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Harley Bray received the Schulich Leader Scholarship, a four-year scholarship she credits with allowing her to focus on her studies.

Harley Bray received the Schulich Leader Scholarship, a four-year scholarship she credits with allowing her to focus on her studies.

Schulich doubles investment in Canada’s future

UM calls on students to apply to transformative scholarship program

January 24, 2020 — 

Seymour Schulich, a leading Canadian businessman and philanthropist, has deepened his investment to $200 million to keep Canada at the forefront of the knowledge-based economy.

Schulich Leader Scholarships are now doubling from 50 to 100 annual awards, and the University of Manitoba encourages students and high school guidance counselors to apply to this transformative program.

“Manitoba is brimming with exceptional students who want to change the future but some may lack the means to afford the training,” says Jane Lastra, director of Financial Aid and Awards at UM. “To enable them, UM consistently awards upwards of 1,400 scholarships to first-years students alone, but by far the most significant is the Schulich Leader Scholarship and I cannot stress enough how important it is for students and guidance counselors to apply for it.”

Schulich scholarships focus on students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate degrees, and the award offers the largest payout of any scholarship program, at a value of $100,000 or $80,000 each depending on area of study.

To date, 16 UM students have received Schulich scholarships since 2012, including Harley Bray in 2015. She encourages students to apply. 

“Trust yourself and what you have to offer,” she advises those who may be hesitant to apply. “You are so filled with possibility. Don’t let your own fears become a barrier for the world to see how amazing you truly are. Sometimes the most terrifying things have the most beautiful outcomes. Never have too much pride to try for something you truly want.”

Raised by a single mom in Austin, MB, Bray remembers going to Value Village to buy $0.25 books when she was still too young to read. She credits her mom for pushing her to be her very best and for always supporting her and her sisters’ dreams. 

“I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to not have the scholarship. I don’t have to work during the school year and I’m able to focus on my studies,” she says. This allowed her to get involved with volunteer opportunities.

“Every single day, I make it my goal to help someone else, even if it is just getting someone who was maybe having a bad day laugh at one of my bad jokes because if I can do that then at the end of the day it is all worthwhile,” she says.

Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premier STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world, awarded to 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,” says Mr. Schulich.

Apply now. Deadline for schools to nominate students is Jan 29, applications from students due Feb 19.

 

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