Two University of Waterloo-bound students receiving $60, 000 Canadian Schulich Leader Scholarships

Monday, June 25, 2012

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, June 25, 2012) – The University of Waterloo is pleased to announce that Nicole Pitre, of Burlington, Ontario, and Nicole Shum, of Burnaby, British Columbia, have been chosen to represent their high schools as inaugural Schulich Leaders.

Originally, only 20 high school students across Canada were to receive the four-year, $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarships. Due to the overwhelming number and calibre of the nominees, the number of scholarships was doubled to 40.

Waterloo is proud to welcome two of those scholars for the coming academic year.

Nicole Shum, from Burnaby North Secondary in Burnaby, B.C., was selected due to her outstanding academic average and demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular academic efforts, charitable fundraising drives, health advocacy and volunteering. She will begin Nanotechnology Engineering in September.

Nicole Pitre, from Nelson High School in Burlington, Ontario, was also recognized for both an outstanding academic average and demonstrated leadership with social justice groups, charitable fundraising, sports and theatre. She will begin a double degree in Business and Mathematics this September.

The Schulich Leader Scholarships program recognizes students across Canada who demonstrate excellence in academics and/or community leadership and who plan to study one of the STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics — during their undergraduate years.

The Schulich Leaders were selected from a pool of 977 nominees. Every high school, secondary school and CEGEP (in Quebec) could nominate one student.

About the awards

Schulich Leader Scholarships were created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, who has funded a similar program in Israel. The $100-million scholarship initiative was implemented to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada and Israel, and is designed to ensure that future Canadian and Israeli leaders are among the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation. In 2012, there will be 40 Canadian and 10 Israeli Schulich Leaders.
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About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about the University of Waterloo, please visit

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Pamela Smyth
Media Relations Officer
Communications & Public Affairs
University of Waterloo

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