Six of the country’s highest-achieving secondary school graduates will begin their studies at Western this fall as recipients of prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.
Enrolled in Engineering and Science, these students have diverse interests ranging from dance and theatre to robotics and competitive swimming.
They share a track record of well-rounded extracurricular pursuits and a common passion for learning.
Launched in 2012, the $200-million scholarship program – one of the most sought-after and competitive in the country – provides for 100 undergraduate scholarships at 20 partner universities across Canada. Funded by Canadian philanthropist Seymour Schulich, the program helps the country’s most promising students pursue their dreams to become global leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Students entering engineering receive $100,000 while those planning to study other disciplines within science receive $80,000.
Western’s Schulich Leader Scholarship awardees for 2020 (click on links for full profile) are:
Natalie Loewen of The Archipelago, near Parry Sound, is fluent in American Sign Language and wants to develop engineering technologies to improve people’s lives.
Katja Murray of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a competitive swimmer and hockey player with aspirations to become a biomedical engineer.
Elizabeth Olsson of Surrey, BC, attained the highest math and science marks in her school and was a dancer/coach/choreographer on her school’s dance team.
Cole Sweet of Oakville, led his school’s drama club and participated in comedy improv, while taking every science and math course available during the school year and in summer months.
Chrisy Xie of Markham, launched a non-profit organization to help girls in STEM, founded her school’s robotics team and runs a coding camp.