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Shayna Timmerman received a 2017 Schulich Leader Scholarship and is entering the Faculty of Science

2017 Schulich Leader: Shayna Timmerman

Past struggle with mental health motivates her to help others

There’s usually a huge smile on Shayna Timmerman’s face. It’s hard to imagine why there wouldn’t be. The graduate of Treherne Collegiate in Treherne, Manitoba is one of 50 Canadian students who received the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship in 2017. This fall, thanks to the Schulich Foundation, Timmerman is entering the Faculty of Science with $80,000 to pursue her dream of becoming an optometrist.

“It was a little unbelievable at first. I was shocked I actually received it. I was also extremely honoured and super excited,” says Timmerman.

Despite her modesty, Timmerman clearly embodies the promise of future success: she has been on the honour roll her entire life and has earned proficiency—top marks in her class—since the eighth grade.

But there’s two sides to every story.

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