Morgan Beattie and Ashim Dhital have been named University of Saskatchewan recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded each year to 50 high school graduates entering in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Every high school in Canada can submit one nominee based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need. Out of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated.
“This scholarship is a privilege that will help me obtain my degree without any financial worries,” said Dhital. “I am determined in my goal and I learned hard work and ethics from my parents, which I will use here to succeed.”
Dhital, 18, won the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of St. Mary High School in Prince Albert, Sask., he will be entering the College of Engineering this fall. He was selected based on his dedication to community and technological innovation, as well as his academic achievement. He sees himself as a mechanical/aeronautical engineer working for a multinational aerospace company such as Boeing, Airbus or Bombardier. Dhital would like to lead a team of engineers and develop new technologies.
Beattie, 18, won the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Marion M. Graham Collegiate in Saskatoon, she will be entering the College of Arts and Science. Beattie was selected because of her passion for science, community and innovation.
“I’m excited to face new challenges, learn new things, and have new experiences at the University of Saskatchewan this fall,” said Beattie. “I have always had a natural curiosity and hunger for science. I look forward to exploring many areas of science at the University of Saskatchewan until I’m ready to narrow my focus on a specific field. I am so thankful to be a Schulich Leader to be able to pursue my love of science without financial pressure.”
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 Canada’s best and brightest students to become the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.
“With 50 outstanding students selected in Canada each year it is all but guaranteed that this group represents the best and brightest Canada has to offer,” said Schulich. “These students 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.”