Markham student receives $80,000 scholarship

A Markham student is one of just 100 high school graduates from across the country to receive a prestigious scholarship to become a ‘global pioneer.’

Markham District High School graduate Tomas Frankovich will use the Schulich Leadership Scholarship to pursue chemistry, chemical biology or both at McMaster University in Hamilton.

“McMaster has an excellent science faculty and chemistry department,” Frankovich says “It’s also one of the most research-intensive universities in the country and provides plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.”

He hopes to take part in a work program during university to help decide whether to pursue graduate studies, a career in chemistry or both.

Launched in 2012, the $200-million Schulich Leadership Scholarship fund provides 100 undergraduate scholarships each year to pursue their dreams and become the ‘next global pioneers’ in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at one of 20 partner universities. It was founded by philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

Every year, 50 scholarships valued at $100,000 each are designated for those pursuing engineering studies. The remaining 50 scholarships, valued at $80,000 each, are designated for those pursuing science, technology or math. Eligible applicants must meet two of the following criteria: academic excellence, leadership (entrepreneurial or community) and financial need. It’s not intended for those planning careers as medical practitioners or researchers.

“Tomas is a well-rounded student who has chosen to study chemistry at McMaster University,” says Markham D.H.S. Guidance and Career Education Subject Head Gabrielle McGill. “He is now part of an esteemed network of national STEM scholars at one of Canada’s leading universities.”

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