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Three local students receive over $80,000 each in Schulich Leader Scholarships

Recipients of the award are Andrew Dong, Daniel Weppler and Louise Turner

Completing post-secondary education just got a lot easier for a few hardworking and diligent students from the Upper Grand District School Board 

Three students were recently announced as winners for the Schulich Leader Scholarship that gives Canadian students between $80,000 and $100,000 to use toward their post-secondary education in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Now in its 10th year, the Schulich Leader Scholarship is awarded to 100 students across Canada each year by partner universities.

This year, UGDSB recipients of the award include a student from Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, Centre Wellington District High School and Norwell District Secondary School.

Andrew Dong from Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute was awarded the scholarship to be used at the University of Waterloo where he will be pursuing Computer Science through the school’s co-op program.

His teacher Adam Wallace said Dong was the most impressive mathematics student he has taught in his 12 year career. 

“He is a well-balanced young man who excels in many pursuits and consistently seeks new challenges. Andy is exceedingly kind and genuine, while remaining humble and confident in his abilities,” said Wallace in a press release. 

Louise Turner, a graduating student from Centre Wellington District High School will be using the scholarship at Queen's University.

One of Louise’s teachers, Tim King, said he had always been impressed with Turner’s breadth and development of technological skill, but the biggest thrill for him in the past year was seeing Turner assume a leadership role on her CyberTitan team and then again in co-op and now in software engineering. 

“This aptly named scholarship is not only going to a very technically gifted student, but also a budding leader who exhibits the very best leadership habits,” said Turner. 

Daniel Weppler, a graduate from Norwell District Secondary School plans to use his scholarship at Western University as he is set to enter the engineering program.

Weppler’s teacher Marla Spencer described Weppler as an exceptional, kind and generous young man who approaches life with curiosity, determination and grace. 

“His keen wit and ‘joie de vivre’ attract positivity and create excellence,” said Spencer in a press release.


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