Society of Scholars

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The Society of Scholars is a community created by and for the winners of selected UBC Okanagan scholarships. Our Scholars are some of our most talented students, demonstrating promise prior to their UBC Okanagan experience. The Society of Scholars program fosters this promise to ensure that our Scholars are engaged, supported, and provided a platform to thrive throughout their studies.

Students who qualify for the program will be contacted in July and August.

The program

As the criteria for many of the awards required to qualify for the SOS require the Scholars to demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, community involvement, and intellectual aptitude, the program has been developed to further these elements for our Scholars as they study at UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Scholars participating in the program will have the opportunity to engage with one another, mentors, community members, and campus partners in a variety of settings including peer-mentorship groups, workshops and presentations, events and activities, leadership conferences, and informal gatherings. When possible, new-to-UBC Scholars are paired with Peer Mentors who are also Scholars.

  • To build a culture of support for our Scholars
  • To foster a sense of belonging for our Scholars
  • To create program affiliation for our Scholars
  • To ensure an exceptional university experience for our Scholars

Personal and community development

Opportunities to learn more about self, engage in involvement activities, and enhanced educational experiences.


Student engagement, mentoring, taking initiative, and integrated learning.

Academic excellence

Research, program affiliation, and sense of belonging.

Global citizenship

Intercultural understanding and international engagement.

Networking and careers

Career understanding, innovation and entrepreneurship, skill building, employability, building connections, and alumni relationships

Society of Scholars participants have the following ways of interacting with the Society of Scholars:

  • Participant Facebook group where questions can be posed and answered, opportunities, and events are shared.
  • Bi-weekly Society of Scholars newsletters with information about events, activities shared on the Facebook page, and more.
  • Leadership retreats in September and January.
  • Workshops, opportunities, and activities offered throughout the term.
  • Social events and mixers hosted by and for the Society of Scholars participants.
  • Opportunity to be a part of the Society of Scholars Advisory Committee to help shape the SOS experience.

Society of Scholars Certificate program

In order to complete the optional Society of Scholars certificate program, participants must complete one workshop, event, or opportunity and a minimum 350-word reflection about that workshop, event, or opportunity in each of the following program themes:

Possible opportunities include volunteering with Community Service Learning, attending workshops offered by the Equity and Inclusion office (Positive Space, etc), attending a QPR Suicide prevention workshop, getting involved with a community program through Get Involved or through the Involvement Fair in September.

Possible opportunities include attending and/or presenting in the fall Leadership Symposium or at the UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver Student Leadership Conferences in January, proposing an initiative through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, and attending leadership development workshops offered through Career Services.

Possible opportunities include attending workshops offered through Academic Advising, Career Services, International Programs and Service, or the Library, volunteering or participating in Celebrate Research week activities in the spring, participating in undergraduate research, and volunteering for a faculty member.

Possible opportunities include attending workshops and/or participating in the Intercultural Certificate program through International Programs and Services, volunteering at Global Fest, and attending information sessions about Go Global opportunities.

Possible opportunities include participating in workshops about resume reviews and interview skills, attend community events such as Accelerate Okanagan networking events, and volunteering for Alumni.

These opportunities will be shared through our Society of Scholars newsletters, the Society of Scholars Facebook group, and through campus events and workshops. Scholars can also find their own opportunities. Participants are encouraged to document their involvement with images, brochures, information, and videos of their experiences. This can be used to illustrate their experiences and enrich the reflections.

Participants wishing to complete the certificate must also complete one final overall minimum 500-word reflection about the program, their involvement, and what it has meant to them. Reflections must be completed electronically and can be completed through a blog or through a Word document.

Contact us

The Society of Scholars appreciates support from alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. If you would like to be involved with the Society of Scholars as a volunteer, contact us:

Student Experience Office, UNC 329