Massey student wins $80,000 scholarship

Anish Aggarwal. Photo courtesy Schulich Leaders Scholarships.

A Windsor secondary school student will take his computer know-how to the University of Waterloo.

Anish Aggarwal, a Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey Secondary School, has been awarded an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship and will study computer science at Waterloo.

Massey Secondary Principal Mike Hawkins said Aggarwal was honoured for using his expertise in computer science to give back to the community.

“He founded and runs the Code Reach program at Massey, introducing elementary students to coding in computer science,” said Hawkins in a media release. “Anish participate in numerous Hack-a-Thons, he has established Massey’s first chapter of Canadian Young Physicist, and he is a lead member of the computer science club.”

Aggarwal was nominated by Julia Zuk, Massey’s guidance department chairperson.

This is the second year in a row that a Massey student has been named a Schulich nominee after Shahed Saleh was honoured in 2019.

The Schulich Leader Scholarships are presented to one hundred secondary school students across the country, who are planning to enroll in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at 20 partner universities across Canada.

Each secondary school in Canada is invited to submit one nominee per school year. Awards are judged on academic excellence in STEM, financial need, entrepreneurial leadership, and community service.

Each year, 1,500 students are placed in the nominating pool. The $80,000 scholarships are awarded to those wanting to study science or mathematics, and a $100,000 is offered for those studying engineering.

Complete information on the Schulich Leader Scholarships can be found on its official website.