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McGill University is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Schulich Leader Scholarships, Canada’s largest STEM scholarship!

Since 2012, 30 students have won this celebrated award at McGill

Katherine Sirois showing her iron ring

Schulich Leader Scholarships, Canada’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship program, has been supporting Canada’s top entrepreneurial-minded technology innovators for 10 years. Up to 100 undergraduate scholarships are awarded annually across 20 Canadian universities, with a value of $100,000 or $80,000 per award.

To mark this milestone, McGill is celebrating the achievements of three graduates who are notable Schulich Leaders and whose contributions are helping to build a brighter future. They serve as reminders of why good leadership matters, and their stories are inspiring.

Meet Julie Wong, BEng’16, who was part of the inaugural group of Schulich Leader Scholarships recipients; Alex Deans, BEng’19, a self-described serial inventor; and Katherine Sirois, BEng’21, who founded a programming summer day camp for tweens and teens as a McGill student and is now working on a European Master’s programme in Embedded Computing Systems.

“It’s gratifying that this important and meaningful investment in the future of Canada is off to a strong start.  Schulich Leaders will be the engine that drives prosperity for our country. We look forward to supporting exceptional students pursuing their STEM education for many years to come,” says program founder Seymour Schulich.

“Thanks to the vision and generosity of McGill alumnus, Seymour Schulich, the Schulich Leader Scholarships continue to open doors for talented students from across Canada, helping them to excel at University and make significant contributions to society,” says Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University.

About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $200 million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.

Through The Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to up to 100 high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Due to the increased financial strain due to Covid, the number of scholarships was doubled from 50 to 100 starting in 2020. Every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need. 

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