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 www.viu.ca/mariners/recruiting.htm or contact the Director of Athletics at 250-740-6402.
Additional funding sources for Trades programs can be found in our "Funding Sources" section.
Additional funding sources for Student Travel and Conference Participation can be found at "Research & Scholarly Activity" and "Resources for Students"
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.
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Al Fowler Memorial Scholarship
1 award, $1,000; 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. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Association of BC Forest Professionals Award
1 award, $1,000; For 1st year 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. Apply in writing to the Forestry Department by April 1st, clearly identifying program of studies and study goal. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
C.S. Buzzard Scholarship
1 award, $300; Available to students with a forestry-related career goal, with selection based on academic excellence. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
Canadian Institute of Forestry Scholarship
1 award, $500; 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. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
Coastal Silviculture Committee Forestry Awards
2 awards, $600 each; Available to second year Forestry (silviculture) students, based on academic achievement, financial need and faculty recommendation. No application necessary. Recipient selected in January, with funds issued in February.
Coastland Wood Industries Award
1 award, $500; Available to students in the Forestry program, based on academic achievement. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
Don & Beth Hammond Memorial Scholarship
1 award, $500; Available to second year Forestry students, based on academic standing, instructor recommendation and promise in the field of silviculture. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
Don Duncan Memorial Awards
2 awards, $1,000 each; Available to students in one of the following Technology Programs: Fisheries & Aquaculture, Forest Resources, or Resource Management. Based on achievement and faculty recommendation. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Frank A. & Roselyn Mandalik Forestry Award
1 award, $2,000; 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 be considered. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Hoo Hoo Club Awards
5 awards, $500 each; 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. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Lake Cowichan Combined Fire Organization Awards
2 awards, $300 each; Available to Forestry students who demonstrate an interest or career objective in fire protection. Based on faculty recommendation. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
Mid Island Co-op Forest Resources Award
1 award, $1,000; 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 French Creek to Duncan. Applicants must be affiliated with Mid Island Co-op. Member's name and number will be required on the application. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Nicholas Plecas Forest Resources Award
1 award, $1,000; Available for academic achievement and proficiency in the field to students continuing to second year of the Forestry Program. No application necessary. Recipient selected in April, with funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Ray Robazza Memorial Forestry Award (WFP)
1 award, $1,000; 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. (Note: WFP may request an interview, and publish name and photo of recipient) Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
TimberWest First Nation Award in Forestry
2 awards, $1,250 each; Available to Aboriginal students in any year of the Forestry Resource Technician program at VIU. Selection will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated intent to work in the related field. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Truck Loggers’ Association Awards
10 awards, $1,500 each; 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. No application necessary. Recipients selected in December, with funds issued in January.
VIU Forest Awards
2 awards, $500 each; Available to full-time first year students in the Forestry program, with selection based on academic achievement, professional promise in the field, and recommendation of the department. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
VIU Forest Biosolids Awards
2 awards, $750 each; Available to full-time students in the Forestry program, with preference to students who have an interest in the VIU Forest and its biosolid operations. Selection based on faculty recommendation. No application necessary. Recipient selected in February, with funds issued in March.
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.
For applications and information regarding the One World, Pacific Horizons or Premiers International Scholarships, please visit the Irving K. Barber website.
Transfer ScholarshipsUp 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. BarberAwards 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. BarberAwards 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 www.bcscholarships.ca
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: http://www.mkingscholarships.ca/index-e.html