The Lester B. Pearson Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto is intended to recognize international students who demonstrate exceptional achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.   Awarded annually, these scholarships recognize outstanding students from around the world, including students studying at Canadian high schools. This is U of T’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for international students.  Each year approximately 37 students will be named Lester B. Pearson Scholars.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • an student
  • an original and creative thinker
  • committed to and community
  • a high achiever in and creative pursuits
  • enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration
  • have demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • currently in their final year of secondary or have graduated no earlier than June 2017
  • intending to begin university in the upcoming year (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered)


The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto.


To apply, you’ll need to:

Selection Procedure: On the basis of application/eligibility criteria, approximately 37 Lester B. Pearson Scholars at the University of Toronto will be chosen annually. These scholarships are tenable only at the University of Toronto.

Nomination deadline: November 30th, 2017
Student Application deadline: January 15th, 2018

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