Premier Undergraduate & Wesbrook Scholarships

About the scholarships

The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholars are the University's most prestigious designations, given to senior students with outstanding academic performance, leadership, and involvement in student and community activities.

Awards range from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations worth $1,000 each to renewable scholarships worth $20,000 over two years. 

Eligible students will be emailed with an invitation to attend an information session in September.

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Eligibility requirements

  • You must demonstrate strong leadership, teamwork skills, and community participation (on- or off-campus). Some awards require an interest or participation in athletics

  • You must have attended UBC Vancouver Campus during the two previous winter sessions (2019/20 and 2020/21) while meeting the registration requirements

  • You must rank academically in the top 10% of your year level and awarding faculty

  • You are in the third, fourth, or fifth year of a baccalaureate program and are on track to graduate in 2022, 2023 or

  • You must be in any year of the M.D., D.M.D. or J.D. programs, or

  • You must be in the first year of a Masters degree program (students in a PhD program or in dual-degree PhD program are not eligible for this award)

Registration requirements for eligibility

To meet the registration requirements during your current winter session (2021/22 Winter Session) and your previous two winter sessions (2019/20 and 2020/21 Winter Session), you were registered in:

  • A minimum of 24 percentage-graded credits during both terms of the winter session, or

  • A reduced course load due to extenuating circumstances (documentation is required), or

  • A co-op or education abroad program in one term and 12 percentage-graded credits in the other term of the same winter session, or

  • An education abroad program or co-op for both terms during a given winter session

Students graduating in May 2022 or students with an approved reduced course load can have their current winter registration requirements waived upon confirmation.

UBC students studying abroad during the previous winter session, you must submit a copy of your transcripts from the exchange institution with this application.

For detailed requirements for all awards please see the UBC Regulations Governing University Awards.

How to apply

To apply for the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships, you must first be nominated by your academic faculty or school. Your faculty will reach out to you and provide a link to the online application form.

For more information on the required documents for the application, please refer to the student instructions (pdf) for the scholarships.

Timeline

October 12, 2021

Deadline for online application

Eligible students will be provided a link to apply.

Mid-January 2022

Shortlisted students will be notified.

Late-January 2022

Interviews of shortlisted students. 

Award descriptions

The following awards are included in the 2021/22 competition:

  • C. K. Choi Scholarship
    One $10,000 scholarship renewable for a second year based on maintained scholarship standing

  • Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship
    One $5,000 scholarship renewable for a second year based on maintained scholarship standing

  • Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship
    Four $14,250 scholarships

  • Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship and Harold B. & Nellie Boyes Memorial Scholarship
    Two scholarships of $1,950 and $10,900 awarded together, totaling $12,850

  • Thelma Sharp Cook Scholarship 
    One $8,600 scholarship

  • HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship
    Eight $5,000 scholarships

  • Amy E. Sauder Scholarship and Jean Craig Smith Scholarship 
    Two scholarships of $2,450 and $1,150 awarded together, totaling $3,600

  • Wesbrook Scholar
    Twenty scholarships of $1,000 and the Wesbrook Scholar designation

  • Martha C. Piper Arts Award in Global Citizenship 
    One $1,150 award to an eligible Arts student under the Wesbrook Scholar criteria

  • John H. Mitchell Scholarship
    One $10,000 scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions

What advice do you have around application writing? How can I make my application as strong as possible?

When you are drafting your application, remember that the Faculty representatives and the Selection Committee members don’t know you and this application is your chance to tell your story and highlight your most important accomplishments as they relate to your community involvement, leadership, and other local or global experiences.

What should be included in the CV portion of the application?

Brainstorm and create a list of all of the activities that you’ve been involved in during their time at UBC. From this list, determine which activities and accomplishments are the most impactful for your own personal development and reflect who you are and what you’ve achieved during your time at UBC.

What should I include in my personal statement?

An important part of this application is letting UBC know who you are and what makes you unique. In your personal statement, speak to your most meaningful accomplishments and experiences during your undergraduate studies at UBC. This can include your general interests, leadership roles, activities, clubs, academic projects and/or research, sports, arts, volunteer or work experiences, as well as your goals for the future.    

What spacing is required on my personal statement?

Your statement of activities must be no more than one page, have a minimum font size of 12 and margins of least 3/4". The requirements for your application to the award program may be different than your Faculty requirements, so please remember to double check your faculty instructions, if applicable.

What makes a good reference for my application?

Students must arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted in support of their application. A strong reference (e.g., manager, supervisor) is someone who is able to comment on the activities you’ve indicated in your personal statement and/or statement of activities and is able to talk about your leadership, and/or involvement in student/community activities.

What is a Faculty reference? Who should I select?

A faculty reference needs to be someone that you have worked closely with during your time at UBC and that they hold the title of Instructor, Professor, adjunct professor, or Emeritus Professor. 

A Teacher Assistant (TA) reference will not be accepted.

Who should I ask for a non-academic reference?

A strong reference is someone who is able to comment on the activities you’ve indicated in your personal statement and/or statement of activities and is able to talk about your leadership, and/or involvement in student/community activities (e.g., manager, supervisor, volunteer coordinator).

What details and format are you looking for in a reference letter?

Your referees should be able to submit your letters of reference using an official work email (e.g., yourname@ubc.ca, yourname@bchydro.com) and on official letterhead.

If your community or professional reference does not have an official work email (because they have left the organization or your reference is more of an informal leader), we will accept a personal email address but a work email is preferred.

When submitting the official reference, please ensure that the reference letter meets all the following requirements:

  • Includes the company's official letterhead
  • Includes a signature and date
  • Is submitted as a PDF document only
  • Does not exceed 2 pages
  • Has a title of the document in the following format:  Student Number, Student Last Name, Student First Name

Who reviews the student applications?

The selection committee is composed of Faculty members, UBC Staff members, student representatives, and a UBC alumnus. Interviews will be conducted by UBC Award Managers.

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Services Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.  

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submit your question through the online form.