A student in the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has been selected to receive a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study engineering at Queen’s University in the fall.
Catherine (Cassie) Douglas, a Grade 12 graduate at Granite Ridge Education Centre (GREC), has been chosen as a recipient of this prestigious national scholarship, LDSB said in a release dated Monday, June 7, 2021.
According to the school board, every high school in Canada may submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year. As a recipient of this scholarship, Cassie will be able to pursue her passion for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). LDSB said Cassie was nominated for her outstanding academic performance and extra-curricular involvement. She is the first recipient of the Schulich Leader Scholarship from Granite Ridge Education Centre.
“Cassie is an intelligent, responsible, dedicated and driven student who has a thirst for knowledge. She sets high standards for herself and works diligently to achieve her goals,” said GREC Principal Emily Yanch. “Cassie has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and thanks to the generosity of Schulich Leader Scholarship, she can focus on her academics while pursuing her dream.”
Since she arrived in Grade 9, Cassie has excelled academically in all areas and has positioned herself as a leader, the school board said. She has received numerous subject awards for excellence and has been on the Honour Roll for four years. She also served as a Grade 9 Orientation leader/organizer, a peer tutor and on numerous student committees.
“We are proud to celebrate 10 years of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world,” said program founder Seymour Schulich. “This group of 100 outstanding students will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer and will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. They are the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.”
Given the unprecedented challenges of this year, Schulich Leaders is awarding an additional 50 scholarships for a total of 100 this year, according to the release. Read more about the Schulich Leader Scholarships on their website.