New UVic students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships

Schulich Leader Scholarships have awarded two University of Victoria undergraduate students each a $60,000 four-year entrance scholarship—the largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based scholarship of its kind in Canada. Jennifer Borchert, a graduate of Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon, BC, and Aliya Khan of Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver are two of 40 students from 20 Canadian universities receiving the scholarship.

Borchert, who is planning to enrol in the Bachelor of Science program, was acknowledged for her role in helping to build a gravel walking-path on school and city property alongside a preserved wetland, for contributing to the construction of a wall at an orphanage in Nicaragua, and for her volunteer work at North Okanagan Hospice Society.
“I have learned that if I care about something, I can make a difference,” Borchert said in her letter to the selection committee.

Khan, who has been admitted into UVic’s Bachelor of Science program, was noted for her role in eastside Vancouver, not only for her work with young people at her school, but also for the volunteer work she’s done with the elderly in her community. She also participated in an overseas Girl Guides program called Free the Children in which she helped build a new schoolhouse in Ecuador and learned that “education is a privilege.”

Schulich Leader Scholarship Programs were created in Canada and Israel by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich to ensure that future Canadian and Israeli leaders are among the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.



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