The Schulich Foundation launches Canada’s largest skilled trade scholarship program
Mohawk College among 10 colleges to award annual scholarships up to $40,000 per student
The Schulich Foundation today announced a game-changing program, Schulich Builders, a scholarship program dedicated to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. In its first year of operation, more than $3 million is committed to combat labour shortages and highlight the importance of skilled trades in Canada.
“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing this rewarding career path,” said Judy Schulich, Director Schulich Foundation. “Canadians rely heavily on the trades to build and maintain infrastructure critical for prosperous communities. Our challenge today is not having enough of these talented people to meet the demand.”
In addition to financial support, Schulich Builders also provides leadership training and mentorship to set up graduates for success.
“The Schulich Builders scholarship will be a gamechanger for so many students, and supports our government’s ongoing work with business, labour, colleges and universities to attract more young people into the skilled trades. We’re bolstering our skilled workforce to build the roads, highways, schools and hospitals our growing population needs.”
- The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
“Mohawk College is grateful to be involved in the Schulich Builders program, as the Schulich Foundation extends its strong philanthropic tradition of student scholarships to Canadian colleges. At a moment in time when workforce shortages have the potential to hamper the country’s recovery, colleges have the expertise and the capacity to train the skilled trades workforce of the future. Schulich Builders Scholarships are certain to help many more people find their way into these programs on their way to important, rewarding careers in the trades.”
- Ron J. McKerlie, President & CEO, Mohawk College
"Post-secondary education plays an instrumental role in preparing graduates for in-demand jobs. This investment in Ontario’s students is an investment in their future, and in turn will help build the skilled trades workforce that Ontario needs to thrive.”
- The Honourable Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities
“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life. With Schulich Foundation’s skilled trade scholarship program, they are helping to attract and prepare a new generation of skilled trades workers here in Ontario for better jobs and bigger paycheques.”
- The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
“The financial challenges facing college students are growing, with 45 percent of our students indicating that financial pressure represents the greatest barrier to the completion of their education. Schulich Builders Scholarships will ease the weight of that burden. The inclusion of leadership training and mentorship in the Schulich Builders program is also welcome, as 33 percent of our students are the first in their families to earn a post-secondary education. We appreciate the well-rounded support the Schulich Builders program will provide Mohawk College students.”
– Katie Burrows, VP of Students, Alumni and International, Mohawk College
Launched in 2023, Schulich Builders will cover tuition, tools and living expenses for students enrolling in a skilled trade program at one of 10 participating colleges in Ontario. Priority will be given to students nominated by their high school. Students may also apply directly through participating colleges: Centennial, Fanshawe, Algonquin, George Brown, Mohawk, Sheridan, Conestoga, Durham, Humber and Loyalist.
Each college will award 10 scholarships per year:
- five $20,000 scholarships for one-year certificate programs, and
- five $40,000 scholarships for two-year diploma programs.
For more information, visit: schulichbuilders.com
To learn more about Mohawk College Schulich Builders Scholarships, visit: mohawkcollege.ca/schulichbuilders
About The Schulich Foundation
The Schulich Foundation is one of Canada’s largest foundations, having donated in excess of $350 million. Seymour Schulich established and funded The Schulich Foundation. He holds Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, and is among Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Having benefited greatly from a scholarship that enabled him to do his MBA, Mr. Schulich has built a well-earned reputation as a champion for education and access to education in Canada and around the world. The Schulich Foundation has endowed university faculties of business, engineering, medicine, law, education, music, chemistry, nursing and dentistry; libraries, dormitories, courtyards, medical health centers, lecture and music halls. Over 6,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in Schulich Schools.
The Foundation’s largest initiative is the $200 million Schulich Leaders Scholarship Program, spanning 25 universities across Canada and Israel, in support of students pursuing STEM education.
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.