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Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

As we build each clan, we seek the most promising students in terms of aptitude, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.

We base our evaluation on the totality of information available. No single factor – whether your college performance, essay, test scores, interview, or work experience – is decisive. We consider each application holistically and take into account factors such as your background, experiences, perspectives and your fit with the Mavericks program and our, aspirations, values and accomplishments.

A hunger for life and knowledge

We believe that your attitude toward learning is as important as your aptitude. We hope that your application will convey your passion, dedication, and genuine interest in expanding your intellectual horizons and tackle the challenges of building your own business.

We also consider the initiative with which you seek out opportunities that enhance your knowledge. We want to understand your willingness to master concepts that may not be immediately relevant to your intended business, to carve your path in ambiguous environments and to support the academy’s goal of developing you into a well rounded entrepreneur with a clear understanding of all that this entails.

Demonstrated Leadership Potential

As we review your application, we are considering your leadership potential as demonstrated through your personal character and professional competence.

Your personal character matters not only because integrity is a cornerstone of Mavericks Academy, but also because of the vast responsibility our society places on leaders of businesses and social-sector organizations. As a result, we look for evidence of behaviours consistent with your ideals, even under difficult circumstances.

We want to understand your personal motivation and convictions and your ability to confront complex, unfamiliar issues with good judgement. We also try to uncover the ways in which challenges to your beliefs may have changed some of your perspectives and reinforced others.

In understanding your professional competence, we look for both leadership experience and potential. In doing so, we don’t limit ourselves to your professional life. Neither should you. We look at your background for evidence of the ways you have influenced the people and organizations around you, and the way those experiences have shaped you.

We look for evidence of your desire to make a lasting impact in the organizations you serve and create throughout your career, inspiring and motivating all around you.

We consider your awareness of what you do well and the areas in which you can improve, and your openness to feedback. Ultimately, we gauge your commitment to utilizing fully your opportunities and available resources.

Personal Qualities & Contributions

The strongest applications we see are those in which your thoughts and voice remain intact. The Mavericks community relies on authenticity among students. To understand how you will contribute too, and will benefit from our community, we need to know who you are, not simply what you have done. Your experiences, beliefs, passions, dreams and ambitions will help in forming our future, just as much as we help form yours.

Take time to reflect on who you are and have confidence in yourself. We always remember that there is neither an “ideal” candidate nor a “typical” Maverick student. You should remember this, too.

A few basic assumptions underly our evaluation approach.