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Meet the 2019 Engineering Schulich LeadersJune 19, 2019

Meet Arielle Ainabe and Arjun Snider: McMaster’s 2019 Schulich Leaders in Engineering.

The Schulich Foundation has designated four 2019 Schulich Leader Scholarships for McMaster: two in engineering and two in science, technology and mathematics, providing each with financial support that allows them to concentrate on their studies and develop their potential as future leaders.

 McMaster’s 2019 Schulich Leaders are among 50 STEM students from across Canada to earn the prestigious scholarships to 20 Canadian universities. Twenty-five scholarships, valued at $100,000 each, are designated for students pursuing degrees in engineering. Twenty-five scholarships, valued at $80,000 each, are designed for students studying science, technology or math.

Since 2012, 320 students from across Canada have been named Schulich Leaders. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, and financial need. Schulich Leaders are entrepreneurial-minded students looking to pursue technology, innovation, engineering or scientific research.  

Here’s a look at our 2019 Engineering Schulich Leaders:


       Arielle Ainabe

       High School: Garth Webb Secondary School

        Hometown: Oakville

Arielle is a passionate leader who is highly involved in her school and community. She is also the recipient of the $7,500 Dean’s Excellence Scholarship and a research position. Arielle has represented Canada at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for two years in a row, and has won the NASA Special award 2nd Place Prize for her project. She also spent a summer working with machine learning at the Canadian Operations Forces Command, a position she earned through the Hack the North competition. Arielle is a Flight Commander in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. She is a writer, clarinetist, cross country runner, ultimate frisbee team member, cellist, and Science Council President. She also is a Sunday School Leader, where she helps girls to become leaders in their own lives. Arielle is interested in the Engineering Physics stream.

In her own words:

What does it mean to you to be named a Schulich Leader?

Being a Schulich Leader is a culmination of all the work I have done throughout my school career and the people who have supported me through recommendation letters, countless opportunities, advice and the list goes on. I hope that by entering this community of Schulich Leaders I will also have an opportunity to expand my professional career and personal interests.

What made you choose McMaster Engineering?

I chose McMaster Engineering because it was mix of everything I wanted in a university. I have opportunities to participate in flexible co-op work terms, conduct higher-level research and have interesting course work through McMaster's diverse engineering degrees.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I will have graduated from Engineering and likely whatever graduate studies I may pursue and I would like to have worked in a variety of places across the globe. With the experience I have gained I want to be making a meaningful contribution to society, whether it be through research, my own company or working for an organization that specializes in this.

Why do you think it is important for students to be involved outside of the classroom?  

I think there is only so much students can do in a classroom or read from a textbook. Voluntary activities allow students to either apply what is learned in class or learn something new. Connections are made that allow students to better understand what they are doing and how it impacts others.

Who is your STEM role model?

I have a lot of STEM role models. Someone specifically that has inspired me to go on this pathway is my grade 7 science and math teacher. She first introduced me to science fairs through her infectious enthusiasm and passion. I would never have started doing my own research if it weren't for her.

       Arjun Snider

        High School: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

         Hometown: Burlington


Arjun is an entrepreneurial-minded leader with a love of computers. He is also the recipient of the $5,000 DECA Scholarship and a research position. As an active DECA competitor, he has placed in the top 20 at provincials and 1st overall at regionals. Arjun has participated in the Western Ivey Summer Leadership Program, where he won the Deloitte/ Western Ivey and Leviathan’s Lair Case Competitions. Arjun is a leader in his school, having been a Lead Senator, School Prefect, CFO of the Business Leadership club, and founding member of the STEAM club. He is interested in the Computer Engineering stream.

In his own words:

What does it mean to you to be named a Schulich Leader?

To me, being named a Schulich Leader means that I have been given the opportunity to join an amazing group of people who are all leaders in the STEM fields. I also think this comes with the responsibility of being a role model for STEM students. Being a Schulich Leader means that I get to study at an amazing university and I can pursue my dreams of working on the next generation of computer hardware. I am so honoured to have been chosen to be a Schulich Leader at McMaster.

What made you choose McMaster Engineering?

I chose McMaster Engineering because I have loved Mac and it's an amazing student community. I grew up attending science camps, such as Venture, at McMaster, so over the years, Mac has become a sort of second home for me. Another major factor in choosing McMaster Engineering was the fact that Mac offers the Engineering & Management program. I am passionate about both engineering and business, and this program seems to be the perfect mix of both so I am hoping to enter it starting in my second year.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself working on the cutting edge of computer hardware development. I have been passionate about computer hardware for many years now so I hope to enter a career that lets me have a hand in creating the next generation of computers.

Why do you think it is important for students to be involved outside of the classroom?

I think it is important to get involved outside of the classroom because it gives you the opportunity to meet new people, test your real life skills and learn new things. I have found that a lot of my leadership abilities have been developed because of my participation in extracurricular activities, such as DECA, or my high school's business leadership club. The experiences I had in these clubs were unlike anything that I have experienced in a classroom setting and have helped me to grow as a leader. I have also made many friends through extracurricular involvement.

Who is your STEM role model?

I would say that my STEM role model is Bill Gates. For all the wealth and fame that he has acquired in his lifetime, I really admire his humility and down to earth nature, as well as his work as a philanthropist. Having founded one of the most successful tech companies ever in Microsoft, he could have chosen to keep all his wealth for himself and his family, but instead, he donates so much of it to better the lives of others and improving our world. I find his selflessness really inspiring and for that reason, he is my STEM role model.