Specific Criteria Application Awards: Entrance scholarships that are based on admission average and other criteria - February 15 to May 01

To be considered for the following scholarships and awards complete the entrance scholarship application, available through My Page. The on-line application is open February 15 to May 1.

Any supporting documentation required for the following on-line application must be submitted by email to entrance@uvic.ca.

Students transferring into UVic in Term 2 (January) of the Winter Session are eligible to apply for the below scholarships, as they will not be eligible for the incourse scholarship application.

Renewable entrance scholarships

Students are generally not awarded two renewable scholarships. If a student is eligible for two renewable scholarships, they will be offered the higher value scholarship.

Application Renewable Scholarships

Application Required

To apply:

  • Open to both Canadian secondary school students and Canadian college/university transfer students
  • Submit the online application for specific criteria scholarships as well as the required supporting documentation: list of any academic achievements, community involvement, and a letter to the Senate Committee on Awards outlining their career goals. Selection will be based on academic excellence, breadth of interest and leadership qualities. Please see the How to apply website for details. Deadline to apply is May 1.
  • Selection will be based on academic excellence, breadth of interest and leadership qualities.

Renewable Scholarship Criteria

To be automatically renewed a student must have completed a total of 12 or more academic units in any two terms of study between May and April and maintained a grade point average of 7.50 or higher on the best 12 units. The scholarship is automatically renewed for each year of the student’s full time study until completion of a first degree or for a maximum of four years, whichever is the shorter period. A student whose grade point average falls below 7.50 may file a written appeal with the Senate Committee on Awards to seek special consideration for the renewal of the scholarship.

Students registered in a co-op or work experience work-term will automatically be renewed when they next complete 12 or more academic units in two terms, provided they have a grade point average of 7.50 or higher in the two terms.  Any student who takes neither a co-op or work experience work-term or academic units for one or more terms may forfeit their scholarship.

Award Description Value
David H. Turpin National Entrance Scholarship Scholarships to a maximum of $20,000 (payable at $5,000 per year for up to four years) are awarded to academically outstanding students entering undergraduate programs from secondary schools in Canada.

$5,000 renewable

(up to 4 years or completion of first degree)

T.S. McPherson Entrance Scholarship Up to ten scholarships of $4,500 are awarded to students of exceptional promise entering the University of Victoria directly from British Columbia secondary schools, colleges, and universities; normally two of the ten scholarships are reserved for college or university students.

$4,500 renewable

(up to 5 years or completion of first degree)

David Strong Entrance Scholarship A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student entering the University of Victoria from a Canadian Secondary School.

$5,000 renewable

(up to 4 years or completion of first degree)

CIBC Scholarship in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Value: $2,500 | Number: 10

Apply through the on-line Transfer Scholarship Application via your UVic My Page

Ten scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to academically outstanding entering and continuing students beginning their 2nd year in the Bachelor of Commerce program in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is renewable for recipients' 3rd and 4th years of the program. To receive an automatic renewal, recipients must have completed a total of 12 or more units in any two terms of study between May and April and maintained a grade point average of 7.0 or higher on best 12 units. Students taking a co-op term and 6 units between May and April are eligible for renewal if a grade point average of 7.0 is maintained. A student whose grade point average falls between 6.5 and 7.0 may file a written appeal with the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business to seek special consideration for renewal of the scholarship.

Fairfax Financial Ltd. Award

Value: $5,000 | Number: 1

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited offers an award valued at $5,000 to an undergraduate student who is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident; has graduated from a Canadian secondary school or CEGEP no longer than 18 months prior to the start of the academic year and has demonstrated financial need.

The award is renewable at the value initially offered in each of the second, third, fourth years of study at UVic provided that the recipient: continues to demonstrate financial need by completing a budget form and has achieved a minimum sessional grade point average of 5.0 in his or her previous year of study. They also must continue to be registered in at least 80% of a full course load (at least 40% of a full course load for students with a permanent disability). Students must not have previously received a Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. award and must be continuing in the same program for which they originally applied.

Maurice William Summerhayes Memorial Scholarship

Value: $5,000 | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships of $20,000 or more, payable over four years, will be awarded to a student with an outstanding academic record, who is entering an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Engineering. Preference will be given, in order, to students who completed secondary school studies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, or in Canada. Students who receive this scholarship are not eligible for the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship. At the discretion of the Dean, this scholarship may not be awarded to students who hold another scholarship from the Faculty of Engineering.

To be automatically renewed a student must have completed a total of 12 or more academic units in any two terms of study between May and April and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 7.00 or higher. The scholarship is automatically renewed for each year of the student’s full time study until completion of a first degree or for a maximum of four years, whichever is the shorter period.
A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 7.00 may file a written appeal with the Senate Committee on Awards to seek special consideration for the renewal of the scholarship.

Students registered in a co-op or work experience work term will automatically be renewed when they next complete 12 or more academic units in two terms, provided they have a cumulative grade point average of 7.00 or higher in the two terms.

Any student who takes neither a co-op, work experience/work term, nor academic units for one or more terms may forfeit their scholarship.

Non-renewable entrance scholarships

Awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering UVic; these are one-time scholarships.

25th Olympiad Scholarship

Value: $1,000-2,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to a student entering the University of Victoria who has demonstrated excellence in extramural athletics while maintaining a high academic standing. Students competing in any of the Vikes Varsity sports are eligible to apply. Vikes Varsity sports include: basketball, soccer, swimming, cross country and track, rowing, rugby, field hockey, and golf. Students must provide a coach's reference letter. Award recipients will be selected on the basis of work ethic, commitment and performance criteria by the Director of Athletics and Recreation in consultation with the Manager of Athletics.

Aldyen Hamber Entrance Scholarship

Value: $1,000 | Number: 2

Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to students entering first year at the University of Victoria directly from British Columbia secondary schools. Preference is given to female students entering the Faculty of Humanities.

Alexander and Mary MacKenzie Entrance Scholarship

Value: $500 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $500 is awarded to a Canadian student entering the first year at the University of Victoria who was involved in a secondary school or community anti-drug and alcohol program. A letter of recommendation from the program director must be included with the application for the scholarship.

Betty Dewick Scholarship in Music*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to undergraduate string students either entering directly from high school or transferring from another institution into the School of Music. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Entrance Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

Awarded to a female student entering the Faculty of Science from Greater Victoria School District #61, Sooke School District #62, or Saanich School District #63.

C.H. Dowling Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a First Nations student who is a resident of British Columbia and who is entering the University of Victoria directly from a BC secondary school, college, or university. Preference will be given to a student entering the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Donald and Evelyn Munro Scholarships*

Value: Varies | Number: 12

Scholarships of equal value are available to students entering the University of Victoria from one of each of the following schools: Belmont Secondary, Claremont Secondary, Esquimalt Community, Lambrick Park Secondary, Mount Douglas Sr. Secondary, Parkland Secondary, Reynolds Secondary, Royal Bay Secondary, Spectrum Community, St. Andrew's Regional, St. Margaret's and Stelly's Secondary.

Dr. J. Donald Rowlatt Entrance Scholarship

Value: $2,000 | Number: 1

Awarded to a BC secondary school student entering first year at UVic and who has been granted admission to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Preference will be given to an aboriginal student.

Dr. Jean Downie Dey Centennial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering from secondary school, college or university to the Faculty of Education. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Excellence in Math Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Awarded to students entering UVic directly from secondary schools who have achieved outstanding performance on The Fermat (Grade 11 Mathematics Contest) and/or The Euclid (Grade 12 Mathematics Contest). Selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

General Engineering Entrance Scholarships

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

To be considered for any General Entrance Engineering Scholarships, check off the box "apply for this award" on the online application on the Engineering Scholarships page. Students will be considered for the:

  • Major W. Horan Memorial Scholarship
  • Betty and Gilbert Kennedy Entrance Scholarship in Engineering
  • Mansell-Mclellan Entrance Scholarship
  • Maurice William Summerhayes Memorial Scholarship
  • Gwen Lock Engineering Scholarship for Women

George W. Nelms Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student with high academic standing who is entering UVic directly from a secondary school or college in Northern British Columbia or the Peace River district of Alberta and intends to pursue a degree in a program offered in the Faculty of Science. The assessment of secondary school applicants will be based on secondary school performance. The assessment of college applicants will be based on college coarse results

Grad Class of 1964 Entrance Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering the Faculty of Science directly from a Canadian secondary school or college. Students must demonstrate a high level of extra-curricular involvement in their school or community.

Gwen Lock Scholarship for Women

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding female undergraduate student entering or continuing to study Engineering or Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering.

HSBC Bank of Canada Aboriginal Award*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

One award is given to a first year undergraduate Aboriginal student entering from an Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) Centre.  If there are no eligible IAHLA applicants, Aboriginal students transitioning from a First Nations community will be considered.  Students must have demonstrated community or leadership involvement.  

Applications can me made on-line through My page. 

Home Depot, Gordon Head Residents Association Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student entering UVic from either Mount Douglas Secondary or Lambrick Park Secondary, who has displayed community spirit in a volunteer capacity. A letter outlining community and/or volunteer experience and a reference letter from someone who is familiar with the community/volunteer experience is required with the application.

India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student entering the University of Victoria directly from a British Columbia secondary school or college. Preference is given to an Indo-Canadian student.

Jane-Claire Inkster Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students who intend to study programs other than business, commerce, or economics and who are entering the University of Victoria from British Columbia secondary schools, colleges, or universities. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need.

L. and G. Butler Scholarship for the Disabled*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Available to applicants form Canadian secondary schools and BC colleges. A brief note indentifying disability is required with the application form. An award is made annually on the basis of academic performance to a disabled student attending UVic. The recipient may be newly admitted or returning student

Mr. and Mrs. Torquil H. Burns Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 2

Awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering UVic from secondary school; one to a student entering the Faculty of Humanities and one to a student entering the Faculty of Social Sciences from the area commonly known as Greater Victoria.

New Canadian and Immigrant Entrance Scholarship

Value: $2,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to a student entering an undergraduate program at the University of Victoria from a Canadian secondary school who is an immigrant to Canada and can demonstrate financial need. Eligible recipients must be Canadian citizen or Canadian Permanent Resident and must have achieved a minimum average of 80% on secondary school courses used for admission.

Norah and Calvin Banks Science Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous student in the Faculty of Science.

Oak Bay and Saanich Centennial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students entering the University of Victoria from public and private secondary schools in the Municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich and who do volunteer work in the community.

Students from the following schools are eligible: Oak Bay High School, Mount Douglas Secondary, Lambrick Park Secondary, Reynolds Secondary, Spectrum Community School, Claremont Secondary School, St. Michael’s School, Pacific Christian School, St. Andrew’s Regional High School, St. Margaret’s School, Glenlyon Norfolk School plus students from the South Island Distance Education School who are full-time students living in the Municipalities of Saanich or Oak Bay.

* A letter outlining community and/or volunteer experience and a reference letter from someone who is familiar with the community/volunteer experience is required with the application.

Peninsula Co-op Bud Nunn Entrance Award

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student who has contributed to their community and/or school in an outstanding way through volunteer or extra-curricular activities. The recipient must be a Peninsula Co-op member or the immediate family of a member. Immediate family of the student includes parents, step-parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Students and immediate family must have had active membership prior to September 1st of the previous year and must currently be in good standing with Peninsula Co-op. The recipient must be enrolled full-time at UVic and must attend UVic within the same year as their secondary school graduation.

Peninsula Co-op Jack Groves Entrance Award

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student who has contributed to their community and/or school in an outstanding way through volunteer or extra-curricular activities. The recipient must be a Peninsula Co-op member or the immediate family of a member. Immediate family of the student includes parents, step-parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Students and immediate family must have had active membership prior to September 1st of the previous year and must currently be in good standing with Peninsula Co-op. The recipient must be enrolled full-time at UVic and must attend UVic within the same year as their secondary school graduation.

Peninsula Co-op Pat Fafard Entrance Award

Value: $1,000| Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student pursuing a degree at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business who has contributed to their community and/or school in an outstanding way through volunteer or extra-curricular activities. The recipient must be a Peninsula Co-op member or the immediate family of a member. Immediate family of the student includes parents, step-parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Students and immediate family must have had active membership prior to September 1st of the previous year and must currently be in good standing with Peninsula Co-op. The recipient must be enrolled full-time at UVic and must attend UVic within the same year as their secondary school graduation.

Peninsula Co-op Sus Tabata Entrance Award

Value: $1,000| Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering who has contributed to their community and/or school in an outstanding way through volunteer or extra-curricular activities. The recipient must be a Peninsula Co-op member or the immediate family of a member. Immediate family of the student includes parents, step-parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Students and immediate family must have had active membership prior to September 1st of the previous year and must currently be in good standing with Peninsula Co-op. The recipient must be enrolled full-time at UVic and must attend UVic within the same year as their secondary school graduation.

Professional Employees Association (PEA) Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding full or part-time undergraduate students entering or continuing at the University of Victoria with a GPA of at least 4.0 and who are UVic PEA members or their dependants.

Richard C. Bryan Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student entering UVic from a BC secondary school. Preference will be given to a student from South Delta Senior Secondary.

Richard and Elizabeth Flury Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to top ranked undergraduate third year transfer students from any Canadian college or university entering the Faculty of Science.

Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Student Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given annually to undergraduate students continuing in the BSN program, distance or on campus, with preference given to descendants of a graduate of the Royal Jubilee School of Nursing.

Sharron Higgins Scholarship in the School of Nursing*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student who is entering their 3rd year in the School of Nursing and intends to complete 4th year in the following year, and also who is a parent. Preference will be given to a student who is planning to practice in the field of Public Health Nursing. Nominations will be made by the School of Nursing.

Trussell Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (Faculty of Engineering)

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships totalling $2,750 are awarded to academically outstanding entrance, transfer or in-course undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering who have graduated from a secondary school in the Kootenay-Boundary area of British Columbia (School Districts #5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51).

Trussell Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (Faculty of Science)

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships totalling $2,750 are awarded to academically outstanding entrance, transfer or in-course undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science who have graduated from a secondary school in the Kootenay-Boundary area of British Columbia (School Districts #5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51).

Union Club Scholarship

Value: $5000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate Canadian citizen or permanent resident entering an undergraduate degree program directly from a public or private Greater Victoria Secondary school who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and volunteerism with a non-profit organization in Greater Victoria. preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be BC residents (defined as having lived at an address in BC at least one year prior to application deadline).

Victoria Foundation Chinese-Canadian Community Scholarship

Value: $1,000 | Number: Varies

Scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering the University of Victoria who are of Chinese ancestry either born in Canada or landed immigrants.

XV Commonwealth Games Scholarships*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more entrance scholarships are awarded to employees of the University of Victoria or their dependents.