Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, announced an $180,000 graduate students scholarship fund for Royal Roads at the University campus. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

$180,000 in graduate scholarships for Royal Roads students

$12 million fund announced for graduate student across B.C.

Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training, announced $180,000 in graduate student scholarships at Royal Roads University Tuesday.

Mark spoke to students in the audience about the changes they will make as a result of their education. “We know that graduate students are going to be future leaders and experts in your field,” she said.

The Royal Roads scholarship fund will be allocated to recipients based on merit and will supports awards of $15,000 each for grad students in research-intensive programs. The scholarships have an emphasis on provincial priorities including Indigenous students, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University president, MLA Mitzi Dean and doctorate student Maria Anderson also spoke at the event.

Cahoon noted 70 per cent of students at Royal Roads are graduate students and the programs are geared towards applied learning and making a difference in communities.

“The $180,000 helps us to be able to support students, as Mitzi said, many may not be able to contemplate coming to Royal Roads unless they have some assistance and some support,” Cahoon said. “So it’s part of a campaign that we are involved in to raise money to support students to come to Royal Roads so we can continue to educate the diverse population we have.”

Anderson, the student representative on Royal Roads’ board of governors, started her masters degree in 2013 and while she knew it would be a step up from doing an undergraduate degree, she found it to be much more difficult. She didn’t received a scholarship, but had it been available to apply for in 2013, she said it would have helped.

“I think it would have been a huge help actually, because besides the cost of tuition and having to pay for books, there’s hidden costs in doing a masters or doctorate degree, and that’s the cost of doing a project or a thesis, transcribing interviews and travel,” Anderson explained. “For some students it will mean the cost of tuition and books, the first part of doing the grad degree before you start your research.”

Anderson loved Royal Roads so much, she decided to stay for a doctorate in social sciences. Something she never intended to do, but is commonly seen at Royal Roads because of the programs, staff and facilities. She left her extended family in Calgary and her career to live in Victoria and is finishing the fourth year of her doctorate.

Mark noted the province hasn’t had a graduate fund in more than a decade and $12 million will go towards providing 800 graduate awards throughout the province by the end of 2021.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Royal Roads University

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria non-profit advocates for the use of psilocybin for terminal patients

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

Victoria woman to sell masks on wheels after garage stand shut down

Mama’s Masks stand accompanied Moss Street Market

Gathering marks 10 years since nearly 500 asylum-seekers landed off Victoria shore

The 492 people fleeing violence, war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka were detained for months

One person in custody after hours-long Cook Street standoff with barricaded robbery suspects

Victoria police say 2300-block of Cook Street has reopened to drivers

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Captive fawn seized from Island home

Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read