Charles E. Fipke Foundation Earth and Environmental Sciences Awards
Students who intend to study Earth and Environmental Sciences* in the bachelor of science degree program on the UBC Okanagan campus are eligible to apply for a Charles E. Fipke Foundation Award. Endowed by noted Canadian geologist and UBC alumnus Charles (Chuck) Fipke, this $40,000 award (annual award value $10,000 subject to approved renewal) is offered on the basis of a demonstrated interest in geology, along with exceptional work ethic, academic strength and financial need. Undergraduate recipients may have their award renewed for up to three years subject to maintaining scholarship standing and continued enrolment as a Major in the BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences degree program.
*Students in year one of the BSc degree program must enroll in EESC 111 Earth Science and EESC 121 Earth History to hold this award.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, and you meet both the criteria set out in the award description and Senate Regulations Governing University Awards, please complete the application form, which is available for download here.
The application form must be submitted to the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences by 4 pm on Friday, March 8, 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
No – students applying to the BSc degree program must complete and submit the application form specifically for this award after submitting an application to the BSc degree program on the UBC Okanagan campus.
The award is intended for students who will declare a Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences. It is awarded based upon a demonstrated interest in geology, an exceptional work ethic, academic strength and financial need.
Applications for Charles E. Fipke Foundation Earth and Environmental Sciences Awards must be submitted by email attachment to email@example.com.
No – the EESC Major is offered through the BSc degree program. Students must be accepted in the BSc degree program on the UBC Okanagan campus to be eligible for this award.
No – only students enrolled or planning to enroll in the EESC Major are eligible for this award.
No – this award is open only to students enrolled in the BSc degree program on the UBC Okanagan campus.
Reference letters do not need to be submitted with the application; however, names and contact details are required for two referees who will be contacted if an applicant is short-listed for the award.
Renewal is based upon criteria specified by UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards. Typically, requirements include maintaining an average of 75% or higher, full-time enrolment, and in the case of this award declaring an EESC Major in year two. The award is intended for individuals pursuing a career in geology. It is required that award recipients enroll in EESC courses consistent with that objective.
No – students must enrol in first year courses and achieve at a level that enables declaration of an EESC Major at the beginning of second year in order to be considered for award renewal.
A student who leaves the EESC Major is no longer eligible to hold a Charles E. Fipke Foundation Earth and Environmental Sciences Award.
Award holders must take EESC 111 Earth Science and EESC 121 Earth History.
Award holders may not substitute EESC 101 for either EESC 111 or EESC 121 because of the award’s focus on geology. It is acceptable to take EESC 101 as an elective during any year of the EESC program but award holders must complete both EESC 111 and EESC 121 in year one.
An Awards Committee comprised of faculty members from the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences reviews applications for Charles E. Fipke Foundation Earth and Environmental Sciences Awards. The Committee recommends applicants to the Head of Department, who subsequently nominates awardees to the UBC Okanagan Senate for approval.
Applicants will receive email notification about whether their application has been successful.
The award is paid annually in two installments of $5,000 at the beginning of winter term 1 (September) and winter term 2 (January).
Queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURSUING A PASSION
First-year undergraduate student Nicole Hague’s love for geology has been fostered by family members, teachers and an early visit to UBC Okanagan.
The Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences and the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science offer a number of awards to support exceptional research experiences for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.