Seymour Schulich Gives 40 Canadian Students Largest Ever STEM Scholarships

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Forty young Canadians are heading into their first year of university with a large financial boost, after Schulich Leader Scholarships announced the winners of what will be the largest ever STEM scholarships in Canada.

Created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich three years ago, the annual awards program encourages high school graduates in Canada and Israel to embrace STEM disciplines in their future careers.

“We are creating the next generation of technology innovators,” said Schulich. “A scholarship of this size will motivate high school students from across the country to pursue their dream and in the process help to ensure our country’s economic competitiveness.”

This year there were 1,147 Schulich Leader Nominees competing for the 40 awards. To date, the scholarship has impacted 120 students from across Canada by distributing more than $7.6 million to Canadian students.

Two scholarship recipients are selected at each of the 20 participating universities. One undergraduate scholarship, valued at $80,000, is designated for a student pursuing a degree in an engineering program.  The second undergraduate scholarship, valued at $60,000, is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in a non-engineering based science, technology or mathematics program.

The 2014 Schulich Leaders are:

Name

Hometown

University

Area of Study

Emily Pass

Charlottetown, PE

University of Waterloo

Science

Amanda Rampertab

Oakville, ON

University of Waterloo

Engineering

Quinton Lowe

Cambridge, ON

University of Toronto

Engineering

Lukas Weese

Aurora, ON

University of Toronto

Science

Tayyaba Bhatti

Saskatoon, SK

Queen’s University

Science

Elise Hewat

Kaslo, BC

Queen’s University

Engineering

Pooja Srikanth

Milton, ON

McMaster University

Engineering

Marta Skreta

Toronto, ON

McMaster University

Science

Benjamin Congram

Stratford, ON

Western University

Engineering

Mark Krammer

Prince Albert, SK

Western University

Science

Vivian Tsang

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Science

Cheng Xie

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Engineering

Simona Bene Watts

Lee Creek, BC

McGill University

Science

Anna Henley

St. John’s, NL

McGill University

Engineering

Clare McGrath

Woodstock, NB

University of Ottawa

Science

Charles Nellis

Sudbury, ON

University of Ottawa

Engineering

Kirtan Dhunnoo

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Engineering

Chelsea Hong

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Science

Janica Echavez

Calgary, AB

University of Calgary

Engineering

Lauren Hebert

De Winton, AB

University of Calgary

Science

Amanda MacLean

Elmsdale, NS

Dalhousie University

Engineering

Alysha Rose

Saanichton, BC

Dalhousie University

Science

Raaj Chatterjee

Surrey, BC

Simon Fraser University

Engineering

Nancy Lum

Burnaby, BC

Simon Fraser University

Science

Mohammed Abousaleh

Victoria, BC

University of Victoria

Engineering

Joshua Stimpson

Beaverdell, BC

University of Victoria

Science

Tushita Patel

Mississauga, ON

University of Saskatchewan

Science

Teah Zielinski

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan

Engineering

Alexander Czehryn

Winnipeg, MB

University of Manitoba

Engineering

Kailee Rutherford

Holland, MB

University of Manitoba

Science

Sonja Power

Upper Tantallon, NS

University of New Brunswick

Engineering

Shuaijin Wang

Saint John, NB

University of New Brunswick

Science

Betty Seifu

Toronto, ON

York University

Engineering

Sherry Wong

Cambridge, ON

York University

Science

Jennifer Careen

Goulds, NL

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Engineering

Jennifer Tucker

St. Philip’s, NL

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Science

Laurence Poirier-Blanchette

St-Hubert. QC

Université de Montréal

Science

Lucas Ruel

Wickham, QC

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Engineering

Ioana Fugaru

Québec, QC

Laval University

Science

Vincent Rocheleau

Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Laval University

Engineering

Schulich Leader Scholarships accepted applications from every high school, secondary school and Cégep across Canada for candidates that demonstrate at least two of the following attributes: academic excellence, outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.

Students can also apply to become nominees to compete for 2015’s competition, starting October 1

The scholarships were created in 2011 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich. Today, 75 undergraduate scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing undergraduate studies in the STEM subjects.

A release said that the $100 million endowment fund is “creating the next generation of technology innovators in Canada and Israel.” Schulich Leader Scholarships are fully funded by The Schulich Foundation.  The administration of the program is a function of the Jewish Foundation of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.