Black Press scholarship offered to business students

Thirty-seven $5,000 scholarships are available each year

Paula Velez

Paula Velez

Some of the financial pressure faced by prospective business students in B.C. can be reduced, thanks to David Black, the owner of Black Press.

Graduating high school students in 37 of the province’s school districts intending to study business at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business can apply for a $5,000 scholarship.

The Black Press Business Scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, leadership and a demonstrated desire to make a positive difference in the world. Students must apply to the Gustavson School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce Program before Feb. 28 to be eligible.

Last year’s recipients include Abbotsford’s Paula Velez.

Velez, who was born in Colombia but has lived in Canada since she was two, isn’t sure exactly what she would like to do as a career, but is leaning towards international marketing. She is very interested in learning new languages and cultures. She was active in leadership roles in high school, and is also interested in many aspects of the arts, including painting and photography.

She is  now studying business in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.

The scholarship was established in 2008 by Black to give students from across the province access to a business education.

Black chose the Gustavson School of Business because of the innovative program format. Students spend their last two years of their degree fully immersed in the business school where they can specialize in entrepreneurship, service management, international business or management where they customize a program that suits their interests.

Every student takes at least two paid co-operative work terms, has the opportunity to participate in an international exchange, and learns about sustainable business practices.

Information about the Black Press scholarships is online at: gustavson.uvic.ca/blackpress.