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Laurier Scholars Award Program

The prestigious Laurier Scholars Award offers high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in a dynamic learning environment that will foster innovative thinking and ethical, visionary leadership.

In fall 2021, Laurier will welcome its inaugural cohort of seven scholars, each of whom will receive a $40,000 scholarship over a four-year period. Award recipients join a community of scholars from across the disciplines and receive mentorship, networking, research and experiential learning opportunities throughout their degree. Laurier’s commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, including social innovation and sustainability efforts, provides Laurier Scholars with a strong foundation to create new ideas and make meaningful change.

Laurier Scholars are required to meet all conditions to receive and renew their scholarship on an annual basis over a four-year period.

The Laurier Scholar Experience

Over the course of their undergraduate studies, Laurier Scholars will build networks with their cohort through formal and informal gatherings. They will engage in both independent and collaborative projects, choosing from different experiential learning offerings that focus on three key areas:

  • Academic development
  • Career and leadership development
  • Community engagement

Fall 2021 Scholars

In the late summer and early fall of 2021, you will have opportunities to meet the program leaders, Dr. James Southworth and Dr. Ada Sharpe, as well as your fellow award holders.

We plan to deliver the fall 2021 program remotely, with a view to transitioning back to campus for winter 2022, in line with Laurier’s stated approach to the 2021/22 academic year.

We are continuously developing our new Laurier Scholars Program and are eager to hear the goals and ideas of you, our incoming scholars, who will help shape the program through your contributions.

Some modifications to the program are expected, but throughout the 2021/22 academic year scholars will participate in the following initiatives:

Program Leaders

In their professional staff roles at Writing Services, Ada Sharpe and James Southworth advance the development of students’ academic writing skills across all disciplines and all levels at the Waterloo Campus.

In addition to working with faculty to teach writing in their classrooms and conducting academic research, they lead a team of high-achieving student writing tutors. This includes creating and facilitating regular professional development workshops to help tutors thrive in their student employee roles.

As program leaders for the Laurier Scholars Award, they will work closely with award holders as scholars develop holistic skills in leadership and creativity. They are excited to develop rich and innovative programming that can help Laurier Scholars achieve their academic and professional goals.

For any inquiries relating to the administration of the award, you can contact