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Apply for the Scholars Academy

The 2017 application cycle for the Scholars Academy is now open.

Deadline: March 26, 2017. 11:59 p.m. MST.

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Application Ranking and Evaluation

Personal Statement (700 word maximum)

Please provide a clear picture of what makes you a well-rounded individual whose academic and extra-curricular accomplishments show a commitment to the betterment of society. You may also wish to talk about your goals for the future. As a reminder, the personal statement is the most important component of the application; it is not intended as a regurgitation of a CV, but as a coherent narrative that outlines interests and ambitions. 

For more information on writing a personal statement, attend our workshop at the Student Success Centre on Feb. 3 from 12- 1 p.m., or Feb. from 4 - 5 p.m.. Both workshops take place in TFDL 355D, and you can register here:

Curriculum Vitae

The review committee will take into consideration not the quantity of extra-curricular and work involvement, but the quality of involvement. Some students may have fewer extra-curricular engagements, but solid work experience. You may also wish to include skills and interests. A .pdf file is preferred.

For more information on creating your CV, attend our workshop at the Student Success Centre on Feb. 8 from 3 - 4 p.m., Feb. 27, from 12 - 1 p.m. or March 14, from 2 - 3 p.m. All workshops takes place in TFDL 355D, and you can register here:


Two letters of reference must accompany your application. Students should meet or discuss with each potential referee and provide them with a copy of their application. One reference should be academic (professor, TA, etc.), the other can be either academic or professional (work, volunteer experience, etc.) You can submit references to the Student Success Centre (3rd Floor TFDL) or have your referees email them directly to Late submission of reference letters will result in the disqualification of the application.

For more information on getting great reference letters, attend our workshop at the Student Success Centre on Feb. 10 from 12 - 1 p.m.. This workshop takes place in TFDL 355D, and you can register here:

For referees: You may wish to consult the University of Calgary's Guide to Writing Academic Reference Letters located here. Completed reference letters can be sent directly to


The minimum GPA requirement for applicants is 3.6. However, the committee has the discretion to admit students with GPAs that fall short of the requirement but prove promising in all other areas under consideration. Your unofficial transcript can be found on your myUofC Student Centre under "Courses and Credits" under the "other academic" drop-down menu. Pop-ups must be enabled to download the PDF, which you can submit as-is.

Information Session Presentation

Criteria and Expectations

Frequently Asked Questions

40% Personal Statement

25% Curriculum Vitae (CV)

25% References

10% Transcript (GPA)

Ranking and Evaluation for Shortlisted Applicants


Shortlisted candidates will meet with the review committee for a 20 minute interview. The interview ensures that students admitted to the program not only meet the qualifications on paper, but are capable of setting themselves apart by communicating their accomplishments and goals in a professional and articulate manner.

50% Application Materials

50% Interview