At the University of Manitoba, an Emerging Leader is any current full-time or part-time University of Manitoba undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA, in any faculty, school or program, that:

  • Supports the University's educational mission by contributing to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus
  • Encourages cross-cultural understanding
  • Demonstrates sustained leadership and initiative that is worthy of recognition

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Leader Award. The 2021 Emerging Leader Award application is now closed.

If you have questions about the Emerging Leader Award, please contact emerging.leaders@umanitoba.ca.

Selection Criteria

A University of Manitoba Emerging Leader is: 

Any current full-time or part-time University of Manitoba undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA, in any faculty, school or program that: 

  • Supports the University’s educational mission by contributing to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus  

  • Encourages cross-cultural understanding  

  • Demonstrates sustained leadership and initiative that is worthy of recognition 

Applicants and Referees should know that: 

  • An online application (completed by the student) and two letters of support are required (see below for additional information) 

  • The selection committee defines leadership in its broadest sense  

  • Applications will be evaluated on the quality, not quantity, of leadership described in their submission  

Applicants who were previously selected as Emerging Leaders are ineligible to re-apply.

Letters of Support

In order to gain a comprehensive view of your leadership contributions, two letters of support are required to complete your application. Failure to submit letters of support will result in your application being incomplete and therefore not reviewed/considered. 

Note that you are responsible for contacting your referees and ensuring the submission of your letters of support. 

Selecting Referees 

  • One referee must be a University of Manitoba staff or faculty member (who must be able to directly support your University of Manitoba involvement), and  

  • The second referee may be one of your choice but should have first-hand knowledge of your demonstrated leadership. 

  • Referees must not be a familial relation. 

Please note that the University of Manitoba staff or faculty member does not have to be an academic reference, and can include staff from U of M affiliated organizations such as UMSU or CanU.  

These letters of support must be submitted directly to the Student Life Office no later than 4:30pm on April 16, 2021. Letters can be submitted by email (in PDF format) to emerging.leaders@umanitoba.ca

 

You may use the text below as an email template to inform your referees of your application and request their support. 

Dear (referee's name), 

I want to let you know that I have applied for the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award (Include reason for application here). 

A University of Manitoba Emerging Leader is any current full-time or part-time University of Manitoba undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA, in any faculty, school or program that: 

  • Supports the University’s educational mission by contributing to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus  

  • Encourages cross-cultural understanding  

  • Demonstrates sustained leadership and initiative that is worthy of recognition  

Please also note that the selection committee defines leadership in its broadest sense, and applications will be evaluated on the quality, not quantity, of leadership described in the submissions. 

As part of the application, I am required to obtain two letters of support. I would like to request your support for my application. 

Letters of support must be submitted by referees to the Student Life Office no later than 4:30pm on April 16, 2021. The information you provide will be considered carefully by the Emerging Leaders Award selection committee and all letters will be held in confidence. Letters can be submitted by email (in PDF format) to emerging.leaders@umanitoba.ca

(Offer to provide further information if the referee requires it). 

(Thank the referee for their consideration of your request; and ask that they contact you or the Student Life Office by emailing emerging.leaders@umanitoba.ca with any additional questions). 

Sincerely, 

(Your Name Here

Application questions

In addition to demographic and personal information, the following are questions asked in the application (they must each be answered in the maximum word assigned to each question). It is suggested that you pre-write your answers before starting the online application form.  

  • In no more than 250 words, describe your personal philosophy on leadership. What does Leadership mean to you? What qualities, skills, actions make someone a leader? 
  • In no more than 500, words describe your Leadership experience (through formal or informal roles) in the University of Manitoba community/communities. 
    • Provide specific examples 
    • Comment on your values and motivations 
    • Outline your challenges, achievements, and impacts that you have had 
  • In no more than 250 words, describe how you live by your leadership philosophy and tell us why you should be selected as an Emerging Leader. 

Optional

You have the option to attach your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) at the end of your application to help validate your on-campus experiences, but is not required. Any non-CCR attachments (e.g. resume, CV, certificate copies, etc.) will not be reviewed. 

When completed your application, be sure to click “SUBMIT” to complete your submission. 

Selection Process

An award selection committee of University of Manitoba staff and students will review applications following the submission deadline.  

The committee will consider all applicants against the selection criteria of the award. This will include confirmation of your GPA as part of the selection process. 

Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application by the beginning of June. The decisions of the selection committee are final.   

Questions

Any additional questions about the Emerging Leaders Award can be directed to emerging.leaders@umanitoba.ca

2021 Emerging leaders

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