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Apply for the UBC International Scholars Awards 2023


UBC offers 50 yearly scholarships with four awards: international bank awards, the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, and the Vantage One Excellence Award.

  • Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award: This award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, exceptional leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, and recognized achievement in other key areas.
  • Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award: This award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under challenging circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without significant financial assistance.
  • International Impact Award: This award is offered to exceptional students who have expressed commitment to and solutions for social justice issues, climate change, equity and inclusion, societal health and wellness, and freedom of expression.
  • Vantage One Excellence Award: This award is offered by UBC Vantage College for academically outstanding international students who do not yet meet the English Language Admission Standard for direct admission to UBC. The awards range in value up to the full cost of a student’s academic program and living expenses.



  • You must be an international student willing to study in Canada and must be your first undergraduate degree.
  • Must be from a recognized secondary school.
  • Should meet UBC admission requirement which includes excellent grades.
  • Must demonstrate financial need else will be exempted from the grant.





How to apply

  • Review the application page for the International Scholars Programme.
  • Decide on the academic program you want to study, and which campus you want to choose.
  • To apply for the International Scholars Programme, you must be nominated by your school or non-profit, and submit a reference from an academic referee.
  • Confirm that your school or non-profit is able to nominate you. High school, college, or university may nominate up to three students
  • A non-profit may only nominate a high school student who is involved with their organization.
  • Your nominator should be your school counselor or equivalent, and your academic referee should be someone who is familiar with you and your work – for example, your teacher for your chosen area of study.
  • Gather your required financial information, as well as notes on any extracurricular activities and awards.


Selection process 

Selection will be based on the quality of the Application.




  • Awards scholarships, totaling a maximum value of $25,000 per year.


End date

15 November 2022



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