David Harris Flaherty Undergraduate Student Library Scholarship

Colour portrait of David Flaherty dressed formally
David Harris Flaherty

This $1000 scholarship was established in 2014 and named for donor David Harris Flaherty. It is awarded to an in-course, academically outstanding undergraduate student in any discipline.

Winning students submit an essay demonstrating how they have utilized library resources—print, archival, music, multimedia, or digital—for a class project, assignment, or research paper.

Award details

  • Eligible students must complete a 500-word essay explaining their use of library resources
  • The University Librarian's Office will nominate the recipient
  • Annual deadline is May 31

Donor biography

David Harris Flaherty

David Harris Flaherty served a six-year, non-renewable term as the first Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia (1993-99).

Flaherty began his involvement with privacy issues as an assistant to Alan F. Westin at Columbia University in 1964. His first book was Privacy in Colonial New England (1972). In 1974, he started comparative public policy work in Europe and North America that led to a series of books, including Protecting Privacy in Surveillance Societies: The Federal Republic of Germany, Sweden, France, Canada, and the United States (1989). Flaherty has written or edited fourteen books.

He is an honors History graduate of McGill University (1962) and has an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. His teaching career, from 1965 to 1993, included Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Western Ontario, where he was Professor of History and Law from 1972 to 1999 and is now Professor Emeritus. He was the first director (1984-89) of its Centre for American Studies. He has held fellowships and scholarships at Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and Georgetown Universities. In 1992-93 David Harris Flaherty was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar in Law. Flaherty was an Adjunct Professor in Political Science at the University of Victoria from 1999 to 2006.

Flaherty was President of Pacific Opera Victoria for four years from 2010-2014. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

  • Annual deadline: May 31
  • Eligibility: Returning UVic undergraduate students
  • Submit entries to: Complete the in-course scholarship application, available through My page. The online application is open April 1–May 31

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Read the winning essays in the UVicSpace collection for this award

2021: Kiara Hosie; Rachel Li; Miriam Dumitra

2020: Jessica Zaza; Caitlin J. Wareing-Oksanen

2019: Megan Ingram; Jamie Oosterhuis

2018: Paige Gelfer; Emma Gillespie

2017: Rebecca Steel

2016: Lorinda Fraser

2015: Elizabeth Gerow