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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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Uni­ver­si­ty Advance­ment
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