Through The Schulich Foundation, the entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 graduating high school graduates enrolled in a STEM undergraduate program at one of 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.
Sosnina, 18, is a recipient of the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship and began her studies in the College of Engineering this fall. A graduate of Thornlea Secondary School in Markham, Ont., Sosnina was selected for her dedication to community, entrepreneurial spirit and academic achievement.
“I was very ecstatic when I got the phone call from the University of Saskatchewan and felt extremely grateful in those moments,” said Sosnina. “I was walking my dog that day and had to take a seat on the nearest bench as I was in complete awe after hearing the news from the awards development liaison.
"When I first learned about the Schulich Leader Scholarship in Grade 10, I clearly remember hoping that I would become one of the recipients of the scholarship without actually thinking that it could be possible, and for this to become reality is very surreal and humbling. I am honoured to have been selected as one of this year's Schulich Leaders and am humbled by the generosity and support of Mr. Schulich’s Foundation."
Sosnina noted the college's design teams and completely redesigned first-year engineering program were factors in her decision.
“I am excited to explore the diverse range of clubs and extracurriculars that the University of Saskatchewan has to offer, as well as join design teams that will allow me to develop my skills and knowledge in the field of engineering. I am also really interested in learning more about the field through my classes and would like to get involved in different opportunities that will allow me to collaborate with other high-achieving students.
"The new approach to first-year engineering that the university is taking through their Re-Engineered Curriculum is also a major aspect that I am particularly looking forward to participating in and learning more about.”
USask's second Schulich recipient is Cole Willmann, 18. He received the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship and began his studies in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources this fall. A graduate of Cedars Christian School in Prince George, B.C., Willmann was selected for his passion for science, entrepreneurship and innovation.
“I am honoured to be a selected Schulich Leader,” said Willmann. “It is a blessing from God and a confirmation that I am on His path for my life. The opportunity to be selected as a Schulich Leader will open many doors, create limitless opportunities, increase connections, ultimately allowing me to positively impact my world.
“Participating in classes, expanding my knowledge and interests and meeting others in a diverse learning community will be a highlight.”
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.
“We are proud to celebrate 10 years of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world,” said program founder Seymour Schulich. “This group of 100 outstanding students will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer and 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 entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.”