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  • Previous IMP Student Scholarships and Awards

    2014

    Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship
    Jessica Nathan, Class of 2016
    Aimee Kernick, Class of 2016

    Basil Boulton Scholarship
    Keira Dheensaw, Class of 2014

    Eva Hannah Parlee Scholarship
    Nathan Stefani, Class of 2017

    Robert W. Ford Scholarship in Medicine
    Matthew Ness, Class of 2015
    Kalun Boudreau, Class of 2015
    Jonah Von Sychowski, Class of 2014
    Sarah Courtice, Class of 2014

    Robert N. & Patricia Young Scholaship
    Adrienne Duimering, Class of 2017
    Claire Sakiyama, Class of 2017
    Brett Baumann, Class of 2017

    2013

    Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship
    Ashley Jewett, Class of 2013
    Carolyn Fletcher, Class of 2013

    Basil Boulton Scholarship
    Ashley Jewett, Class of 2013

    Eva Hannah Parlee Scholarship
    Adam McIntyre, Class of 2016

    Robert W. Ford Scholarship in Medicine
    Tania Miller, Class of 2014
    Karmen Jongewaard, Class of 2014
    Sarah Courtice, Class of 2014
    Matthew Ness, Class of 2015
    Kalun Boudreau, Class of 2015
    Jaime Sim, Class of 2015

    Robert N. & Patricia Young Scholarship
    Sanghyuck (David) Kim, Class of 2016
    Julie Berthin, Class of 2016

    2012

    Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship
    Caley Flynn, IMP Class of 2012
    Claire Harris, IMP Class of 2012
    Alexandra Otto, IMP Class of 2012

    Basil Boulton Scholarship
    Laura Swaney, IMP Class of 2012
    Eva Hannah Parlee Scholarship
    Katrina Genuis, IMP Class of 2015

    Robert W. Ford Scholarship in Medicine
    Hella (Flora) Barnard, IMP Class of 2014
    Keira Dheensaw, IMP Class of 2014
    Kaitlin Duncan, IMP Class of 2013
    Ashley Jewett, IMP Class of 2013
    Lorelei Johnson, IMP Class of 2013
    Tania Miller, IMP Class of 2014
    Caley Flynn, IMP Class of 2012
    Matthew Petzold, IMP Class of 2012
    Nicole Quigley, IMP Class of 2012

    Robert N. & Patricia Young Scholarship
    Sara Chater, IMP Clas of 2015
    Brittany Cooper, IMP Class of 2015
    Natasha Qureshi, IMP Class of 2015

    2011


    Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship
    Kaitlin Duncan, IMP Class of 2013
    Kim Paulson, IMP Class of 2013
    Trisha Patel, IMP Class of 2013

    Basil Boulton Scholarship
    Gurpreet Dhaliwal, IMP Class of 2011

    Robert W. Ford Scholarship in Medicine
    Adeline Brimacombe, IMP Class of 2011
    Sasa Fazlagic, IMP Class of 2011
    Brian Gregson, IMP Class of 2011
    Sienna McWilliams, IMP Class of 2011
    Caley Flynn, IMP Class of 2012
    Matthew Petzold, IMP Class of 2012
    Nicole Quigley, IMP Class of 2012

    Robert N. & Patricia Young Scholarship
    Kathryn Kuss, IMP Class of 2014
    John (Jack) Shaw, IMP Class of 2014

    2010

    Balfour Scholarship
    Hilary Nelson, IMP Class of 2012, was the 2010 recipient of the Balfour Scholarship for Undergraduate Education from the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

    2008

    IMP Student awarded UVic Jubilee Medal

    Adam Cota, IMP Class of 2009, was recipient of the 2008 University of Victoria Jubilee Medal for Social Sciences after graduating with a Psychology degree in November 2007. This medal is awarded to the student in the Faculty of Social Sciences registered for the B.A. or B.Sc. degree who stands at the head of the graduating class on the basis of the graduating average. The award was established by the 1978 graduating class in recognition of the University's Jubilee year. Read more about Adam's achievement here...

    IMP Student wins 2008 Balfour Scholarship

    Jeffery Campbell, IMP Class of 2010, has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Balfour Scholarship for Undergraduate Education from the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia. The scholarship enables Jeffery to spend a week with specialists in the urology department in Vancouver, working alongside them in the operating room and clinics.

    2007

    Adam Cota wins "Alberta Centennial Scholarship for Aboriginal Students"

    IMP second year student Adam Cota is a proud winner of one of this year's Alberta Centennial Scholarships for Aboriginal Students.

    "I like to be reminded where I come from," says Cota, a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation in Ontario, "It helps me to stay grounded... because it's easy to get caught up in medical school when you're so focused on your studies. Winning this scholarship is not only a reflection of what I have done over the past couple of years, but also a reflection of all the people who have supported me along the way."

    The 25 national scholarships worth $2005 commemorate Alberta's centennial year and are awarded annually to full time Aboriginal post secondary students – one per institution.

    "We are extremely pleased that Adam has been recognized by this award," says Oscar Casiro, associate dean, IMP. "He is a hardworking student with all round abilities who is also committed to helping Aboriginal communities."

    As well as getting great marks in his medical program, Cota excels at sports and, prior to joining the IMP in 2005, he spent three years competing as a member of Canada's National Rowing Team based in Victoria.

    It was "a tough decision" to give up rowing, but Cota has wanted to be involved in medicine since high school. "There were no Aboriginal physicians in my community..," says Cota. "But I was inspired by our family doctor, Leon Irish, who encouraged me and is now my mentor and friend."

    Cota discovered that the discipline involved in rowing - early morning practices and long hours on the water - helps him to cope with the rigorous medical program. Still a part-time athlete, Cota competes in mountain-biking and running events. Regular training runs along Dallas Road are a great way to alleviate stress, he says.

    Once a week Cota volunteers at the Victoria needle exchange program and that work also helps him to put life into perspective. "No matter how hard a week I've been having, for people down there it's been a lot harder," he says.

    Now Cota is involved in research with Dr. John Anderson, IMP tutor and a senior research fellow at UVic's Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., focusing on Aboriginal people who succeed in beating addictions on their own. "If we can understand what their motivations are for quitting, we could potentially use that information," says Cota.

    Eventually Cota hopes to become a family physician with a practice on Vancouver Island. "I'm not sure where, possibly in the northern part of the Island but for sure it will have an Aboriginal component," he says.

    Nathan Hoag is first ever recipient of Balfour Scholarship*

    Island Medical Program second year student Nathan Hoag is the first recipient of the new *Balfour Scholarship for Undergraduate Education from the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

    "I'm honoured and very excited," says Hoag, age 23, "because I have been thinking about focusing my career on this area of medicine. This (award) will help to open doors for me."  The $500 award, will enable Hoag to spend a week with specialists in the urology department in Vancouver, working alongside them in the operating room and clinics."

    Hoag enjoys urology because of its blend of medicine and surgery and the wide variety of diseases it encompasses and he is no stranger to urology departments. During his first two years as a medical student Hoag has shadowed Dr. William Gourlay, a kidney transplant specialist at St. Paul's Hospital; Dr. Peter Pommerville, urologist in the Victoria area hospitals and Dr. William Nielsen, urologist in Duncan.

    Hoag is passionate about medicine and this summer, while others may be sunbathing at the beach, he will be spending eight weeks doing clinical research examining ways to reduce the complications from prostate biopsies using medication.

    But it's not all about academia for Hoag, a UVic graduate in biology. "As well as the intellectual challenges," he says, "I chose medicine because I love working with people and I'm hoping to find a field where I can make a real difference in people's lives."

    Hoag is already making a difference as assistant coach for the members of the Special Olympics softball team who practise Tuesday nights at Campusview Elementary School. "They get a lot out of it in terms of exercise, life skills and teamwork," says Hoag, "but honestly it's rewarding for me too and lots of fun."

    Although eventually Hoag may return to practise medicine on Vancouver Island, first he would like to see a bit more of the world, hopefully by volunteering with medical projects overseas.

    *The new scholarship, open to students who are in the UBC Faculty of Medicine distributed program, recognizes the contributions of Dr. John Balfour, who was head of the UBC Division of Urology from the inception of the UBC medical school in 1951 to his retirement in 1976.