Attracting outstanding students with standout scholarships
The Chancellor’s Scholarships are considered one of the most prestigious awards at UCalgary. Each year, the Chancellor’s Circle (formerly the Chancellor’s Club) provides four-year scholarships for up to 40 students from across Canada, selected based on academic excellence and exceptional community involvement.
These scholarships attract and retain students from across Canada, bringing remarkable abilities and aspirations to our university and our city.
The Chancellor’s Scholarship made it more feasible for me to move away from home and come to the University of Calgary to pursue my passion of neuroscience research.
Recent Chancellor's Scholar Alumni in Neuroscience, Faculty of Science
Step into the Chancellor's Circle
Currently, the Chancellor's Circle funds up to 40 $15,000 scholarships annually, renewable for up to four years. We have increased annual scholarships from $10,000 to ensure that UCalgary remains a first-choice university for Canada's outstanding students.
All Chancellor’s Circle funds go directly to student scholarships and participants receive a tax receipt for their full donation amount. Throughout the year, donors are invited to university events including one signature student event in the spring where Chancellor’s Circle contributors can connect in person with Chancellor’s scholars and learn more about their UCalgary journeys.
Since the Chancellor’s Circle was established in 1990, the scholarship program has become an essential facet of UCalgary culture and helped hundreds of the best and brightest UCalgary students pursue their academic dreams.
In 2020, the donor-funded program commemorated 30 years — the success and longevity of this program is only possible thanks to the incredible commitment and generosity of our community.
I am continuously inspired by the work of other Chancellor’s Scholars, and I will strive to follow their example. I look forward to dedicating myself to championing diversity and sustainable development throughout my career.
Chancellor's scholar and Engineering student, Schulich School of Engineering
Talented and ambitious students have many post-secondary options. With your help, the Chancellor’s scholarship amount increased in 2022 to $15,000 annually from $10,000 — helping us to compete with other universities in attracting the most outstanding students from across Canada to UCalgary programs.
The Chancellor’s Scholarships bring together recipients from across all disciplines and faculties, forming an interdisciplinary cohort that is introduced to faculty members and community mentors who can offer valuable advice, assistance and mentorship.
Thanks to Chancellor’s scholarships, I’ve been able to connect with significant scholars and influential people from the Calgary area, which has been a very enlightening and motivational experience.
Chancellor's Scholar Alumnus in Sociology and Film Studies, Faculty of Arts
UCalgary's best and brightest
Chancellor’s scholarships are transforming lives and helping our university create valuable learning opportunities and inspire future leaders. Our current chancellor’s scholars are a remarkable group of young people ready to make a meaningful and positive impact on our community as they achieve their goals at UCalgary.
Not only do Chancellor’s Scholarships attract top students to attend UCalgary, they also help cultivate future leaders who are genuinely connected to our community.
By providing scholarships, unique programming, mentorship and supports to these students, the Chancellor’s Circle program is building a network of community-minded alumni from all disciplines that will lead or city, province and country into the future.
Wilma Shim, BSc (kinesiology)’07, JD’10
Lawyer and Chancellor’s Scholar alumnus Wilma Shim has a passion for her community. She is the vice chair of the UCalgary Alumni Association and sits on the affiliate management committee for special Olympics Calgary.
“As Chancellor’s Scholars, we were given opportunities to meet influential and inspiring community members. The experience developed our confidence and helped us feel comfortable asking for help to open doors,” says Shim.
Carolina Romeo, BSc (Eng)’13
Chancellor’s Scholar alumnus Carolina Romeo is currently a logistics operations team lead for Shell Canada. The impact of her scholarship was so strong that as soon as she was able, she joined the Chancellor’s Circle herself.
“The Chancellor’s Scholarship had such a positive impact on my life — it was a hugefactor in helping me be able to get through school, and I want to make sure other students get the same experience I had,” says Romeo.
Contact us for more information
If you’d like further information about the Chancellor’s Circle, please contact Susan Wessels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.220.3716.