Frequently Asked Questions
What are Schulich Leader Scholarships?

Launched in 2012, this $100+ million scholarship fund provides up to 100 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities. The most promising students can pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineeringand Math (STEM). A similar program is conducted in Israel, where additional scholarships are awarded annually.

Why was this program established?

Founding philanthropist Seymour Schulich believes in supporting exceptional young minds that demonstrate great leadership and embrace STEM fields. He believes that together we are creating the next generation of technology innovators.

What is the monetary value of each scholarship?

$100,000 scholarships are designated for students pursuing an engineering degree, and $80,000 scholarships are designated for students pursuing a science, technology or math degree.

How many scholarships are awarded by each partner university?

The number and distribution of scholarships is confirmed on or before March 21, 2021. In 2020, 100 scholarships were awarded.

What universities in Canada and Israel participate in this program?

The list of all partner universities can be found at

What are the eligible STEM programs at each university?

Each university has their own list of eligible STEM programs. To see the complete list of eligible STEM programs at each university, visit the universities page and click on the respective university logo. A pop-up screen will appear and list the information.

Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?
  • Graduating high school or Cégep in Canada in the 2020/2021 academic year
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Plan to enroll in an eligible STEM program at one of our partner universities
  • Meet the following criteria:
    1. Academic excellence, AND
    2. Leadership, charisma and creativity.

    Strong consideration will be given to students with financial need.

  • Be entrepreneurial-minded and intend to pursue a career in one or more of the following focus areas:
    1. Technology;
    2. Engineering;
    3. Entrepreneurship and business enterprise;
    4. Applied scientific research.

We are NOT considering students who:

  • Focus on activism (environmental/political/societal)
  • Intend to become a practicing physician and/or medical researcher (e.g. Doctor, Dentist, Nurse, Psychologist, Pharmacist, Optometrist, etc.)
  • Intend to become a Professor and conduct theoretical research

Nomination deadline is January 27, 2021.

What grades meet the requirement of Academic Excellence?

The definition of “Academic Excellence” is up to the discretion of each individual high school or Cégep.

How is Financial Need defined?

Students planning to apply for government assistance for undergraduate study at university would meet the criterion of “Financial Need”

What high schools are eligible to participate?

All public and private high schools and Cégeps across Canada are eligible to participate.

Note: In Quebec, only high schools with students going directly to university can participate.

What is the application process?

The application process to become a Schulich Leader and receive the scholarship is as follows:

  1. High school / Cégep publicizes this opportunity to their student body
  2. High school / Cégep selects one student to be their Schulich Leader Nominee (Cégeps may select up to four Nominees)
  3. Nominee completes a separate Schulich Leader scholarship application
  4. Universities review applications and select their scholarship recipients
What are the 2021 application deadlines / important dates?
  1. January 27, 2021 – Deadline for school to submit a Nominee
  2. February 17, 2021 – Deadline for Nominee to submit Schulich Leader scholarship application
  3. June 15, 2021 – Scholarship winners finalized
What format are applications submitted in?

All applications must be submitted electronically on our website. The link to access the application is only available upon request by the high school/Cégep. To request the link contact

What information is required for the Schulich Leader Nominee and Scholarship application?

The Schulich Leader Nominee application requests the following:

  1. Name and contact information of the high school / Cégep
  2. Name and contact information of the Nominee

All nominations are verified by the Schulich Leader Scholarships office. Once a nomination is verified, the student is emailed a link to the scholarship application.

Scholarship application includes:

  • The universities they wish to attend
  • Their top three achievements (academic or other)
    - 50 words maximum per achievement
  • Essay demonstrating why they should win
    - 600 words maximum
  • Optional essay to outline extenuating circumstances
    - 250 words maximum
  • Short answer to identify where they see themselves in 10 years
    - 50 words maximum
  • Two single-page letters of reference that include email and telephone contact information for verification
  • Copy of up-to-date transcript, credit counsel summary or detailed academic report
  • Headshot profile image for publicity
What is the difference between a Schulich Leader Nominee and a Schulich Leader?

A Schulich Leader Nominee represents the top entrepreneurial-minded STEM student in your graduating class and in turn becomes eligible to win a $100,000 or $80,000 scholarship. This dynamic student demonstrates:

  1. Academic excellence, AND
  2. Leadership, charisma and creativity.

Strong consideration will be given to students with financial need.

A Schulich Leader is a student who has been selected by one of our 20 partner universities to receive $100,000 or $80,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree in an eligible STEM program. In addition to this large financial award, they join an elite network and benefit from student enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

Only Schulich Leader Nominees are eligible to become Schulich Leaders.

Can I nominate myself for the scholarship?

We do not accept applications unless they have been submitted electronically by a member of the high school/Cégep administration.

What is the benefit of being a Schulich Leader Nominee?

The Schulich Leader Nominee designation is associated with many benefits:

  1. Only Nominees are eligible to receive the $100,000 or $80,000 scholarship
  2. Nominees are recognized on a national stage and within their school
If I am a Schulich Leader Nominee, can I apply to receive the scholarship at all 20 universities?

Schulich Leader Nominees may apply to become Schulich Leaders at any or all of the partner universities where they have submitted admissions applications or intend to submit an application to enroll in undergraduate study in a STEM program. Note, if you select a university that you intend to apply to, you must apply to that university by March 1, 2021.

How are Schulich Leaders selected in Canada?

Each partner university selects their Schulich Leader scholarship recipients using their own rubric and adjudication committee.

When do the universities select their Schulich Leaders?

The 2021 Schulich Leaders will be selected by each university by June 15, 2021. However, the universities may make offers to their desired Schulich Leaders before then.

How are scholarship recipients notified?

The method by which recipients are notified is up to the discretion of each partner university.

Are Schulich Leader Nominees notified if they do not win the scholarship?

It is not a requirement that the universities notify the students they have not selected to receive the scholarship. However, we do update all Schulich Leader Nominees and Nominators via email on a regular basis to provide insight into the selection status at each school. We also post any updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages as they become available.

What happens if a student is offered the scholarship by more than one university?

Schulich Leader Nominees do not have to accept the first scholarship offer they receive. Nominees can decide to wait and see if they receive offers to other universities as well. However, the partner universities are allowed to put out a scholarship offer with an acceptance deadline. If you receive an offer from one university but would like to wait and see if you receive additional offers, we suggest checking our Facebook and Twitter pages, as we will post which universities have finalized their Schulich Leaders as we receive that information. If there is a particular university you have a special interest in we suggest following up with them directly as well.

How are the funds distributed to scholarship recipients?

Before each academic year the universities distribute the funds to the students directly for that academic year. Engineering recipients receive $25,000 and Science, Technology, Math recipients receive $20,000.

Is the scholarship transferable between universities?

Schulich Leader scholarship funds are non-transferable. If a student receives the award but wishes to switch to a different university the funds remain at the university where they received the award.

What are the requirements to maintain the scholarship each year?

The scholarship may be withdrawn by the university if the student fails to obtain sufficient grades to pass a year, commits a felony, withdraws from full-time attendance at the university or changes his or her area of study away from an eligible STEM area.

If a student wins the scholarship, are they ineligible to receive other awards?

Schulich Leader Scholarships do not set any restrictions on receiving other awards.

Can the scholarship be deferred?

Subject to the respective university policies, Schulich Leaders may defer the scholarship for a period of up to one year.

If students accept an official university admissions offer before finding out if they won the scholarship, will they be ineligible to receive the scholarship at a different university?

If you accept an offer to one university and receive the scholarship at another, you should still be able to accept the scholarship offer and attend the university where you received the scholarship. However, as each university has their own policies we suggest you speak to them first before submitting a formal acceptance agreement.