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Enabling students to pursue their dreams

  • Schulich Leaders meet Provost Bacon
    Queen’s Schulich Leaders speak with Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), about what the prestigious national scholarships have enabled them to accomplish, during a breakfast meeting at Richardson Hall.
  • Schulich Leaders meet Provost Bacon
    Laure Halabi talks about her experience as a Schulich Leader at Queen's as fellow Schulich Leaders listen, including, from left, Sandra Smeltzer, Johann Sapim, and Clifford Lerebours.
  • Schulich Leaders meet Provost Bacon
    Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), listens as Sandra Smeltzer talks about what she has gained through her Schulich Leader Scholarship, along with fellow Queen's Schulich Leaders Ryley Molloy and Jamie Lee Freeston.

For many of the Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients, attending Queen’s University would have been unlikely without the support provided by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

Recently, Queen’s Schulich Leaders had the opportunity to speak with Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), through an organized breakfast meeting at Richardson Hall. During the meeting, students spoke about how the scholarships have enabled them to pursue their preferred areas of studies at Queen’s as well as their experiences as recipients of the prestigious awards. They also had the opportunity to find out more about the provost and what his role as a senior administrator entails.

For Jacob Meadus, a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the scholarship has given him the opportunity to pursue studies in astrophysics.

“I wouldn’t have been able to come to Queen’s in the first place without this scholarship,” says Mr. Meadus, one of four 2018 Queen’s Schulich Leaders. “I come from a town in Newfoundland and Labrador, so that meant applying for scholarships and bursaries to help fund my education outside the province or go to the local university which, unfortunately, doesn’t have the program that I wanted to study. So that wasn’t looking very good for me. Fortunately, I received a Schulich Leadership Scholarship and it has enabled me to pursue my dreams.”

Created in 2011 by Seymour Schulich, the annual nationally-competitive scholarship program encourages high school graduates to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in their future careers. The awards provide financial support to winners over four years of study.

“The Queen’s Schulich Leaders form an incredibly talented group and it was such a pleasure to meet them,” says Dr. Bacon. “Thanks to the support of the Schulich Foundation these outstanding students have chosen come to Queen’s where they will contribute to our community of scholars and will benefit from the transformative student learning experience the university offers.”

This year, there were over 1,300 Schulich Leader nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. Since inception, 270 students have received this scholarship.

For more information on the scholarships and full profiles of the Queen’s recipients visit the Schulich Leaders website.