Thanks to the generosity of external donors and UBC faculties, UBC is able to offer many awards to undergraduate students after their first year of study. These may be awarded in the form of scholarships, prizes, fellowships, and other awards.
Individual faculties are responsible for recommending their students for these awards. They base their recommendations on a range of factors, such as academic achievement, leadership, UBC involvement, and participation on varsity athletic teams.
Types of awards
Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of the academic year for academic achievement. They are based on grades and achievements from the previous Winter Session but can also include non-academic factors such as leadership, UBC or faculty involvement, and other criteria.
Prizes are awarded at the end of the academic year for academic achievement. Criteria for many prizes can include achievement in a particular course or program, leadership, participation, or work on a project. Prizes may be financial awards, books, or medals.
Academic awards are given out either at the beginning or end of the academic year and are based on academic achievement.
Non-academic or service awards
Non-academic or service awards recognize achievement or participation in athletics, leadership, UBC or community involvement, and other rewarding pursuits. They do not appear on transcripts.
The majority of awards do not require an application and students are automatically considered for any scholarships, awards, or prizes for which they are eligible.
Some faculties do require applications. Contact your faculty’s scholarship representative or check your faculty website to find out more.
How will I know if I have been offered an award?
If you are offered an award, we will email you with information on how to accept your offer. We will also update your Student Service Centre (SSC) account, under Finances > Awards & Financial Assistance.