Writing 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.

  • Chapman Achievement Award*
  • Gerald G. Few Achievement Award*
  • Hallam Achievement Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Deadline is November 7 (subject to change- please check with your department).

Achievement Awards recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence in their endeavours. Fine arts, athletics, and other areas where individual expression becomes public are recognized through these awards. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need and a minimum 3.5 sessional grade point average for students continuing at or transferring to UVic, or a 70% admission average for students commencing postsecondary studies for the first time. Departments will distribute application forms to prospective students, who will complete and return them to the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts.

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.

Charles Kint Bursary

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A bursary is awarded to a mature undergraduate student in a major degree program in the Department of Writing.

Cyril and Frances Gagnon Bursary*

Value: varies | Number: 1 

A bursary will be awarded annually to a needy 3rd or 4th year student in the Department of Creative Writing who was born in British Columbia and is or was a resident of a rural area of British Columbia.

Donald N.L. Gain Fund Bursary

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Writing. Preference will be given to students interested in journalism.

Ethel Dent Banks and Margaret Maunsell Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: 1 

A bursary is awarded to a female student continuing in either the Department of English or the Department of Writing.

Fine Arts Festival Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students continuing in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Hazel Partridge-Smith Bursary in Creative Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

An award will be given to a second, third or fourth year student in Creative Writing.

Patti Barker Bursary in Creative Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

A bursary is awarded annually to a student in a first or second year Creative Writing course.

Rita Perry Hammett Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A bursary is awarded to a continuing student in Writing.

Rosamund Dashwood Memorial Bursary in Dramatic Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: 1 

A bursary is awarded annually to a student in a first or second year Creative Writing course.

Trudy Martin Memorial Award*

Value: Varies| Number: 1 

A bursary is awarded to a student entering fourth year of the major program in Writing in the Department of Writing. This award is made in memory of Trudy Martin, Manager of the UVic Bookstore from 1970 to 1998.

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 Department of Writing; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

 

Candis Graham Writing Scholarship, Lambda Foundation Fund*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate students in the Department of Writing who achieve excellence in writing that demonstrates originality, accessibility, creativity, or impact. Preference will be given to students with involvement in, or who are supportive of any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, queer, or questioning communities.  In the case of a graduate award, selection will be made by the Graduate Awards Committee upon the recommendation of the Department of Writing. In the case of an undergraduate award, selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon recommendation by the Department of Writing.

Lorna Crozier Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Writing entering the fourth year Poetry Workshop who have submitted a portfolio of ten pages of poetry that have been deemed to be of high quality. Poetry submissions are to be made prior to September 15th to the Department of Writing.

Skeena Scholarship in Creative Writing

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student entering their 3rd or 4th year in a BFA in Writing with a major in creative nonfiction or poetry and who has submitted a one-page summary of how they fit this criteria.

Preference will be given to a student in descending order of priority:

a) A woman student who grew up in or has spent the majority of their life in rural and northern communities in Canada. Further preference will be given to a student from Northern British Columbia (North of 50° N).

b) An Indigenous student who grew up or has spent the majority of their life in rural and northern communities in Canada. Further preference will be given to a student from Northern British Columbia (North of 50° N).

Selection of the recipients will be made by the Awards Committee upon the recommendation of the Department of Writing. 

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 April 30 illustrating a record of service and commitment to nature as well as a passion for communicating these interests and values.

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

Unless otherwise indicated in the Terms of Awards, recipients are selected by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendations of the Department of Writing.

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

Audrey St. Denys and M.E. Johnson Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in Faculty of Fine Arts.

Dr. Burton O. Kurth Scholarship for Excellence in English Honours*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student graduating in the English Honours Program who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in senior level English courses.

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Gloria Kendal Whelen Prize in Writing*

Value: Prize | Number: 1

This prize is given by Professor S.W. Jackman in memory of his friend, Gloria Kendal Whelen. The prize is awarded to a student entering third year in the Department of Writing who has completed a second year course in fiction in the Department.

Haig-Brown Award for Conservation Writing

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student in the Department of Writing who has created a piece of writing that focuses on conservation or the environment.

Hazel Partridge-Smith Scholarship in Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding second, third or fourth year student in Writing.

Keith and Shirley Wagner Prize for Writing*

Value: Prize | Number: 2

Two prizes donated by Gordon and Ivy Wagner of Comox, B.C., are awarded to students entering the third or fourth year of the Writing program for the most outstanding achievement in the field of dramatic writing, stage play, radio play, film script or television script.

Millen Undergraduate Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 2

A total of two scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students entering Year III and Year IV in Writing.

Selection of the candidates will be based on high academic standing and an assessment by the Department of Writing: of an original lyric poem, beautiful in form and content, or a prose original, fact or fiction, of not more than thirty-five hundred words, which is beautiful in form and content.

Pat Bevan Scholarship in Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to outstanding students in a Major Program in the Department of Writing.

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Pat Koster Essay in Early Women's Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or two scholarships of at least $500 are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students who have written the best essays on women's writing from the period 1660 to 1914, with preference given to essays on women's writing of the Restoration period or the eighteenth century. The winning students must be proceeding to third year, or above, of the English Major or Honours program. In the case of students in their final undergraduate year, they must be continuing to the University of Victoria's graduate program in English.

Philip Pickering Award in Poetry*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding 4th year student in the Department of Writing who has submitted a portfolio of ten pages of poetry that has been deemed to be of high quality.

Rosalind Hulet Petch Memorial Scholarship in Writing*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in Writing who is continuing studies at the University of Victoria.

UVic Bookstore Scholarship in Writing

Value: $1,000 | Number: 2

Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Writing.

W.P. Kinsella Scholarship in Fiction*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students in the Department of Writing who are entering the fourth year Advanced Fiction Workshop.