Care Providers Association member employer.

Jim Huard Jr. Memorial Award (graduating)
Selection will be based on highest GPA of a graduating student who is enrolled in any program in the Faculty of Health & Human Services. Recipient must be employed by a BC Care Providers Association member employer.

Lindsay Nursing Award
Available to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student who participates in community service or school activities, based on financial need with academic achievement considered.

Muriel Rhodes Memorial Award
Available to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students currently enrolled in year 3, who plan to complete a BSN degree at VIU, are residents of the mid-island area and have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

Nanaimo Home Support Association Award
Available to students enrolled in the Health Care Assistant Program at the Nanaimo Campus.  Based on demonstrated clinical and academic excellence, leadership and the recommendation of the department.

Pamela Anderson Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Awarded to top students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with preference given to those whose permanent residence is on Vancouver Island. 

Patricia Robinson Memorial Award
Available to 1st year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, based on financial need.  Preference will be given to single parents.

Prue Boyd Nursing Award
Available to 2nd or 3rd year students enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing, who will be continuing their studies in the Nursing program in the fall semester. Selection is based on student's motivation and determination in their studies, as determined by program faculty. Financial need will be considered. 

Roselyn Mandalik Practical Nursing Award
Available to students enrolled in Practical Nursing who demonstrate financial need, commitment to health care in the community, and demonstrate care and compassion in their nursing practice.  Recipient will be selected in consultation with program faculty.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak Health & Human Services Award
Available to students with demonstrated financial need, who are enrolled full time, and will be continuing, in any Health or Human Services program.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 - Alice Hobbs Health & Human Services Award
Available to students continuing in Health or Human Services programs at VIU, or another post-secondary institution, with preference to someone who is: 1) a member, or whose parent or grandparent is a member of Branch 257, or 2) a resident of Lantzville, or 3) affiliated with another Royal Canadian Legion, or has served in the Military/Cadet service.  Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

Sidney R. & Gladys L. Sharman Excellence in Nursing Award
Available to students in 3rd year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, who will be proceeding to 4th year. Selection based on academic excellence, financial need, a demonstrated commitment to health care in the community, and demonstrated care and compassion in their nursing practice. Recipients must make a commitment to remain and work in the health care profession in BC for three years following graduation. This continued involvement in the health care profession in BC is to be done in the workplace, in a post graduate program, or a combination of both.

Trudy Krall Memorial Nursing Award
Available to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students currently enrolled in third year, who have demonstrated academic achievement and a good integration of knowledge and skills in bedside nursing; a commitment to collaborative learning, and who have made a significant contribution to the development of a positive learning community amongst peers in the classroom and practice settings.

Windsor Plywood Practical Nursing Award
Available for Practical Nursing or Practical Nursing Access students, with selection based on academic achievement, quality of clinical practice and participation / leadership in student activities.

Chuck Hee Wong Memorial Award
Available to first or second year History students continuing at VIU in the Fall.  Based on achievement in a second year History course.

Diachuk History Achievement Scholarship
Available to top Bachelor of Arts students, with a History Major. Selection based on academic excellence.

Effie Galena Kilpatrick Scholarship
Available to students in their final year of study in a Bachelor of Arts program, who are enrolled in History courses.  Preference will be given to applicants who are intending to pursue further studies in a Heritage-related field.

Karr History Scholarship
Awarded to students continuing to fourth year, who are majoring in History, and who have achieved the highest gpa in their third year of studies.

Nanaimo Historical Society's Ethel Barraclough Memorial History Award
Available to continuing full or part-time students registered in a "300" or "400" level History course, who have written an original research essay on local Vancouver Island, or British Columbia history.  Essays adjudicated by the History department.  A copy of the prize-winning essay will be sent to the Nanaimo Historical Society

Nanaimo Historical Society's Peggy Nicholls Award
Available to history students who have submitted an outstanding paper or project, in any aspect of history, as nominated by instructors. Students can be full or part time, and may be in any year of the program.

William Barraclough History Scholarship
Available to students who are currently enrolled in, and will be continuing in History courses at VIU in the fall semester, with selection based on academic achievement.

BC Council of Garden Clubs Award
Available to students enrolled in the Horticulture Technician program, who are Canadian Citizens and residents of British Columbia.  Selection will be based on financial need and demonstrated dedication to the horticulture field.

Betty & Doug Jones Scholarship
Available to students in the Horticultural Technician program, who combine academic achievement and demonstrate proficiency in the field.

Irene Elsie Hall Award
Available to a horticulture student, with preference given to those living with a disability

Janet Peddie Memorial Award
Available to top VIU Horticulture Technician students.

Milner Gardens & Woodland Landscape Award
Available to students in the Horticultural Technician Foundation program who are participating in the maintenance of Milner Gardens & Woodland, based on strong interest in the profession of landscape horticulture.

Mount Klitsa Garden Club Horticultural Award
Available to students in the Horticultural Technician program, based on academic performance (B average), and proficiency in the field.  Preference to students who reside in School District #70, (Alberni - Clayoquot Regional District).  Financial need may be considered.

Nanaimo Horticultural Society Scholarship
Available to full-time students with high GPA in the Horticultural Technician program who will be continuing education in the horticultural field.

Nanaimo Rhododendron Society Award
Available to Horticultural students, based on financial need and academic achievement

Veronica Milner Memorial Award
Available to students in the Horticultural Technician program working hands-on in garden and woodland maintenance, design construction and documentation at Milner Gardens.

Dale Francis Memorial Hospitality Award

Available to students enrolled in the Hospitality Management diploma or degree program.  Selection will be based on motivation, participation, and recommendation of Hospitality department.

Henry Wong Rotary Award

Available to Hospitality Management students demonstrating leadership and involvement in the community.  Financial need will be considered.

Nanaimo Marine Pavilion Scholarship - Hospitality Management Program

Available to students continuing from first to second year in the Hospitality Management program, with selection based on GPA.

Bachelor of Social Work - Adversity Award Year 3

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full time in third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, who have encountered and overcome significant life challenges in their journey to their studies. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students receiving full tuition funding are not eligible for this award.

Bachelor of Social Work - Adversity Award Year 4

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full time in fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, who have encountered and overcome significant life challenges in their journey to their studies. Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in third year. Students receiving full tuition funding are not eligible for this award.

Bachelor of Social Work - Year 3

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full-time in third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, who can demonstrate a commitment to social justice and social activism consistent with social work values. Applicants must have a GPA or 3.0 or higher. Students receiving full tuition funding do not qualify.

Bachelor of Social Work - Year 4

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full-time in fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, who can demonstrate a commitment to social justice and social activism consistent with social work values. Applicants must have achieved a GPA or 3.0 or higher in third year. Students receiving full tuition funding do not qualify.

Bachelor of Social Work Scholarship - Year 3

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full-time in third year of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students receiving full tuition funding do not qualify.

Bachelor of Social Work Scholarship - Year 4

Available by application to domestic students enrolled full-time in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work program. Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher in third year. Students receiving full tuition funding do not qualify.

BC Association of Social Workers Award

Available to VIU Bachelor of Social Work students who demonstrate passion for the field. Selection will be made by program faculty, with consideration to academic achievement

Carol Matthews Human Services Community Leadership Award

Available to continuing students in Human Services programs, who demonstrate leadership in creating community and collaboration in the classroom and in the workplace.

CFUW Nanaimo - Susan Murphy Memorial Award

Available to female Post-Care Tuition Waiver students. The order of selection preference will be as follows: 1) those enrolled in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of the Child and Youth Care Degree program; 2) those enrolled in 1st year of the Social Services Diploma program; and 3) those enrolled in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of any degree granting program who have demonstrated community service.

Community Leadership - Social Services Award

Available to students continuing full-time in any of the following programs: Social Services Diploma, Bachelor of Social Work, Child & Youth Care Diploma, or Bachelor of Arts - Child & Youth Care Degree. Selection will be based on recent community involvement, ideally with non-profit organizations, along with demonstrated financial need.

Community Living Award

Available to students in the Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate program, based on faculty recommendation.

Durnin Family Health Services Award

Available to students who are entering, or continuing in, the Bachelor of Child & Youth Care degree, or the Early Childhood Education & Care Diploma program.  Applicants in the Early Childhood & Care program may be continuing to a Bachelor’s degree.  Selection will be based on financial need, in addition to academic achievement.  Funds will be applied as follows:  $3,000 for fall tuition, and $3,000 for spring tuition based on successful completion of the fall semester.  This award may be renewed for the next year of study providing recipient continues to meet criteria.

Emily Constance Hammer Child & Youth Care Award

To be awarded to a student in the Child & Youth Care program who demonstrates academic achievement, financial need and community leadership in the field, which includes practicum placement and volunteerism.

Lucy Child Award in Child & Youth Care

Available to students in the Child & Youth Care program, who demonstrate integrity and real respect for the care of children and teenagers.  Financial need will be considered.

Windsor Plywood Human Services Award

Available to continuing students in Human Services programs, who have demonstrated a resilient attitude in overcoming adversity and challenge in pursuit of educational goals, and who practice and model human service values.  Applicants are required to provide a written statement with their application, explaining fully how they meet the criteria.

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.

Laura Finch Memorial Scholarship

Available to Indigenous students enrolled in any post-secondary program, who are residents of the Cowichan Valley, with selection based on academic achievement.

Micah Messent Memorial Geography Award

Available to Indigenous Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program with a major or minor in Geography.  Selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. 

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. 

Fukawa Excellence Scholarship

Available to International students who are enrolled in Social Sciences. Selection based on academic excellence.  Preference to those who have received the Masako and Stanley Fukawa IE Scholarship.

Masako and Stanley Fukawa Scholarship

Available to International students enrolled in Social Sciences at VIU.  Selection based on academic excellence.

Alexandro Malaspina Liberal Studies Award

Available to students with a Liberal Studies Major or Minor who have completed at least six upper level Liberal Studies credits, and who have demonstrated, in the judgment of the Liberal Studies Department, significant interdisciplinary interest, commitment and achievement in the wide range of intellectual endeavors (literary, artistic, humanistic, philosophical and scientific), embraced by the Liberal Studies program. Grades and need may be considered by the Department as tie-breaking factors, but are not the primary consideration.

Ann Buchanan Liberal Studies Award

Available to a full-time student participating in a Liberal Studies Abroad Program. Preference will be given to a single parent. Students must complete their Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile and short listed students will be asked to submit directly to the Department a one paragraph statement explaining why they are interested in travelling overseas with Liberal Studies Abroad, and how they expect the experience will contribute to their learning at VIU.

Brock McLeod Memorial Award

Available to students with a Liberal Studies Major or Minor who are continuing to 3rd or 4th year with LBST courses in the fall. Financial need and academic achievement will be considered. Students must apply through the Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile and short listed students will be asked to submit to the Department of Liberal Studies Chair a one paragraph statement (not more than 250 words) indicating 1) that they wish to be considered for the BMMA and 2) what they believe a liberal studies education in particular can contribute to their community.

John Black Liberal Studies Abroad Award

Available to students with a declared Liberal Studies Major or Minor, who are enrolled in the upcoming Liberal Studies Travel Abroad Program. Financial need will be considered.  Students must apply through the Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile and short listed students will be asked to submit to the department chair a brief rationale of why they believe the Liberal Studies Abroad experience will benefit them in their studies.

Libby McGrattan Liberal Studies Abroad Award

Available to students with a declared Liberal Studies Major or Minor, who are enrolled in the upcoming Liberal Studies Travel Abroad Program. Students will be asked to submit to the department chair a brief rationale of why they believe the Liberal Studies Abroad experience will benefit them in their studies.

Liberal Studies Citizenship and Great Books Award

Available for academic excellence to full or part-time students, in any year of their program, who have a declared Major or Minor in Liberal Studies. Students will be asked to submit directly to the Department Chair, their unofficial VIU transcript, and a brief (1 one page) written reflection on what they believe liberal education contributes toward the cultivation of responsible citizenship in a democracy such as Canada's. Students who intended to apply the award toward travel costs either to attend an academic conference or to present a paper they have written in Liberal Studies at an academic conferences may be given priority.

Horosko Scholarship

Available for academic achievement in mathematics, to first or second year students continuing with studies in math or science at VIU.

Joe McPeek Memorial Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in a minimum 80% course load, with at least one upper level math course, who will be continuing in a Math major or minor in the fall semester.

Asper Scholarship

Based on academic excellence, available to students who have taken first or second year Media Studies courses at VIU, and are pursuing further education in Media Studies.  Applicants must be full-time students in any discipline, who plan to continue with upper level courses at VIU.  A letter of recommendation from a faculty member will be required with the application.

Gregory Allan Tucker Memorial Music Awarder

Available to continuing "piano" students in the music program, showing exceptional promise.

Malaspina Choir - Margaret E. Stephens Memorial Award

Available to a vocal student in the VIU Music Program who participates in one of the following: Malaspina Choir, College Singer, Vocal Jazz (in order of preference). Recipient will be selected by faculty based on academic achievement and community involvement.

Mike Taugher Memorial Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in the Technical Theatre diploma program, who show exemplary performance and/or service, who strive for excellence and who demonstrate a passion for the theatre.  Due to the program structure, course load requirements may be waived. 

Bob and Dorothy Pulleyblank Scholarship

Available to third year music students, who will be continuing to fourth year at VIU in the fall semester.  Scholarship will be selected based on GPA.

Brent Classen Technical Theatre Award

Available to students currently enrolled in first year of the Theatre Diploma program, who will be continuing to the Technical Theatre option for second year.  Students must have attended the public school system on Vancouver Island.  Selection will be based on academic achievement, passion for Technical Theatre, and financial need.  

Dr. Carl Opgaard Scholarship

Available to first year Theatre students, who will be continuing to second year in the fall.  Selection is based on GPA and faculty recommendation.

Edith Emerson Memorial Scholarship in Music

For academic achievement and recommendation from the Music department, available to full-time female students continuing in the music program at VIU.

George & Daisy Fraser Award in Music

Available to continuing students in the Music program showing exceptional promise in piano, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and recommendation of the Music department.

Lionel Hennessy Memorial Jazz Award

Available to an outstanding continuing student in the Jazz program, as nominated by faculty.  Based on musicianship, personal qualities and potential to contribute to Canadian music.

Mike Monych Memorial Award

Available to second year Theatre students who inspire excellence by example.

Neil Rutherford Memorial Award

Available to students continuing to second year of the Technical Theatre program, based on a commitment to a career in theatre, academic achievement, demonstrated effort in first year, and recommendation of the Theatre department.

Patrick Carpenter Music Award

Available to full time 1st, 2nd or 3rd year music students, who will be continuing in the music program.  Selection based on the highest cumulative GPA.

Ross & Judy Fraser Award in Music

Awarded to a deserving student in any year, who is continuing in the Music program at VIU.  Selection will be based on a minimum GPA of 3.0 and recommendation of the Music department.

Vernis Whisker Music Award

Awarded to a deserving student attending Nanaimo Campus of VIU, who shows promise in the Jazz Diploma or Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies program, as determined by program faculty.

Virginia Southwell Music Award

Awarded to a deserving student attending the Nanaimo Campus of VIU, who shows promise in the Jazz Diploma or the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies program.

John D. Dennison Physical Education Scholarship

Based on high academic achievement, this award is available to first year Physical Education students continuing to second year.  Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree or degree transfer program.

Physical Education Scholarship

Available to students majoring in Physical Education, who are continuing to 3rd or 4th year of the degree program. Selection based on academic achievement.

BakeMark Canada Award

Available for academic achievement, leadership and demonstrated potential in the baking field.

Baking Association of Canada - BC Chapter Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in the Professional Baking program, who have achieved top marks in Pastry & Dessert.  Tuition sponsored students do not qualify for this award.

David and Astrid Bell Rhino Coffee Award

Available to Professional Baking and Pastry Arts students who have demonstrated the qualities of a positive attitude, team work, leadership and a passion for the profession. Preference will be given to those with active community involvement. Selection will be based on faculty recommendation.

Robert MacDonald Memorial Award

Available to students in the Professional Baking program for excellence in baking and pastry. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding commitment and passion for the art of baking.  Financial need will also be considered.

Rogers Foods Baking Award

Available to students in the Professional Baking program, who have shown the most growth and passion during the program, or who have shown potential to further their career in the Baking industry after graduation.

Barbara Meyer Memorial Scholarship

For academic achievement, available to students who reside on Gabriola Island.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in Tourism and Recreation or Physical Education programs.

Jan Kretz Adventuress Sea Kayaking Award

Available to VIU Recreation and Tourism students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to single parents.

Mid Island Co-op Tourism and Recreation Award

Available to students in Recreation and Tourism Management programs at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Open to residents in the area from Duncan to North Island. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Nanaimo Marine Pavilion Scholarship - Recreation and Tourism Program

Available to students continuing from first to second year in a Recreation and Tourism program, with selection based on GPA.

Patricia Forbes Award for Professional Development

Available to students in Recreation and Tourism programs, who will be participating in a professional development activity, such as attending a conference, undertaking professional training, or participating in a field school, research project, or semester abroad.  Applicants must demonstrate, by means of a personal written statement, as well as a letter of support from at least one faculty member, how the activity will support your educational and employment objectives in the leisure field.  Financial need must be demonstrated, and preference will be given to applicants who are returning to VIU for at least one more semester.

Recreation and Tourism Association Award

Available to students who are members of the Recreation & Tourism Association (RTA).  Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay with their application, describing their volunteer involvement with MRTA and the general community.

Recreation and Tourism Award

Available for high academic achievement to first year students in the Recreation diploma or Tourism Management degree program.  Students must be continuing to second year in the fall semester.

Recreation and Tourism Undergraduate Research Award

Available to students enrolled in the Recreation and Tourism Management program, who take initiative to complement their education with research opportunities.

Terry and Judy Napper Award

Available for high academic achievement, community involvement and participation in recreation and sports, to continuing students in Tourism and Recreation or Physical Education programs.

BC Oil and Gas Commission Resource Management Officer Award

Available to students completing first year of the Resource Management Officer Technology diploma program, who are continuing to second year, and who are in good academic standing. Applicants must provide a brief description of their future plans and aspirations, have demonstrated financial need and provide a letter of reference. Preference will be given to those who self-identify with, or who are members of a BC First Nation.

Chestnut and Merriman Award

Awarded to a student graduating from RMOT diploma program with the highest academic achievement in the program.

Dan McMillan Memorial Award

Available to continuing students enrolled in Resource Management Officer Technology or Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection, for academic achievement and an aptitude in commercial fisheries sustainability, viability and management.  Must be a Canadian citizen. 

Mid Island Co-op Natural Resource Protection Award

Available to students continuing in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Open to residents in the area from Duncan to North Island. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Mike Merriman Memorial Award

Available to 2nd year RMOT program students who are continuing to the Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection degree program.  Awarded to recognize potential to students who are team players and who demonstrate exceptional dedication to wildlife conservation through volunteer work in the RMOT program, or in the community during the first two years of the program.

Nanaimo Fish and Game Club Award

Available to first year Resource Management Officer Technology students who are continuing to second year. Selection will be based on academic achievement, volunteer work and financial need.

Nanaimo Marine Pavilion Scholarship - Resource Management Officer Technology

Available to students continuing from first to second year in the Resource Management program with selection based on GPA.

Robbins Parking Natural Resource Management Award

Available to students continuing in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection program at VIU. Selection based on academic excellence, with financial need being considered.

Roger Stanyer Memorial Award

Available to students graduating from the Resource Management Officer Technology diploma program, who will be entering the Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection degree program in the fall semester, and who reside in the Cowichan Region.  Preference will be given to students who have an interest in forest preservation.  Selection will be based on GPA and demonstrated financial need.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 - RMOT Award

Available to students continuing in the Resource Management Officer Technology program at VIU, with preference to someone who is: 1) a member, or whose parent or grandparent is a member of Branch 257, or 2) a resident of Lantzville, or 3) affiliated with another Royal Canadian Legion, or has served in the Military/Cadet service.  Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

Southern VI Forest Crimes Prevention RMOT Scholarship

Available to a top student enrolled in the Resource Management Officer Technology program, with selection based on academic excellence.

Al Fowler Memorial Scholarship

Available to science or technology program students who demonstrate innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in science or technology, preferably working towards the development of a creative business idea.  Students must submit an essay with their application describing in detail how the criteria has been met.

Arnold MacDonald Tedford Memorial Bachelor of Science Award

Available to female students in the Bachelor of Science program, enrolled in chemistry courses. Selection based on financial need and academic achievement.

Biology 491 Independent Research Award

Available to students doing a Biology 491 research project, with selection made by faculty.

Biology Outstanding Student Award

Awarded to the top Bachelor of Science graduate, majoring in biology.

Captain Sydney Mansbridge Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Available to full time students enrolled in the Engineering program as first priority, or to those in a Bachelor of Science, Engineering major as second priority. Selection will be based on academic achievement, with preference given to at least one male and one female.

Caswell Family Memorial Scholarship

Available to science students for academic achievement.  Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in engineering.

Diane Caillet Memorial Biology Award

Available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science - Biology degree. First preference will be given to those who identify as a visible minority, with second preference to those who are pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

December 6, 1989 Memorial Scholarship

For academic excellence, available to top female students enrolled in a science or applied science program.

Donald F Alderdice Memorial Scholarship

Available to academically strong, continuing, upper-level Biology students; preferably with career goals or interests in aquatic biology, including marine biology, fish biology and aquaculture. This award is in memory of Donald Alderdice, who devoted his life's work to fisheries research.

Dr Andy Spencer Bamfield Marine Sciences Summer Course Award

Available to VIU Biology students who have completed the 2nd year of their B.Sc. degree, and who have been accepted into a summer course at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center (BMSC).  This award recognizes Dr. Spencer’s enduring legacy at the BMSC, and at VIU. To be eligible for this award, students must have an overall GPA of >3.0 at time of application. Students submit the letter of acceptance into a BMSC summer course and a detailed cover letter highlighting why they are taking the course, what they hope to get out of it, as well as their career interests/ambitions.

Dr Andy Spencer Legacy Award

Available to VIU students who have recently been accepted to post-graduate studies at any institution, in any aspect of the natural sciences, and who best exemplifies Andy Spencer's standards of excellence and his curiosity and enthusiasm for science. VIU students are nominated by Science Faculty for this award. Nomination package will include: a detailed cover letter, current CV, and two supporting letters. 

Dr David Gaumont-Guay Legacy Award

Available to graduating VIU Bachelor of Science - Biology students who show outstanding academic achievement in all three of David's teaching and research passions: ecology, botany and independent science research.  The successful student will also exemplify David's love of adventure and the outdoors, as well as his curiosity and enthusiasm for the ecological and botanical sciences. 

Dr John Amaral Memorial Award

Available to third-year B.Sc. students with a major in Biology based on academic achievement and demonstrated strong research skills in the following Biology Department Microbiology courses: Microbiology I (BIOL 210); and at least one (two preferred) of Microbial Ecology (BIOL 332), Bacterial Genetics (BIOL 336), Applied Microbiology (BIOL 432), or Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOL 436).

Dr KS Ketchen Biology Award

Available to 3rd or 4th year Bachelor of Science, Biology major students, with selection based on academic achievement and financial need.  Applicants must be Canadian Citizens.

Dr Tanya and Lawrence DePorto Doctorate Scholarship

Available to graduating biology students who have recently been accepted into, or are currently enrolled in a doctorate program in the health, medical or veterinary sciences.  Selection will be based on volunteer work, family commitments, extracurricular interest and/or employment during their undergraduate education that have been meaningful to the candidate.  VIU biology graduates who have been accepted into a PhD, DVM or MD degree program are nominated by Science Faculty for this award.

GS Attariwala Science Award

Available to students enrolled in sciences, with selection based on financial need and satisfactory academic achievement.  Preference will be given to Aboriginal students.

George Alvin Fairhurst Memorial Award

Available to students enrolled in a program within the Faculty of Science & Technology. Selection will be based on academic achievement and financial need, with preference given to second year students, who are either studying or plan to study, in the fields of engineering, planning or geoscience.

Ms Mollie Byrne Biology Scholarship

Available to students in third or fourth year Bachelor of Science, Biology Major, with demonstrated academic excellence.

Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISA) Technology Award

Available to students enrolled in any of the following programs:  Bachelor of Science - Computing Science major, Computing Science diploma, or Information Technology & Applied Systems (ITAS) diploma. Selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership.

Philip W Mar Memorial Award

Available for academic achievement and financial need to science students, (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or Math), who are continuing at VIU or transferring to UBC.

Ralph Vernon Memorial Scholarship

Available to students for academic achievement in a first year calculus course, continuing to second year Bachelor of Science, with preference given to female students.

RB Engineering Award

Available to students currently enrolled in the Engineering program, or to those in Science & Technology programs whose future goals are to pursue a career in Engineering. Selection will be based on academic excellence, with preference given to students who are also a VIU Mariner Athlete. 

RB Engineering Award

Available to students currently enrolled in the Engineering program, or to those in Science & Technology programs whose future goals are to pursue a career in Engineering. Selection will be based on academic excellence, with preference given to students who are also a VIU Mariner Athlete. 

Sheila Marshall Memorial Award

Available to second year Bachelor of Science students, who show promise in all of the four areas of great interest to Sheila:  ecology, chemistry, botany or independent scientific research.

Tetra Tech Award

Available to students enrolled in the environmental sciences, or an Engineering transfer program at VIU, related to the earth sciences.  Award is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Morvah Award for International Development

Available to Canadian students working on short-term projects overseas; based first on overall abilities and life goals, then GPA.  Awarded on the basis of the Centre for International Studies evaluation of a short proposal demonstrating the following objectives: 1) furthering international awareness and understanding of the economic barriers to poverty alleviation, contributing to initiatives that may be able to overcome these barriers, in a sustainable manner; 2) bringing tangible benefits to both VIU and the host country counterparts, and 3) where possible to leverage co-funding of development projects from other sources (eg DFATD, Province of BC, CCC), to maximize the awards' impact.  Recipient would be expected to follow up with a community presentation of learnings and results event, (inclusion in local media such as newspaper articles, etc.), and to meet with the donors.

Tony Sorchy Study Abroad Award

Available to a Global Studies student, who has an appreciation for global learning, and is studying abroad. Selection is based on demonstrated financial need, volunteerism and a letter of recommendation by VIU Faculty.

Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors Award

Available to students in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, based on academic achievement and financial need.

Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors Graduation Award

Available to students for academic achievement, proficiency in the field and promise of success in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program.

Cummins Western Canada Dependability Award

Available to students graduating from the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, with a preference to students of aboriginal origin.

Don and Lynne Hubbard Heavy Duty Mechanic Award

Available to students enrolled in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Mechanics program at the Nanaimo Campus.  Preference will be given to students who have returned to school to advance their career, or who have decided to change careers.  Faculty recommended, with selection based on demonstrated ability to work hard, and to produce high marks, but not necessarily be at the top of their class.  

Don and Lynne Hubbard Heavy Equipment Operator Award

Available to students enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operator program at the Nanaimo Campus.  Preference will be given to students who have returned to school to advance their career, or who have decided to change careers.  Faculty recommended, with selection based on demonstrated ability to work hard, and to produce high marks, but not necessarily be at the top of their class.  

Duncan MacRae Award

Available to students in any applied program, including Applied Business Technology, with selection based on achievement, commitment to studies, and recommendation of the program area instructors.

Erica M Cooper Award

Available to student graduating from the Carpentry Program at Cowichan Campus, based on faculty recommendation

Finning/Caterpillar Award

Available to students graduating from the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, who are also high school graduates. Based on academic achievement, leadership, team involvement and a willingness to assist fellow students.

George and Bev deLure Attitude Award

Available to students in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, who have shown a positive attitude toward the trade and ongoing education.  Recipients of this award will be selected by their peers in the program.

George Nielsen Award

For achievement and commitment to studies, available to students in the Welding program, with selection based on recommendation of instructors.

Gerry Goodwin Memorial Trades Scholarship

Available to students in a Trades & Applied Technology program of at least four months duration, as selected by program faculty.  Preference to students with a career interest in any aspect of the marine industry.

Grabowski Award

Available to students enrolled in the Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic program, with selection based on achievement and passion for the industry. Preference will be given to female learners.

Henry R Nash Award

Selection based on academic achievement and financial need.  Available to students enrolled in the Automotive Service Technician program, who are residents of Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith or Nanaimo.  Must have strong aptitude in Automotive Mechanics and demonstrate industriousness, tenacity and integrity.

Houle Electric Award

Available to a student in the Electrician program.  Based solely on Academic Achievement.

Jack and Kathleen Brodie Award

Available to students in Trades & Applied Technology programs, for achievement and commitment to studies.  Selection also based on recommendation of instructors and program area.

Jack Doan Memorial Welding Award

Available to welding students who are entering level B, with selection based on academic achievement.  Preference will be given to those with demonstrated financial need.

Jack McReady Award

Available to students in any applied program, including Applied Business Technology, for achievement and commitment to studies.  Selection also based on recommendation of instructors and program area.

Jason Stephenson Memorial Award

Available to students enrolled in the Road Building and Heavy Construction program, who are working to the best of their ability, and who demonstrate a passion for the industry. Selection will be made by program faculty.

Kla How Ya Social Club - A.Rod Glen Memorial Award

Available to students in an applied program, who are Canadian Citizens and BC Residents.  Financial need will also be considered.

Lionel Hennessy Memorial Information Technology Award

Available to Information Technology students.  Awarded to the student who has achieved the highest marks among those students who are changing professions. Selection based on instructor recommendation.

Mayco Mix Carpentry Scholarship

Available to a top graduating student from the Carpentry program at the Nanaimo campus, with selection based on academic achievement and faculty recommendation.

Mid Island Co-op Trades & Applied Technology Award

Available to students enrolled in a Trades & Applied Technology program at VIU. Selection based on academic achievement, with financial need being considered.  Open to residents in the area from Duncan to North Island. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application.

Millicent Raffan Carpentry Award

Available to students enrolled in the Carpentry program at the Powell River campus.  Faculty recommended, with selection based on demonstrated ability to work hard and to produce high marks, but not necessarily at the top of their class.

Mosaic Forest Management Trades Scholarship

Available to students in the Heavy Equipment Operator Program at VIU, with preference to First Nations students.  Selection based on academic achievement and demonstrated intent to work in the related field.  Preference will be given to a student entering the Logging Truck Driver program once established

New Car Dealers of BC Foundation Award for Trades Students

Available to students in the Automotive Service Technician program, with preferred applicants participating in an Apprenticeship, and who have interest in a technical, accounting, management, sales or marketing career with the New Car Dealers of BC.  Applicants must be residents of BC.  Successful applicants may be asked to participate in a testimonial.

NPA Board CIF Marine Technician Award

Available to students in the VIU Motorcycle & Marine Technician Program with selection based on academic achievement.

NPA Board CIF Marine Technician Award for Aboriginal Students

Available to Aboriginal students in the VIU Motorcycle & Marine Technician program, with selection based on academic achievement.

Pamela Anderson Foundation Hairstylist Scholarship

Awarded to top students in the Hairstylist Foundation Certificate program at the Nanaimo Campus, with preference given to those whose permanent residence is on Vancouver Island. 

Pat Madill Memorial Scholarship

Available to students in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, with selection based on academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership and promise in the field.

Pat Wapple Award

Available to students enrolled in the Applied Business Technology Program, with selection based on achievement and commitment to studies, as well as recommendation of program area instructors.

Ray Hindle Award

Available to students in any Trades & Applied Technology program, including Applied Business Technology.  Selection will be based on achievement, commitment to studies, and recommendation of program area instructors

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak Trades Award

Available to full-time students graduating from any program within the Trades & Applied Technology faculty. Selection will be based on academic achievement and faculty recommendation

Rotary Club of Nanaimo North - Frank Gregory Award

Available to students in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, with selection based on achievement, proficiency and promise in the field. 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 - Alice Hobbs Trades Award

Available to students enrolled in an Applied Trades program at VIU, with preference to someone who is: 1) a member, or whose parent or grandparent is a member of Branch 257, or 2) a resident of Lantzville, or 3) affiliated with another Royal Canadian Legion, or has served in the Military/Cadet service.  Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

Ryan Paterson Memorial Welding Award

Available to students enrolled in the Welding Apprentice program, with selection based on demonstrated welding ability, and a positive classroom demeanor and attitude. Financial need may be considered.

Sam Bailey Memorial Automotive Award

Available to students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program, with minimum "B" average.  Selection based on academic achievement and faculty recommendation.

Sam Bailey Memorial Trades Award

Available to students enrolled in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, with selection based on academic achievement.

SCS Welding Award

Available to students enrolled in the welding program. First preference given to students at the Cowichan Campus and second preference given to students who can demonstrate financial need.

Slegg Carpentry Award - Cowichan Campus

Available to carpentry students at the Cowichan campus who demonstrate a positive attitude and good attendance, with a preference given to those who demonstrate financial need.

Slegg Carpentry Award - Nanaimo Campus

Available to carpentry students at the Nanaimo campus who demonstrate a positive attitude and good attendance, with a preference given to those who demonstrate financial need.

Smith Family Award

Available to students in any Trades & Applied Technology program who have demonstrated leadership in the classroom. Students must be progressing within the program with at least a 75% grade average. Financial need may also be considered.

Ted Stroyan Memorial Scholarship

Available to students in the Carpentry & Residential Construction program, with selection based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and promise in the field.

TLA Parkland Refining Award

Available to students in the VIU Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program who are pursuing a career in the forestry industry.  To be considered, applicants must submit an essay to the department by November 15th, describing their future career goals and how their studies in this program will assist them to achieve those goals. Successful applicants will be required, without exception, to attend the TLA Conference in Victoria in January. Selection will be made by program faculty.

Tom Forrester Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in the Road Builder & Heavy Construction Equipment Operator Program - Grader Option.  Selection will be based on academic excellence.

Trade Winds Carpentry Award

Awarded to a level four carpentry apprentice student who is a peer leader and positively contributes to the class environment.

Trade Winds Electrician Award

Awarded to a level four Electrical apprentice student who is a peer leader and positively contributes to the class environment.

Trade Winds Heavy Duty Mechanics Award

Awarded to a level four Heavy Mechanical Trades apprentice student who is a peer leader and positively contributes to the class environment.

VIU Facilities Services and Campus Development Award

Available for academic achievement and financial need to students in Trades & Applied Technology programs.

William Matthews Endowment Scholarship

Available to top students graduating from the Motorcycle & Marine Technician program.

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 and 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.