Scholarships, Bursaries and Cowichan Community Initiatives

The Cowichan Foundation is a non-profit registered society concerned about the community and its needs.

We have established 6 ‘memorial’ scholarships/bursaries at Vancouver Island University as part of our annual contribution to help post-secondary students from the Cowichan Valley.

Each is in the amount of $1000.

They are in memory of 5 longtime foundation directors/supporters and one major contributor: Dr. Owen Gloster (iconic doctor, philanthropist, longtime Cowichan Foundation president and avid golfer); Art Mann (community leader, United Church stalwart, Freeman of Duncan); Dennis Alphonse (longest-serving Chief of the Cowichan people); Don Morton (former Reeve and Freeman of North Cowichan); June Gillespie, whose bequest significantly increased the assets of the Cowichan Foundation; and Roger Stanyer – a longtime labour leader from the Cowichan Valley, whose impact in his field was provincial and national, and who early saw the significant potential of the Cowichan Foundation and was one of our original board members.


Rollie roseThe Rollie Rose Award. In 2016 The Rollie Rose Award was established in his name. Past president of the Cowichan Foundation, Rollie Rose is a former Mayor of Ladysmith and publisher of the Chronicle.

His longtime friend Mike Coleman says, “Rollie may be tiny, but he has an out-sized sense of humour”