The Spitz Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Indigenous women* pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business. The Program is open to direct entry (from high school), transfer, and current 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 Award for Indigenous 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 April 1, 2022 at 4:30pm Pacific Time for consideration.

* Please note that UBC uses the term “Indigenous” in lieu of "Aboriginal" in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing in doing so that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.

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; funding for experiential opportunities such as Go Global exchange or Co-op—program eligibility requirements must be met). Eligibility for this additional funding is based on proof of financial need
  • Funding to attend University orientation programs such as Jump Start (for incoming first-year students only)
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the Ch'nook Scholars program in two of the four years of their degree

About the Spitz family

Over the past four 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 Indigenous 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.


To be considered for this program and award, candidates must:

  • Be a Canadian Indigenous woman and self-identify as an Indigenous person in the online application to UBC (First Nations, Métis or Inuit). Preference will be given to applicants from remote communities.
  • Be in financial need, as demonstrated by budget information required in the application package.
  • Either:
    • Be admissible to, and entering the UBC Sauder Bachelor of Commerce program as her first choice in the 2022 Winter Session (September 2022). Note that both direct entry and Year 2 or Year 3 transfer students are eligible, or;
    • Be currently enrolled in the UBC Sauder Bachelor of Commerce program.
  • Be committed to becoming the leader she envisions of herself, in both the UBC Sauder and wider community.