Eligibility, Nomination, and Application

International Leader of Tomorrow Award

Eligibility

Award candidates must be nominated by the high school they are currently attending, recently graduated from, or the college/university they are transferring from. To be considered for an International Leader of Tomorrow Award, students must:
  • be applying for their first undergraduate degree
  • be admissible to the first choice program they are applying to, including meeting UBC’s English Language Admission Standard
  • have an excellent academic record (at least an “A” average or equivalent standard)
  • be an international student, who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada, and who will be studying in Canada on a Canadian Study Permit (visa)
  • demonstrate a level of financial need that would otherwise prevent them from pursuing a UBC degree
  • be entering a UBC undergraduate degree program from a recognized secondary school, college or other university

Nomination

Nominations for the 2016-17 academic year are now closed, and we have emailed all nominated students to confirm receipt of your nomination package. If you have been nominated but have not received email confirmation, please contact us.

Donald A. Wehrung International Student  Award

Eligibility

Nominations will be accepted from secondary schools, recognized international development agencies and their affiliates, registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organizations. A school or organization may nominate one student for UBC’s Donald Wehrung International Student Award for undergraduate study at UBC’s Vancouver or Okanagan campus. To be eligible for consideration for the Donald Wehrung International Student Award, the nominee must be:
  • an international student, who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada, and who will be studying in Canada on a Canadian Study Permit (visa)
  • from a war-torn or politically unstable region of the world, and/or from an economically disadvantaged region of the world, and has achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, with no financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary education, either in their own country because it is unavailable or unattainable, or outside their country because it is beyond their means
  • graduating or recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school; applying for their first undergraduate degree;
  • able to demonstrate superior academic achievement (at least an ‘A’ average or equivalent standard) and leadership potential
If a school nominates one student for the Donald Wehrung International Student Award, a non-profit organization may NOT nominate another student from that same school for this award.

Nomination

Nominations for the 2016-17 academic year are now closed, and we have emailed all nominated students to confirm receipt of your nomination package. If you have been nominated but have not received email confirmation, please contact us.

I have applied to UBC. What happens now with my nomination?

I have been nominated for an International Scholars award. If I do not receive it, will I be considered for OIS or IMES?

No. International Scholars nominees are not considered for OIS or IMES. Unlike the International Scholars awards, OIS and IMES are not need-based awards and as such will not nearly cover the costs of studying and living at UBC.

I sent my nomination package to UBC, but I do not know if it has been received. How will I know?

We have now emailed all students who we have received nomination packages for. If you have submitted a nomination package but did not receive email confirmation, please contact us with any further details available, such as courier reference number and delivery date.

When will I know if I have been selected to receive an International Scholars award?

You will be notified by mid-April whether you are receiving an award or not.

I cannot afford to attend UBC without a scholarship or award. Are there any other financial options for me?

As a publicly-funded Canadian university, UBC has very limited funds available for international students. Currently, an international student can access the following international awards: International Leader of Tomorrow Award, Donald Wehrung International Student Award, Outstanding International Student Award, and International Major Entrance Scholarship.

UBC does not offer other forms of financial support. And since provincial loans, federal loans, and bursaries are funded by Canadian tax monies, UBC is not able to provide loans or bursaries to international students.