University of Calgary

Schulich Leader Scholarships

UToday HomeJune 25, 2012

Seymour Schulich (left)—pictured with Ted Sokolsky, CEO of UJA Federation, the administrator of the scholarship program—created the scholarships to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada. Photo by Jeremy OttoSeymour Schulich (left)—pictured with Ted Sokolsky, CEO of UJA Federation, the administrator of the scholarship program—created the scholarships to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada. Photo by Jeremy OttoThe University of Calgary congratulates two of its future students, Bruce Gao and Armin Rouhi, for their inclusion in the inaugural class of Canada’s Schulich Leaders, where they were awarded four-year $60,000 scholarships to study at the university.

The Schulich Leader Scholarships program recognizes students across Canada who demonstrate excellence in academics and/or community leadership and plan to study one of the STEM programs — Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics — during their undergraduate years of study at university.

Bruce Gao is a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill High School, and will be studying neuroscience in the Faculty of Science in the upcoming academic year. Gao plans to become a neurosurgeon and would also like to pursue research in how to repair damaged spinal nerve cells.

Armin Rouhi recently graduated from Crescent Heights High School, and will pursue an undergraduate degree in biomedical health sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. Rouhi hopes to one day enter the field of medicine and focus on stem cell research.

“Bruce and Armin represent that class of high caliber students who will help propel the University of Calgary toward our ambitious Eyes High vision,” says President Elizabeth Cannon. “As we work toward that vision by sharpening our focus on research and scholarship, more fully integrating with our community and, most importantly, enriching the breadth and depth of the student experience, we will ensure they—and all our students—have every opportunity to reach their own goals and to fulfill their potential.”

Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich created the Schulich Leader Scholarships to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada, and to ensure that future Canadian leaders are among the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.

“Seymour Schulich’s generosity has helped ensure Canada’s next leaders will receive the highest level of post-secondary education,” says Provost Dru Marshall. “We are honoured to be the university of choice for these exceptional students.”

Gao and Rouhi are among 58 other Canadian high school graduates that were chosen to receive this esteemed scholarship from a pool of over 900 student nominees.

Additional information can be found on the Schulich Leader Scholarships website.