Partners in innovation: Schulich Leader Scholarship program doubles in size

January 24, 2020

Sixteen SFU students are already studying on a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship and now more young scholars will gain this opportunity. The Schulich Leader Scholarship is doubling its annual scholarship awards from 50 to 100. It is the largest Canadian scholarship program dedicated to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich has deepened his investment to $200 million to keep Canada at the forefront of the knowledge-based economy.  

Out of a pool of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,500 high school students are nominated annually, of which 100 will now receive this celebrated award. Of these, 50 will receive $100,000 to pursue an engineering degree and 50 will receive $80,000 to pursue a science, technology or mathematics degree at one of 20 Canadian partner universities—including SFU.

“Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world," says Schulich. "With 100 outstanding students selected in Canada each year it is all but guaranteed that this group will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer. These future leaders will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of technology innovators.”

SFU, a national leader in innovation and entrepreneurship education, is pleased to partner with the Schulich Foundation to support the changemakers, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders of tomorrow. SFU Innovates, our university-wide innovation strategy, aims to increase our economic and social impact through the mobilization of knowledge and ideas, engaging students and faculty members with communities and industry partners to solve real-world problems.

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this now $200 million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage Canada’s best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars and the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.

Through the Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. 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. The nomination deadline for the 2019/2020 program is Jan. 29, 2020.