Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships.

Fifty are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Twenty-five are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and 25 are valued at $80,000* for science and math scholarships.

Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship.

The Schulich Leader Scholarships is a Canadian and Israeli undergraduate award program that provides scholarships for students enrolled in STEM areas of study.

Established in 2011 following a $100 million gift from Canadian businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich and Co-administered by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the program was initiated with the goal of producing STEM leaders to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Canada and Israel.

In the inaugural year, 977 high schools and CÉGEPs across Canada put forward a nominee to compete in the annual award competition. In 2015, 1,250 students were nominated, fifty of whom were selected for the scholarship by one of the twenty participating universities.

Schulich Leader Scholarship Selection Process – Canada

In Canada, all secondary schools may submit a single nominee for the award each year, with the exception of CÉGEPs in Québec, which may submit two. To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must be entrepreneurial-minded and meet two out of three criteria: outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership; academic excellence; and/or financial need.

Choosing from the pool of nominees who have applied to their institution, each of twenty participating universities select two students to become Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients – one student pursuing undergraduate studies in engineering receives a scholarship valued at $80,000 CAD, while the second scholarship, allocated to a student in one of the other three STEM disciplines, has a $60,000 CAD value.The five university partners that attract the most Nominee applications by deadline are provided an additional two scholarships to offer: one towards engineering ($100,000 since 2020-17) and one towards science and mathematics ($80,000 since 2020-17).

Schulich Leader Scholarship Selection Process – Israel

In addition to the Canadian program, Schulich Leader Scholarships is being carried out at five participating universities in Israel. In Israel, nominees are evaluated based on similar attributes: leadership and volunteerism, academic standing, and financial need. Each university selects ten Schulich Leaders annually: five engineer-based Leaders and five science, technology or mathematics-based Leaders.

Are you eligible for Schulich Leader Scholarship?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who is graduating from a Canadian high school, secondary school, or CEGEP.
  • Be nominated by your high school, secondary school, or CEGEP.
  • Possess at least two of the three following attributes:
    1. Leadership (community, business, or entrepreneurial)
    2. Academic excellence
    3. Financial need
  • Be entrepreneurial-minded, intending to pursue a career in technology, innovation, engineering, and scientific research.
  • Not be pursuing a career in medicine (practicing physician) or medical research.

Schulich Leader Scholarship Award value

Schulich Leader Scholarships in Engineering are valued at $100,000. Recipients will receive annual payments of $25,000 over a period of four years if all renewal criteria are met.

Schulich Leader Scholarships in STEM faculties outside of Engineering are valued at $80,000. Recipients will receive annual payments of $20,000 over a period of four years if all renewal criteria are met.

How do you apply for Schulich Leader Scholarship?

High school, secondary school, or CEGEP students in their final year of study are eligible to be selected by their respective schools as Schulich Leader nominees. High schools may nominate one student per year; CEGEPs may nominate two students.

For information on the application process, please visit the Schulich Leader Scholarships website

When is the deadline of Schulich Leader Scholarship?

The 2020 Schulich Leaders nomination period opens on September 8, 2020 and will close on January 30, 2020 in Canada. 

Nominees must submit a separate online Schulich Leader application by February 20, 2020. A link to this application will be emailed by representatives from the Schulich Leader Scholarships office.

When will the winners be announced?

Schulich Leader Scholarship winners will be notified on or before June 14, 2020.

2020 key program dates:
  • January 30, 2020 – High School and Cegep Nominee Submission deadline
  • February 20, 2020 – Schulich Leader scholarship application deadline
  • March 1- universities receive scholarship applications
  • June 14, 2020 – Schulich Leaders finalized
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