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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 recognizes direct entry 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

In addition to receiving a Spitz Family Award for Aboriginal Women, Fellows:

  • are eligible, based on financial need, to be considered for additional funding to cover student expenses, including housing, food, childcare, tutoring, and discretionary travel;
  • receive funding to attend University transition programs, such as Jump Start;
  • fully participate in the Ch'nook Scholars program in years one and two of their degree;
  • participate as Visiting Scholars in the networking and celebratory receptions of the Ch'nook Scholars program in years three and four of their degree

Fellows are encouraged to pursue opportunities to express and nurture their whole self throughout their BCom and UBC experience.

Note: Further funding may also be considered to support students who are eligible for opportunities such as co-op work terms, student exchanges and internships.

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
Applicants need to be:

  • A Canadian Aboriginal woman (First Nations Status and Non-Status, Métis and Inuit). Preference will be given to students from remote communities.
  • In financial need, as demonstrated by budget information required in the application package.
  • Admissible to and entering the Bachelor of Commerce as her first choice in the 2018 Winter Session.
  • Committed to becoming the leader she envisions of herself, in both the UBC Sauder and 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 to sheila.dsouza@sauder.ubc.ca.
  • The application deadline for the award is March 15, 2018
  • The award recipients will be notified by the end of April. Recipients of the Awards are named Spitz Fellows.