The Schulich Leader Scholarship are widely considered to be Canada’s most prestigious and coveted undergraduate scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Launched in 2012 through businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich’s $100 million donation, these scholarships provide outstanding students with up to $100,000 or $120,000 towards their undergraduate education at one of 20 partner universities across Canada.
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With up to 100 scholarships awarded annually, the Schulich Leader Scholarships recognize academic excellence, leadership potential, and financial need among high school graduates enrolling in a STEM program. The scholarships aim to provide opportunities for talented Canadian youth to pursue STEM education and in turn, advance Canada’s position globally in these fields.
This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the Schulich Leader Scholarships, including details on eligibility, selection criteria, application process, partner universities, benefits and impact for recipients, and the legacy of Mr. Schulich’s visionary gift.
What are the Schulich Leader Scholarships?
Overview and History
The Schulich Leader Scholarships were established in 2012 through Canadian businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich’s $100 million donation to provide scholarship funding for promising high school graduates pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degrees at specified universities in Canada.
With up to 100 scholarships awarded annually, the Schulich Leader Scholarships represent Mr. Schulich’s largest single charitable commitment in terms of monetary value and scope. The program aims to advance Canada’s global competitiveness in STEM fields by enabling the brightest students to focus on their education and research.
The scholarships are co-administered by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, operating both in Canada and Israel. In Israel, the scholarships are known as the Schulich Science Scholarships.
The Schulich Leader Scholarships include:
|50 scholarships valued at $100||000 CAD each for students pursuing Science||Technology||or Mathematics degrees|
|50 scholarships valued at $120||000 CAD each for students pursuing Engineering degrees|
The higher value for Engineering scholarships accounts for the generally higher tuition fees for these programs at partner universities.
The $100,000 and $120,000 amounts are provided over the course of the recipient’s undergraduate degree, with a minimum of $25,000 disbursed annually.
There are 20 partner universities participating in the Schulich Leader Scholarships program across Canada. High school graduates nominated for the scholarships must plan to attend one of the partner schools.
The partner universities are:
- University of Waterloo
- University of Toronto
- McGill University
- McMaster University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Victoria
- University of Calgary
- Dalhousie University
- Laval University
- Memorial University
- Queen’s University
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Alberta
- University of Manitoba
- University of New Brunswick
- University of Ottawa
- University of Saskatchewan
- Western University
- York University
- Université de Montréal
This selection of top-tier Canadian schools provides recipients with ample choice and opportunity to pursue their preferred STEM program at a globally recognized university.
The Schulich Leader Scholarships have defined eligibility criteria that prospective nominees must meet:
To be eligible, students must:
- Be graduating from a recognized Canadian high school
- Plan to enroll full-time in an eligible STEM program at one of the 20 partner universities
- Possess a minimum academic average of 90% in their last full academic year of high school
Leadership and Creativity
Beyond academic performance, nominees are evaluated on qualities including:
- Leadership potential and influence
- Entrepreneurial mindset and initiative
- Creativity and innovation
- Charisma and confidence
While not a strict requirement, consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need. Students facing economic barriers to pursuing post-secondary education are encouraged to apply.
Nomination and Application Process
High School Nomination
The first stage in the Schulich Leader Scholarship process is nomination by the applicant’s high school. Each recognized high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student per year to apply for the scholarship.
Cégeps (public colleges) in Quebec can nominate up to four students annually.
The nominated student is selected as the representative from their graduating class who best demonstrates the qualities of academic excellence, leadership, charisma, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Submitting an Application
After being nominated, students must submit a full application directly to the Schulich Leader Scholarship program, including:
- Application form
- Nomination letter from their high school
- Personal essays
- Letters of reference
Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by February 1st of the student’s graduating year from high school.
The Schulich Leader Scholarship selection committee conducts a rigorous, multi-stage evaluation of all applications. Selection factors include:
- Academic record
- Academic potential
- Leadership and community involvement
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Financial need
- Quality of application
Notification and Acceptance
- Mid-late February: Schulich Leader Nominees are notified of scholarship offers by email.
- March 1st: Nominees must accept or decline the scholarship offer.
- May: Formal award ceremonies are held to honor recipients.
Benefits of Winning
The Schulich Leader Scholarships provide monumental benefits to help propel students in their STEM studies and careers:
- Up to $100,000 or $120,000 in undergraduate scholarship funding
- Minimum $25,000 per year to cover tuition, fees, housing, resources
- Alleviates financial barriers to education
- Allows focus on studies and experiences rather than finances
Prestige and Opportunities
- World-class education at a leading Canadian university
- Open doors to internships, mentorships, jobs
- Networking with top STEM peers and alumni
- VIP invitee at speaker events and conferences
- Develop leadership, teamwork, communication skills
- Build self-confidence to lead initiatives and projects
- Inspiration through mentor relationships
- Sense of purpose and responsibility to community
Impact and Testimonials
The Schulich Leader Scholarships have made an immense impact on STEM education and research in Canada over the past decade. Here are some testimonials from past Schulich Leader recipients:
“Receiving the Schulich Leader Scholarship was an incredible honor and validation of my hard work. The financial support allowed me to fully immerse myself in my undergraduate studies and research, and opened up so many doors in terms of internships, conferences, and networking opportunities.” – Sarah L., Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
“Being named a Schulich Leader was a pivotal moment for me. I didn’t grow up with many financial resources, so receiving this scholarship took away the stress of how I would pay for university. It gave me the freedom as a student to take risks, pursue ambitious extracurricular projects, and contribute meaningfully to my community.” – David S., Computer Science, University of British Columbia
“As a Schulich Leader, I’ve been inspired by mentors who are also Schulich alumni, learned so much at exclusive Schulich events, and made valuable connections with fellow Schulich scholars across Canada. It’s an honor to be part of this community that is advancing innovation in STEM fields.” – Priya V., Mathematics, University of Toronto
The Legacy of Seymour Schulich
The Schulich Leader Scholarships represent the vision and philanthropy of Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s most respected business leaders and innovators.
- Born in 1941 in Toronto, Schulich earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from McGill University
- Co-founded the investment firm Beutel, Goodman & Company in 1967
- Known for pioneering innovative financial instruments
- Was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012
- Donated over $350 million to hospitals, universities, arts organizations, and other causes
- Largest single benefactor: $100 million to the Schulich Leader Scholarships
- Aims to advance Canadian excellence in STEM fields
- “Those who have the privilege to get a great education have the responsibility to give something back to their community.”
In just over a decade, the Schulich Leader Scholarships have cemented themselves as Canada’s most coveted and prestigious undergraduate scholarships in STEM fields. With up to $100,000 or $120,000 in funding towards studies at a leading Canadian university, these scholarships enable outstanding students to achieve their potential as future innovators and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Beyond just the financial awards, the Schulich Leader Scholarships also open doors to unparalleled networking, mentoring, and career opportunities. Recipients become part of an esteemed community advancing Canada’s global competitiveness and excellence in STEM education and research.
- Launched in 2012 through Seymour Schulich’s $100M donation, the Schulich Leader Scholarships provide up to 100 annual STEM scholarships of $100,000 or $120,000 CAD each.
- High schools nominate one top student annually to apply; Cégeps can nominate up to four. Nominees must have a minimum 90% average and plan to study STEM at one of 20 partner universities.
- Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, creativity, and financial need.
- Recipients receive immense financial and career benefits, joining a network of Canada’s brightest STEM students propelled by the visionary philanthropy of Seymour Schulich.