Pearson Scholarships- Outstanding international students have the opportunity to study at one of the world’s best universities in one of the cities with the highest concentration of different cultures thanks to the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships offered by the University of Toronto. This is an opportunity that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. Students that excel both academically and creatively, as well as those who are regarded as leaders within their respective schools, are going to be singled out for recognition through the scholarship program. The influence that the student has had on the day-to-day operations of their school and community, as well as their future potential to make a good contribution to the lives of people all over the world, is given a lot of weight in the evaluation process.
These scholarships are given out on a yearly basis to celebrate outstanding students from all around the world, including those students from other countries who are enrolled in high schools in Canada. This is the most prestigious and competitive scholarship offered by the University of Toronto to students from outside the United States. The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will provide financial assistance for a full-time residence, tuition, books, and miscellaneous fees for a period of four years. Only students enrolling in first-year undergraduate programs at the University of Toronto are eligible to receive the grant. Approximately 37 students will be chosen to receive the Lester B. Pearson Scholar award each year.
To be considered for the Pearson Scholarship, you must first have your current institution recommend you for the program, and then submit an application to the undergraduate program at the University of Toronto. Talk to your school’s guidance counselor about the possibility of getting nominated. After you have been selected for the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship and have submitted your application to the University of Toronto, you will receive a link to the application that is both personalized and secure.
Students who have shown great academic achievement and innovation, who are recognized as leaders within their school, and who have the potential to contribute to the global community in the future are eligible to be considered for the Pearson Scholars program. They stand out from other kids who may have similarly great academic performance due to the depth and range of their interests, the intellectual vigor with which they approach problems, and the impact they have on the life of their school and the community.
To be eligible for the Pearson International Scholarship, you must be one of the following:
- An international student, which means someone who is not from Canada and needs a study permit;
- You must be in your last year of high school or have graduated by June 2022.
- Start your studies at the University of Toronto in September 2023 (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered; students starting their studies in January 2023 at another post-secondary institution cannot be considered)
To apply, you will need to:
- Get nominated by your school. (High schools that haven’t already been contacted or verified are asked to fill out an application here to join our program. (external link)) (external link)
- Apply to study at the University of Toronto(external link) if you want to start classes in 2023, and make sure your application is complete by the deadlines (external link). Please know that you will be considered for the Pearson Scholarship if your first choice at U of T is the program you want to study. You can apply to more than one program, and you may be accepted to all of them. However, if you win the Pearson Scholarship, you can only go to your first choice of the U of T program at the time our scholarship decisions are made.
- Once you have been nominated and have applied to the university, you can fill out the online application for the Lester B. Pearson Scholarship.
Pearson Scholarships Deadlines
- The last day to nominate a school is November 30, 2022.
- The deadline for student applications to OUAC is December 14, 2022. (Please note that this is the last day to send an application to the OUAC. However, you should apply for admission through the OUAC before November 7, 2022, as spaces fill up quickly and popular programs may close early.)
- The last day to apply for a student scholarship is January 16, 2023.
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