Professor Jessie Gordon MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship of $900 has been endowed by family, friends and colleagues of the late Jessie Gordon MacCarthy, who for 10 years contributed through teaching, administration, and research to the development of the health sciences at UBC. The award is made to the student who, having completed the penultimate year of any health program at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, best combines academic excellence, demonstrated interest, and leadership in the field of community and/or population health.

Activities in the years immediately preceding admission to UBC may be considered as well as activities carried out while an undergraduate.

The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the Office of the Vice-President, Health.

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Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. Be registered in a health or human services degree program at UBC and be in good academic standing.
  2. Be in the final year of their program in the Winter 2023 Term.
  3. Meet minimum requirements for holding and retaining scholarships as stated in the UBC Senate Regulations Governing University Awards.
Application Process

All required forms and supporting documentation as outlined below must be received by the application deadline.‚Äč

Step 1
Complete and submit the online application form.

Step 2
Request an official transcript to be delivered by email to

Step 3
Request two letters of recommendations from referees with formal academic, health professional, or community educator roles who can clearly describe your demonstrated student leadership in the field of community health, including your involvement in specific activities and the value that you brought to these activities. Letters of recommendation (maximum 2 pages each) must be emailed by your referees directly to

Note: Applicants must ensure that official transcripts and letters of recommendation are sent to by the application deadline in order for the application package to be complete. Late or incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Selection process

The Professor Jessie Gordon MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship recipient is selected by the UBC Health Awards Committee, which is composed of UBC faculty members, students, and public members from the health community. 

By accepting the MacCarthy Scholarship, the recipient consents to having their name, program of study, and photo published in UBC Health communications. 


If you have any questions, please contact Susana Leon, Administrator, UBC Health at

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