A student at Ursuline College Chatham (UCC) is the latest recipient of Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship.
Elliott Vince has been selected to receive a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Computing at Queens University.
The prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates enrolling in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate programs at 20 partner universities in Canada.
High schools across Canada are allowed to submit one Schulich Leader nomination each year, based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need.
UCC Principal Lisa Harnarine said Vince has upheld a high standard of academic excellence, maintaining final averages of 95 per cent or higher every year, while balancing part-time employment and many extracurricular activities.
“I am honoured to receive the Schulich Leader Scholarship,” said Vince. “So many people have helped me reach this point - my parents, sister, family, friends, teachers, mentors, and countless others, to whom I am beyond grateful. Ultimately, this is a blessing, so I will use everything I learn and acquire from this incredible opportunity to positively change the world.”
UCC’s Samantha Lozon is also a winner.
Lozon was awarded this year's Dr. Parry Award given to Chatham-Kent student athletes who excel athletically and academically, while providing contributions outside of the classroom to the school and community.
Lozon was recognized as the top female graduating student in Chatham-Kent during the June 15, 2023 awards ceremony.
She contributed greatly to multiple LKSSAA and SWOSSAA championships in basketball, tennis and badminton, won gold and bronze medals in badminton singles at OFSAA, is part of the UCC United Alliance Club, the UCC Cares Club, and is a Lancer Link leader with Grade 9 students, according to the school board. She also served as a Student Trustee at the St Clair Catholic District School Board until this week.
Her principal noted Lozon maintained academic excellence with an average of 98.5 per cent throughout her four years of high school.
"UCC is proud of Samantha’s Dr. Parry Award selection," Harnarine said.