News Release

REF NO.: 3

SUBJECT: Two Memorial students awarded prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships

DATE: September 5, 2014

        Jennifer Careen and Jennifer Tucker, two first-year students at Memorial University, have been named 2014 recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships.

        Created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, the annual awards program encourages high school graduates to embrace science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines in their future careers. This year, there were 1,147 Schulich Leader nominees. 

        Two scholarship recipients, “Schulich Leaders,” are selected at each participating university each year. One undergraduate scholarship, valued at $80,000, is designated for a student pursuing a degree in an engineering program. The second undergraduate scholarship, valued at $60,000, is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in a science, technology or mathematics program (non-engineering based).

        Ms. Careen is the recipient of the award valued at $80,000. A graduate of St. Kevin’s High School in the Goulds, Ms. Careen comes to Memorial with plans to complete a bachelor of engineering.     

        “Words can't even begin to describe how I felt when I was notified that I won the scholarship,” she said. “I was ecstatic; it was a very surreal moment. It is such an amazing feeling knowing that I will be able to pursue my degree worry-free, and I am very thankful to be a recipient of the 2014 Schulich Leader Scholarship.”  

        Ms. Tucker is the recipient of the award valued at $60,000. A graduate of Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John’s, Ms. Tucker comes to Memorial with plans to major in biochemistry, and to later pursue a degree in medicine. Ms. Tucker says she was “completely overjoyed” when she learned of her award. “I was so relieved that both my parents and I wouldn’t have to worry about the financial burden of attending university,” she said.

        “I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities that becoming a Schulich Leader has already provided me, and for the opportunities it will continue to provide for years to come. It is great to know I will be a part of a network of incredible individuals who will become both friends and mentors for life.”

        Open to every high school, secondary school and CEGEP across Canada, Schulich Leader Scholarships recognize Canadian students who plan to study one of the STEM disciplines during their undergraduate years at university. These students demonstrate two of the following attributes: outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership, academic excellence or financial need.       

        For more information on the Schulich Leader Scholarship program, visit www.shulichleaders.com.  

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