There’s no question that Quebec is a province rife with talent. From Lorne Trottier to Julie Payette, many of McGill’s most celebrated graduates were born and bred right here at home - proof positive that in the quest to find and foster the great minds of tomorrow, there’s no better place to start than on our very own doorstep.
That’s why, for more than a decade, McGill has been working with high schools across Quebec to reward the efforts of our most promising science and math enthusiasts, and to help them continue on their paths to success. Through the McGill Science Awards program, the University honours the outstanding achievements of one graduating student per eligible school – an average of 200 students per year – with a $300 tuition credit towards the undergraduate program of their choice at McGill. Our hope is that this vote of confidence will be just the push recipients need to convince them to take their talents to the next level, and to do so right here in La Belle Province.
For Maria Popa – a recent winner from l’École de La Magdeleine in La Prairie – the program was exactly that. “The McGill Science Award was a great reward for all my hard work throughout the school year,” she explained, “especially in Physics and Chemistry. Receiving it has encouraged me to keep studying science and follow my path to medical school, which I’m hoping to do at McGill. I’m really proud and grateful.”
She’s not the only one. Since its inception, the Science Award program has recognized the achievements of thousands of exceptional Quebec students, many of whom have gone on to pursue their studies at McGill. With this much potential just waiting to be realized, there can be little doubt that amongst these shining young stars lie the ground breaking leaders of tomorrow.
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