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UNB celebrates the 10th anniversary of Schulich Leader Scholarships

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Nov 25, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Sonya Power and Wesley Finck

Schulich Leader Scholarships, Canada’s premier science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarship program, has been supporting Canada’s top entrepreneurial-minded technology innovators for 10 years. One hundred undergraduate scholarships are awarded annually across 20 Canadian universities, with a value of $100,000 or $80,000 per award.

Since 2012, 20 students have won this award at the University of New Brunswick.

To mark this milestone, UNB is celebrating the achievements of two notable Schulich Leaders from the university whose contributions are helping to build a brighter future. Their work is not only shaping how we live today, but what our future will look like tomorrow. They remind us why good leadership matters and their stories are inspiring.

Meet the Schulich Leaders:

  • Sonja Power, BSE.CHE’18. At just 24, Sonja leads a team of eight people with diverse backgrounds at Lockheed Martin. She said, “One of the first things I have learned since graduating is how adaptable engineering is as an educational background. Regardless of the type of engineering you specialized in, your most important asset will be the same: an analytical way of thinking and applying mathematics and science. Through that and with a bit of hard work you can learn to do nearly anything!”
  • Wesley Finck, BSE.EE, D-TME’20. Wesley is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, and that extends to his engagement with the Schulich Leaders network. As a student, he volunteered as a network development co-chair. Since graduating, he has been the alumni network development chair. In both positions, his focus has been on strengthening a sense of community and culture within the network. “To me, the Schulich Leader community is a reminder that if we work together, we can be an immense force for good in the world,” said Wesley.

“It’s gratifying that this important and meaningful investment in the future of Canada is off to a strong start. Schulich Leaders will be the engine that drives prosperity for our country. We look forward to supporting exceptional students pursuing their STEM education for many years to come,” said program founder Seymour Schulich.

“We at UNB are thrilled to partner with the Schulich Foundation in offering Schulich Leader Scholarships, increasing both UNB and Canada’s competitiveness on the world stage by providing transformative educational opportunities to our country’s most capable and talented youth," said Dr. Paul Mazerolle, UNB’s president and vice-chancellor.

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 $200 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 enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Due to the increased financial strain due to Covid, the number of scholarships was doubled from 50 to 100 starting in 2020. 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.

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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