What are Schulich Leader Scholarships?
Launched in 2012, this $200 million scholarship fund provides 100 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities. The most promising students can pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM). A similar program is conducted in Israel, where an additional 50 scholarships are awarded annually.
Why was this program established?
Founding philanthropist Seymour Schulich believes in supporting exceptional young minds that demonstrate great leadership and embrace STEM fields. He believes that together we are creating the next generation of technology innovators.
How is this program funded?
This program is funded by The Schulich Foundation and Co-Administered by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
What is the monetary value of each scholarship?
Every year, fifty scholarships, valued at $100,000 each, are designated for students pursuing an engineering degree. Fifty scholarships, valued at $80,000 each, are designated for students studying science, technology or math.
How many scholarships are awarded by each partner university?
Distribution of scholarships (based on nomination pools as at February 28, 2020):
5 universities with the largest pool of nominations receive:
- 5 scholarships at $100,000 each to pursue engineering degrees
- 5 scholarships at $80,000 each to pursue science, technology, or mathematics degrees
Universities 6-10 largest pool size to receive:
- 3 scholarships at $100,000
- 3 scholarships at $80,000
Universities 11-20 pool size to receive:
- 1 scholarship at $100,000
- 1 scholarship at $80,000
This measure was put in place in 2020 to provide equity amongst Nominees applying to win the award at the universities that generated a larger pool of Nominee candidates annually.
What universities in Canada and Israel participate in this program?
What are the eligible STEM programs at each university?
Each university has their own list of eligible STEM programs. To see the complete list of eligible STEM programs at each university, visit the universities
page and click on the respective university logo. A pop-up screen will appear and list the information.
Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?
Schulich Leader Scholarships are open to all graduating high school or Cégep students across Canada who have an interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) at one of our partner universities.
- Graduate high school or Cégep in the 2019/2020 academic year
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Be entreprenerial-minded and plan to enroll in an eligible STEM program at one of our partner universities
- Meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Academic excellence
- Leadership (entreprenerial or community)
- Financial need
- Not planning a career as a medical practitioner or researcher. This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, optometrists, etc. This scholarhip is for entreprenerial-minded innovators outside the medical community.
What grades meet the requirement of Academic Excellence?
The definition of “Academic Excellence” is up to the discretion of each individual high school or Cégep.
How is Financial Need defined?
Students planning to apply for government assistance for undergraduate study at university would meet the criterion of “Financial Need”
What high schools are eligible to participate?
All public and private high schools and Cégeps across Canada are eligible to participate.
Note: In Quebec, only high schools with students going directly to university can participate.
What is the application process?
The application process to become a Schulich Leader and receive the scholarship is as follows:
High school / Cégep publicizes this opportunity to their student body
High school / Cégep selects one student to be their Schulich Leader Nominee (Cégeps may select two Nominees)
Nominee completes a separate Schulich Leader scholarship application
Universities review applications and select their scholarship recipients
What are the 2020 application deadlines / important dates?
January 29, 2020 – Deadline for school to submit a Nominee
February 19, 2020 – Deadline for Nominee to submit Schulich Leader scholarship application
June 15, 2020 – Scholarship winners finalized
What format are applications submitted in?
All applications must be submitted electronically on our website. The link to access the application is only available upon request by the high school/Cégep. To request the link contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What information is required for the Schulich Leader Nominee and Scholarship application?
The Schulich Leader Nominee application requests the following:
Name and contact information of the high school / Cégep
Name and contact information of the Nominee
All nominations are verified by the Schulich Leader Scholarships office. Once a nomination is verified, the student is emailed a link to the scholarship application.
Scholarship application includes:
- The universities they wish to attend
- Their top three achievements (academic or other)
- 50 words maximum per achievement
- Essay demonstrating why they should win
- 600 words maximum
- Optional essay to outline extenuating circumstances
- 250 words maximum
- Short answer to identify where they see themselves in 10 years
- 50 words maximum
- Two single-page letters of reference that include email and telephone contact information for verification
- Copy of up-to-date transcript, credit counsel summary or detailed academic report
- Headshot profile image for publicity
What is the difference between a Schulich Leader Nominee and a Schulich Leader?
A Schulich Leader Nominee represents the top STEM student in their graduating class and in turn becomes eligible to win a $100,000 or $80,000 scholarship. This entrepreneurial-minded student exemplifies at least two of three criteria:
- Academic excellence
- Leadership (entrepreneurial or community)
- Financial need
A Schulich Leader is a student who has been selected by one of our 20 partner universities to receive $100,000 or $80,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree in an eligible STEM program. In addition to this large financial award, they join an elite network and receive many ongoing benefits.
Only Schulich Leader Nominees are eligible to become Schulich Leaders.
Can I nominate myself for the scholarship?
We do not accept applications unless they have been submitted electronically by a member of the high school/Cégep administration.
What is the benefit of being a Schulich Leader Nominee?
The Schulich Leader Nominee designation is associated with many benefits:
Only Nominees are eligible to receive the $100,000 or $80,000 scholarship
Nominees are recognized on a national stage and within their school
Nominees receive increased access to summer jobs/internships
If I am a Schulich Leader Nominee, can I apply to receive the scholarship at all 20 universities?
Schulich Leader Nominees may apply to become Schulich Leaders at any or all of the partner universities where they have submitted admissions applications or intend to submit an application to enroll in undergraduate study in a STEM program. Note, if you select a university that you intend to apply to, you must apply to that university by March 1, 2020.
How are Schulich Leaders selected in Canada?
Each partner university selects their Schulich Leader scholarship recipients using their own rubric and adjudication committee.
When do the universities select their Schulich Leaders?
The 2020 Schulich Leaders will be selected by each university by June 15, 2020. However, the universities may make offers to their desired Schulich Leaders before then.
How are scholarship recipients notified?
The method by which recipients are notified is up to the discretion of each partner university.
Are Schulich Leader Nominees notified if they do not win the scholarship?
It is not a requirement that the universities notify the students they have not selected to receive the scholarship. However, we do update all Schulich Leader Nominees and Nominators via email on a regular basis to provide
insight into the selection status at each school. We also post any updates on our Facebook
pages as they become available.
What happens if a student is offered the scholarship by more than one university?
Schulich Leader Nominees do not have to accept the first scholarship offer they receive. Nominees can decide to wait and see if they receive offers to other universities as well. However, the partner universities are allowed
to put out a scholarship offer with an acceptance deadline. If you receive an offer from one university but would like to wait and see if you receive additional offers, we suggest checking our Facebook
pages, as we will
post which universities have finalized their Schulich Leaders as we receive that information. If there is a particular university you have a special interest in we suggest following up with them directly as well.
How are the funds distributed to scholarship recipients?
Before each academic year the universities distribute the funds to the students directly for that academic year. Engineering recipients receive $25,000 and Science, Technology, Math recipients receive $20,000.
Is the scholarship transferable between universities?
Schulich Leader scholarship funds are non-transferable. If a student receives the award but wishes to switch to a different university the funds remain at the university where they received the award.
What are the requirements to maintain the scholarship each year?
The scholarship may be withdrawn by the university if the student fails to obtain sufficient grades to pass a year, commits a felony, withdraws from full-time attendance at the university or changes his or her area of study away from the STEM areas.
If a student wins the scholarship, are they ineligible to receive other awards?
Schulich Leader Scholarships do not set any restrictions on receiving other awards.
Can the scholarship be deferred?
Subject to the respective university policies, Schulich Leaders may defer the scholarship for a period of up to one year.
If students accept an official university admissions offer before finding out if they won the scholarship, will they be ineligible to receive the scholarship at a different university?
If you accept an offer to one university and receive the scholarship at another, you should still be able to accept the scholarship offer and attend the university where you received the scholarship. However, as each university has their own policies
we suggest you speak to them first before submitting a formal acceptance agreement.