William Huang Wins Schulich Leader Scholarship

William Huang has been selected to receive a $120,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Software Engineering at Université Laval.

A graduating student of CEGEP Champlain - St. Lawrence in Quebec, Huang will be entering university this Fall. He was nominated by a committee at the college for his outstanding achievements in science and extracurricular activities and received support from St. Lawrence teacher Martin Plante and his former employer at Creaform, Simon Gauthier.

A total of 100 scholarships are being awarded - 50 engineering scholarships valued at $120,000 each and 50 science, technology or math scholarships valued at $100,000 each.

“We are proud to celebrate the continued success of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada. This group of outstanding students will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer and will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators,” says program founder Mr. Schulich.

Huang is passionate about technology and is in the process of launching a web development business, which he calls “a lifelong dream”. This scholarship will have a big impact on his university studies. “When Université Laval announced that I won,” he says, “it didn't feel real. It took a couple of days for this to sink in and to realize how this would change things for me.”

He’s looking forward to what’s in store for him at Laval next year and beyond. “On top of offering financial security that allows me to focus on my studies, this scholarship also gives me access to a vast network of entrepreneurial-minded individuals, from whom I can learn for my future goals.” Huang hopes one day to run his own cybersecurity company. “Both the networking and financial support will allow me to invest in projects and businesses to create a difference in our society.”

Martin Plante, Huang’s nominator and the coordinator of St. Lawrence’s P.W. Sims Business Program, says the student succeeds both within and outside of the classroom. "William is a student that goes beyond learning and doing work in class; he uses it to create more skills... and a business opportunity.” This drive and initiative is what makes Huang a worthy recipient of the Schulich Scholarship. “Taking things beyond what they should be, looking for help, and excelling at what you do is the mark of a true leader,” says Plante.


About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada

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

Through The Schulich Foundation, these prestigious entrance scholarships are awarded to 100 high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities in Canada. Every high school in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee per academic year based on academic excellence in STEM, entrepreneurial leadership and financial need. 

About The Schulich Foundation

The Schulich Foundation is one of Canada’s largest foundations, having donated in excess of $350 million. Seymour Schulich established and funded The Schulich Foundation.  He holds Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, and is among Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Having benefited greatly from a scholarship that enabled him to do his MBA, Mr. Schulich has built a well-earned reputation as a champion for education and access to education in Canada and around the world. The Schulich Foundation has endowed university faculties of business, engineering, medicine, law, education, music, chemistry, nursing and dentistry; libraries, dormitories, courtyards, medical health centers, lecture and music halls. Over 6,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in Schulich Schools.

The Foundation’s largest initiative is the $200 million Schulich Leaders Scholarships program, spanning 25 universities across Canada and Israel, in support of students pursuing STEM education.