External Awards

External Financial Assistance Directory

‘External Financial Assistance’ refers to the scholarships, awards and bursaries that are available to all students through agencies unaffiliated with Vancouver Island University. This financial aid is provided and administered through external government, corporate, or community organizations. Due to this fact, information we have posted regarding external awards is subject to change. Please contact award provider for up-to-date guidelines prior to application submission and check the deadline carefully.

External Award Information:

If you find a broken link, please email financialaidinfo@viu.ca so it can be updated.

The External Financial Assistance directory is designed to assist with the financial burden associated with post-secondary education. This resource contains over $21.2 million in funding which has been compiled to minimize student debt.

Many students say, “I can't apply because my grades aren’t good enough”.  In reality, not all scholarships are based on grades. When applying for scholarships be aware of key documentation that may be required and outlined in the criteria section of each award.  Always read the criteria carefully to see exactly what is required to be submitted with your application.

External Awards Include…

Project Hero

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

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

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

  • Under the age of twenty-six

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

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

If you meet the above criteria, complete the Project Hero Application Form and submit to the VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office, located in Building 200, Room 205. 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.

Transfer Awards

Students transferring to the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, or Simon Fraser University are advised to contact the Financial Aid & Awards office at the respective institution 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

For applications and information regarding the One World, Pacific Horizons or Premiers International Scholarships, please visit the Irving K. Barber website.

Irving K. Barber Transfer Scholarships

Up to 160 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 and residency criteria have been changed. See website for full details - Irving K. Barber Transfer Scholarships

BC Aboriginal Student Awards - 2017 applications available at Irving K. Barber

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.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards - 2017 applications available at Irving K. Barber

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.

Additional detailed information and applications are available on the BC Scholarships website

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

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

  • The Open Scholarship is 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 the 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.

    • For availability and deadlines of these scholarships, please check the Mackenzie King website

Additional External Scholarship & Award Links

Check out these popular award links for organizations in Canada.