PSF Community Bursaries Spotlight – Jessie Everson

The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is accepting applications for the Stewardship Community Bursaries program until Oct. 30, 2022.

Stewardship Community Bursaries are awarded each year to students in B.C. and the Yukon dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Pacific salmon. The goal of the bursary is to reduce financial barriers for students passionate about aquatic stewardship. Open to full-time students in good standing in at least the second year of an accredited post-secondary program that leads to a career supporting Pacific salmon.

Applicants must submit an essay detailing their chosen field of study and demonstrating the need for financial support to pursue further education. Apply here.

Meet 2021-2022 Stewardship Community Bursary recipient Jessie Everson:

Jessie Everson

What do you study? 

I am currently studying in the Resource Management Officer Technology program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. I am going into my second year of the program.

Why did you pursue this field of study?

I have pursued this field because I’ve gained a passion through working with the K’ómoks First Nation Guardian Watchmen. My field work varies but some of my jobs include bull kelp surveys, K’ómoks First Nation lands patrol, estuary restoration, and a grizzly bear study with trail cameras. I’ve learned how to work well with a team, good communication, and how important community work is.

What are your career goals and ambitions?

My career goals and ambitions are to help bridge the gap between mainstream society and the Indigenous communities for better communication and understanding.

What advice do you have for students thinking of applying to the bursary program?

The advice I have is to follow your passion and to use this bursary wisely. It’s a great thing to get funding, so be grateful and thank the Pacific Salmon Foundation for all of their support for students who want to protect and conserve our planet.