SAANICHTON — The recipients of 40 Schulich Leader Scholarships are heading off to universities across Canada this September to pursue undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), including Stelly’s Secondary School graduate Alysha Rose.
Created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich three years ago, the annual awards program encourages high school graduates to embrace STEM disciplines in their future careers.
This year, there were 1,147 Schulich Leader Nominees competing for the 40 awards. Rose, who will attend Dalhousie University in September, was awarded $60,000 towards her degree in a science based program.
To date, the scholarship has positively impacted 120 students from across Canada by distributing more than $7.6 million to Canadian students.
“We are creating the next generation of technology innovators,” said Schulich of the scholarships.
“[Scholarships] 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.”
Schulich Leader Scholarships accept applications from every high school and secondary school across Canada who can produce one candidate that demonstrates at least two of the following attributes: academic excellence, outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.
Students can apply to become Nominees to compete for the 2015 Schulich Leader Scholarships starting in October. For more information, visit schulichleaders.com.
— News staff with files from Brown and Cohen Communications