Two university students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships
Award opens door for Tingting Yan and Manpreet Deol to pursue careers in science
From: University of Calgary
Tingting Yan and Manpreet Deol have been named the University of Calgary’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.
Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to embrace science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in their future careers. This year, there were 1,250 Schulich Leader Scholarship nominees from across Canada vying for these 50 new scholarships.
“Fostering leadership in STEM fields is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity,” says Schulich. “It is immensely important to invest in the next generation of technology innovators as they develop and hone their minds and skills to contribute to our national and global community.”
Deol, 18, is a recipient of the scholarship valued at $80,000. A graduate of York House School in Vancouver, B.C., Deol is entering the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program this fall. Deol’s outstanding academic achievements and involvement in STEM-based initiatives along with her participation in the University of Calgary’s Shad Valley program, earned her the award.
During Shad Valley, Deol helped create a health-care startup company, by designing a wrist-worn medical device. She has been repeatedly recognized in her school community as a well-rounded student and leader. Deol also represented Vancouver at two B.C. Winter Games competitions for short-track speedskating.
The University of Calgary currently has eight Schulich leaders enrolled in STEM programs.