Linda Michaluk Scholarship
In 2002 the Province of British Columbia read into Legislation the College of Applied Biology Act. The Act, the first of its kind in North America, realized the vision of the early founders of the Association of Professional Biologists of British Columbia to have Biologists recognized as professionals, on par with other groups such as Foresters and Engineers. As the regulatory organization for the practice of applied biology in British Columbia, the College of Applied Biology protects the public interest by ensuring applied biology professionals are qualified, competent, and accountable. In 2012 the founding Executive Director of the College, Linda Michaluk, RPBio, retired. She was instrumental in the process that created the College. In recognition of her exemplary service to the profession, the College of Applied Biology Council made a decision to honour Linda’s work and commitment through the creation of the Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund (LMSF), held at the Victoria Foundation. The LMSF demonstrates the College’s commitment to further the development and implementation of laws and regulations that affect the practice of natural resource management.
About the Scholarship
The Linda Michaluk Scholarship (LMS) is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded annually to successful candidates. Scholarship applicants should be enrolled in a full-time Canadian graduate program of study that is relevant to the advancement of science-informed decision making, or to the development of laws and regulations that affect the practice of natural resource management. Scholarship recipients are expected to provide a copy of a thesis or research report related to one of these areas at the conclusion of their program.
The deadline for 2019 applicants was January 31, 2019. Keep posted for the 2020 intake later this year. The LMSF committee will review applications and award the scholarship on February 28th. The successful applicant will also be invited to attend the College’s AGM and conference. Applications must be submitted using the form provided, and must include official academic transcripts, as well as an abstract of the proposed thesis or report.
The College awarded its first scholarship in 2016.
2016 - The recipient, Solomon Amoateng, a PhD student of Law from the University of Alberta, was awarded the scholarship for his thesis "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, a 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, a 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, a 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".
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 www.victoriafoundation.bc.ca. 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 for 2019 applicants was January 31, 2019. Keep posted for the 2020 intake later this year. Additional information is available on the scholarship application form; click on the link below.