As a high school student in Stoney Creek, Ont., Frank Battaglia devoted more than 1,000 hours to community service, locally and abroad, while earning top marks in the classroom.
At the Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. in Richmond Hill, Ont., meanwhile, Daniel Kapustin created a charity that raises funds for cancer research, while also winning academic honours.
Now, both are McGill freshmen, enrolled in the Faculty of Science’s Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences stream. And both are recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships, designed to support future Canadian leaders who are entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at 20 selected universities.
The scholarships, each valued at $60,000 over four years (or three years for CEGEP graduates), are among the most generous undergraduate awards in the country. The program was established through a $100 million endowment created by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, a McGill alumnus and benefactor.
“Being a Schulich Leader has allowed me to take full advantage of my university experience without having to worry about financial affairs,” says Julie Wong, a McGill student who became one of the 40 inaugural recipients of the program last year. “I try to carry on the spirit of the Schulich Leader Scholarships in all my activities at McGill, be they academic, extracurricular or community-oriented.”
The program’s nomination process for 2014 begins in November 2013. All Canadian high schools and secondary schools outside of Quebec are eligible to select one candidate each year to represent their school as a Schulich Leader Nominee. CEGEPs in Quebec may select two nominees each. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 4, 2014.
The scholarships are open to graduating students across Canada who possess at least two of the three selection criteria: academic excellence; outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership; financial need. Students must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
“The Schulich Leader Scholarships invest in exemplary Canadian students who have already demonstrated academic excellence and/or community leadership so that they may continue to excel and develop into Canada’s future innovators in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” says Ollivier Dyens, McGill’s Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning). “McGill enthusiastically welcomes Schulich Leaders, and would like to highlight the generosity and vision of Seymour Schulich, creator of the program.”
For more information about Schulich Leader Scholarships: http://www.schulichleaders.com/
About McGill University
Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 39,000 students, including more than 9,300 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 8,200 international students making up 21 per cent of the student body. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 40 per cent whose first language is French or who speak it fluently.