Muriel Beverley Vaio Law Scholarship

Muriel Beverley Vaio Law
(1912 –1999)

Beverley Vaio was born on October 6, 1912 in Victoria, B.C., where she lived a life rich in outdoor adventure and community activity. In high school, Beverley was active in various sports and outdoor activities, including track and field, for which she won a number of awards in high jump. Upon her graduation from Victoria College at Craigdarroch Castle, Beverley became a founding member of the Victoria College Alumni Association. Her pioneering spirit soon led her to qualify as the area’s first female pilot, from whence she moved on to found Victoria’s first Female Pilot’s club.

Beverley married Stuart Law (Adrian Augustus Stuart Law), a pilot and distinguished officer in the Royal Air Force, and together they enjoyed sailing the beautiful coastal waters around Victoria. Beverley was a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club for over 40 years and she continued to sail solo or accompanied by frieds and family on many occasions following her husband’s untimely death. A committed Christian, Beverley was a most generous supporter of the Church. Her generosity and commitment also extended to numerous charitable causes, including the SPCA, and the University of Victoria where she was a member of the President’s Club and active supporter of the UVic Awards Program or deserving students. Beverley was also an active member of the Monarchist League of Canada and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

The Muriel Beverley Vaio Law Scholarships are presented annually to students in the Faculty of Education who have excelled in aademic and professional courses. The undergraduate scholarship is made to a student entering fifth year who has a high academic grade point average, as well as a high level of performance in teaching practica.

Following her passing in 1999, Beverley continued her generosity by leaving provisions in her estate for the establishment of two more scholarships in the Faulty of Education, which are awarded to full time graduate students who are working on completing their PhD or Master's programs. Interested in applying?