Schulich Leader Scholarships
What are the Schulich Leader Scholarships?
The Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious $100,000 and $80,000 entrance scholarships for students in their final year of CEGEP, or high school outside Quebec, who wish to enroll at Université Laval in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).
In 2012, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich set up a $100 million fund to provide top students with the financial assistance they need to become world-class researchers and innovators.
Seymour Schulich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961 and a Master’s of Business Administration in 1965. He obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst degree from the University of Virginia in 1969. Throughout his career, he donated over $350,000 to a variety of causes in Canada and Israel, particularly in the fields of education and health.
To date the Schulich Leader Scholarships are his most generous and ambitious donations, worldwide.
Apply for a Schulich Leader Scholarship
How the program works
High schools outside Québec can nominate one student each and each CEGEP can nominate four.
- Your school chooses a representative who will be in charge of the nomination process and responsible to submit its nominee(s) online.
- The school posts promotional material, notifies its staff and students and launch the nomination process.
- The representative submits the nomination(s) before the deadline.
- Each nominee sends their scholarship application before the deadline.
- The universities review the applications and make scholarship offers.
Nominating a student
The representative submits the nomination(s) online.
The nomination form must indicate:
- The name and contact information of your school
- The name and contact information of your nominee(s)
Eligibility criteria and scholarship application
Eligibility criteria for nominees
- Be in the last year at a CEGEP or high school in Canada
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Plan to enroll in a university STEM program
- Have an excellent academic record
- Demonstrate leadership and creativity
- Be entrepreneurial-minded and intend to pursue a career in Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship & business enterprise, or Applied scientific research
Strong consideration will be given to students in financial need.
The nominee must include the following information with their application:
- The university in which they are planning to enroll
- Their three biggest achievements (academic or other)
- An essay explaining why they deserve the scholarship
- An optional essay on the particular circumstances of their life and academic career
- A short description of their plans for the next 10 years
- Two recommendation letters
- A copy of their most recent transcript
- A photo of themself for publicity purposes
Samuel Lefrançois, age 18, received a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Nepisiguit high school in Bathurst, New Brunswick, he is studying civil engineering. With his keen interest in science, excellent leadership skills, and outstanding academic achievements, Samuel has enormous potential in science. He is involved in numerous activities, including fundraising and competitive cycling, and helped develop a mathematical formula in cooperation with two universities. His impressive record has been rewarded by this coveted scholarship.
Maxime Langevin, age 18, received an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. After graduating from École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet in Ontario, he enrolled in a bachelor’s in chemistry. Maxime is known for his involvement in a wide range of academic, community, sports, and environmental activities. He has put his strong entrepreneurial spirit and natural leadership skills to work through his involvement in fundraising efforts, the creation of a Franco-Ontarian artistic work, and the construction of two drinking water wells in Africa, to name just a few of his achievements.
Monica Gagnier, age 18, received an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Monica graduated from École secondaire catholique de Casselman in Ontario and is now studying for a bachelor’s in forest management and environment. Monica was chosen for her natural leadership and outstanding achievements in academics, sports, and community service, all key selection criteria for these scholarships.
Marie-Laure Filion, age 19, received a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. She graduated from Cégep Limoilou in Québec City and is studying civil engineering. She was chosen because of her many accomplishments, including her impressive entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and community engagement) all key selection criteria for Schulich Leader Scholarships.
Gabrielle Martineau, age 19, received an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Gabrielle graduated from West Island College International – Class Afloat in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and is now doing a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was chosen because of her exceptional accomplishments, including an outstanding academic record, natural leadership skills, and dedication to giving back to her community, key selection criteria for these scholarships.
Nicolas Fillion, age 20, received a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montréal, he is now working toward a bachelor’s in software engineering. Nicolas was chosen because of his exceptional achievements (impressive community engagement, academic excellence, and positive leadership), essential selection criteria for these scholarships.
Michelle Janusz, age 18, received an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. She graduated from Earl Marriott Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, and is studying toward a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. She was chosen because of her exceptional accomplishments: academic excellence, natural leadership qualities, and community service, key selection criteria for these scholarships.
Camille Comtois, age 20, received a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Camille is a graduate of Cégep régional de Lanaudière in L’Assomption and is completing a bachelor’s program in nursing sciences. She was chosen because of her remarkable achievements: outstanding engagement, positive leadership, and immense generosity, key selection criteria for these scholarships.
Rosemarie Dupont studied at Cégep de Drummondville, where she completed a double DEC in natural sciences, specializing in health sciences and dance. She helps primary students with their homework and tutors CEGEP students. She has also been a member of Harmonie d’Asbestos for many years, teaches flute to children age 5 to 7, and launched a musical awareness program for children age 3 to 4. Rosemary also volunteers as a swim coach for the new swim team at her former high school.
Nicolas Tremblay studied at Cégep de Chicoutimi and has put his passion for computers to good use. For example, he developed a software solution for managing the student residences at his CEGEP and created a number of tools for his classmates and teachers. His greatest achievement to date is undoubtedly the tool he developed for seniors who have a hard time understanding computers.
Ioana Fugaru studied in the Faculty of Medicine. She received a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Vincent Rocheleau earned a degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He received an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Audrey-Ann Lavoie studied at Cégep Champlain-St. Lawrence in Québec City, where she got involved in cultural and community events, organizing the Shaved Head challenge for Leucan. She received a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Manuel Lavoie-April studied at Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, where he served as vice president of the Student Council and was very involved with seniors in his community at Centre de santé et de services sociaux des Basques. He received a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship.