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Donate by cheque to:

CFUW Victoria Scholarship and Bursary Society
Box 227, 1581-H, Hillside Avenue
Victoria  V8T 2C1

Donate by bequest:

If you wish to arrange a bequest, the planned giving officer at the school of your choice would be happy to assist you in arranging this. It is a simple process.

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2015/2016 Award Recipients

2014/2015 Award Recipients

2013/2014 Award Recipients

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About the CFUW Victoria Scholarship and Bursary Society

In 1912, the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria (then the University Women’s Club of Victoria) committed to financially support women’s university education in British Columbia. In 1917, CFUW was the first organization in BC to recognize the newly planned University of British Columbia by establishing an annual bursary for $50. It took a considerable effort to create a fund that would produce an annual bursary of this magnitude. The Club maintained a loan fund during the depression and the war years and loans were repaid once the recipient was employed!

In 1977 the Club established the CFUW Victoria Scholarship and Bursary Society non-profit charity to which all members belong. The Society’s function is to oversee and direct the funds received by the Club for scholastic awards that were funded through donations, bequests, fundraising, and an annual stipend from Club dues.

Read the CFUW Victoria Scholarship and Bursary Society Annual Report.

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CFUW Victoria Awards

CFUW Victoria now funds 26 scholarships and bursaries totalling over $35,000 annually. All funds are transferred to foundations at University of Victoria, Camosun College and Royal Roads University Applications are made through the schools and each institution’s awards committee selects recipients. All awards are awarded in the name of CFUW Victoria.

We continue to develop educational support for women in BC.

  • 2017: to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first award we are creating two new awards:
    • Camosun: for a woman studying in one of the traditional trades,
    • University of Victoria for a woman studying in the faculty of science (mathematics and statistics, or physics and astronomy).
  • 2008: to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Club, funding was increased at each institute to ensure awards are permanent and self-sustaining.

Special Events:

Each year the Club celebrates the achievements of our scholarship and bursary winners at a Award Lunch held in January. Recipients have an opportunity to learn more about mentoring Services of CFUW and to meet CFUW members in the same field.

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 National & International Awards

Awards are also offered nationally by the Canadian Federation of University Women and internationally by the International Federation of University Women. View these awards on their web sites - CFUW & IFUW.

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CFUW Victoria Annual Scholarships and Bursaries

Preference is given to a Victoria or BC resident for all CFUW Victoria scholarships and bursaries. Please note that application for these awards is made through the institution granting the award. Scholarship and bursary amounts may vary depending on market conditions and in some years may not be paid out at all.   UVic

University of Victoria | UVic Awards Page

  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Entrance Scholarship (1998) (Established as The University Women’s Club Scholarship in 1917, revised in 1998). Awarded to a woman entering the Faculty of Science from Greater Victoria School District #61, Sooke School District #62, or Saanich School District #63. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Rosalind W. Young Scholarship (1957, at the 50th Anniversary). Awarded to the woman achieving the highest standing in third year Education who is continuing University studies. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Bertha Wilson Scholarship (1982). Awarded to an academically outstanding female student entering the Faculty of Law JD program. | $2000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Pat Martin Bates Scholarship (1985). (Proposed at the time of the 75th Anniversary of the Club.) Awarded to the most outstanding woman completing the third year in the Visual Arts. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Judith Harreman Scholarship in Music (1986).Awarded to an outstanding woman proceeding to the third or fourth year in the Music Program. Preference given to a student specializing in voice or piano. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Esther Gardom Scholarship (1987). Awarded to an outstanding woman proceeding to the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.| $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Katharine Youdall Memorial Scholarship (1988). Awarded to a woman student of high academic standing in the third or fourth year of a major or honours program in French. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Recent Grads Bursary (1990). Given to a mature student whose education was interrupted for five years or more and who is returning to studies towards a first degree in any faculty at the University of Victoria. | $1000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Margaret Lowe Memorial Scholarship (1993). Awarded to a woman entering the Master of Business Administration program. | $4000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Catherine O Cameron Memorial Scholarship (2004). Awarded to a woman student in the 2nd , 3rd, or 4th year of study in the Department of Geography. Preference given to a student who can demonstrate financial need. | $950.

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Camosun College | Camosun Awards Page

The bursaries at Camosun College are given to female students in good academic standing and who can demonstrate financial need. Some bursaries have additional terms of reference as indicated.

  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Diamond Jubilee Bursary (1969). Given to a full time woman student. (Established in 1967 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Club. Offered originally at the University of Victoria, it was transferred to Camosun College in 1981). | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Blue and Gold Bursary (See Malahat Bursary).
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Malahat Bursary (1987).(Wishing to remain anonymous while alive, Past President Audrey Price founded the Blue and Gold and Malahat Bursaries naming them, respectively, after the Club colour and her place of residence). |$500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Margaret Lowe Memorial Bursary (1993). Preference given to a woman in the first year of the program. | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Geraldine Symons Memorial Bursary (1997). Preference given to a woman in the second year of the program. | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Margaret Lowe Memorial Bursary (1998). Preference given to a woman in the second year of the program. | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Helen Joy Russel Associate of Science Degree Bursary (2008). Given to a woman in the second year Associate of Science Degree Program. | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Helen Joy Russell Music Bursary (2008). Given to a woman in the second year Music program majoring in piano or a Diploma in Jazz studies. | $500
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Centennial Endowment Fund. Given to a First Nations woman at any level of the Indigenous Business Leadership Program. Preference will be given to a single mother or grandmother. | $500

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Royal Roads

Royal Roads University | RRU Awards Page

  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Elsie Stapleford Scholarship (2001). (First award established by the Club at Royal Roads University). One entrance award will be given to a Canadian woman resident of BC, undergraduate or graduate learner, with a record of academic excellence, leadership capacity, a track record of community involvement, and an interest in the social sciences. | $2000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Helen Joy Russell Bursary (2008) Master of Arts Human Security and Peacebuilding. Given to a female graduate learner preferably with a military background in the second year of the program who has maintained satisfactory academic standing and demonstrates financial need. | $4000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Helen Joy Russell Bursary (2008) Master of Arts Professional Communication with a specialization in Intercultural and International Communication. Given to a female graduate learner enrolled in second year who has maintained satisfactory academic standing and demonstrates financial need. | $2000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Helen Joy Russell Bursary (2008) Tourism and Hospitality. Given to a female undergraduate or graduate student in tourism and hospitality related programs. | $2000

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