Chippewa Secondary Student
Chippewa student, Jamie-Lee Freeston learned in an email that she was selected by Queen’s University as one of two Schulich Leadership Scholarship winners for 2013. She admitted that she was surprised at first and immediately shared the good news with her parents and sister. “We are thrilled,” said her mother, Leslie.
Valued at $60 000 dollars, the award will certainly help with her expenses as tuition alone for her Engineering program is more than $10 000 per year. This undergraduate scholarship is one of approximately 40 national awards for students intending to enroll in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) areas of study. The scholarships are sponsored by Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists, who has donated more than $350 million to various causes, largely focused on education and health care centres.
“Jamie-Lee was an excellent candidate because she has outstanding marks and has demonstrated leadership through her exceptional work with Students’ Council and the Student Senate,” said staff member, Colleen Point. Jamie-Lee consistently topped the academic standings in each of her four years at Chippewa. She was active in track, volleyball and basketball and was elected as the Athletics Representative for Student’s Council in Grade 11. This year, Jamie-Lee holds the position of Special Events co-ordinator.
Jamie-Lee applied in March knowing that the competition would be stiff for this top award, especially at Queen’s, but didn’t hear until this week. Jamie-Lee, who has been working part-time while in high school, will still need additional funds to pay for residence but acknowledges that this award is a big boost.