The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award recognizes and cultivates leadership potential and prepares undergraduate and graduates students to serve as Canada’s next generation of leaders.

Recognizing Promise

There is no prototypical Wilson Leader, but all strong applicants will possess the following: honesty and integrity, passion and compassion, courage and vision, a commitment to serving others and a love for learning.

Cultivating Potential

Wilson Leaders join a community of mentors and a leadership development program designed to bring out the best of their character and capacity.

Preparing Leaders

Wilson Leaders gain foundational knowledge and experience to prepare them to serve as leaders, whatever their chosen career.

Each year three undergraduate and three graduate students join the Wilson Leadership family. Undergraduate winners hold the award in their final year of undergraduate study, earn $25,000, and can have their leadership development recognized for course credit. Graduate winners can hold the award in any year of graduate study and earn up to $25,000 in a combination of direct scholarship and experiential funding.

This one’s different.

Wilson Leaders win more than a cash prize. They join a community committed to excellence in leadership and character. This community is developed through a program grounded by the following pillars:

Mentorship

Community

Experience

Mentorship

Wilson Leaders will be paired with mentors selected to match their academic interests, leadership style, and potential career trajectory.

Community

Experience

“Some candidates will demonstrate their promise through impressive track records of success, others through outstanding moral fibre or untapped potential. We are looking for natural leaders in any field—engineers and artists, intellects and athletes, introverts and entrepreneurs.”
— Peter Sharpe, President of the Wilson Foundation

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