Schulich Leader Scholars



The Lassonde School of Engineering has been privileged to welcome Schulich Leader Scholars every year for the past four years.

Launched in 2012, this $100 million program funds 50 undergraduate scholarships each year up to a value of $20,000 annually for each recipient, across top Canadian universities.

The Schulich Leader Scholarship, created by entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, gives the most promising students the opportunity pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



Arma Khan

Arma is a first-year engineering student at Lassonde. She is the fourth female Lassonde student to receive the Schulich Leader scholarship.

While she was in high school, Arma worked with the South Asian Women's Rights Organization and participated in Reaching to Empower Youth, a program that empowers and educates young women.

Why does she make a great Schulich Leader? "I'm mission driven...I don't fight for a cause or attempt to resolve a problem because it is protocol, I do so because I try to foresee the impact it will make if the problem is solved or the cause is fought for."




Kyra McLellan

Kyra is a first-year Space Engineering student at Lassonde. She attended high school at Melfort and Unit Comprehensive Collegiate in Saskatchewan.

The Q&A with Kyra below is an extract from the Schulich Leader website:

What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” -Rumi
What is a little known fact about you?
I have danced since I was three years old! I love all styles of dance, but especially tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, pointe and lyrical! When I hear the beat, I can’t stop my feet! 
Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader?
My enthusiasm and commitment to projects enables me to motivate other people to get involved. As a leader, I strive to inspire others to reach their full potential while offering my best effort. When faced with a new challenge I think of new ways to approach and solve the problems that are presented to me. I believe that there are many opportunities to be a leader even on a small scale in our everyday lives.
Kyra appeared recently on CP24 with fellow Schulich Leader Daniel McInnis to talk about the impact of receiving the scholarship and her plans for the future.

2015 Schulich Leaders on CP24 (Feat. Daniel McInnis & Kyra McLellan)




Betty Seifu

Betty is currently in her second year at Lassonde studying for an B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering & International Development Studies. 

As president of her student council at Notre Dame High School in Toronto, she launched a "Stop the Stigma" mental health campaign and mentored junior students.

Her drama club ensemble received a number of awards in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival.




Kristen McIntosh

Kirsten is a Computer Science student at the Lassonde School of Engineering.

“Being awarded this scholarship is a proud moment for me and them. It allows me to concentrate on my studies without having to worry about where tuition fees are coming from for the next four years. The monetary support also relieves some of the financial burden off my parents for now,” said Kristen in an interview with Share Newspaper upon receiving the award.

McIntosh is passionate about leadership and represented her high school at youth conferences. She was also vice-president of the student council at Blessed Pope John Paul II Secondary School in Toronto.

She chose to study at Lassonde because of its commitment to changing engineering education. She intends to pursue a career in computing, with a focus on artificial intelligence.

“It was one of my favourite subjects and I have always had a passion for technology,” she told Share Newspaper. “I am curious about how you apply the mind to technology.”