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The Spitz Fellows Program

The vision of the Spitz Fellows Program is to foster the conditions for each Fellow to succeed in her educational goals and beyond by eliminating financial barriers to success. 

ABOUT

The Spitz Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Aboriginal women pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business. The Program is open to both direct entry (from high school) and transfer students who demonstrate academic achievement, community engagement, tenacity, leadership skills, and service to others. A cornerstone of the Spitz Fellows Program is The Spitz Family Awards for Aboriginal Women, an award of at least $10,000 per academic year, which may be renewed until the Fellow graduates from the UBC BCom program. Applications for the award must be received by March 15, 2018 for consideration.

A SPITZ FELLOW DEFINED

A Spitz Fellow is engaged in her community. She has a deep commitment to her pursuits and to others. She expresses care, creativity and a strong sense of self. Above all, she is looking to become the leader she envisions of herself. Recipients of a Spitz Family Award are welcomed as Spitz Fellows for the duration of their BCom degree, provided that they remain in good academic standing.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BECOME A SPITZ FELLOW

The Spitz Fellows Program is meant to provide a number of opportunities for recipients of the Spitz Family Award. Spitz Fellows are eligible for the following:

  • Additional funding to cover student expenses (this can include housing, food, childcare, tutoring, and discretionary travel). Eligibility for this additional funding is based on proof of financial need
  • Funding to attend University orientation programs such as Jump Start
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the Ch'nook Scholars program in two of the four years of their degree

Note: Further funding may also be considered to support students who are eligible for opportunities such as Go Global exchange programs.

ABOUT THE SPITZ FAMILY

Over the past three years, the Spitz family – Warren, Maureen, Gregory, Kelsey and Mathew – co-created this Fellows Program with the help of the UBC Sauder School of Business, the Ch’nook Initiative, and input from both Aboriginal and academic communities.

Their hope for each Fellow is that her post-secondary education will be an opportunity to express and nurture her whole self – to both discover and pursue the leader she envisions of herself. They encourage each Fellow to reflect on what that means and to hold onto that throughout her time here and on her journey after UBC.

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PROGRAM
To be considered for this program and award, candidates must:

  • Be a Canadian Aboriginal woman and self-identify as an Aboriginal person in the online application to UBC
  • Be in financial need, as demonstrated by budget information required in the application package
  • Be admissible to, and entering, the Bachelor of Commerce program as her first choice in the 2018 Winter Session (September 2018)
  • Be committed to becoming the leader she envisions of herself, at UBC, at Sauder and in the wider community

HOW TO APPLY:

STEP ONE

  • Apply to the Bachelor of Commerce program at UBC at you.ubc.ca
  • Self-identify as Aboriginal and female in your application
  • The application deadline for the September 2018 intake at UBC is January 15th, 2018

STEP TWO

  • Apply for the Spitz Family Awards for Aboriginal Women (download the application here). Email your completed application as an email attachment to Sheila D'Souza at sheila.dsouza@sauder.ubc.ca. The email subject line should read "Spitz Family Award application."
  • The application deadline for the award is March 15, 2018
  • The award recipients will be notified by April 30, 2018. Recipients of the Awards are named Spitz Fellows.