The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill University are Canada’s finest scholarships for master’s and professional degree studies.
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The McCall MacBain Scholarship, supports ambitious scholars by paying tuition and fees for McGill University’s eligible master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate programs.
Along with financial support, participants receive a $2,000 Canadian living allowance per month while in school, a one-time payment for moving, and options for summer funding. Moreover, the McCall MacBain Scholarship offers participation in an enriching leadership development program, connecting scholars with mentors and advisors, and providing access to a wide array of workshops and insightful talks.
Requirements of McCall MacBain Scholarships
Exceptional Character: The McCall MacBain Scholarships are for those individuals who express the values of excellence, hard work, service, and a dedication to lifelong learning. Candidates should demonstrate integrity, honesty, and empathy, and possess the tenacity to pursue long-term goals while being open to taking meaningful risks.
Community Engagement: A commitment to working with others to address challenges facing communities is highly regarded. The McCall MacBain Scholarship values candidates with diverse interests and involvement in activities beyond the classroom.
Leadership Potential: Prospective scholars should believe in collaborative efforts and the ability to lead others towards a shared vision. Demonstrated readiness to take on challenging leadership roles to drive meaningful change and a genuine desire to support and develop the potential of those they lead are also key attributes.
Entrepreneurial Spirit: The McCall MacBain Scholarship seeks candidates capable of identifying unmet needs and inspiring others to develop creative solutions to address them. A mindset that embraces forging new paths without being hindered by fear of failure is valued.
Academic Strength and Intellectual Curiosity: Candidates should possess a profound interest in people, ideas, and the world around them. Their willingness to engage with individuals holding diverse perspectives is crucial. The alignment between their intended graduate program, qualifications, and future plans is also taken into consideration.
Number of Awards
Up to 30 full scholarships and 100 entrance awards will be offered for Summer / Fall 2024 admission to master’s or professional studies at McGill.
Eligibility Criteria for McCall MacBain Scholarship
To be eligible for the McCall MacBain Scholarships 2024 cohort, applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- By August 2024, current students will have completed their first bachelor’s degree.
- Individuals who earned their first bachelor’s degree in the last five years (January 2018 or later)
- Applicants who earned their first bachelor’s degree more than five years ago and are 30 years of age or younger in 2023
- Meeting the GPA and other requirements of the desired program at McGill is essential.
- Prospective scholars need to apply separately and gain admission to an eligible graduate program at McGill University. It is advised to thoroughly review the admission requirements, including GPA, well in advance.
Academic strength and intellectual curiosity constitute one of the five selection criteria for the McCall MacBain Scholarship.
Evidence of this will be sought throughout the application, including transcripts.
Additionally, meeting the minimum degree and language requirements for admission to McGill’s master’s program is mandatory.
Benefits of McCall MacBain Scholarships
McCall MacBain Scholars are expected to maintain satisfactory academic standing, actively engage in meaningful service, and wholeheartedly participate in the scholarship program. Scholarships are renewed annually.
A living stipend: During academic terms, scholars receive a living stipend of $2,000 per month. While some may choose full-time enrollment during the summer, others opt for full-time work, a combination of paid work and research, entrepreneurial pursuits, or other purposeful endeavours. Scholars can also apply for funding of up to $5,000 to support impactful research or meaningful projects.
One-time Finalist Award: Even when they are not selected as McCall MacBain Scholars, candidates who proceed to the final interviews are still eligible to receive a one-time Finalist Award. For Canadian applicants, the Finalist Award amounts to $10,000, while for international applicants, it is $20,000 (reflecting the higher tuition costs).
Full-time enrollment: Recipients of the Finalist Award can use it for full-time enrollment in an eligible master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate program offered by McGill University on its downtown, MacDonald, or Outaouais campuses. The recipients are required to enroll for summer or fall 2024 during the 2023 application period.
One-time Regional Award: Candidates who distinguish themselves at regional interviews but don’t proceed to the final interviews qualify for a one-time Regional Award. Canadian applicants receive $5,000, whereas international applicants receive $10,000 (due to higher tuition costs).
The Regional Award can be used for full-time enrollment in an eligible master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate program offered by any public university in Canada. Recipients are expected to enrol for summer or fall 2024 during the 2023 application period.
Application Deadlines for McCall MacBain Scholarship 2024 Admission
Canada and the United States
Students and graduates of universities in Canada and the United States, including Canadians studying abroad, should submit their applications by September 27, 2023.
Students and graduates of universities located in other countries must submit their applications by August 24, 2023.
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