Skip to main content - Skip to contact information

Scholarships & Awards

IMPORTANT: To apply for Scholarships & Awards, unless otherwise noted in the award criteria, students must complete and submit the "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" from their student record. Deadline date for submission of student profiles for Scholarship & Award consideration is March 31st.

See our "Applications" section for more information.

Scholarships and Awards will be selected based on minimum course load requirements, grade point average requirements, specific donor criteria and information provided on the application form.

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.

For information on awards based on athletic, rather than on scholastic achievements, visit our website at or contact the Director of Athletics at 250-740-6402.


Remember, unless otherwise noted in the award criteria, to apply for any scholarships and awards, you must complete your "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" from your student record by March 31st.

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.

College Transfer Entrance Award to Royal Roads University

1 award, $2,000: Students enrolled at Vancouver Island University who are planning to enter a Royal Roads University undergraduate program, may apply to VIU for a $2,000 tuition credit. An eligible candidate will be able to demonstrate achievement through academic or other preparation in one of our major theme areas: sustainable development, entrepreneurship, empowering leadership, and conflict analysis and management.

A complete application consists of an application form and a one page essay (application form and information available on-line from Royal Roads). Submit completed application package to the Financial Aid & Awards Office at VIU by the specified due date on the Royal Roads website.


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.


  • 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.
  • 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 are planning to study in either a certificate, diploma, degree, or approved trades / apprenticeship programs.
  • 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 at


W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship and the Travelling Scholarship. Both are to support graduate study.

  • The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who 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 Travelling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who 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 at: