Hispanic and Italian Studies Department 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.

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 My Page.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require application through the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

Leonard and Eileen Hamilton Scholarship in Spanish and Italian Studies

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an Hispanic and Italian Studies undergraduate student who, consistent with the ideal of the "Uomo Universale or Donna Universale, (i.e. a well-rounded individual)" is pursuing a broad range of activities in addition to their studies. Activities can include, but are not limited to: participation in the arts or sport, part-time employment, and/or volunteering with social justice causes, campus or community organizations. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen.

Students must submit a 500-1000 word statement to the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies describing their suitability for this scholarship. Selection of a recipient will be based on a combination of extracurricular activities/community involvement and grades, as opposed to grades solely. Students with a 5.0 average (or higher) are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to student who, in descending order of priority, has:

(a) a declared major in Spanish or Italian Studies

(b) a declared minor in Spanish or Italian Studies

Applications must be submitted to the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies by April 30th.

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

Unless otherwise indicated in the Terms of Awards, recipients are approved by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.

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

Artes Y Letras Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student proceeding to the third or fourth year of a Major or Honours program in Spanish at the University of Victoria. In awarding the scholarship special consideration will be given to students showing special interest in Spanish art, art history, music or literature.

Buitoni Award

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

An award of $1,000 is made to a student who has taken at least one year of Italian Studies at the University of Victoria, achieving a grade point average of 6 or better in all Italian Studies courses take and is open to students who have had limited opportunities to visit Italy. The award is to be made in the form of a travel voucher and is intended to enable the student to stay in Italy for an extended period. Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.

Dorothy and Ernest Ayton Memorial Scholarship*

Value: $500 | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships of $500 each are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students who have completed three units of Spanish or Italian and who are continuing to take courses in Hispanic and Italian Studies.

For further information contact the department at .

Government of Italy Book Prize

Value: Book | Number: Varies

These prizes, the gift of the Italian Government through the Consulate in Vancouver, are awarded for excellence in Italian.

Pablo Cabanas Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who have taken at least three units of 300-400 level Spanish and who intend to continue taking courses in Spanish at the University of Victoria.

R.K. Stewart Scholarship in Hispanic and Italian Studies

Value: $300 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $300 is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student returning from studies abroad to full time studies in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.