This fall, four high-achieving students will begin their undergraduate degrees at Western as recipients of the Schulich Leader Scholarships, a prestigious award given to 50 select students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at top Canadian universities.
Amelia Carver, a graduate of Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont., will study Engineering. Linda Guo, a graduate of Westwood Community High School in Fort McMurray, Alta., will study Science. Sandra Sabongui, a graduate of TMS School in Richmond Hill, Ont., will study Science. Lovdeep Singh, a graduate of Enver Creek Secondary in Surrey, B.C., will study Engineering.
Read the Western News profiles on each of the incoming students:
- Lovdeep Singh: Scholarship opens ‘doorway of endless possibilities’
- Sandra Sabongui: Award to stoke imagination of young research mind
- Linda Guo: Scholarship reveals options she did not know existed
- Amelia Carver: ‘Junk’ discovery unlocks future possibilities
Created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich in 2012, this scholarship program encourages high school graduates to embrace STEM disciplines in their future careers.
“It is extremely important that we support exceptional young minds that demonstrate great leadership and embrace STEM fields,” Schulich said. “It’s an investment not only in their future, but the future of our country and the global community that is sure to lead to key innovations in the years ahead.”
This year, there were a record-breaking 1,500 high schools that submitted a Schulich Leader Nominee, all competing for the 50 coveted scholarships. To date, these scholarships have been awarded to 220 students across Canada, distributing more than $14 million.
Two scholarship recipients are selected at each of the 20 participating universities, with five of these universities receiving an additional two scholarships for attracting the most applications – which, this year, includes Western.
Twenty-five undergraduate scholarships, valued at $80,000, are given out to students pursuing engineering degrees. The other 25 scholarships, valued at $60,000, are reserved for students pursuing degrees in science, technology or mathematics.