Difference Maker Award

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The Troost ILead Difference Maker Award

Do you have a proven track record and a high commitment to making your community a better place? Are you an individual with dreams and the determination to get there? Are you a person who has actively expressed leadership and demonstrates a commitment to your own potential and ongoing development?

If the above is reflective of you, then we encourage you to apply for the Troost ILead Difference Maker Award. This one-time $50,000 award is for a remarkable 4th year undergraduate student who is ready to dream, launch and make the world a better place.

Application pages are due January 15, 2021 to natalianoel.smith@utoronto.ca.

Award Criteria

Engagement

Engagement with Troost ILead (whether an academic course, or a co-curricular enrichment program) strongly preferred.

Experience

Proven record of leadership and influence. This looks like making things happen, being engaged, taking on challenges, chasing your dreams and visions, making things better, and being of service to others.

Academics

A minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70.

Character

Demonstration of character: confidence, humility, collaboration, citizenship, integrity and kindness.

Vision

A vision of how you will work towards making your community a better place post-graduation.

  • Engagement

    Engagement with Troost ILead (whether an academic course, or a co-curricular enrichment program) strongly preferred.

  • Experience

     Proven record of leadership and influence. This looks like making things happen, being engaged, taking on challenges, chasing your dreams and visions, making things better, and being of service to others.

  • Academics

    A minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70.

  • Character

    Demonstration of character: confidence, humility, collaboration, citizenship, integrity and kindness.

  • Vision

    A vision of how you will work towards making your community a better place post-graduation.

Submission Requirements

  • Please submit your CV and a statement of purpose by January 15, 2021.

    Your statement of purpose needs to show us what you stand for, how you have made a difference so far, and how you dream of making a difference in the future. What would 50K allow you to do? What doors and opportunities would open for you? What would you commit to? Statements of Purpose should be 500-1000 words.

  • Two testimonials from 2 individuals in your life.

    These are not standard letters of reference, but more descriptors of your character and your leadership impact. Please choose two people who can speak to your values and your previous experiences/ successes. These testimonials might come from a peer, a mentor or a formal teacher.

Nomination Process

  • Each nomination package must consist of the following:

    1. Completed self-nomination form
    2. Authorization provided by the student, via check box on the form, that their CPGA meets the minimum requirement of 2.70.
    3. Updated CV
    4. Statement of Purpose
    5. Two testimonial letters
  • The Self Nomination form is below. This will be matched to your nomination package based on legal first and last name.

  • Please ensure that your submitted nomination package is complete and accurate. Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered.

  • Nomination packages must be submitted electronically as one single pdf document with no additional attachments to Natalia Smith at natalianoel.smith@utoronto.ca.

  • Selected applicants will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.

  • If you have questions, contact natalianoel.smith@utoronto.ca.

Self Nomination Form