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Students at UNB receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

UNB one of 20 Canadian universities to announce its 2017 Schulich Leader Scholarship winners

Madeleine Crawford of Cornwall, P.E.I. and Nathan McNally of Wolfville, N.S. have been named the University of New Brunswick’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in their future careers. This year, there were more than 1,300 Schulich Leader Nominees from across Canada vying for 50 scholarships, valued at up to $100,000 each. Since inception, 270 students have received this celebrated scholarship.

Madeleine Crawford

Ms. Crawford, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Bluefield High School in North Wiltshire, P.E.I., Ms. Crawford will be entering the bachelor of science program on the Fredericton campus this fall. She was selected for her outstanding academic record and her extracurricular work with student council, especially in the Best Buddies and inclusion programs. She has particular passion for environmental issues and student rights and is a community leader, volunteering at her local hospital and church and performing in area theatre.

Nathan McNally

Mr. McNally, 18, is a recipient of the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, N.S., Mr. McNally will be entering the bachelor of engineering program on the Fredericton campus this fall. He was selected for his outstanding academic credentials and leadership, including a commitment to the school’s Student Ambassador’s Club and Leadership Team. He has participated in both the Canada Wide Science Fair and SHAD, performed with the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and played a major role his school’s theatre production.

“Schulich Leader scholarship recipients are the best and brightest STEM students in Canada,” says Dr. Schulich. “I truly believe that many of 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.”

About Schulich Leader Scholarships

Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious entrance scholarships awarded to high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at participating universities in Canada and Israel. 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 2011 to encourage our best and brightest students to become the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.

This program awards 100 scholarships annually, valued at more than $7 million. High schools across the country put forth more than 1,300 Schulich Leader Nominees who were vying for 50 Canadian scholarships. Schulich Leaders can devote their full time and attention to their studies, as all of their financial needs are covered over the course of their degree. Canada’s highest potential students are winning these scholarships and will make remarkable contributions to society.

About the University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada’s oldest English-language university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history and a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. UNB has nearly 10,500 students from nearly 100 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world. UNB contributes significantly to the province with an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion on the provincial economy – equivalent to 4.5 per cent of the gross domestic product of New Brunswick.

Media contacts
• David Stonehouse: david.stonehouse@unb.ca, 506-458-7925
• David Goodman: dgoodman@schulichfoundation.org, 416-480-6485
• Dara Newton: dnewton@uja.schulichleaders.com, 416-480-6492

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