Ch’nook Scholars Program Overview

Initially developed in 2007 as a scholarship for Aboriginal Business Students, Ch’nook Scholars has evolved into a program that complements post-secondary business education and works to develop leadership skills and business knowledge.


Scholars as leaders

Gain the added tools necessary to become a leader. Scholars receive:

  • $2,000 in scholarships
  • Expense-paid attendance to two (2) Scholars Gatherings
  • Business cards
  • Professional head-shots
  • Opportunity to attend conferences and talks through partnership scholarships
  • Opportunity to meet with industry professionals and network with other Scholars
  • Detailed reference letter outlining their accomplishments through the program

Ch’nook Gatherings

The Ch’nook Gatherings are focused on themes of leadership. The Fall Gathering will look at leadership from a high-level perspective and is hosted at UBC. The Spring Gathering will narrow the scope to specific issues facing the business sector as it pertains to Aboriginal people. Scholars will network and join a larger community of Indigenous business students from the region.



"The Ch'nook program connected me to fellow business students at a critical point in my educational path. I was the lone Aboriginal business student at the University of Victoria at the time and it was an incredibly isolating experience. Being given the opportunity to meet with fellow students across the province was inspirational and gave me the energy to continue.

-  Lisa Pender (deWit), University of Victoria,
Wet’su’wet’en First Nation, BC (past Ch’nook Scholar)