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MHS Student Selected For Elite Scholarship

by Shanine Sealey

Martensville High School (MHS) student Shaelagh Stephan received some exciting news last week. Stephan was selected for the Schulich Leader Scholarship for the Faculty of Engineering at Western University, a scholarship valued at $100,000 payable over four years.

Included in this scholarship is: first choice of residence, guaranteed entrance into her first choice of engineer program after successfully completing her first year of studies, and a guaranteed student research position with a Western Engineer professor in the summer between her first and second year.

Breanne Cooper, MHS Teacher and Guidance Counsellor stated that each year, the school is able to nominate one student that is planning to enter a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) post-secondary education pathway following high school, and this year, was their first recipient ever.

“We ask students to submit a letter of interest to our scholarship committee and then the scholarship committee meets and decides our nominee based on the nominee’s letter and how they meet the criteria. This year, Shaelagh was our nominee. Once we submitted the nomination, she was responsible for submitting her application online which consisted of an application, an essay, a list of accomplishments and a reference letter,” Cooper explained.

Throughout high school, Stephan has earned honour role with distinction, and also participated in soccer, basketball, track and field, Outdoor Adventure Club, Project Change and Flag Football.

In addition to this, Stephan also participated in the first half of a German Exchange where a student from Germany lived with her family, and then the plan was for Shaelagh to travel to Germany in spring 2020; however, due to COVID, these plans were cancelled.

Outside of high school, Shaelagh has also competed in numerous science fairs, including a 2018 Regional Science Fair, 2018 Sanofi Biogenius and 2018 Canada Wide Science Fair.

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