Scholarships & Awards
Scholarship & Award Applications will be available in our "Applications" section, approximately two months prior to deadline dates. Mail or take completed applications to the Financial Aid & Awards Office by the specified deadline dates.
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 250-740-6419.
- ART & DESIGN AWARDS
- BUSINESS PROGRAMS
- CAREER & ACADEMIC PREPARATION
- CULINARY ARTS
- DEGREE ENTRANCE
- DENTAL ASSISTING
- DENTAL HYGIENE
- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE
- ENGLISH & CREATIVE WRITING
- FISHERIES & AQUACULTURE
- FOREST RESOURCES
- GENERAL AWARDS: NOT SPECIFIC TO PROGRAM
- HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
- HUMAN SERVICES
- INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
- LIBERAL STUDIES
- MEDIA STUDIES
- PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- PROFESSIONAL BAKING
- RECREATION & TOURISM
- RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- SCIENCE & APPLIED SCIENCE PROGRAMS
- STUDY ABROAD
- TRADES & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
- VIU EDUCATION FUNDS
BMO Bank of Montreal Awards for BC Aboriginal Students
2 awards, $1,000 each; Available to aboriginal students who will be continuing their studies in a diploma or degree program at VIU. Selection will be based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by April 30. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Chancellor's Aboriginal Excellence Scholarship
1 award, Full tuition; Available to the top Aboriginal student upon completion of their first year in a VIU degree program. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in a 100% course load, and who has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.67. This scholarship is eligible for renewal, for up to 2 additional years, providing the student continues in their program of studies at VIU, with a 100% course load and maintains a minimum semester and cumulative gpa of 3.67. No application necessary. Recipient selected in May, with funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Charlotte Ramsay Memorial Award
1 award, $300; Available to female First Nations students enrolled in ABE courses at the Cowichan Campus, who plan to continue studies at an accredited educational institution, in either ABE courses or at the post-secondary level. Selection will be based on academic achievement and financial need. No application necessary. Recipient selected in April, with funds issued in June.
Cummins Western Canada Dependability Award
1 award, $500; Available to students graduating from the Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanics program, with a preference to students of aboriginal origin. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by April 30. Funds issued in June.
Dennis Alphonse Memorial Award
1 award, $1,000; Based on financial need, available to students in any post-secondary program, who are residents of the Cowichan Valley (from Mill Bay to Ladysmith). Preference will be given to First Nations students. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by January 15. Funds issued in March.
Elizabeth Newham Award
1 award, $500; Available to deserving First Nations students attending the Cowichan campus of VIU. Preference will be given to students enrolled in post-secondary studies, but consideration will be given to students progressing from ABE to post-secondary studies. No application necessary. Recipient selected in May, with funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Island Scallops - K'omoks First Nation Education Fund
1 award, $600; Available to students entering, or continuing, at VIU who are community members of the K'omoks First Nation. Any degree, diploma or certificate program is eligible, with preference given to students entering or enrolled in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program. Applicants must contact the K'omoks Band Council for a letter of support. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office. Two application deadlines: March 15 & April 30. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Island Scallops - Qualicum First Nation Education Fund
1 award, $600; Available to students entering, or continuing, at VIU who are community members of the Qualicum First Nation. Any degree, diploma or certificate program is eligible, with preference given to students entering or enrolled in the Fisheries & Aquaculture program. Applicants must contact the Qualicum Band Council for a letter of support. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office. Two application deadlines: March 15 & April 30. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Kw Umut Le Lum Child & Family Services Scholarship
1 award, $1,000; Awarded to a top aboriginal student, who will be continuing in either the Child & Youth Care or Bachelor of Social Work degree programs. Available to members of one of the following First Nations: Chemainus, Halalt, Lake Cowichan, Lyackson, Malahat, Nanoose, Penelakut, Qualicum or Snuneymuxw. No application necessary. Recipient selected in May, with funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Minerva Foundation Awards for BC Women
2 awards, $2,500 each; Available to assist women in the following categories: single mothers advancing their education, mature women retraining for a return to the workforce after a long absence, women in non-traditional fields of study, immigrant, aboriginal, or women with disabilities who need assistance in overcoming educational barriers. Criteria includes academic proficiency and financial need, in addition to one or more of the criteria listed above. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by April 30. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Minerva Foundation Awards for BC Women in Forestry
2 awards, $1,500 each; Available to female students enrolled full time (minimum 80% course load) in the Forestry program at VIU. Selection for this award is based on academic proficiency and financial need. Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria: 1) single mothers advancing their education, 2) mature women returning to the work force after a long absence, 3) immigrant, aboriginal or women with disabilities who have overcome educational barriers. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by April 30. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
Snuneymuxw First Nation Scholarship
1 award, $1,000; Available to top aboriginal students enrolled in a diploma or degree program, continuing at VIU in the fall semester, who are members of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. No application necessary. Recipient selected in May, with funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.
The Pisces BBA Entrance Scholarship
1 award, $2,000; Available to students of First Nations background, entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program at VIU. Applicants must have attained a minimum gpa of 3.5 in the previous year (in high school or VIU upgrading). Award will be renewed in the fall term each year, for the duration of the students' four year undergraduate program, providing a cumulative gpa of 3.5 and a minimum course load of 80% is maintained. Applicants are required to attach a short bio outlining their background and aspirations to the application. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards office by March 15. Funds awarded as tuition credit for the fall semester.
Vancouver Island University / Chatwin Engineering - First Nations Education Fund
4 awards, $1,000 each; Available to First Nations students who will be entering, or continuing, in any program at Vancouver Island University. One award available to band members, or community residents of each of the following: Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Snaw-naw-as First Nation, Ucluelet First Nation and Uchucklesaht Tribe. Qualifying students can apply anytime on the application in our "Bulletin Board & Applications" section, or through their band. Generally funds will be issued as a tuition credit.
VIU Chancellor's Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students
6 awards, Full tuition (less ancillary fees); Available to the top academic student from First Nations communities, Friendship Centres or Metis organizations on Vancouver Island (including Powell River). Student must have achieved a minimum “A” average in High School (Grade 11 & 12, with no mark lower than a “B”). These scholarships are renewable for the duration of the student’s undergraduate studies at Vancouver Island University, up to the completion of their first bachelor’s degree (maximum 5 years). To qualify for renewal, students must maintain both a semester and cumulative gpa of 3.67 (1st class level) with a 100% course load (minimum 5 classes), as defined on the VIU website. Endorsement form and transcripts must be submitted to the Financial Aid & Awards office, by the Principal, by April 30. (These forms are available on this site in our "Applications" section from March 1 - April 30).
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 at royalroads.ca/awards). Submit completed application package to the Financial Aid & Awards Office at VIU by the specified due date on the Royal Roads website.
Transfer ScholarshipsScholarships of $5,000 are available to students who have completed two years of full-time study and must transfer to another public post-secondary institution in BC to complete their degree. GPA must be at least 3.5 and students must demonstrate exceptional involvement in their school and community.
BC Aboriginal Student AwardsAwards 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 AwardsAwards 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.
Additional information and applications are available at http://www.mkingscholarships.ca/index-e.html and must be submitted to VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office by February 1st