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Students at UNB receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Aug 21, 2020

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

Jessica Dean and Stephen White have been named the University of New Brunswick’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated. This year, 100 students received this celebrated award, up from 50 in prior years.

Jessica Dean, 18, is a recipient of the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Armbrae Academy in Halifax, Ms. Dean will be entering the bachelor of engineering program in Fredericton this fall. Ms. Dean was selected for her outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements, including student council, tutoring math and French at her school, and volunteering with the Girl Guides of Canada. In 2019, Ms. Dean received the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Medal.

Stephen White, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of St. Malachy’s Memorial High School in Saint John, Mr. White will be entering the bachelor of computer science program in Fredericton this fall. Mr. White was selected for his outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements, including the founding of a cybersecurity group at his high school and leading the school’s cybersecurity team to the Canadian nationals for two years running.

“Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world. With 100 outstanding students selected in Canada this year, it is all but guaranteed that this group will represent 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 entrepreneurial-minded technology innovators,” says Mr. 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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