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UGO Student Experience Grants

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Grants are available to current BCom students in good academic standing to partially offset expenses for a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Participating in a volunteer or service learning program
  • Competing in a case competition
  • Attending a conference
  • Organizing a new event, program or service that benefits other BCom students

Application Process

Submit the online application by the stated deadlines. Successful applicants will be required to submit a letter of impact outlining the skills they developed through the funded experience.

If granted funding, individual applicants and student-led initiatives are not permitted to apply for funding again for a minimum of three academic years. For example, if funding is granted in the 2018-2019 year, an application for the same student or initiative will not be considered again until the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Academic concession will not be provided for any student who misses coursework or exams due to any of the funded experiences.

Eligible Experiences and Funding Guidelines

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. However, to give you a better idea of the types of experiences we have funded in the past and the funding guidelines we use when reviewing applications, please see the list below.

Participate in a volunteer or service learning program
Compete in a case competition
Attend a conference
Organize a new event, program or service that benefits other BCom students

Apply for the UGO Student Experience Grant

The application for the 2022W Term 1 UGO Student Experience Grant will open on August 26, 2022. Please check back in late August for more information.

Past Recipients

Unsure about what kinds of experiences to pursue? Here's how a past recipient used their grant to develop their professional skills and enhance their learning.

  • Yogmaya Singh & Bhavika Mahtani
  • Clara Chu

Yogmaya Singh & Bhavika Mahtani

UGO Student Grants Recipients

UGO Student Experience Grant recipients, Yogmaya Singh (left) and Bhavika Mahtani (right)

Yogmaya Singh & Bhavika Mahtani used Student Experience Grant funding to launch a new initiative called the Creative Industries Network.  

How did this experience impact you?

The Student Experience Grant provided us with a unique experience at Sauder. It opened a lot of doors for us that were initially inaccessible, and allowed us to explore our passions alongside our careers. We discovered the Grant when we were searching for resources to help jump start our initiative of the Creative Industries Network. We both were passionate about a career in the creative industries and due to the lack of existing opportunities, we felt responsible for bridging that gap. After approaching the Undergraduate Office with our idea, we were received with open arms and were provided with overwhelming support. With the funding and guidance from the Grant, we were able to host our very own launch event that not only cultivated our community but built our confidence in leading such an initiative. Since then, we’ve transformed the Creative Industries Network from an event to a CUS affiliated club!

Clara Chu

BCom student Clara Chu

UGO Student Experience Grant recipient, Clara Chu

Clara received funds to attend the Grace Hopper Conference for women in tech.

How did the experience impact you?

It was eye-opening to see new technology disrupting the world. I had the opportunity to attend the recruitment fair and it's crazy to realize how in demand tech-related positions are – especially when considering the level of diversity in the workforce. In addition, I had the opportunity to meet influential leaders such as Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Square and Twitter.

Other available sources of funding

You may also be eligible for one or more of the following sources of funding at UBC. Consider applying for the grants that are most applicable to your individual or group need:

CUS External Conferences (ExCO)
The UBC & AMS Global Fund
AMS Fund
Walter Gage Memorial Fund
CCEL Grants for Community Projects
UBC Community Engagement Funding
UBC Sauder EDI Action Fund

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