Each year, UBC offers need- and merit-based awards to international students through our International Scholars Program. These students enrich our community with their distinct perspectives, committed involvement, and global initiatives. If you are an international student interested in learning more about becoming an International Scholar, read on!
What awards are available?
Three prestigious awards are offered through UBC’s International Scholars Program: the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, and the Vantage One Excellence award. Each year, the awards are given to exceptional international students entering undergraduate studies at UBC.
The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award
The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and leadership skills. The recipients of the award will also have considerable involvement in student affairs and community service, as well as recognized successes in other areas.
The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award
The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances.
The Vantage One Excellence Award
The Vantage One Excellence Award supports students admitted to the Vantage One program at UBC. The program is designed for learners who do not meet the English Language requirements for admission to UBC’s Arts, Science, or Applied Science programs, but fulfil all the academic requirements. Students must demonstrate leadership promise and a desire to contribute to their community and learning environment.
Who can qualify for the awards?
All three awards are need- and merit-based, and are specifically for students who would not be able to attend UBC without significant financial assistance. As part of the application, you will be required to complete a full financial declaration in order to determine eligibility, and you will need to be nominated for the award by your school. Students can only be nominated for one of the International Scholars Program awards. Once you are nominated, you will not be considered for any other UBC award.
(If you don’t have significant financial need and are therefore not eligible to be nominated for an International Scholars Award, you will automatically be considered for the Outstanding International Student Award and International Major Entrance Scholarship if you apply to UBC before January 15, 2020.)
When and how can you apply?
Applications for the awards open today.
Your award nomination must be submitted by midnight in your local time on January 5, 2021. Nominees must also complete the UBC online application by January 15, 2021.
If you are applying for the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award or Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, you must meet the UBC English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2021.
We strongly encourage you to submit your application for admission to UBC early, prior to the January deadline. This will ensure you have your UBC student number when your nominator submits your application.
Visit the International Scholars website for complete information about eligibility and to access the nomination/application portal.