CFUW Scholarship and Bursary Winners are celebrated at annual event

Jan. 17. 2015

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Victoria chapter hosted a lunch to celebrate student award winners from the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University and Camosun College. It was an opportunity to celebrate the recipients, who won the awards for their inspiring and varied achievements in areas such as law, music, astronomy, nursing, youth engagement and athletic therapy.

Visual Arts student Anna Shkuratoff was pleasantly surprised to be sitting next to the person who her award was named after, famous local artist Pat Martin-Bates. She said it was fascinating to hear about Pat’s experiences as an artist. “We got deep into a discussion about the philosophies of teaching art, it was fascinating!” she said.

For the student recipients this lunch is an opportunity to thank the donors in person for supporting them through these awards, and for the federation members it is a chance to see the living, breathing result of their commitment to supporting women in education.

CFUW Victoria chapter already supports thirteen awards at UVic, and this year they donated $25,000 to endow a new Anniversary Award in Science. This donation, which was matched by an anonymous donor, will establish a scholarship for a third or fourth year student in Physics and Astronomy or Mathematics and Statistics and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the first award given by CFUW Victoria in 1917.

The CFUW website has short bios on the scholarship and bursary recipients.