The Alice Guasco/Pacific Wild Scholarship will provide $1000 to a deserving First Nations student entering the Indigenous Guardian Stewardship Program or post-secondary studies in biology, marine science or environment and sustainability. The funds are provided directly to the First Nations leadership, who have full control to select the recipient and provide the funds. This represents a four year commitment for Alice, with the first scholarship going to the Heiltsuk Nation, and then in rotating order to Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, Nuxalk Nation, and Gitga’at Nation over the following three years.
Alice is a long time monthly donor for Pacific Wild, and originally came from Italy to British Columbia to study English. “In Italy most of the countryside is settled, and everywhere is so crowded – it’s difficult to get into nature.” Alice originally lived in Vancouver but relocated to the Okanagan where she loves the drier climate and big spaces. “I can drive just outside of town and see wild animals and different geography – B.C. is so much wilder.”
“I was lucky enough to study without economic worries because my grandparents gave me the funds to focus only on my education. I wanted to “pass along” this opportunity and support students, I also wanted to support First Nations and environmental initiatives because I feel grateful to live in such a beautiful land. So I had these ideas in my mind for a long time and I never knew how to do the first steps to give life to them. I’m so excited that you’re making it possible for me to link all aspects together in this scholarship project!”