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Ten Sheridan students receive Canada's largest skilled trade scholarship

Sep 6, 2023

Ten individuals have been named Sheridan’s inaugural recipients of the Schulich Builders Scholarships for Skilled Trades.

Schulich Builders Scholarships for Skilled Trades logoOut of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, more than 1,000 students were nominated. One hundred students across 10 Ontario colleges have received this celebrated award.

In February of this year, Sheridan was honoured to receive a $325,000 gift from the Schulich Foundation as part of this new program, which provides incoming students in the skilled trades with targeted, meaningful financial assistance.

Headshots of the 10 incoming Sheridan skilled trades students who received a Schulich Builders Scholarship for Skilled Trades.

Pictured are scholarship recipients (top, left to right) Liam Pickells, Arjan Chahal, Wesley Brice, Haleigh Cole, Mark Waitz (bottom, left to right) Jayden Roberts, Heather Foster, Inthusan Sivaguru, Briar DeCaire and Mikhail Chambers

“I am grateful to the Schulich Foundation for their incredible support, and I look forward to welcoming the Schulich Builders’ recipients to our campus this fall,” says Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “Having access to this significant funding will be life-changing for these students – and the scholarships will also inspire other learners to pursue rewarding, and essential, careers in the skilled trades.”

“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing this rewarding career path,” said Judy Schulich, Director, The Schulich Foundation. “Canadians rely on the trades to build and maintain infrastructure critical for prosperous communities. Our challenge today is not having enough of these talented people to meet the demand.”

Thanks to Schulich’s support, Sheridan has been able to provide 10 scholarships: five $20,000 scholarships for students in a one-year certificate program, and five $40,000 scholarships for those pursuing a two-year diploma program. Sheridan’s Schulich Builders recipients are:

  • Jayden Roberts, 18, is a recipient of the $40,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A graduate of Brampton Centennial Secondary School, Roberts will be entering the Electrical Engineering Technician program this fall.
  • Inthusan Sivaguru, 29, is a recipient of the $40,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A resident of Mount Forest, Sivaguru will enter the Electrical Engineering Technician program this fall.
  • Liam Pickells, 21, is a recipient of the $40,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A resident of Brampton, Pickells will be entering the Welding and Fabrication Technician program this fall.
  • Heather Foster, 36, is a recipient of the $40,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A resident of Georgetown, Foster will be entering the Plumbing Technician program this fall.
  • Briar DeCaire, 20, is a recipient of the $40,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A resident of Ramara, DeCaire will be entering the Welding and Fabrication Technician program this fall.
  • Arjan Chahal, 19, is a recipient of the $20,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A resident of Mississauga, Chahal will be entering the Mechanical Plumbing Techniques program this fall.
  • Mikhail Chambers, 18, is a recipient of the $20,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A graduate St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School in Brampton, Chambers will be entering the Electrical Techniques program this fall.
  • Wesley Brice, 18, is a recipient of the $20,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A graduate of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brampton, Brice will be entering the Electrical Techniques program this fall.
  • Mark Waitz, 18, is a recipient of the $20,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A graduate of St. Theresa’s High School in Midland, Waitz will be entering the Electrical Techniques program this fall.
  • Haleigh Cole, 18, is a recipient of the $20,000 Schulich Builders Scholarship. A graduate of Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek, Cole will be entering the Welding Techniques program this fall.

About Sheridan
Founded in 1967, Sheridan is one of Ontario's leading postsecondary institutions, educating approximately 43,000 full- and part-time students every year from campuses in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. An award-winning institution, Sheridan attracts students from across Canada and more than 110 countries. As a trailblazer in unique arts, technology and health care programs, Sheridan has always been on the leading edge of innovation ensuring students learn job-ready, practical skills and develop the confidence, empathy and problem solving savvy that allows them to push boundaries in an ever-changing world.

About The Schulich Foundation
The Schulich Foundation is one of Canada’s largest foundations, having donated in excess of $350 million. Seymour Schulich established and funded The Schulich Foundation. He holds Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, and is among Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Having benefited greatly from a scholarship that enabled him to do his MBA, Mr. Schulich has built a well-earned reputation as a champion for education and access to education in Canada and around the world. The Schulich Foundation has endowed university faculties of business, engineering, medicine, law, education, music, chemistry, nursing and dentistry; libraries, dormitories, courtyards, medical health centers, lecture and music halls. Over 7,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in Schulich Schools.

The Foundation’s largest initiative is the $200 million Schulich Leader Scholarships program, spanning 25 universities across Canada and Israel, in support of students pursuing STEM education.

For more information, please visit https://schulichbuilders.com

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