Four incoming students have received $100,000 and $80,000 scholarships for undergraduate study at Queen’s University as recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship.
The Schulich Leader Scholarship was awarded to 50 students across Canada out of 1,400 nominees from a pool of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
“Queen’s is pleased to welcome another impressive group of Schulich Leaders to the university,” said Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at Queen’s. “We thank the Schulich Foundation for providing opportunities to our top students in science, engineering, and technology.”
The 2019 recipients of a scholarship to Queen’s are Andrea Stachow of Ladysmith, British Columbia, George Trieu of Scarborough, Ontario, Anthony Galassi of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Isabeau Lewis of Toronto, Ontario.
Stachow and Trieu are recipients of $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarships. Stachow and will be studying engineering beginning this fall. She was inspired to go into engineering after participating in SHAD, a Canada-wide program for top high school students interested in science, technology, arts, and entrepreneurship. Trieu, who is highly skilled in computers, will be studying engineering. Trieu has impressive computer skills, and he is one of the very few high school students around the globe who passed the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician exam, which is considered the gateway to a career in computer networks.
Galassi, who will be beginning a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) and Lewis, who is starting a Bachelor of Science (Honours), have both received $80,000 scholarships. Galassi was a finalist in the Young Entrepreneurs: Make Your Pitch competition by the Ontario Centres of Excellence for the London Region, and wants to become an entrepreneur after graduating from Queen’s.
Lewis was a co-ordinator at a local elementary school’s social justice club for the past six years, where she helped students combine school skills and activism to run humanitarian campaigns in their community.
The entrance scholarships are given to high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Each year, every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader nominee based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership, and financial need.
The $100-million scholarship fund was established by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich in 2012 to encourage the best and brightest students to become the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation. “It is all but guaranteed that this group represents the best and brightest Canada has to offer. These students will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures,” said Schulich.
“They are the next generation of technology innovators.”