VIU Scholarships Awards and Bursaries

Over $3.5 million available for VIU Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries!

The Scholarship, Award and Bursary Program, coordinated through the Financial Aid & Awards office, provides financial assistance, incentives and rewards to eligible students to assist in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries are funded by a combination of VIU University funds, government grants and private donations managed by the Vancouver Island University Advancement and Alumni Relations office.

The application process, final approval of student recipients and policies governing the Scholarship, Award and Bursary Program are handled by the VIU Awards Committee made up of representatives from across the institution.

Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries – Who Qualifies?

  • Students enrolled in a full time Trades Program continuing to completion, or enrolled in Career & Academic Preparation courses continuing to either ABE courses or University studies
  • For deadlines and application processes, visit Deadlines and Processes
  • Search the Award Tree for a list of VIU scholarships, awards and bursaries
  • Review below for more detailed criteria on VIU scholarships awards and bursaries

Please note: International students are eligible to apply for Scholarships & Awards, except those where Financial Need is a criteria

Entrance Scholarships

  • Grade 12 graduate students commencing full-time studies at VIU within the upcoming year OR
  • Students enrolling in a university program for the first time since high school OR
  • Students who have had an interruption of university studies (more than one year) and will be re-entering to complete their university program

Scholarships

Scholarships reward academic excellence and may also require the recipient to demonstrate special qualities that match the priorities of the donor, such as community involvement.  To qualify for a scholarship, students must meet the following:

  • Achieve a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 3.50 (A- average)
  • Maintain a minimum semester course load of 80% (12 credits for most programs)
  • Students with a documented permanent disability may have a reduced course load of 60% (9 credits for most programs)

Awards

Awards reward academic achievement, and may also require the recipient to demonstrate special qualities that match the priorities of the donor, such as community involvement and/or financial need.  To qualify for an award, students must meet the following:

  • Achieve a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B+ average)
  • Maintain a minimum semester course load of 60% (9 credits for most programs)
  • Students with a documented permanent disability may have a reduced course load of 40% (6 credits for most programs)

Study Abroad Awards 

These scholarships and awards are available to current students studying at VIU who will be doing a Study Abroad, Field School or Internship program, during the current academic year.

Bursaries

Bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance and are generally awarded to students who demonstrate a financial shortfall and high financial need. To qualify for a bursary, students must meet the following:

  • Achieve a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
  • Maintain a minimum semester course load of 60% (9 credits for most programs)
  • Students with a documented permanent disability may have a reduced course load of 40% (6 credits for most programs)

President's Entrance Scholarships- Who Qualifies?

VIU President's Entrance Scholarships are available to one top academic grade 12 student from each Vancouver Island Public & Private High School (including Powell River and Bella Bella).  These scholarships are renewable for the duration of the student’s undergraduate studies at VIU, up to the completion of their first certificate, diploma or degree program,  (maximum 120 credits). To qualify for renewal, students must maintain both a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.67 with a minimum 80% course load (12 credits) in each semester, as defined on the VIU website.

Application Criteria:

  • Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an "A" average of 90% or higher
  • No mark shall be lower than a "B" in each of the grade 11 and 12 defined academic courses
    • Grade 11 courses will include English, Social Studies, Math and Science
    • Grade 12 courses will include English and three academic course

Chancellor's Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students - Who Qualifies?

VIU Chancellor's Entrance Scholarships are available to the top six academic grade 12 Aboriginal students from First Nations communities, Friendship Centres or Metis organizations on Vancouver Island (including Powell River and Bella Bella).  These scholarships are renewable for the duration of the student’s undergraduate studies at VIU, up to the completion of their first certificate, diploma or degree program, (maximum 120 credits). To qualify for renewal, students must maintain both a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.67 with a minimum 80% course load (12 credits) in each semester, as defined on the VIU website.

Application Criteria:

  • Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an "A" average of 90% or higher
  • No mark shall be lower than a "B" in each of the grade 11 and 12 defined academic courses
    • Grade 11 courses will include English, Social Studies, Math and Science
    • Grade 12 courses will include English and three academic courses

Application Process:

  • These are SCHOOL NOMINATED SCHOLARSHIPS - students do not submit applications
  • Endorsement forms for the VIU President’s and VIU Chancellor’s Entrance scholarships are completed and submitted by school Principals
  • Only one submission per school will be accepted
  • The top six students for the Chancellor's Entrance Scholarships will be confirmed by VIU's Financial Aid & Awards Office
  • Deadline for school submission: April 30th

2020 President's Entrance Scholarship - School Selection / Principal Endorsement Form

2020 Chancellor's Entrance Scholarship - School Selection / Principal Endorsement Form

VIU President's Open Learning Entrance Scholarships - Who Qualifies?

This is a school-nominated scholarship and must be completed and submitted by the Open Learning K-12 Institution. 

2020 President's Open Learning Scholarship - School Selection / Principal Endorsement Form

President’s Entrance Awards for Scholar Athletes - Who Qualifies?

8 awards are available to top scholar athletes, with students being nominated by the VIU Athletic Department.  One award is available to each of the following VIU Mariner teams:

  • Basketball (men's & women's)
  • Soccer (men's & women's)
  • Volleyball (men's & women's)
  • Golf
  • Badminton

Application Criteria:

  • Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an "A" average of 85% or higher
  • No mark shall be lower than a "B" in each of the grade 11 and 12 defined academic courses

Research, Graduate, Conference and Travel Awards

Education Abroad Awards

  • Students going on a VIU exchange program for one or two semesters may be eligible to receive an Exchange Award of $2,200
  • There are a variety of awards available for field schools or studying abroad, visit VIU International Education for more information

International Education Awards

  • Students are considered for scholarships at the time of admission based on their submitted transcripts and application supporting documents
  • To learn more visit VIU International Education

Regulations

Students must currently be in “good standing” as per the Student Conduct Policy to be considered for, and/or maintain, a Vancouver Island University student award.

Scholarships, awards, and bursaries may be withheld or cancelled at any time for any one of the following reasons:

  • Lack of suitable candidates
  • Cancellation of the award by the donor
  • Withdrawal of student from Vancouver Island University
  • Failure of candidate to meet terms and conditions of the award
  • Failure of candidate to collect the award within the specified time
  • Value of awards is subject to change as a result of market fluctuations

If you have received an award, you must contact the Financial Aid Office if you make any enrollment changes or withdraw from any classes.

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