Robert Firsov, a Grade 12 student at Oakville Trafalgar High School (OTHS), has received a Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at $100,000, to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in his post-secondary education.
Selected for his outstanding academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, Firsov is one of 100 recipients to receive this scholarship in Canada.
“I’m really excited to see what the future holds,” Firsov says. “Having the resources this scholarship provides will allow me to really spend my time exploring my passions and ﬁnding where I can make the biggest diﬀerence. I’m really excited to join the University of Toronto community, which I believe will be the best place for me to grow and succeed.
Meena Sahi, Principal at Oakville Trafalgar High School, says: “I’ve had the opportunity to witness Robert’s progress since he joined Oakville Trafalgar in Grade 9. His exceptional academic achievement, athletic involvement, musicianship, school leadership and community initiative made him stand out amongst his peers. Robert is among the next generation of motivated innovators and we are so excited to witness how this prestigious honor will allow him to shape the future of STEM.”
Enrolled this fall at the University of Toronto, Firsov hopes to ﬁnd a career where he can pursue innovation in the automotive industry to help develop new technologies and reduce vehicular greenhouse gas emissions. He feels his time at OTHS has helped prepare him for this path.
“We are proud to celebrate 10 years of Schulich Leader Scholarships, the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world,” says program founder Seymour Schulich. “This group of 100 outstanding students will represent the best and brightest Canada has to oﬀer and will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.”