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. The scholarship value is $2000.00, non-renewable.
Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Recipients
- Jessica Bradford (2017)
- Erin Low (2016)
- Laura Paskevics (2015)
- Kay Jollymore (2014)
- Jeff Howard (2010)
Any student entering or continuing 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 essay should be a maximum of 1000 words and reflect on why nature conservation is important to you and the world, how you want to contribute to conservation, and how your studies will help you achieve your goals. Nature Canada Awards Committee will score the essays based on the following criteria:
- Intellectual content (original, thought-provoking) – 50%
- Presentation and style – 50%
- Only one essay submission per applicant.
All essays submitted become the property of Nature Canada. Successful essays may be published by Nature Canada through our website and other forms of media. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to provide consent for publication before a winner is announced.
Essays are to be received no later than 5:00 pm [Eastern Time] on May 1st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by July 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.