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The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award is a prestigious scholarship program that is awarded to outstanding international undergraduate students who wish to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC), one of Canada's leading research universities. The scholarship is named after Karen McKellin, who is the former associate director of the International Student Initiative at UBC.

This scholarship program is designed to recognize and support talented and deserving international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, leadership potential, and a commitment to community service. It aims to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue their education at UBC due to financial constraints.

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The value of your Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award is proportional to your financial need. Financial need is determined by totalling tuition, fees, and living costs, and subtracting the financial contribution you and your family can make each year. A standard needs assessment is based on the financial information provided by you and your family.

Your award may be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion – whichever comes first – provided you achieve satisfactory academic standing in your faculty, continue to demonstrate financial need, and maintain your Canadian study permit (student visa).


To be eligible for the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an international student who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement (minimum A average or equivalent) in their secondary or post-secondary studies.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and leadership.
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to study at UBC and pursue a degree program in any undergraduate field of study.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
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