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Scholarship donors funded approximately 75% of Arista Marthyman's degree and enabled her to graduate at 18. Photo: UVic Photo Services

An invaluable gift

This spring, at 18 years old, Arista Marthyman will graduate from UVic with an honours degree in sociology and approximately 75% of her tuition covered by scholarships, many of them donor-funded. Years ago, this reality seemed far from possible.

She started college at the age of 15 before transferring to UVic. As an underage student, Arista struggled to qualify for various forms of funding. Many scholarship applications explicitly asked her to list her experiences starting from a certain age – often 16 – and consequently, made her ineligible.

Determined to complete her studies and not go into debt, she rigorously applied to as many awards as she could. It’s safe to say, this dedication paid off.

“The actual impact of these scholarships goes way beyond the financial,” she says. “There’s a sense of community that I feel knowing other people are invested and care about my success and my educational journey. That’s invaluable.”

Donor support motivated Arista to dedicate herself to academics and to give back to her community, which led to discovering new passions and inspiring her thesis.


A man, woman, and small child walk in a nature park surrounded by bare trees.Drew Mildon and Dr. Athena Madan with their son.
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New award for Indigenous law students

With a desire to amplify Indigenous voices and honour the accomplishments of their grandmothers, alumnus Drew Mildon and Dr. Athena Madan created the Presquito Murdoch award.

They hope the award will “help maintain a path for Indigenous students, who will further unlock the future for their descendants and continue to oppose oppression in all its forms.”

A female looks into a darkfield microscope at bacteria that causes syphilis.Dr. Caroline Cameron views bacterium that causes syphilis. Photo: Beth Doman, UVic Video Coordinator
$2M powers researcher to combat syphilis

UVic microbiologist Caroline Cameron, BSc '90; PhD '96, received a $2M grant from Open Philanthropy to develop a direct diagnostic test and vaccine for syphilis.

"So little is known about the bacterium that cause syphilis. If we want to eradicate the disease there is a lot of work to be done and to do it scientists need support from philanthropists, funding agencies and policy-makers,” says Cameron.


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Week-long celebration recognizes UVic donors

UVic’s first Impact Week kicked off on March 14 and celebrated your impact on campus and beyond. Throughout the week students learned about donor-funded awards, initiatives and projects. This video demonstrates what happened when 300+ tags took over campus to display the magnitude of your generosity.


Students signing donor thank you cards in the rainOver 575 students came out during Impact Week to sign thank you cards for donors. One of those could be arriving in your mailbox soon!

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