Tuum Est Experiential Award

Enriching your UBC degree

UBC is rewarding promising Canadian students with opportunities, support, and up to $3,500 in funding to enhance their education and contribute to the university’s thriving community.

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What is the UBC Tuum Est Experiential Award?

This award is in the spirit of UBC’s motto, Tuum est, which means, “It’s yours, and it’s up to you.” We’ll guide you through the diversity of exceptional opportunities available to you at UBC, and then provide you with the support – including up to $3,500 in award money – to pursue the endeavour of your choice.

The power is in your hands to decide how you will use the award. These experiences can help you tailor your degree to meet your personal and professional goals, and will mark your first steps in building your network and developing yourself as a well-rounded and highly employable graduate.

Who is eligible?

The UBC Tuum Est Experiential Award is offered to domestic students coming to UBC Okanagan directly from high school. A separate application is not required, but you must complete UBC’s online application by December 1.

Your opportunities

Find the experience that’s right for you

The choices abound, and it’s up to you to decide how you will enrich your UBC experience.

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Your award at a glance


  • Attend information sessions about the award and speak with advisors about the opportunities (i.e. Go Global, co-operative education, undergraduate research) to start planning your experience.


  • Apply to participate in a UBC-affiliated experiential learning opportunity. 

  • Prior to starting your experience, contact us to receive your award funds (scroll down for details).

  • Learn, enjoy, and make the most of your experience!


  • Contribute to the broader UBC community and help incoming Tuum Est Experiential Award recipients by sharing your experience.

Next steps

In order to receive your award, you must meet the criteria set for all award recipients.

Tuum Est recipients


Contact us

UBC Vancouver 

ESA Awards Team



UBC Okanagan 

Stephanie Woods


(250) 807-9298