We are excited to announce that thanks to anonymous donors, ICA will increase its Diversity Scholarships from $1,000 each to $2,500 each. ICA’s 2019 Diversity Scholarship recognizes the potential of students to cultivate diversity in the Capital Region by providing scholarship awards to one undergraduate and one graduate student each year.
The Greater Victoria area is growing and now reflects a variety of ethnicities, customs, languages, beliefs, abilities, values, and talents. According to the 2016 census, 18.3% of Victoria’s residents are immigrants born outside of Canada. Nearly nine per cent of Victoria residents are members of a visible minority ethno-cultural group.
“ICA is excited to be able to increase support for students seeking to learn more about creating culturally sensitive communities,” says Jean McRae, ICA Chief Executive Officer. “Our scholarship program is an investment in the cultural capital of Greater Victoria.”
For the next three years, ICA will award one $2,500 undergraduate scholarship and one $2,500 graduate scholarship for students in, or accepted into, degree programs at colleges and universities in the Greater Victoria area annually. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Acceptance or registration in a college or university degree program in Greater Victoria;
- Career goals directly related to helping Greater Victoria be a more welcoming and inclusive community;
- Record of most recent academic achievement (such as transcripts);
- Record of volunteer/professional involvement in multicultural affairs or diversity education,
training, or community activities; and
- Familiarity with ICA and its mission.
Application letters (not to exceed 1,000 words) should discuss how the applicant’s studies will prepare them for a career dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and understanding and advocating for the human rights of all people. Applications should be accompanied by two letters of reference and a resume. Applications will be reviewed by ICA’s Board of Directors.
Applications are due by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Send applications to:
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Attention: President of the Board of Directors
930 Balmoral Road
Victoria, BC, V8T 1A8
Applicants may also submit by email to Aekyung Shin
Successful applicants will be notified of their award by Friday, August 30, 2019. Successful applicants agree to be featured in Tapestry, ICA’s online newsletter, and to be present at ICA’s Annual General Meeting on September 18, 2019 at 6:00pm, to receive their award.