Over the past few years, Colin Daly has won Hackathons, taught himself programming through online courses, guest starred on the Bill Kelly Show, captained Cathedral’s programming team, medalled at the board’s annual Programmania competition, hosted 3D printing workshops for the board’s gifted program, developed Android Applications for healthcare and poverty, and rebuilt and designed four 3D printers, all the while maintaining a 96.2% average.

If that isn’t enough, in the past month, Colin, a Grade 12 French Immersion student at Cathedral High School, was awarded an $80,000 Schulich Leader scholarship at not one, but two of Canada’s leading universities.

Colin, whose name was submitted for the Schulich Leaders program by teacher Leanne Marrazzo, is one of 1 400 students from across Canada to be nominated for the prestigious award. Only fifty students are selected each year (roughly 3.5% of the nominees), and out of those, only 25 scholarships are awarded for engineering – two per university.

“It was truly an easy choice to pick Colin as our nominee,” says Marrazzo. “He is one of Cathedral’s most promising young leaders with a passion for engineering, innovation, and creativity.”Describing him as a humble and intelligent young man, she says Colin has been influential at Cathedral High School, especially in the areas of science and technology.

“The University of Waterloo is extremely fortunate to have such a bright, outstanding mind who is destined for BIG things.”

Last month Colin received a letter from the University of Toronto offering him a Schulich Leaders scholarship of $80,000 over four years. With the long-term future in mind, Colin turned down the scholarship to study at the University of Waterloo. Just a few weeks later, he received another $80,000 scholarship offer – this time from the University of Waterloo.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” says Colin. “It opens up so many opportunities that I will not take for granted.”

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