Linda Michaluk Scholarship

In recognition of the College’s first Executive Director’s exemplary service to the profession, the College of Applied Biology Council decided to honour Linda Michaluk’s work and commitment by creating the Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund (LMSF), held at the Victoria Foundation. The Linda Michaluk Scholarship (LMS) is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded annually to a successful candidate. To be eligible for the scholarship applicants should be enrolled in a full-time graduate program of study in Canada.

Purpose of the Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to:

  • advance of science-informed decision making in the public interest; and/or
  • support the development of policies, Acts and regulations that affect the practices of natural resource management.

Scholarship recipients are expected to provide a copy of a thesis, research report, or scientific publication related to natural resource management science or policy at the conclusion of their program.

The deadline has now passed for the 2020 intake. Congratulations to Jessica Ewald, winner of the 2020 LMSF!

 Applications must be submitted using the form provided, and must include the following documents:

  1. Official academic transcripts
  2. Abstract of the proposed thesis or report.
  3. Goal of your graduate work and thesis:
    - clearly articulate and demonstrate how your graduate work and thesis relates to the purpose of the scholarship.
  4. Three references from people who:
    - are knowledgeable of you and your graduate work; and
    - are able to speak to how your graduate work and thesis align with the purpose of the Linda Michaluk Scholarship.

Scholarship Recipients

The College awarded its first scholarship in 2016.  

Scholarship Recipients:

2016 - The recipient, Solomon Amoateng, a PhD student of Law from the University of Alberta, was awarded the scholarship for his dissertation "Legal Aspects of Participatory Governance in Natural Resource Extraction and Management: A Comparative Study on Canada, Ghana and South Africa".
2017 - The recipient, Laramie Ferguson, an MSc candidate of Resource and Environmental Management(Planning) from Simon Fraser University, was awarded the scholarship for her thesis "Indicating Impacts to Wildlife in Environmental Assessment (EA)". 
2018 - The recipient, Emily Sunter, an MSc student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan was awarded the scholarship for her thesis “Human-carnivore interactions: Factors affecting spatial and temporal variation”.
2019 - The recipient, Jacob Bradshaw, BIT, an MSc student at the University of Northern British Columbia was awarded the scholarship for his thesis "The influence of regulated forest harvesting systems on apparent competition of caribou, moose and associated predators".
2020 - The recipient, Jessica Ewald, a PhD student of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University, was awarded the scholarship for her dissertation “Analytical approaches for using gene expression data to inform the management of environmental contaminants.” 

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

In 2013 the College of Biology seeded the LMSF with $10,000 and placed an additional $2,500 in the fund to support the first scholarship disbursement.  The long-term goal of the fund is to be self-sustaining – by building the capital of the fund to generate a sufficient return for the award.

Donations may be sent to the Victoria Foundation at #109 – 645 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1G2 or may be made online at In your letter, memo line on your cheque, or the online drop down menu, please note that your contribution is for the Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund. You may also call the Victoria Foundation office at 250-381-5532 if you wish to make a donation by credit card.  Donations will be added to the LMSF and a tax receipt will be issued by the Victoria Foundation. 

It is with great pride that the College Council has created and works to build and sustain the Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund and trusts our members and non-members will assist us in making the fund a success.

Apply for the Scholarship

The deadline has now passed for the 2020 intake. Congratulations to Jessica Ewald, winner of the 2020 LMSF!

Download Scholarship Application form