Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships

About the scholarships

The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholars are UBC'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 each worth $1,000 to renewable scholarships worth $20,000 over two years. 

If you're eligible for the award, you will receive an email invitation to attend an information session in September.

Eligibility requirements

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

  • You have studied on the UBC Vancouver Campus during the two previous winter sessions (2020/21 and 2021/22) while meeting the registration requirements.

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

  • You meet one of the following criteria:

    • You are in the third, fourth, or fifth year of a baccalaureate program and are on track to graduate in 2023 or 2024.
    • You are enrolled in the M.D., D.M.D., or J.D. program.
    • You are in the first year of a Masters degree program (students in a PhD program or in a dual-degree PhD program are not eligible for this award).

Registration requirements

In addition to the above requirements, you must also fulfill registration requirements.

To meet the registration requirements during your current winter session (2022/23 Winter Session) and your previous two winter sessions (2020/21 and 2021/22 Winter Session), you must have been registered in one of the following:

  • A minimum of 24 percentage-graded credits during both terms of the Winter Session

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

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

  • An education abroad program or co-op for both terms during a given Winter Session

If you are graduating in May 2023 or you have an approved reduced course load, you can have your current winter registration requirements waived upon confirmation.

If you studied abroad during the previous Winter Session, you must submit a copy of your transcripts from the exchange institution with this application.

For detailed requirements of all awards, please view the UBC Regulations Governing University Awards.

How to apply

To apply for the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships, you must first be invited by your academic faculty or school. Your faculty will then 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.

Application timeline

Date Activity
October 11, 2022

Deadline for online application

Mid-January 2023

Shortlisted students are notified.

Late January 2023

Shortlisted students are interviewed.

Mid-February 2023 Award winners are announced.

Award descriptions

The following awards are included in the 2022/23 competition:

Scholarship name Description
C. K. Choi Scholarship One $10,000 scholarship renewable for a second year based on maintained scholarship standing
Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship One $6,000 scholarship renewable for a second year based on maintained scholarship standing
Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship Four $15,000 scholarships
Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship and Harold B. & Nellie Boyes Memorial Scholarship Two scholarships of $2,100 and $11,600 awarded together, totaling $13,700
Thelma Sharp Cook Scholarship  One $9,250 scholarship
HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship Eight $5,000 scholarships
Amy E. Sauder Scholarship and Jean Craig Smith Scholarship  Two scholarships of $2,600 and $1,200 awarded together, totaling $3,800
Wesbrook Scholar Twenty scholarships of $1,000 and the Wesbrook Scholar designation
Martha C. Piper Arts Award in Global Citizenship  One $1,250 award to an eligible Arts student under the Wesbrook Scholar criteria
John H. Mitchell Scholarship Award amount to be confirmed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 that 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 your time at UBC. From this list, determine which activities and accomplishments have been 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 or research, sports, arts, volunteer or work experiences, as well as your goals for the future.

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, such as a manager or supervisor, is someone who is able to comment on the activities you’ve indicated in your personal statement and/or statement of activities. They should also be able to talk about your leadership or involvement in student and community activities.

What is a faculty reference? Who should I ask?

A faculty reference is someone who you have worked closely with during your time at UBC and holds the title of Instructor, Professor, adjunct professor, or Emeritus Professor. 

A Teacher Assistant (TA) cannot be accepted as a faculty reference.

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. They should also be able to talk about your leadership, or involvement in student and community activities. Examples include managers, supervisors, or volunteer coordinators.

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

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

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, a personal email address can be accepted; however, 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
  • File name is 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, student representatives, and a UBC alumnus. Interviews are conducted by UBC Award Managers.

Award winners

Congratulations to the Premier Undergraduate Scholarship and Wesbrook Scholar Recipients.

Take a look at interviews with the scholars: 

2021/22 award winners

Name Awards

Zhou (Stella) Fang

Jean Craig Smith Scholarship, Amy E Sauder Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Denise Wooding

John H Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Amardeep Singh Sekhon

Thelma Sharp Cook Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Borna Naderi

Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Nicole Jenna Jung

Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Jia Yu (Jennifer) Zhang

Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Coralie Maka Tcheune

Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Lauren Elizabeth Moody

Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Gui Hua Ivy Liao

CK Choi Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Tyler Ga Wei Lum

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Cailin Emma Ringstrom

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Caris Hoi-Ching Tin

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Deea K Dev

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

An Dieu Hoang

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Phoebe Cheung

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Miles William Schaffrick

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Manya Kapur

HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Julian Anand Lam

Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship, Harold B and Nellie Boyes Memorial Scholarship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Marianne El-Mikati

Martha C Piper Arts Award in Global Citizenship, Wesbrook Scholar Designation

Ria Nair

Wesbrook Scholar Designation

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 Service 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 submitting a question through the online form.