Dick and Leona Peter Student Bursary

Dr. Peter was born in 1943 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He obtained his BSc from the University of Calgary in 1965 and his PhD in 1969 from the University of Washington. After his post-doctoral studies, he took up an academic appointment at the University of Alberta. Dr. Peter served two terms as Chair of the Department of Zoology and two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Science. Dr. Peter also served as Vice-President of the Alberta Research Council, and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences of the Government of Alberta. This was followed by his appointment as the Director of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in 2006. Dr. Peter’s leadership, dedication and vision has had a lasting impact at the BMSC. He recognized the importance of experiential learning and promoted public education of youth at the BMSC through our Field Trips Program, an award-winning program that now provides over 3000 youth from BC and Alberta with a life-changing experience annually. He reshaped the future course of the BMSC with a focus on supporting all researchers, but particularly students at the initial stages of their careers.

An endowment was established in 2008 to further these goals. The income generated from the fund will be used towards a bursary for a student registered in a degree program who will be spending up to one term at Bamfield Marine Science Centre. This Bursary will be used to pay for accommodation for the student on site at Bamfield Marine Science Centre for up to one term.

Award criteria: Awards will be based on a combination of academic excellence and financial need.

Application:  There is no application form; interested students should submit a letter to university@bamfieldmsc.com describing how they meet the award criteria. To be considered, applications must be received by 5PM, December 1.

Eligibility: Bursaries will be awarded annually to one or more students registered in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate) who spend up to a term at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.  This Bursary will be used to pay for accommodation for the student on site at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre for up to one term.

  • International students are eligible (not restricted to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants)
  • Part time students are eligible
  • Students from universities other than the 5 member universities are eligible
  • Students may receive this award more than once


An endowment is a fund where the capital is held for the long term and invested. Income generated from the capital held in an endowment provides stable funding in perpetuity for an organization.


Vancouver Foundation has over 65 years of experience helping not-for-profit organizations build capacity and strengthen their communities. Vancouver Foundation has close working relationships with leading financial institutions. The Foundation has the professional staff, management experience, sophisticated board supervision and strong community commitment needed to manage endowments effectively.


There is no minimum donation – and Vancouver Foundation notifies us when gifts are made into the fund. You may wish to speak to their staff directly if you are interested in discussing a larger current gift or a deferred gift, such as a bequest, a life insurance policy or a charitable remainder trust.

Contributions to the Dick and Leona Peter Student Residential Bursary Fund at Vancouver Foundation can be made at any time and in any amount.

Online donations can be made at www.vancouverfoundation.ca

If you wish to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to Vancouver Foundation, referencing the Dick and Leona Peter Student Residential Bursary Fund on the memo line.


If you wish to receive more information about the Dick and Leona Peter Student Residential Bursary Fund, or if have any questions, please contact:

Nicole Jeschelnik

Vancouver Foundation
Suite 1200 – 555 West Hastings Street
Box 12132 Harbour Centre Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
Website: www.vancouverfoundation.ca