Entrance scholarships and awards

Undergraduate students who are new to UVic are eligible for a number of awards made available through contributions from donors as well as from the University's operating budget. These are referred to as entrance scholarships. Each year UVic awards more than 3.5 million dollars in entrance scholarships. Scholarships are non-repayable and are awarded mainly on the basis of a student's academic excellence.

All entering students must meet certain academic and admission requirements to be eligible for any UVic entrance scholarships. Please check the admission requirements for more information.

How to apply for and accept an entrance scholarship

Available entrance scholarships and awards

Find entrance scholarships by student category

Scholarship Appeal Guidelines

The scholarships that may be appealed under these guidelines only include UVic-administered scholarships and awards.

Renewal Scholarship Appeal Guidelines

These guidelines outline the appeal process available when a student's scholarship is not automatically renewed, as the student has failed to achieve the renewal criteria. An appeal can be made for low grade point average, reduced course load (less than 12 academic units, or for medical circumstances.

Renewal Criteria: 

To be automatically renewed a student must have completed a total of 12 or more academic units in two terms of study between May and April and maintained a grade point average of 7.50 or higher on the best 12 units. The scholarship is automatically renewed for each year of the student's full time study or until completion of a first degree or for a maximum of three years, whichever is the shortest period. Students registered in a co-op or work experience work-term will automatically be renewed when they next complete 12 or more academic units in two terms, provided they have a grade point average of 7.50 or higher in the two terms. Any student who takes neither a co-op or work experience work-term or academic units for one or more terms may forfeit their scholarship.

Appeal Guidelines:

  • With the exception of students on a co-op or work-term, scholarship recipients' grades are normally reviewed for the purpose of determining continuing eligibility each year at the conclusion of the Winter Session (September to April). Assessment will be made on the two terms immediately preceding the adjudication of the scholarship.
  • Students who do not meet the required 7.5/9.0 grade point average, or who are enrolled in less than 12 academic units, will receive email notification that their scholarship eligibility has been forfeited. Information on the appeal process will be provided.
  • Students should address their letter of appeal to the Senate Committee on Awards. The appeal should be emailed to Katy Smith, In-course Scholarship Officer, at awards1@uvic.ca A student's letter of appeal should outline any extenuating circumstances that may have led to the student failing to meet the renewal criteria.
  • If a student appeals due to medical circumstances, documentation from a medical professional will also be required.
  • All appeals will be reviewed and carefully considered by the members of the Senate Committee on Awards.
  • Students will receive an email notification of the decision regarding their appeal.

General Scholarship Appeal Guidelines

These guidelines outline the process available to students who are appealing to retain their full scholarship due to a semester away, medical circumstances, change in full-time course load, withdrawal or adjustment of a scholarship, etc.

General Scholarship Regulations:

Except where the terms and conditions of an undergraduate award specifically state otherwise, award winners must normally register and maintain enrolment as a full-time student in 12.0 or more academic units in the Winter Session to receive their scholarship and/or award.

Appeal Guidelines:

  • Students should address their letter of appeal to the Senate Committee on Awards. Entrance/transfer scholarship appeals should be emailed to Donja Roberts, Entrance Scholarship Officer,  at awards2@uvic.ca.  Incourse scholarship appeals should be emailed to the Katy Smith, Incourse Scholarship Officer, at awards1@uvic.ca .  A student’s letter of appeal should outline what the student is requesting, an explanation if applicable, and a time line if they are requesting time away from the university.
  • If a student appeals due to medical circumstances, documentation from a medical professional will also be required.
  • All appeals will be reviewed and carefully considered by the members of the Senate Committee on Awards.
  • Students will receive an email notification of the decision regarding their appeal. 

Questions about entrance scholarships?

For more information, please contact:
Donja Roberts, Entrance Scholarship Officer:  awards2@uvic.ca
or Scholarship Assistant:  awards4@uvic.ca  250-472-5567