Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award (Start Up)

Awards ranging in value from $14,000 to $34,000 each are offered to outstanding international students who would otherwise be financially unable to pursue post secondary education. The value of each award will depend on the applicant's financial circumstances. The awards are made to students entering the University directly from secondary school or transferring from another post secondary institution to an undergraduate program of study. In addition to academic merit, consideration is given to qualities such as leadership skills, involvement in student affairs or contribution to community service, to recognized achievement in fields of endeavor such as performing arts, athletics, debating or creative writing, and to achievement on external math or science competitions or examinations such as the International Chemistry and Physics Olympiads. Consideration is restricted to students nominated by the educational institution they are attending. The range for this award will be reviewed and adjusted annually to reflect any changes in international student tuition and cost of living. The awards will be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion, whichever is less, provided the recipient stands in the top quartile of his or her program of study and maintains his/her status on a student authorization to study in Canada. Award winners will have their situations reviewed annually regarding both academic progress and financial need to determine the amount of the award in subsequent years for which they are eligible.

Award descriptions are meant for reference only. Values listed may not reflect the most up to date information.

2023 Winter
Non-academic units
UBC Vancouver International Students

How to apply

UBC’s International Scholars Program offers significant support for outstanding international undergraduate students through the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award.

Visit the International Scholars Eligibility, Nomination, and Application page for information on eligibility and how to apply.