Canada’s most coveted scholarship

A $100+ million scholarship fund

Annual STEM Scholarships

(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

$100,000 Each*

What are Schulich Leader Scholarships?

Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships. Up to one hundred are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Half are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half are valued at $80,000* for science and math scholarships. Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship.

Each year:
High School Candidates
Up to 100
Partner Universities
University of British Columbia
University of Alberta
University of Manitoba
University of Waterloo
University of New Brunswick
Western University
Queen's University
Université de Montréal
Dalhousie University
McMaster University
York University
McGill University
Université Laval
Memorial University
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
Simon Fraser University
University of Victoria
University of Saskatchewan
University of Calgary
Distribution of scholarships

Up to 100 scholarships awarded annually across 20 partner universities.

Number and distribution of scholarships confirmed on or before March 1, 2021.

To view eligible STEM programs at a partner university, click on their logo.

Key Program Dates
High School Submits Nominee
January 27, 2021
Nominee Submits Application
February 17, 2021
Universities Make Offers
March 1 - June 15, 2021
Creating the next generation of technology innovators

Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100+ million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage Canada’s best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial minded, technology innovators.

Schulich Leaders can devote their full time and attention to their studies, as all of their financial needs are covered over the course of their Bachelor degree. As a result, many of our highest potential students are winning these scholarships and will make game-changing contributions to society.

Seymour Schulich

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a young person.” 

— Forest Witcraft
About Mr. Schulich
About Mr. Schulich
Seymour Schulich

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a young person.” 

— Forest Witcraft
About Mr. Schulich
Seymour Schulich, O.C.

Mr. Schulich is among Canada’s greatest philanthropists to date, having donated in excess of $350 million to various causes. His philanthropic efforts are largely focused on education and health care centres across Canada and Israel.

Schulich's 8 Major Benefactions:

  • York University: Schulich School of Business (Toronto, ON)
  • Sunnybrook Hospital: Schulich Heart Centre (Toronto, ON)
  • Western University: Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (London, ON)
  • McGill University: Schulich School of Music (Montreal, QC)
  • University of Calgary: Schulich School of Engineering (Calgary, AB)
  • Technion: Schulich Faculty of Chemistry (Israel)
  • Dalhousie University: Schulich School of Law (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Nipissing University: Schulich School of Education (North Bay, Ontario)

Schulich Leader Scholarships represent Mr. Schulich’s largest single benefaction to date in terms of monetary value and international scope. The project is co-administered by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, operating nation-wide in both Canada and Israel.


Seymour Schulich is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Montreal, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961 and a Masters of Business Administration in 1965, both from McGill University. He obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst degree from the University of Virginia in 1969.

His career began at the Shell Oil Company, and then Eastern Securities Ltd. Later, he joined the newly formed firm Beutel, Goodman & Company Ltd., where he became a partner and Vice-President. He moved with the company to Toronto in 1977. His career at Beutel, Goodman spanned 22 years (1968 to 1990). During the last three years he served as President. It was one of the largest pension fund management companies in Canada during this period.

In 1985, Schulich pioneered the concept of royalty payments in the mining industry and created two gold royalty companies, Euro-Nevada and Franco Nevada, in partnership with Pierre Lassonde. As Co- Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation, his team developed it into the largest royalty resource company in the world.

In 2002, Franco-Nevada merged with Normandy Mining Limited of Australia and Newmont Mining Corporation, creating the largest gold mining company in the world, Newmont Mining Corporation. Schulich was a Director of Newmont Mining and Chairman of its merchant banking division for five years until 2007. He is currently a self-described merchant banker, investor and philanthropist.

Seymour Schulich has more than 40 years experience in the natural resource business, having served on the boards of numerous oil and mining companies and many philanthropic organizations. His many accolades include being named “Mining Man of the Year” along with Lassonde in 1997; being awarded a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada in January 2012, the highest recognition a Canadian civilian can receive. He has received honorary doctorates from five universities and has been inducted into two Canadian Hall of Fames: The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2006 and The Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2007, he wrote a best-selling non-fiction book, Get Smarter, aimed at mentoring young Canadian adults. This book is now sold globally and has been translated into several languages.


The Schulich Leader Scholarship provides young Canadians from coast to coast to coast with the resources and opportunities to not only become Canadian leaders, but global leaders.

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada

Solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges will involve the STEM fields. I am pleased that in removing financial barriers to education, the generous Schulich Leader Scholarships enable some of the country’s brightest young minds to pursue their passions while having the freedom to fully take part in campus life. Supporting these scholars to be successful will undoubtedly benefit the economy and the world.

Dr. Donna Strickland
Professor at University of Waterloo 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics

The superbly forward-looking Schulich Leader Scholarships Program elevates our nation’s competitiveness by supporting and launching highest-potential Canadian youth from a wide range of backgrounds.

Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum
Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), 16th Principal & Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

Mr Schulich’s extraordinary vision, focus, and determination has transformed the landscape of Canadian Universities, the lives of young scholars, and our country

Honourable David R. Peterson
Chancellor Emeritus, University of Toronto

The Schulich Leaders Scholarships are a magnificent commitment by philanthropist Seymour Schulich to create opportunity for remarkably talented young people and advance Canada’s strengths and prospects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

J Robert S Prichard, OC, OOnt, FRSC
President Emeritus, University of Toronto