Waterloo welcomes Schulich Leader Scholarship winners

Schulich Leader Scholarship Recipients

This fall, the University of Waterloo welcomes four incoming first-year students that were awarded the Schulich Leader Scholarship for their demonstrated leadership in academic excellence.

Each year, the Schulich Leader Scholarship is awarded to between two and four individuals entering a STEM program at a participating university. In 2014, over 1150 students were nominated, forty of whom were selected by one of the twenty participating universities across Canada.

This year, UWaterloo is proud to welcome Ella Rasmussen, Madeline Shred, Aaron Grenke, and Cindy Wei to campus. These students are entering with academic averages ranging from 94 to 99 percent with countless hours of community involvement.

Cindy WeiCindy Wei, who is joining the Kinesiology program, is a great example of what is expected of Schulich Leader Scholarship nominees. She held executive positions in several clubs, volunteered as a peer and literacy tutor, helped out at local senior homes, and volunteered as a nurse’s aid for her local hospital. In her free time, Cindy gets creative by writing children's novels and regularly updating her cooking and nutrition blog.

It is so important to get involved with things you are passionate about - and then taking it to the next level.

Aaron, who is starting his studies in Mechanical Engineering, balanced both academic demands and extracurricular activities.

Balancing academic excellence and extracurricular involvement has always been a priority throughout my secondary school years. I quickly learned that the more I could reach outside of my immediate comfort zone, the more significant and applicable my studies became.

Aaron Grenke

During his high school career Aaron committed his time to being the Vice-President of the student council, managing the schools media, and acting as the Junior Coach for a number of sports teams, all while finding the time to excel academically.

 

 

 

Madeline Shred, who joins Waterloo’s biomedical sciences program, maintained a 99 percent average while being deeply involved in her community. Prior to cominMadeline Shredg to Waterloo, Madeline helped found a charitable organization called Building a Legacy, which raised money for Free the Children. Outside of school, Madeline was a member of the city’s youth council while regularly volunteering at her local hospital.

 

 

The final recipient of this year's award is Ella Rasmussen, who is fulfilling a lifelong dream by joining the Mechatronics Engineering program at Waterloo.

Since Grade 6, I've wanted to go to Waterloo because I heard it was one of the best engineering schools in Canada.


Ella RasmussenOn top of being actively involved in her community, Ella has co-founded WeeSprout - a startup that combines environmental sustainability with food nutrition and the community. She is excited to begin her studies at the University of Waterloo and especially looks forward to co-op opportunities.

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