SASKATOON – Two University of Saskatchewan students getting ready to start their post-secondary education this fall have won major scholarships. Nimra Dar and Simranjeet Singh were each awarded a Schulich scholarship.
Singh, who recently graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate, will use his $60,000 award to pursue a physiology and pharmacology degree.
“I have always strived to challenge myself and push my boundaries,” said Singh.
In the three years he has lived in Saskatoon since moving here from the United Arab Emirates, Singh has been active in the community as a tutor, a soccer coach at a homeless shelter and founding the only high-school cricket club in the city.
I hope to continue making a difference,” he said, “and to one day become a pediatric anesthesiologist to serve children as a way to repay my parents for their countless sacrifices.”
Dar, the other scholarship winner – this one valued at $80,000, will be entering the College of Engineering.
The scholarships are entrance awards for high school graduates enrolling in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate programs at participating universities in Canada and Israel.
The scholarships were created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich in 2011 as a way of encouraging students to embrace science, technology, engineering or mathematics in their future careers.
“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,” said Schulich.
“Every year, our mission is to support outstanding students in pursuit of their dreams.”
To date, 170 scholarships worth $11 million have been awarded across the country.