Scholar's Community

About the Scholars Community

Students who receive major awards have unique interests and responsibilities, and face particular challenges. That’s why UBC has created the Scholar's Community – to ensure top scholars like you receive the support and inspiration you need to achieve your best!

The UBC Scholar's Community is an award-winning student program that helps domestic major and renewable award recipients manage the academic and personal expectations of their awards by providing a support network from students facing similar pressures. The community empowers scholars to meet their academic and professional goals by providing opportunities that encourage social and personal wellbeing, promote academic and professional development, and encourage leadership and community engagement.

The Scholar's Community was recognized in the 2020 NASPA Excellence Awards as the Gold recipient in the category of Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, First-year, Other-year Orientation, and related Excellence.

Eligibility requirements

You are eligible to join the Scholar's Community if you receive a major renewable award from a number of categories, including:

  • Presidential Scholars Award (PSA)
  • Centennial Scholars Entrance Award (CSEA)
  • Schulich Leader Scholarships
  • Loran Scholars
  • Beedie Luminaries
  • Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Award

A similar program is available for international students who hold major awards. Visit the UBC International Scholars Program page for more info.

How to join

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be contacted through email in August with an invitation to join the Scholar's Community. Please make sure your email address in the Student Service Centre (SSC) is up-to-date.

Benefits of being a Community Member

Participating in the Scholar's Community is voluntary, however, eligible students are encouraged to join the Community to receive support and connect with their peers.

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    with like-minded students through social events and community gatherings

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    opportunities and resources designed to meet your needs as a major award winner

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    an incoming scholar, or receive mentorship from a senior scholar through the Scholars Community Mentorship Program 

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    at special events that will help you expand your connections at UBC and beyond, in partnership with the UBC Development and Alumni Engagement Office

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    new skills and develop new strengths that will help you transition to UBC or the next stage of your career

Opportunities and events

The Scholar's Community hosts unique events and opportunities throughout the year, which are designed to meet your specific needs as a group.

Examples of Scholar Community events:

Scholar's Community Mentorship Program

Be matched with and mentored by an upper-year scholar who can orient you to the campus, UBC culture, and helpful resources. A friendly face from day one, your mentor is there to help you make the most of your UBC experience!

Scholar's Community Event Series

Being a scholar is more than just getting good grades. Attend unique lectures and info sessions that will help you stand out in interviews, prepare for prestigious awards and scholarships, and balance academic responsibilities and personal passions.

The Scholar's Community is a great way for you to expand on your social network. Connect with scholars at games nights, wellness afternoons, holiday parties and study nights in the Scholar's Community’s Common Room!

Scholar's Community Study Nights

Members of the community will have access to the cozy Scholar's Community Common Room located in Brock Hall on select weeknight evenings. This dedicated space will help to build community grounding, encourage informal connections and promote academic excellence.

Scholar's Community Networking and Speaking Opportunities

In partnership with the UBC Development and Alumni Engagement Office, members of the community will have the opportunity to network at special events with donors and UBC stakeholders, which is a great way to expand on your communication skill set and build up your professional network.

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Maintaining your membership

To maintain membership in the Scholars Community from year to year, scholars are required to:

  • Attend at least one Community event between September and April of each academic year
  • Complete a year-end survey about their experience in the Scholars Community

We understand that scholars are sometimes not able to renew their award funding. If this happens, you will still be able to remain in the Scholars Community and enjoy the full benefits of membership, as long as you meet the above requirements each year.

Meet some scholars

The Scholars Community is comprised of exceptional students, leaders, innovators, and team players.

Check out these bios of current scholars.

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