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SFU students awarded prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship

Two of SFU’s newest students rake in $180,000 in scholarships

September 05, 2019

Braden McMillan, University Communications and Marketing, 778-782-3210,

Photos: SFU Flickr Page


New students Erin Flood and Philip Stachura have been named Simon Fraser University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. 

Out of a pool of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.

Stachura, a graduate of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate, is the recipient of the engineering scholarship valued at $100,000, while Flood, a graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary, received the $80,000 science scholarship. Both students were selected for their outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements, which are core requirements for the scholarship. 

Stachura, 18, enters SFU’s computer engineering program after spending the last three summers working as a junior developer with start-up Go99. There, he helped create a freight-matching platform to improve transparency and efficiency in logistics.

“I would like to work on significant and technically challenging projects and products that will make a defining difference in the industry, and in people’s lives,” says Stachura. “I believe my experience will help me meet and exceed the challenges ahead.”

Flood, 17, enters SFU in the mathematical physics honours program. During her time at Burnaby Central Secondary, Flood was known for extra-curricular involvement with the news club, soccer team, student government and student-led organization, Beyond STEM. 

Flood co-founded Beyond STEM after she was unable to find information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) opportunities at her school. The program raised awareness about STEM among hundreds of her peers through conferences, career fairs and events.

“These clubs and groups provided me with a variety of unique experiences and leadership opportunities that allowed me to grow into a well-rounded student,” says Flood. “I plan to continue this involvement at SFU while maintaining a balance between academics and community participation.”

Schulich Leader Scholarships are the largest STEM scholarships in Canada. “These students will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale,” says program founder Seymour Schulich. “With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extra-curriculars and entrepreneurial ventures."

About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada:

Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious entrance scholarships awarded to 50 high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Each year, every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.  

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100-million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to become the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.

About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU works with communities, organizations and partners to create, share and embrace knowledge that improves life and generates real change. We deliver a world-class education with lifelong value that shapes change-makers, visionaries and problem-solvers. We connect research and innovation to entrepreneurship and industry to deliver sustainable, relevant solutions to today’s problems. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 155,000 alumni in 143 countries. 

Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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