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.

Students enrolled in a full time Trades Program must be full-time and continuing to completion.

Students enrolled in Academic and Career Preparation courses must be continuing to either ABE courses or University studies. Priority is given to those enrolled in two or more ABE courses.

  • 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

VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary Profile

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.  

Check out the VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary Application Video for a step-by-step process

Learn how to apply and complete your profile each year by the two deadlines of Noon October 31 and Noon March 31

Important: Your VIU student record information must be accurate and current, including your mailing address, email, phone number, photo ID and security question. Keeping this information accurate is important.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

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 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)

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)

Do I qualify for any available scholarships and awards?

  • 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

VIU President's Entrance Scholarships are available to the top six students from Vancouver Island High Schools. Each Vancouver Island Public & Private High School (including Powell River & Bella Bella) is invited to submit their top graduating student for consideration.  Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an “A” average of 90% or higher (no mark lower than a “B”) for each grade 11 and 12 course in the 8 defined academic courses. 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 a GPA of 3.67, with a minimum 80% course load (12 credits) in each semester, as defined on the VIU website. (*VIU will select the top six students from all school nominations).

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

A total of six awards are available to top academic student athletes upon entrance to their first year of studies at VIU. Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an "A" average of 85% or higher (no mark lower than a "B") for each grade 11 and 12 course in the 8 defined academic courses. These awards 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 3.50 with a minimum 80% course load (12 credits) in each semester, as defined on the VIU website.  (students are nominated by VIU's Athletic Department)

One award is available for each of the following Mariner teams: 

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

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

VIU President's Open Learning Scholarship is available to one top academic grade 12 high school student selected from nominations provided by Vancouver Island Open Learning K-12 Institutions (including Powell River & Bella Bella).  Students must be completing their grade 12 high school year with an “A” average of 90% or higher (with no mark lower than a “B”) for each grade 11 and 12 course in the 8 defined academic courses. 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. 

*VIU will select the top student from all school nominations

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.

This is a school-nominated scholarship and must be completed and submitted by the School Principal and Vice Principal. 

Chancellors Endorsement

Information and Guidelines

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 and Awards Office
  • Deadline for school submission: April 30

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.

  • 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 Education Abroad Scholarships & Funding for more information

Students are considered for scholarships at the time of admission based on their submitted transcripts and application supporting documents

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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