A renewable entrance award has been made available through a magnanimous gift from Maija Leivo and Ian Herring for a student entering the Bachelor of Midwifery Program. Preference will be given to candidates who are (1) from rural or remote areas (2) First Nations, Inuit, or Métis students of Canada (3) from a group that is underrepresented within the student population or (4) first-generation post-secondary students in their family. Candidates will demonstrate a desire to practice midwifery in under-served communities in BC. Financial need may be considered. Candidates do not need to meet every award preference. Subject to continued academic standing, the award will be renewed for a further three years of study or until the first undergraduate degree is obtained (whichever is the shorter period).
Maija and Ian are BC-based documentary filmmakers who established this award to give back to the midwifery community as an expression of their gratitude for the excellent care midwives provided to their family. This award is made on the recommendation of the Midwifery Program in the Faculty of Medicine during the admissions review process.