The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award recognizes Canada’s promising undergraduate students, cultivating their untapped potential and preparing them to serve as the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Recognizing Promise

There is no prototypical Wilson Leader, but all strong applicants will possess the following: honesty and integrity, passion and compassion, courage and vision, a commitment to serving others and a love for learning.

Cultivating Potential

Wilson Leaders join a community of mentors and a leadership development program designed to bring out the best of their character and capacity.

Preparing Leaders

Wilson Leaders will graduate McMaster University ready and able to become Canada’s next generation of leaders in a variety of fields.

Three Wilson Leaders per year are selected as they head into their final two years of undergraduate study at McMaster, and receive a $50,000 award along with admission to an elite leadership development program.

This one’s different.

Wilson Leaders win more than a cash prize. Immediately upon their selection, they join a community committed to excellence in leadership and character. This community is developed through the leadership development program, which is grounded by the following pillars:

Mentorship

Community

Experience

Mentorship

Wilson Leaders will be paired with mentors selected to match their academic interests, leadership style, and potential career trajectory.

Community

Experience

“Some candidates will demonstrate their promise through impressive track records of success, others through outstanding moral fibre or untapped potential. We are looking for natural leaders in any field—engineers and artists, intellects and athletes, introverts and entrepreneurs.”
— Peter Sharpe, President of the Wilson Foundation

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