Meet the Schulich Leader Scholars for Queen's Engineering

Posted on March 13, 2019

The Schulich Leader Scholarships are among the most prestigious prizes for Canadian undergraduate students interested in pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Only 25 of the 50 $100,000 prizes are awarded each year to aspiring engineering students nationally. This year’s recipients in first-year engineering studies at Queen’s are Sophia Ludovice and Peter Matthews.

“Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t be at Queen’s,” says Ludovice. “It has really enabled me to study where I want, and to pursue what I’m passionate about without having any sort of financial constraints. It really relieves financial stress and allows me to focus on what I’m interested in and what I want to do, which is STEM.”

Ludovice was nominated by her class at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford, Nova Scotia. She says physics is her favourite subject and that, for now, she hopes to work toward a career in the clean energy sector.

“A lot of people might think a leader is a boss or a CEO, someone who is in control and gives other people rules and tells them what to do,” she says. “To me leadership is much more than that. A leader is someone who goes out there and takes initiative in whatever they’re passionate about. It’s someone who tries to make positive change in their community or school.”

Matthews was nominated by his class at Lambton Central Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Petrolia, Ontario. He plans, so far, to study electrical and computer engineering, with hopes of building a career in electric vehicles.

“I’ve always liked science and math in high school, and, for me, engineering was a way to use those science and math skills to help solve problems and design things to help society,” he says. “It’s sort of a way to direct those passions to something that can be useful to society as a whole.”

SCHULICH LEADERS: First-year engineering students Peter Matthews and Sophia Ludovice are two of the 50 students awarded Schulich Leader Scholarships in Canada this year.