A Coquitlam high school grad is heading to Simon Fraser University with a big smile and a heavy wallet after winning an engineering scholarship valued at $100,000.
Basil Giannopoulos, a graduate of Gleneagle secondary school, has received one of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships awarded to high school graduates enrolling in a science technology or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate program at participating universities in Canada and Israel.
“I feel incredibly grateful having earned the Schulich Scholarship, which will allow me to focus primarily on my academics. I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my teachers and family members,” Giannopoulos said in an SFU press release.
The high-achieving student finished high school with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and won other awards, including the Governor General’s Bronze Academic Medal. Giannopoulos also volunteered to help young children develop an interest in, and learn about STEM-related, programs.