YCDSB Student Awarded Canada’s Largest STEM Scholarship
Number of scholarships doubles to 100 this year
York Catholic District School Board student, Emanuel Piccininni, has been selected to receive a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
A graduate of Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora, Piccininni will be entering the Engineering program at Queen’s this fall. Piccininni was nominated for his excellent academic achievements, and is the first Cardinal Carter nominee to win a Schulich Leader Scholarship.
Given the unparalleled disruptions to regular life amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a much greater need for students to get financial support in order to pursue their university education. This year, The Schulich Foundation has decided to award an additional 50 scholarships, for a total of 100.
“Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world. With 100 outstanding students selected in Canada this year, it is all but guaranteed that this group will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer. These future leaders 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,” says Mr. Seymour Schulich, philanthropist.
“I am excited to join the network of past and present Schulich Leaders. It’s an opportunity to learn and collaborate with like-minded individuals who share similar goals. I would like to contribute to the innovation of positive changes in the future during my engineering studies. Throughout my years of education, from St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School through to Cardinal Carter, I have been blessed with support and encouragement from my teachers. I look forward to continuing my journey at Queen’s University!“ says Emanuel Piccininni, Schulich Leader Scholarship recipient and YCDSB student.
“Emanuel Piccininni’s achievement has filled our school community with pride! It is proof that with hard work and dedication, a student can be successful, recognized and rewarded. Emanuel is a role model for other students. Through this achievement, Cardinal Carter Catholic High School administrators, teachers and staff can witness how their hard work, support and caring attitude benefits individual students and the school community as a whole. We congratulate Emanuel and wish him continued success in his future studies of engineering and involvement as one of the next generation of leaders!,” says Emanuel’s guidance counselor, Ms. Judit Nytrai.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Emanuel and an important recognition for the staff at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School! It is a testament to the commitment and dedication of Emanuel and his teachers to acquiring knowledge and furthering his education. At YCDSB, it is our mission to inspire students to reach their full potential, while becoming creative, critical thinkers who develop into socially responsible global citizens. Emanuel is a personification of that vision and a worthy recipient of this recognition. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulations and God Bless,” says Elizabeth Crowe, YCDSB school trustee.
About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada
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 become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.
Through The Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates this year, enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.
For more information visit: schulichleaders.com
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