The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award (WLSA) is a career-launching opportunity worth $12,000 in direct funding and up to $2,000 in experiential funding. In addition to the financial reward, WLSA recipients get to join a tight-knit community of inspiring change-makers, learn from mentors and guest leaders, develop skills and work on projects related to topics of national importance.
Note: The information on this page is for current McMaster undergraduate and graduate students. If you’re an external prospective graduate student, review the guidelines for external applicants on this page.
There are seven spots for undergraduate students and three spots for graduate students.
The award is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students. If you’re an undergraduate student, you must be in your second-last year to apply. If you’re a graduate student, you can hold the award in any year of full-time studies. Learn more about WLSA eligibility.
The WLSA is open to all leadership styles, including new and aspiring leaders. We all start somewhere, and you might be more of a leader than you think. Keep your momentum going by applying for the WLSA.
Do you want to make a difference? If you answered yes, you should apply.