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Scholars Academy


  • Receive 1:1 advising to discuss professional and career development goals
  • Receive guidance on applications for graduate and professional school
  • Review personal statements and CVs for scholarships, awards, and applications
  • Attend personal and professional development workshops
  • Access private Scholars Lounge, which includes a full kitchenette, lockers, study spaces, projector space for presentations, and a piano
  • Access Career and Professional Development Awards


  • Engage in service-learning projects by partnering with local not-for-profit organizations to help resolve specific issues they face
  • Participate in a panel of speaker series to share diverse insights on personal and professional growth
  • Mentor first-year students in your faculty and program as they navigate university
  • Engage in thoughtful and exciting discussions on a variety of topics during Tea Talks


  • Connect with a community of passionate and driven peers from across all disciplines
  • Be paired with an esteemed community mentor
  • Attend various networking opportunities with current students, alumni, community mentors, and advisory council members
  • Attend various social events
  • Attend Fall Retreat

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Through the support of Scholars Academy, students grow in the following areas:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • Networking skills
  • Social responsibility
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership skills
  • Research and evaluation

Charlie Fischer

Scholars Academy remembers Charlie Fischer

Charlie Fischer, Advisory Council member and mentor, will be remembered throughout the Calgary community for his remarkable leadership and vision. Scholars Academy is one of the many initiatives he inspired through his passion for challenging students to become the change makers they want to see in the world – just as he was.

An influential force since the very beginning of Scholars Academy, Charlie contributed his time and energy in multiple ways. From serving on the Advisory Council for eight years to mentoring students one-one one, Charlie marked each interaction with kindness, encouragement, and undeniable passion for creating positive change in the world. His unwavering commitment to improving education inspired the program’s mission of creating a community of support for top students.

Scholars Academy would not be the same without Charlie’s generosity, and his gentle presence will always be remembered.

“I first met Charlie Fischer as a new member of the Scholars Academy Program at the University of Calgary. I was an aspiring physician who did not know much about the business world, and initially was quite intimidated at the thought of having Charlie for a mentor. However, he was quick to put me at ease, and to show me the value of including different perspectives in a discussion. I learned so much from discussing the healthcare system with him, about how a business model can be used to incentivize different behaviours, and how our payment model for physicians could be changed to promote better care. As I continue my medical training, I still apply those ideas and am looking forward to the opportunity to work in a new payment model being rolled out across British Columbia – one that incentivizes quality of care over quantity of patients. Thank you, Charlie, for broadening my perspectives and for all your invaluable contributions to the Scholars Academy Program and the education of the physicians and leaders of tomorrow.”

Arielle Roberts, Scholars Academy Alumna

Read more about Charlie's legacy here