Four Queen’s students receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

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Schulich Leader scholarship recipients share their excitement with The Journal

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Since 2011, the Schulich Leader scholarship program has provided 270 high school graduates with scholarships valued at up to $100,000. This year, Queen’s had four students who were named Schulich Leaders.

Created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this scholarship is the largest in the country provided to students whose focus is in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

This year, over 1,300 Schulich Leader nominees from across Canada competed for 50 scholarships. Each year, 25 scholarships valued at $100,000 each are reserved for students pursuing engineering and another 25 valued at $80,000 each are allocated to individuals pursuing science, technology or math.

Participating high schools select a representative who nominates one student to submit an application for the scholarship. Successful applicants are granted funds that span the duration of their undergraduate degree.

One of the Queen’s recipients, Jacob Meadus, ArtSci ’21, a science student from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, said receiving his $80,000 scholarship was a huge financial relief.

“It isn’t just about the finances, however. By being declared a Schulich Leader, I am reaffirmed that the time and effort that I have put into my community and my academics has been well worth it,” Meadus told The Journal via email.

Meadus said he’s eager to face challenges beyond what he faced in high school.

“Simply put, without connections, experience and the grades to back me up, the chances of myself succeeding in my chosen field of astrophysics and cosmology is slim to none. Therefore, it is decisively crucial that while I study here, I must actively strive to build upon these three core concepts,” Meadus wrote.

Laure Halabi, Sci ’21, another Queen’s Schulich Leader from Whitby, Ontario, told The Journal she feels “honored and thankful to be given such a high and respected title, especially at Queen’s.”

According to Halabi, it was more than just academics that attracted her to Queen’s.

“The Engineering program here definitely intrigued me, but I’d have to say it’s the atmosphere and the community support that pulled me in the most,” Halabi wrote.

“This is one of the best universities in Canada and I feel so lucky to be part of the Schulich family here in Kingston.”

Johann Sapim, Sci ’21, of Toronto, Ontario also received a scholarship valued at $100,000, and Ryley Molloy, ArtSci ’21, of Lindsay, Ontario received one valued at $80,000.

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