Nancy Wright Scholarship

A scholarship has been created in memory of Nancy Wright, a nurse practitioner and senior instructor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing, who passed away in August 2020. The scholarship will support graduate students in the Masters of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program with a demonstrated interest in nursing with marginalized populations.

Dr. Ross Scholarship

Friends and colleagues of a longtime surgeon from Vancouver Island have started a scholarship in his memory. Dr. Michael Ross, an ear, nose and throat specialist, practiced medicine for 60 years, finally retiring at 85 last October. He passed away in December. Organizers have already raised more than $49,000 toward the goal of $65,000 for the new scholarship for an Island medical student who is training to be a surgeon. The award will be the first scholarship awarded solely to an Island medical student.

Scholarship supports advocates for anti-racism

Baneet Hans, a first-year student in the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, is one of the first recipients of a new Scotiabank scholarship program for Law Students, which will see the bank commit more than $500,000 over five years. Six faculties of law across Canada will award scholarships on behalf of Scotiabank to fund students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession with a goal to support and advocate for anti-racism in law.

Major gift boosts climate journalism

The threat of climate change is the most perilous of our time—especially at the beginning of this new decade, which has been frequently identified as the most crucial for preventing catastrophic consequences. Now, one concerned individual is personally addressing that threat with an inspiring gift of $1.875 million to the University of Victoria in support of the Wayne Crookes Professorship in Environmental and Climate Journalism.

Virtual Vikes Championship Breakfast pushes 13-year total over $6.1 million

In a year unlike any other, the University of Victoria Vikes still managed to pull off their most important student-athlete scholarship event of the season. The 13th Annual Vikes Championship Breakfast went virtual for 2020 with a near 40-minute capsule of the usual event went live on Nov. 5 for all student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and donors. With UVic matching $200,000 again this year, the 2020 event totalled more than $525,000 for student-athlete scholarships. With financial support still coming in, the 13-year breakfast events have now cleared the $6.1 million mark since the inaugural event in 2008.

New Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowship

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) is creating new Indigenous Arts and Research Fellowships, thanks to a generous contribution from local Indigenous scholar, artist, and activist, Michelle Brown, together with matching funds provided by the CSRS. Michelle is a long-time friend of the centre, former CSRS community sabbaticant, and co-facilitator of the Reconciliation and Relationship dialogue series hosted at the centre. Michelle currently serves on the CSRS advisory council.

Sybil Verch & GVSHOF athletic award

A local businesswoman has established an award that aims to develop and help local talent achieve their academic and athletic dreams while being close to home. In partnership with the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, the Vikes will give $3,000 each year to support a woman entering an undergraduate program at UVic from a secondary school in the Greater Victoria region and who competes for a Vikes varsity team.

New Rix Research Chair

David Goodlett joins UVic as the new Don and Eleanor Rix BC Leadership Chair in Biomedical and Environmental Proteomics, a position created with a $4.5 million endowment—split equally by the Rix Family Foundation and the BC government’s Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), which was established in 2010.

COVID-19 Bursary supports 2,000 UVic students

Close to 2,000 students received the COVID-19 Support Bursary between March and June, 2020. In all, donors contributed $241,000 to the bursary, including donations from the UVic Alumni Association, the UVSS and UVic Speakers Bureau and over $3,000 raised through a live stream of alumnus Charles Ross’ popular One Man Star Wars show. With additional funding from government sources and university budgets, the COVID-19 Support Bursary ultimately disbursed over $1.4 million to students.

#GivingTuesdayNow - May 5

On May 5, 2020, UVic invites you to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a day to celebrate the power of human connection and strength of community. Anyone and everyone can join in. Just do something that demonstrates kindness and generosity. Help spread the message further by sharing what you’re doing on social media, using #GivingTuesdayNow.

Andreas Antoniou Lectureship

Dr. Vijay Bhargava, a faculty member at the University of Victoria until 2003, has made a generous gift to establish the Andreas Antoniou Lectureship. This Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering annual lecture will bring eminent academics and professionals in the fields of Electrical and Computer Engineering to the University of Victoria, adding to the educational experience and inspiring the next generation of ECE graduates. Dr. Bhargava established this lectureship in honour of Dr. Andreas Antoniou, the founding chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

PBC Health Benefits Society Fellowship in Lifelong Health

The Pacific Blue Cross Health Benefits Society through the Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation provides support for organizations that help improve outcomes in the areas of chronic disease and mental illness. UVic is grateful for a new donation from the foundation to establish the PBC Health Benefits Society Fellowship in Lifelong Health. The fellowship will support graduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences whose research is looking at innovations in digital health, wellbeing and/or cognitive health, and who are working with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health.

Covid-19 Emergency Bursary

The university has created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New scholarship in health information science

The new Paulette Lacroix Nursing Informatics Scholarship will support academically outstanding graduate students in Health Information Science (HINF) or the double degree HINF/Nursing program who are registered licensed nurses. Up until March 15, 2020, all donations to the scholarship will be matched up to $25,000, giving donors a chance to double their impact and further support this award.

The Giving Tuesday sprinkles are coming back to campus on December 3rd and will be bigger and better than ever!

Over the last three years, Giving Tuesday has raised over $83,000 for student clubs and student led initiatives. Our generous donors have helped students launch rockets, host conferences, put on case competitions and travel overseas to do volunteer work.

Audain professor makes history again with Witness Blanket

A monumental art installation by Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist Carey Newman, who is currently teaching at the University of Victoria, was today the centrepiece of an announcement by Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) of a historically unique collaboration that unites Western legal principles with Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Faces of our Community

Kira Chong is a fifth-year education student at UVic with a love for art and giving back to the community. She recently brought these two passions together with her "Faces of the Community" mural. Chong received funding from the Student Activity Grant and the Victoria Visual Arts Legacy Society. She hopes that other students will apply for those grants and use the money to continue community-based art projects.

Online networking and mentorship

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