An Oakville high school student – and rising star – is one of 50 teenagers in Canada to be awarded a prestigious scholarship, beating out applicants from more than 1,300 schools across the country.
Andres Lombo of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School has been named a ‘Schulich Leader’ in the 2017 scholarship program.
He’ll be receiving $100,000 to fund his degree in the engineering science program at the University of Toronto, majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
The prize rewards students with academic success and a common interest in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (S.T.E.M.) programs.
‘Leaders’ have demonstrated their influence in volunteer-based programs, plus an innovative approach with organizations dedicated to the future of engineering and technology.
Lombo started a student-led organization called ‘Voyage Science’, an interactive S.T.E.M. activities-based program that has travelled to elementary schools across the Halton Catholic District School Board to engage young minds.
He’s also competed in numerous engineering fairs, representing Canada at an International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles last month (he qualified for the international competition after placing third ‘Best in Fair’ at the 2017 Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair).
In his spare time, Lombo is a team leader at the Conquest Catholic Youth Boys Club, leading groups of students (Grades 4 through Grade 6) in sports, interactive games and faith-building activities that impact the community.
He’s also an executive member of his school’s social justice club which supports charities through fundraising activities.
Lombo was nominated by Anna Carambia, who leads the guidance/co-op department at Aquinas.
Launched in 2012, the $100 million scholarship program funds 50 undergraduate scholarships each year across top Canadian universities.
Photo courtesy of Halton Catholic District School Board