Sands Secondary student awarded Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship

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Sands Secondary student Alexander Charnetski has been selected to receive a $120,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Engineering Science in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Charnetski was selected by Ms. J. Sansregret, Career and Post-Secondary Advisor at Sands Secondary, for his outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements, including using 3D printing to make masks more comfortable for front-line workers during the pandemic. He made more than 600 mask straps and distributed them at hospitals and dental clinics in the lower mainland. In recent years, Alexander competed in various local and regional science fairs and was chosen as a finalist to participate at the Canada Wide Science Fair at Carleton University in 2018. He was the youngest competitor in the Fraser Region. His experiment studied the reflection of ultrasonic soundwaves on different porosity of materials.

This year, the value of the Schulich scholarship has increased to address the increased cost of living across Canada. A total of 100 scholarships are being awarded – 50 engineering scholarships valued at $120,000 each and 50 science, technology or math scholarships valued at $100,000 each.

“We are proud to celebrate the continued success of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada. This group of 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,” says program founder Mr. Schulich.

“I am deeply honoured to be selected to receive the Schulich Leader Scholarship, as it allows me to fully focus on my studies at Simon Fraser University without worrying about financial burdens,” said Alexander. “I am excited to join the network of current and former Schulich Leaders across Canada as well as industry professionals that will further enrich my learning. I look forward to a career in the field of Applied Sciences, where I will work to create innovative solutions to complex problems that will better our society. I am thankful to the Delta School District for giving me a solid foundation of learning and support to reach where I am today, ready to transition into my exciting future.”

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 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.

About The Schulich Foundation

The Schulich Foundation is one of Canada’s largest foundations, having donated in excess of $350 million. Seymour Schulich established and funded The Schulich Foundation.  He holds Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, and is among Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Having benefited greatly from a scholarship that enabled him to do his MBA, Mr. Schulich has built a well-earned reputation as a champion for education and access to education in Canada and around the world. The Schulich Foundation has endowed university faculties of business, engineering, medicine, law, education, music, chemistry, nursing and dentistry; libraries, dormitories, courtyards, medical health centres, lecture and music halls. Over 6,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in Schulich Schools.

The Foundation’s largest initiative is the $200 million Schulich Leaders Scholarships program, spanning 25 universities across Canada and Israel, in support of students pursuing STEM education.

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