FAQs

Do you have unanswered questions? Read through the Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the Scholars Academy


Students who have completed at least one semester of their undergraduate degree can apply to join the program. This means you can apply at the end of your first year, or in any of your upper years, excluding your final year. Students in their final year are not eligible to apply. Some students in the program are in after-degrees, or pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree.

We encourage highly motivated students who seek to extend their potential in leadership capabilities, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to local and global communities to apply.

No, undergraduate students in their final year cannot join the program and access benefits. This is because the programming operates on an annual basis and is only beneficial to students who can participate throughout the academic year. Official programming begins at the Banff Retreat in September.

Students heading directly into a second undergraduate degree and have been admitted to their program of choice are eligible to apply to the Scholars Academy. (e.g. after degree in Education). The following programs are not eligible: MD, JD.

Unfortunately, no. Scholars Academy is only for undergraduate students.

The application to the Scholars Academy requires a personal statement, curriculum vitae, up to two reference letters, and an unofficial transcript. We ask for these components, as they are often the same elements required for admission into graduate or professional school, or scholarship and employment opportunities.

Advance deadline in January

Upper year students (in their second year or above) are encouraged to apply by the January deadline. This gives them the opportunity to engage in activities and access our resources immediately rather than waiting until their grades are posted. In addition to immediate program access, accepted students for this deadline will have access to early course registration for the following academic year.

Traditional deadline in March

Students who apply by this deadline and are accepted will have access to program benefits; however, most and core programming begins in the Fall.

Students from all faculties are welcome to apply to the program.

The number of accepted students varies year to year depending on available resources and qualified applicants. The program has seen as few as ten members to as many as 60.

Once you have been admitted to Scholars Academy, you do not need to reapply every year.

Joining the Scholars Academy is free of cost. There are no associated fees to enjoy the benefits of the program including all events such as our annual fall retreat in Banff.

Students are expected to attend core programming events, which include the Fall and Winter Retreats, Mentorship Breakfasts, Insights: Speaker Series, and Year End Celebration.

The time commitment varies depending on what service project students work on and their mentor relationship. Students are expected to meet with their mentors at least once per term outside of the mentorship events. Generally, Scholars are engaged once to twice a month.

A CV or curriculum vitae is a document which provides an overview of your experience and other qualifications such as education, awards, extra-curricular engagements, work experience, etc. When putting together your CV, take the time to perform a complete assessment of your qualifications and interests. Think of yourself as a product and make sure your CV presents the product you'd like to sell.

We encourage applicants to provide one academic reference and one professional reference. Academic references include teaching assistants, professors, teachers, etc. Professional references can be a work colleague or supervisor, volunteer, extra-curricular, etc.

Your referees should be able to speak to the skills and attributes that make you an excellent candidate for the Scholars Academy.

Your reference letter should highlight the qualities and abilities that you can bring to the program.  Your referees should touch upon what capacity they have known you and underscore the attributes you demonstrated through your work, research, or volunteering. They need not give a summary of your CV and transcript, as we receive a copy with your application. Please review Step 5 on the Apply Page for more information about composing a reference letter. Additionally, you may look through the Criteria and Expectations to see more about what we are looking for in successful candidates.

Yes, your academic references can come from anyone who has worked with you in an academic setting: professor, teacher, teaching assistant, instructor, etc. Generally, the most effective reference letters come from timely or relevant referees. Ie. Do not choose referees who you have not remained in touch with for several years or who cannot speak to your current abilities.

Yes, we offer workshops on all components of the application aside from the transcript. Please see the Workshops page for a list of dates and times, and additional information on each document.

This is a summary of all your Courses and Credits from the University of Calgary. This can be found in your Student Centre under "Academic" and then "Courses and Credits". Please enable your pop-ups to see the PDF.

Once we’ve reviewed your application, you will receive a response from us regardless of the outcome. If you are successful, you will receive an email confirming your shortlisted status and will be invited to interview.

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.

The interview panel will consist of the Program Coordinator, Program Assistant, and a couple key program stakeholders such as current students or members of the Advisory Council.

Yes! Regardless if you are accepted into the program, we are here to help you with your application components and to provide feedback on your interview. We want you to be successful in your future endeavours.

Compile your application according to the steps on the Apply page. Please note that each component of your application must be organized in a specific order, uploaded as a PDF file, and appropriately named using the template, "Faculty_FirstName_LastName_Application." Applications that do not follow this format and order will be ineligible. Refer to the Apply page to see a sample application.

Please direct your referees to send their reference letters separately to sap@ucalgary.ca with the subject line, “Applicant First Name Last Name Reference Letter.”