Awards and scholarships

Through the WUSC (World University Service of Canada) program Atem Machar came to Canada and enrolled at the University of Victoria. Now, support from UVic donors is helping him complete his degree in Health Information Science.

Denis and Pat Protti Endowment Awards

Denis and Pat Protti Awards

Denis and Pat Protti

Denis Protti, Pat Protti

This award was created by colleagues in honour of the Protti’s dedication to the field of health informatics. When Denis Protti (UVic health information science professor 1981-2010) announced he was stepping down as chair and founder of Partners in Productivity—a highly respected forum for professionals in the health care delivery sector— Professor Protti received more than the standard farewell.

His colleagues raised over $100,000 to establish the Denis and Pat Protti endowment fund for health information science. After a three-month fundraising blitz, contributions poured in.

The Protti Scholarship now has endowments that support between eight-to-ten students each year.

Terms of reference

Check out the Terms of Reference for Denis and Pat Protti Endowment Awards.

Graduate Student Award


  • A graduate student who has completed a minimum of one term in a Health Informatics Graduate Degree Program either in the on-campus or the distance-based program at the School of Health Information Science.
  • An award recipient may re-apply each year.


  • If the recipient is forced to temporarily withdraw from the school due to illness or major social change beyond their personal control, the award may be held in trust until the student returns to the program or for twelve months, whichever is less.
  • The transfer of funds to the student will occur when the director is notified that the student is enrolled and has paid their fees. 

Application form

Student Academic Travel Award


  • To support and enrich senior undergraduate students and graduate students in the School of Health Information Science.


The funds may be used for travel expenses for either of the following:

  •  For a short-term study at another organization or institution
  •  To attend a scientific conference; preference will be given to a student who has had a poster or a paper accepted.

In either case, the student will be expected to submit a written report for the school archives about their experience at the conference and deliver a seminar within a month of returning. 

Application form

Health Information Science Award for Students with a Disability


This award will be granted periodically to students admitted to the School of Health Information Science whose ability to complete course work or to participate effectively in the co-operative education work terms is compromised by some physical limitation.


  • With due consideration of the effects of the physical limitation, students will be considered for the award on the basis of academic excellence.
  • Purchases will remain the property of the student at the conclusion of the program.

Application procedure

Apply in writing to the director of the School of Health Information Science.

MEDINFO Travel Award


MEDINFO Conferences are held every three years. To receive the award, the applicant must:

  • be a fully-admitted student in the School of Health Information Science;
  • have a paper accepted at a MEDINFO Conference;
  • apply for the award after receiving notification of acceptance of the paper.


If more than one student applies, a committee consisting of two faculty members of the School of Health Information Science and two alumni will review all applications and papers and select one applicant to receive the award.

Michael Miller Scholarship


To support students with high academic achievement and to increase awareness about mental illness. 


  • Graduate students of the School of Health Information Science or undergraduate students entering their third or fourth year in the program.


June 15th

Application procedure

  • Students must submit applications electronically to the attention of director of the School of Health Information Science at .
  • Application form
  • Such applications should include:

    1. Confirmation of registration as a student in the School of Health Information Science.
    2. A statement of academic performance.
    3. An original essay on the topic of manic depression (bipolar disorder) not to exceed 2500 words, which must be submitted electronically. The essay should include an introduction/background section with reference to the literature on bipolar disorder. The body of the essay should discuss ways in which awareness of the disorder can be increased, including consideration of how health information science and applications are (or might be) applied to helping those with the disorder and making others more aware of the disorder. You should support your arguments and thoughts by citing appropriate literature.


The total value of the award varies annually depending on the return from underlying investments, however, it is anticipated that at least $2,000 in awards will be presented to recipients this year.