Caitlyn Santos, a graduate of R.E. Mountain Secondary and winner of a Black Press scholarship, is entering her first year at University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business.

Prospective business students encouraged to apply for Black Press scholarship

R.E. Mountain graduate, Caitlyn Santos, among recent recipients of $5,000 prize

Some of the financial pressure faced by prospective business students in B.C. can be reduced, thanks to David Black, the owner of Black Press.

Graduating high school students in 37 of the province’s school districts intending to study business at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business can apply for a $5,000 scholarship.

The Black Press Business Scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, leadership and a demonstrated desire to make a positive difference in the world. Students must apply to the Gustavson School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce Program before Feb. 28 to be eligible.

Last year’s recipients include Langley’s Caitlyn Santos, who is entering her first year at Gustavson.

Caitlyn, who attended R.E. Mountain Secondary School, has volunteered with many different organizations such as the Langley Boys and Girls Club as well as the Township of Langley.

Caitlyn enjoyed participating in competitive rowing throughout high school and is motivated to remain active throughout university by trying her hand at some new sports.

She is unsure of what the next five years will bring and how it will change her life, but she figures that as long as she meets every challenge with a good attitude, an open mind and integrity, she will be OK.

Caitlyn hopes that she will one day find an occupation that makes her happy to be at work every day as well as allows her to fund her taco habit.

For now, she wishes to fully embrace every opportunity that she is presented with at Gustavson as well as to work hard and to the best of her ability within the BCom program.

The scholarship was established in 2008 by Black to give students from across the province access to a business education.

Black chose the Gustavson School of Business because of the innovative program format. Students spend their last two years of their degree fully immersed in the business school where they can specialize in entrepreneurship, service management, international business or choose the non-specialized option where they customize a program that suits their interests.

Every student takes at least three paid co-operative work terms, has the opportunity to participate in an international exchange, and learns about sustainable business practices.

Information about the Black Press scholarships is online at: gustavson.uvic.ca/blackpress.

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