School of Environmental Studies Awards

Please read the instructions carefully to confirm whether an application is required.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are funded by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Students may be considered for the following bursaries by completing the general bursary application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all bursaries.

Eco-System Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: 1 

A bursary is awarded annually to an undergraduate student with at least third year standing who is pursuing a major or minor degree in Environmental Studies.

Ethel N. Lohbrunner Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with preference given to students whose research is in the study of threatened or endangered species of birds or mammals of British Columbia and their related eco-systems.

John and Mary Sherwood Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students entering or continuing in the Environmental Studies Program. Preference is given to students from Okanagan Valley School Districts 22,23, 53, 67 and 83, and to students from Okanagan University College.

Maureen Wayne Memorial Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to students in the School of Environmental Studies who are in a Major or Honours program.  Preference will be given to students working on, or with an interest in, wetlands, estuaries and coastal areas, and in the restoration of ecosystems at the University of Victoria. If there are no qualified students in ES, further preference will be given to students in a Major or Honours program in the Department of Geography who are working on, or with an interest in, wetlands, estuaries and coastal areas.

VNHS Samuel Simco Graduate Bursary

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries, established by the Victoria Natural History Society from funds bequeathed for this purpose by the late Mr. Samuel Simco, are awarded to graduate students in Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Studies, or Geography and who are specializing in the area of species and/or habitat conservation.

Students must apply to be considered for the entrance scholarships below, which are based on marks and other criteria such as academic achievement and volunteer and community work. All UVic entrance scholarships require a minimum 85% admission average, unless otherwise specified in the terms of reference of the scholarship. Recipients will be approved upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

The scholarships below:

  • require an online application via Online tools submitted between February 15 - April 30, unless otherwise stated in the Terms of Awards.
  • are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

More information is available on the Entrance Scholarship website.

Khowutzen Forestry Award in Environmental Studies

Value: $2,000 | Number: 1

An award of $2,000 is given to an undergraduate student continuing or transferring into the School of Environmental Studies. First preference will be given to a Canadian-born Indigenous student and second preference to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Applications are required for in-course scholarships listed in this section.
These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

  • Unless stated otherwise, the application must be made through completion of the in-course scholarship application on UVic Online tools.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require application through the School of Environmental Studies; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

Derrick and Gwen Mallard Scholarship in Environmental Protection

Value: $1000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a student in a major/minor program in Environmental Studies with a record of contribution to the protection of the environment. A letter of application must be submitted to the School of Environmental Studies by May 31 demonstrating a commitment to environmental protection. Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lorene Kennedy Environmental Studies Undergraduate Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate students majoring in the School of Environmental Studies with demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be approved by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Georgia Klap Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to students who are entering the third or fourth year of a declared Major in Environmental Studies or students in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma program. Preference will be given to students who are entering a field school or field course. A letter of application must be submitted to the School of Environmental Studies by May 31st demonstrating a commitment to environmental and social change, a passion for experiential learning and a passion for sharing these interests and values with others.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Geraldine G. Goode Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate students entering fourth year in the School of Environmental Studies who demonstrate active, environmentally-related volunteerism within their community.

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A cover letter (maximum 500 words) describing:
- What led you to your volunteer activity?
- What did you learn from this involvement?
- How will these skills/experiences benefit you in your chosen career path?

2. Letter of support (max 350 words) from a supervisor of the volunteer activity

Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the nomination of the School of Environmental Studies.

J. Prospero Scholarship for Sustainable Mining

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding woman undergraduate student entering third or fourth year in either the Department of Economics, School of Environmental Studies, the Department of Geography, the Department of Anthropology or the Department of Political Science. Preference is for students whose academic research (Honours Thesis/JCURA under the guidance of a faculty member) could have application to the improvement of the environmental and social performance of the mining industry. Further preference is given to Indigenous women students and people of colour.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards based on the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Khowutzen Forestry Award in Environmental Studies

Value: $2,000 | Number: 1

An award of $2,000 is given to an undergraduate student continuing or transferring into the School of Environmental Studies. First preference will be given to a Canadian-born Indigenous student and second preference to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Norah and Calvin Indigenous Leadership Award in the Sciences*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate or graduate Indigenous students in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science or School of Environmental Studies.

Graduate students must apply via the online graduate scholarship application between July 1st and September 15th. Undergraduate students must apply via the online application by May 31st.

Selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards or the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Committee upon recommendation of the Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs in consultation with the Dean of Faculty of Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the School of Environmental Studies.

Robyn Kathleen Addison Scholarship in Environmental Studies

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate women students continuing in the School of Environmental Studies who have demonstrated financial need. 

Sellemah Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships, of at least $1,000 each, are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Canadian-born Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) students in the School of Environmental Studies. If no applicants meet this criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to Canadian-born Indigenous undergraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Stephen Canning Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence and are entering third or fourth year of a declared major in Environmental Studies, or in Writing, or to students in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma program. A letter of application must be submitted by May 31st to the School of Environmental Studies illustrating a record of service and commitment to nature as well as a passion for communicating these interests and values.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Vancouver Island Trails Information Society Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering third or fourth year in a declared Major or Minor in Environmental Studies, who have completed ES 470, Advanced Field Study in the previous summer or winter session. Applicants must submit a one page letter outlining how the material and teachings from ES 470 will assist in their future careers.

This letter must be received by the School of Environmental Studies by May 31th. This scholarship may be awarded to a graduating student.

Approval of the recipient(s) will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Vicky Husband Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student in a major/minor program in the School of Environmental Studies who has a record of outstanding contributions to the volunteer sector of environmental work. Students must apply through the School of Environmental Studies by May 31.


Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

Unless otherwise indicated, recipients are approved by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Lorene Kennedy Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma and Certificate Selection Project Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to offset additional costs required for field work conducted as part of a Diploma & Certificate in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program. 

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the RNS program on behalf of the School of Environmental Studies.

Marc Bell Scholarship in Environmental Studies*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Up to two awards are given to undergraduate students in third or fourth year with a declared major in Environmental Studies. Preference is given to students in the ecological restoration stream and a further preference is for students with demonstrated financial need.


Approval of the recipient(s) is made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Rhys Alexander Davis Scholarship in Environmental Studies*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Environmental Studies.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.

Ryszard Borzuchowski Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Environmental Studies.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.