Student earns summer spot at Dalhousie

Ellie McLeod will focus on science, technology, engineering and math

Glenlyon Norfolk student Ellie McLeod is heading east to Dalhousie University for an immersive, month-long summer experience through the science, math and technology-focused SHAD program.

While in New Brunswick this July, McLeod will be fully immersed in a STEM-based learning environment – STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Also enjoying the SHAD experience this summer is Grade 10 St. Michaels University student Jonathan Skinnider, who will be attending Newfoundland’s Memorial University.

For many students, completion of the program leads to other opportunities, including a possible internship, and a network of alumni that includes Rhode Scholars, Top 40 under 40, Top 20 Under 20, TD scholarship recipients, Loran Scholars and Schulich Leaders.

“Centred on science, technology, engineering and math, SHAD empowers exceptional youth to make the world a better place,” says Barry Bisson, SHAD president. “SHAD is where Canada’s top youth achievers are exposed to great ideas, inspired to look at things differently, challenged to reach for the highest levels of excellence and encouraged to embrace their ‘Uncommon Purpose’ – the pursuit of their own potential to change the world.”

McLeod is among only 658 youth offered a place to spend July immersed in the rewards and rigors of higher learning at one of SHAD’s 12 host universities from coast to coast.

“SHAD exposes bright youth to advanced topics and takes them out of their comfort zones … (supporting) them to discover new ways to learn, engage, experiment and excel,” Bisson says. “Interacting directly with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders gives participants a glimpse of their future, and raises their aspirations and ability to make a difference.”