The Charles Scholarship Award was established through the legacy gift of Charles Labatiuk and the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Charles Labatiuk was an avid nature conservationist, mountaineer and world traveler who enjoyed and excelled as a photographer, writer, gardener, and pianist. These awards were introduced to honour his life and his passion for nature.
Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Recipients
- Kay Jollymore (2014)
- Jeff Howard (2010)
Any student enrolled into an entrance level course or program at an accredited college or university in Canada, in the interdisciplinary study of natural environmental systems (ecosystems), how they operate, how they interact with people, and how people interact with them.
All applications must include a completed application form which will be evaluated on the basis of an essay submission. The Nature Canada Awards Committee will score the essays based on the following criteria. A 1000-1200 word essay on a topic related to your area of study. Marks on the essay will be awarded as follows:
- intellectual content (original, thought-provoking) – 50%
- practical value – 20%
- theoretical value – 20%
- presentation and style – 10%
- Essays must include a bibliography.
- Only one essay submission per applicant.
All essays submitted become the property of Nature Canada. Successful essays may be published by Nature Canada and may be, along with information about the winners, shared widely through our web site, and other forms of media.
Essays are to be received no later than 5:00 pm [Eastern Time] on March 31st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by May 1st. The Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award program is administered by Nature Canada. Nature Canada employees, children or relatives of employees are not eligible for this scholarship award.