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Schulich Leader Scholarships

September 08, 2015 16:00 ET

University of Calgary students awarded largest Canadian scholarship to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Schulich Leader Scholarships for $80,000 and $60,000 per student announce 2015 winners

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 08, 2015) - Tingting Yan and Manpreet Deol have been named the University of Calgary'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 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in their future careers. This year, there were 1,250 Schulich Leader Nominees from across Canada vying for these 50 new scholarships. Now in its fourth year, 170 students from across the country are Schulich Leader Scholars, and have received $11 million in support.

Tingting Yan, 17, is a recipient of the award valued at $60,000. A graduate of Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary AB, Yan is entering the Bachelor of Health Sciences program this fall. Yan was selected for the outstanding leadership and ingenuity that has led her to excel in many areas of her life. As a motivated self-starter, Yan taught herself to play badminton by watching YouTube videos and went on to become a provincial champion in the sport. She placed second in a national public speaking championship and won a Royal Conservatory of Music provincial gold medal in 2014 for having the highest marks in Speech Arts and Drama. Her interest in medicine inspired her to pursue volunteer opportunities at local hospitals. She won the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Scholarship and the prestigious Heritage Biomedical Research Scholarship and is currently working on researching stroke rehabilitation at the University of Calgary.

Manpreet Deol, 18, is a recipient of the scholarship valued at $80,000. A graduate of York House School in Vancouver B.C., Deol is entering the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program this fall. Deol's outstanding academic achievements and involvement in STEM based initiatives along with her participation in the University of Calgary's Shad Valley program, earned her the award. During Shad Valley, Deol helped create a healthcare start-up company, by designing a wrist-worn medical device. She has been repeatedly recognized in her school community for being a well-rounded student and leader. Doel also represented Vancouver at two B.C. Winter Games Competitions for short-track speed skating.

"Fostering leadership in STEM fields is vital to Canada's economic prosperity," says Seymour Schulich. "It is immensely important to invest in the next generation of technology innovators as they develop and hone their minds and skills to contribute to our national and global community. Every year, our mission is to support outstanding students in pursuit of their dreams."

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 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to be the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation. This program awards 100 scholarships annually, valued at more than $5 million. 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. As a result, many of our highest potential students are winning these scholarships and will make great contributions to society.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will life up my eyes.'

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