Engineering Institute of Canada (CSSE), Vancouver Island Branch Scholarship Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Currently, the average cost of fees, books and accomodation for a student pursuing a four year engineering degree program can approach $100,000 and most students graduate with significant debt. Given the dearth of scholarships and bursaries available to students in their undergraduate years, there is an obvious need to financially assist our own Vancouver Island students who are looking forward to a career in engineering. The society awards scholarships to engineering students in their second to fourth (final) undergraduate year, including students who have been accepted by an accredited degree granting university for their third and fourth years and who are currently enrolled at colleges such as Camosun.
Our Story What We Do
The scholarship society has a lengthy and active history. It was founded in 1986 by the members of the Vancouver Island branch of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Since then a total of 74 students have received scholarships amounting to a total of approximately $90,000. Funds are also lodged with the Victoria Foundation, with the expectation that the requirement for endowing a perpetual annual $2,000 scholarship will soon be achieved.
Our Programs How We Do It
The society has a current target of annually awarding two scholarships of $2,000 each. Since 2007, we have met this target. Eligible students are made aware of the scholarships through student society websites, the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers' (CSSE) website (from which application forms can be uploaded), and the teaching staff of the universities. Applications are received by July 31 each year and the members of the society are responsible for selecting the successful applicants taking into consideration financial need, academic performance and other criteria indicative of a well rounded individual.
What You Can Do
In recent years our income has approximated $6,000 to $12,000. We have no overhead or significant expenses. All income directly funds our scholarships or is paid into our Victoria Foundation account to build the endowment for a perpetual scholarship. The society is operated entirely by volunteers who are retired engineers. The members of the operating executive are:
Graham C. Morgan, P.Eng., FEIC, — Chairman
Robin Black, Ph.D., P.Eng., C.C.E., FCSSE, — Secretary
Guy Van Uytven, P.Eng., MBA — Treasurer
The society relies entirely on donations. All donations are tax deductible.