Entrance scholarships

Schulich Leader Scholarship

Value: $80,000 to $100,000

The Schulich Leader Scholarship is a competition for Canadian high school students enrolling in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) program in university. 

Each year, the University of Alberta selects two Schulich Leaders — one Engineering student, and one student in a Science, Technology, or Math program — from a pool of competitive applicants from across Canada. 

The U of A is a great choice for Schulich Leaders — we offer the kind of research-based environment where you can be challenged and thrive! 

The value of this scholarship depends on what program you are entering:

  • $100,000 over four years for students entering an Engineering program
  • $80,000 over four years for students entering a Science, Technology, or Mathematics program


This scholarship is open to high school students in Canada who have been admitted to a STEM program at a participating university in Canada (including the University of Alberta), and who have demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and/or financial need. 

Visit Schulich Leaders website

Application process

  1. Get nominated by your high school counsellor 
    Opening date for nominations: September 2018
    Deadline for nominations: January 30, 2019

    The nomination form must be completed and submitted by your high school counsellor or other school administrator. Only one student can be nominated per high school (two per CEGEP).

  2. Apply to the Schulich competition
    Deadline: February 20, 2019

If you are verified as the nominee for your school, you will then need to submit an application on the Schulich Leaders website; on this form, indicate that you wish to attend the University of Alberta. (You will also need to apply for admission to the University of Alberta.) If your application is selected by the Schulich competition, it will be forwarded to us for review. 

For more information on the application and nomination process, please visit the Schulich Leaders website

The University of Alberta will select two Schulich Leaders; successful candidates will be notified in March.

Eligible STEM programs

Eligible programs can be found on the Schulich Leaders website.

Renewal Requirements

To remain eligible for this award in your first year, you must must maintain full-time registration in your STEM program. To receive the annual renewals, you will need to meet the minimum renewal requirements (2.0 GPA on a full normal course load in your program). For more information, see the Schulich Leaders website

Annual report  

You must also submit (via the Registrar’s Office) an annual report in May to the donor organization. Annual reports must include: 

  • Your name 
  • Your STEM program 
  • Confirmation of continuing eligibility for the upcoming academic year 
  • Proof of enrolment in the upcoming academic year for:
    • An off-campus work-study or co-op program, or
    •  An exchange or study-abroad program
  • Any information pertaining to the default of the award conditions

Award promotion

Schulich Leaders are required to participate in promotional efforts, including photo shoots, news stories, and social media / web features, as required by the University of Alberta and the Schulich Leaders competition.