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The Scholarship Foundation of the Pacific awards a new scholarship every calendar year to a deserving student in conjunction with one of our University partners: 

Hawaii Pacific University

University of Hawaii

Simon Fraser University

Earned through outstanding academic achievement in high school, a qualifying Essay program and arduous interview process, each prestigious award includes tuition, airfare, meal/accommodation plan plus all books and fees.

Working closely with these 3 university partners and through the generous support of individual and corporate benefactors, the Foundation has created endowment funds at each of the partner universities to support the scholarships. 

In addition, three significant fund-raising events per year, a golf tournament in March, a sturgeon fishing trip in October and our Langara Fishing Adventures Trip in August, augment our financial campaign.

Our goal is to raise the bar and partner with more schools as the program flourishes, extending our reach into other Coastal Communities where we can change the future through education.


Students in their graduating year in a Haida Gwaii high school who wish to apply for either the scholarship to Simon Fraser University or to Hawaii Pacific University should notify their teachers and principal of their intentions as early in their graduating year as possible. The required documentation includes transcripts, letters of recommendation from school officials and community representatives and a letter from the applicant describing their educational and career goals. This documentation is to be forwarded to the Executive Director, Scholarship Foundation of the Pacific in January of the student’s graduating year.

The Foundation works closely with the schools to develop a short list of candidates who are then invited to a face to face interview with representatives of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

The Foundation will select the scholarship recipient who will complete an application for the appropriate university. The recipient will forward a transcript of their final grades to the university as soon as they are available. The university will formally announce the scholarship in March.

Significant impact 

The scholarships have had a significant impact on the communities of Haida Gwaii. The program is well known throughout the Islands and the students often begin to prepare themselves to compete for the scholarships from the time they enter Grade 8. The students, school administrators and parents appreciate that these are rare opportunities and as such, the scholarships are highly sought—after and highly valued.

Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded 16 scholarships. Each of these students have distinguished themselves with the majority maintaining a 3.5 GPA, 3 having been named to the Dean’s List and one having been named to the National Dean’s List.

The Scholarship Foundation of the Pacific scholarship has given me the foundation of knowledge and confidence to pursue my career and lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
— Thea Borserio, Second recipient of the scholarship to HPU.
This is a prestigious award that far surpasses anything any Haida student has done before.
— Lorrie Joron, Principal, George M. Dawson High School, Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands
While the scholarship winners are the immediate beneficiaries, the Scholarship Foundation of the Pacific Scholarship program is structured and administered so that its incentives and the promotion of its values inspire, motivate and strengthen entire coastal communities.
— David Stadnyk, prominent B.C. businessman and Co-Chair of the Stadnyk Foundation.
In addition to students who have excelled in school and have a real desire to continue their education, we are looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their peer group and are involved in some volunteer capacity in their community.
— Beverley Kniffen President, Scholarship Foundation of the Pacific