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Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships at the University of Toronto

The Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships at the University of Toronto offer an unparalleled opportunity for outstanding international students. These scholarships allow recipients to study at one of the world’s best universities in one of the most multicultural cities. The program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, creativity, and leadership within their school. Importantly, it emphasizes the impact the student has had on their school and community life, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.

Awarded annually, these scholarships recognize outstanding students from around the world, including international students studying at Canadian high schools. This is the University of Toronto’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for international students.

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years. Additionally, the scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto for first-entry, undergraduate programs. Each year, approximately 37 students are named Lester B. Pearson Scholars.

In summary, the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for exceptional international students. Not only do they provide comprehensive financial support, but they also recognize academic excellence, creativity, leadership, and potential to impact the global community. Moreover, recipients can pursue their undergraduate studies at one of the world’s top universities in a multicultural city.

How to Apply for the Lester B. Pearson Scholarships

To become a Pearson Scholar, you need to be nominated by your school to apply for undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Make sure to ask your school guidance counselor about the nomination process. After you are nominated and apply to the University of Toronto, you will receive a secure link to the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship application.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Pearson International Scholarship, you must be:

  • An international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit);
  • Currently in your final year of secondary school in 2024/2025 or have graduated no earlier than June 2024
  • Beginning your studies at the University of Toronto in September 2025

Application Process

Here are the steps to apply for the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship at the University of Toronto:

  1. Receive a nomination from your school. High schools not already contacted must submit an application to participate, available through this provided link. Schools that participated previously will receive nomination access starting July 1, 2024.
  2. Apply to study at the University of Toronto by October 18, 2024, to begin your studies in September 2025. Note that you will be considered for the Pearson Scholarship for your first choice of program at the university. While you can apply for multiple programs and receive admission to them, the Pearson Scholarship, if awarded, will be restricted to your first program choice when the scholarship decisions are made.
  3. Once nominated by your school and you’ve applied to the university, complete the online Lester B. Pearson Scholarship application by November 8, 2024. You will receive a private link to the scholarship application after successful nomination.
  4. Submit all necessary documentation online by November 8, 2024.

Pearson Scholarship Deadlines

  • School nomination deadline: October 11, 2024
  • Student OUAC admission application deadline: October 18, 2024 
  • Student scholarship application deadline and documentation submission deadline: November 8, 2024


For more details, please also visit the Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships webpage here.


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