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Students at UNB Fredericton receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Sep 23, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton

Matthew Toms-Zuberec and Julien Hache have been named UNB Fredericton’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated. Given the unprecedented challenges we are facing this year in Canada, an additional 50 scholarships are once again being awarded, for a total of 100.

Julien Hache, 18, is a recipient of the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of James M. Hill Memorial High School in Miramichi, N.B., Hache will be entering the bachelor of science in engineering program this fall on the UNB Fredericton campus. Hache was selected for his outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements, including his role of co-captain of his high school’s hockey team and co-founding Print-ER, a company that manufactures sustainable 3D printers.

Matthew Toms-Zuberec, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Notre Dame High School in Calgary, Alberta, Toms-Zuberec will be entering the bachelor of computer science program at UNB Fredericton this fall. Toms-Zuberec was selected for his outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements, including a COVID-19 tracker and leadership of the robotics projects for his high school engineering class.

“We are proud to celebrate 10 years of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world. This group of 100 outstanding students will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer and 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 entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators,” says program founder Seymour Schulich.

About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100+ million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.

Through The Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates this year, enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need. For more information visit schulichleaders.com.

About the University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada's oldest English-language university, and New Brunswick’s only national comprehensive university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history as well as a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. UNB has more than 9,500 students from nearly 75 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

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Photo: (L-R) Julien Hache and Matthew Toms-Zuberec