Environmental Studies Department Awards

Please read the instructions carefully to confirm whether an application is required.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Students may be considered for the following bursaries by completing the general bursary application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all bursaries.

Dr. Lorene Kennedy Environmental Studies (Graduate) Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to graduate students doing a MSc, MA or Interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lorene Kennedy Environmental Studies (Undergraduate) Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students majoring in the School of Environmental Studies.

Eco-System Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: 1 

A bursary is awarded annually to an undergraduate student with at least third year standing who is pursuing a major or minor degree in Environmental Studies.

Ethel N. Lohbrunner Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Studies whose research is in the study of threatened or endangered species of birds or mammals of British Columbia and their related eco-systems. Preference will be given to a Canadian citizen.

John and Mary Sherwood Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students entering or continuing in the Environmental Studies Program. Preference is given to students from Okanagan Valley School Districts 22,23, 53, 67 and 83, and to students from Okanagan University College.

Maureen Wayne Memorial Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students in the School of Environmental Studies who are in a major or honours programme. Preference will be given to students working on, or with an interest in, wetlands, estuaries and coastal areas, and in the restoration of ecosystems at the University of Victoria.

Applications are required for in-course scholarships listed in this section.
These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.
Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

  • Unless stated otherwise, the application must be made through completion of the in-course scholarship application on My Page.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require application through the School of Environmental Studies; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

Georgia Klap Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to students who are entering the 3rd or 4th year of a declared Major in Environmental Studies or students in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma program. A letter of application must be submitted to the School of Environmental Studies by May 31st demonstrating a commitment to environmental and social change, a passion for experiential learning and a passion for sharing these interests and values with others. Nominations will be made by the School of Environmental Studies.

It is the wish of the donors that the recipient of the award writes a brief essay and submits it to the department (1-2 pages) upon the completion of their term discussing the impact of the Georgia Klap Award and what they have learned, for online and printed communication materials.

Norah and Calvin Aboriginal Leadership Award in Sciences*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate or graduate Aboriginal students in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering or School of Environmental Studies who demonstrate leadership by encouraging/and or promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields of study in Aboriginal communities.

  • Undergraduate students must apply through the on-line application via My page under Student Awards and Financial Aid. Graduate students must obtain an application from the Office of Indigenous Affairs and return the application to that office by April 15th.
  • Applications must be submitted with reference letters from Aboriginal Community leaders outlining how they demonstrate leadership.
  • Selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards or the Graduate Awards Committee upon recommendation of the Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs in consultation with the Dean of Faculty of Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and the Director of the School of Environmental Studies.

Sellemah Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships, totaling not more than $1,000, will be awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) students in the School of Environmental Studies. If no applicants meet this criteria, preference will be given to Indigenous students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Stephen Canning Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence and are entering 3rd or 4th year of a declared major in Environmental Studies or Writing or to students in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma program. A letter of application must be submitted to the School of Environmental Studies by May 31st illustrating a record of service and commitment to nature as well as a passion for communicating these interests and values.  More information

Vancouver Island Trails Information Society Scholarship

Value: $500 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $500 is awarded to an academically outstanding 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student, in a declared Major or Minor program in Environmental Studies, who has completed ES 470, Advanced Field Study, the previous summer or winter session. Applicants must submit a one page letter outlining how the material and teachings from ES 470 will assist in their future careers. This letter must be received by the School of Environmental Studies by September 30.
This scholarship may be awarded to a graduating student.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

Unless otherwise indicated, recipients are selected by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendations of the Department of Environmental Studies.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Derrick and Gwen Mallard Scholarship in Environmental Protection

Value: $1000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a student in a major/minor program in Environmental Studies with a record of contribution to the protection of the environment.

Lorene Kennedy Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma and Certificate Selection Project Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to offset additional costs required for field work conducted as part of a Diploma & Certificate in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program. Nominations will be made by the RNS program.

Rhys Alexander Davis Scholarship in Environmental Studies*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Environmental Studies.

Ryszard Borzuchowski Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Environmental Studies.

Urbanecology.ca Scholarship

Value: $300 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $300 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student who is beginning a final project in the Restoration of Natural Systems program. Preference will be given to those who plan a career in urban restoration.

Vicky Husband Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student in a major/minor program in the School of Environmental Studies and who has a record of outstanding contributions to the volunteer sector of environmental work.

VNHS Dennis and Lyndis Davis Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships of at least $2,000 are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Biology, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, or the School of Environmental Studies. Preference will be given to students pursuing studies in species, habitat or ecosystem conservation, ecology or biodiversity. Nominations will be made by Faculty of Science.