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University of Toronto students awarded largest ever Canadian scholarship to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

June 18, 2014

Schulich Leader Scholarships for $80,000 and $60,000 per student announce 2014 winners

Toronto, ON — Quinton Lowe and Lukas Weese have been named University of Toronto’s recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships for students entering undergraduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

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.

Two scholarship recipients – “Schulich Leaders” – are selected at each participating university. 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 science, technology or mathematics program (non-engineering based).

Quinton Lowe is the recipient of the award valued at $80,000. A graduate of St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge, ON, Lowe will be entering the Engineering program this fall.

Lukas Weese is the recipient of the award valued at $60,000.  A graduate of The Country Day School in King, ON, Weese will be entering the Life Sciences program this fall.

“Fostering leadership in STEM fields is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity,” said Seymour 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 competitive position. This scholarship, now in its third year, has positively impacted 120 students from across the country in 10 provinces distributing more than $7.6 million to Canadian Schulich Leaders since 2012.”

Open to every high school, secondary school and CEGEP across Canada, Schulich Leader Scholarships recognizes Canadian students who plan to study one of the STEM disciplines during their undergraduate years at university.  These students demonstrate two of the following attributes: academic excellence, outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership or financial need.

About Schulich Leader Scholarships

Created in 2011 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, Schulich Leader Scholarships are 40 undergraduate scholarships awarded annually to students pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This $100 million scholarship program is the largest undergraduate STEM scholarship opportunity in Canada and the second-largest endowment to Canadian academia in history. A sister program in Israel distributes 35 awards at five participating universities with over $1 million worth of scholarships annually.  Schulich Leader Scholarships are administered and represented by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

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Carmen Sebert
Student Awards Officer
University Advancement
Tel: 416-978-5701

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