University of Saskatchewan welcomes inaugural Schulich scholarship leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 27, 2012 2012-06-23-OTHER Saskatoon - Lance Pitka and Ian Andvaag, both grade 12 students from Regina, are the first University of Saskatchewan recipients of the four-year, $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarships.

The U of S is one of 20 universities in Canada participating in this scholarship program.
Pitka and Andyaag were selected from more than 70 Schulich Leader Nominees who directed their nomination to the U of S. In this first year of the program there were 977 Schulich Leader Nominees.
Pitka will attend the University of Saskatchewan's College of Engineering starting in September where he plans to focus on engineering physics, and hopes ultimately to design and maintain medical radiation equipment.
Andvaag will join the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources in fall 2013 after an international volunteer opportunity.
The Schulich Leader Scholarships program recognizes students across Canada who demonstrate excellence in academics and community leadership and who plan to study in one of the STEM areas - science, technology, engineering or mathematics - during their undergraduate program.
High schools across Canada as well as Quebec CEGEPs were able to nominate a single Grade 12 student for the Schulich Leader Scholarships, and nominees were free to choose any number of the 20 Canadian universities to consider their application packages.
Schulich Leader Scholarships were created by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich. In addition to the Canadian program, a similar Schulich Leader Scholarships program is being carried out in Israel. This historic $100 million scholarship initiative was implemented to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada and Israel and is designed to ensure that future Canadian and Israeli leaders are among the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation. In 2012 there will be 40 Canadian and 10 Israeli Schulich Leaders. For more information, please visit
For more information, contact:
Meghan Sired, communications coordinator
Student and Enrolment Services Division
University of Saskatchewan
cell: (306) 381-7992
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