Tuition prize helps Campbell River student off to great start at VIU

October 19, 2011 - 9:00am

When Josh McLennan paid his tuition at Vancouver Island University this month, it’s hard to say who was happier – Josh or his father.

McLennan was the lucky winner of a $1,000 tuition credit offered as a special prize during VIU’s New Student Orientation.

A graduate of Timberline Secondary School in Campbell River, McLennan is enrolled in VIU’s Bachelor of Arts, Major in Liberal Studies program.

“I’m taking four courses and love it,” said the first-year student. “I chose to study Liberal Studies because of a Comparative Literature class I took in grade 12. We learned all about art, literature, philosophy and science from early times in the world’s history. I found it fascinating and thought VIU’s Liberal Studies program would be a good extension of that. I really enjoy learning about civilizations that existed long ago.”

McLennan felt “awesome” when he was told he’d receive the $1,000 tuition credit. “I was pretty excited but I think my dad was even happier.”

New Student Orientation is an annual event organized by the Recruitment and Public Engagement office of VIU’s Communications and Public Relations department. The next major event is Discovery Days Nov. 8 to 10 at the Nanaimo campus which is geared to high school students currently in grade 12.

The goal of Discovery Days is to connect grade 12 students with VIU so they can get a taste of what university might be like,” said Joanna Hesketh, Educational Partners Coordinator.

For more information about Discovery Days, call Hesketh at 250-740-6560 or visit

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