Lewisporte Col­le­giate stu­dent Gaia Nose­wor­thy is head­ing to UNB with a $80,000 Schulich Leader Schol­ar­ship

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Pay­ing for univer­sity ex­penses will be no prob­lem for Lewisporte’s Gaia Nose­wor­thy,18.

The Lewisporte Col­le­giate grad­u­ate is head­ing to univer­sity in the fall with an $80,000 Schulich Leader Schol­ar­ship.

“Read­ing that email and see­ing the amount, it was sur­real. I was floored,” Nose­wor­thy told The Cen­tral Voice. “I told my par­ents and my Dad had to call the per­son who sent the email to con­firm I was ac­tu­ally the win­ner, he was so shocked by it.”

Each year, high schools across Canada can nom­i­nate a stu­dent for one of 50 Schulich Leader Schol­ar­ships. Th­ese univer­sity en­trance schol­ar­ships, es­tab­lished in 2012 by busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Sey­mour Schulich, are awarded to stu­dents en­rolling in a Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing or Math­e­mat­ics (STEM) un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gram at 20 part­ner uni­ver­si­ties in Canada.

Nose­wor­thy, who de­scribes them­selves as a ‘Jack of all Trades’ in their in­ter­ests, is start­ing a con­cur­rent bach­e­lor of com­puter sci­ence and bach­e­lor of math­e­mat­i­cal physics co-op pro­gram at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick in Septem­ber.

“I’ve been en­thralled with the­o­ret­i­cal physics for a long time now - worm­holes, black holes string the­ory, all of it,” Nose­wor­thy said. “It’s a heavy sci­ence field that uses a lot of com­puter sim­u­la­tion and a lot of math, I kind of wanted to get all of that at once.”

The path to re­ceiv­ing this Schulich Leader Schol­ar­ship started when Nose­wor­thy at­tended the SHAD en­rich­ment pro­gram in the sum­mer of 2017. After SHAD, which Nose­wor­thy de­scribes as ‘one of the great­est months’ of their life, they were en­cour­aged to ap­ply to a va­ri­ety of pro­grams.

This led to at­tend­ing En­coun­ters with Canada (a na­tional youth form), and to par­tic­i­pat­ing in Youth Par­lia­ment, Math League, and the Eu­clid Math Test.

Nose­wor­thy feels that at­tend­ing a smaller school gave them an ad­van­tage when it came to ap­ply­ing for ac­tiv­i­ties and schol­ar­ships.

Not only were fewer stu­dents ap­ply­ing for place­ments but they say that teach­ers can of­fer more sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als in a smaller school.

“Smaller schools can be more ded­i­cated to stu­dents than to the grades,” Nose­wor­thy says. “The big­gest ad­van­tage is hav­ing a bunch of teach­ers who have the abil­ity and the time to care for the stu­dents the way that teach­ers in big­ger schools might not have the abil­ity to do.”

That in­di­vid­ual sup­port was key for Nose­wor­thy.

“Aside from my par­ents, Paul and Daphne Nose­wor­thy, who helped to push me to be the best per­son I can be, I have had a lot of sup­port from teach­ers,” Nose­wor­thy says, not­ing, “My guid­ance coun­sel­lor, Angie Will­mott, the amount of ef­fort that she put in for me is astro­nom­i­cal. Michael Gale, my chem­istry teacher, he be­lieved in me long be­fore some teach­ers even knew my name. And my mu­sic teacher, Adam Bax­ter, my math teacher, Kirk Bussey, and my vice-prin­ci­pal, Kris White. Those are the peo­ple in my high school that pushed me the most.”

They also credit their girl­friend, Re­becca, with help­ing them to achieve.

“Re­becca has pushed me to do things I have been try­ing to do for a long time,” Nose­wor­thy says. “She has been one of the pil­lars hold­ing me up ever since I met her.”

They also credit the SHAD pro­gram with help­ing them to see the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able for youth to de­velop lead­er­ship skills.

Nose­wor­thy has some advice for other stu­dents who are seek­ing schol­ar­ships.

“Grades are not the most im­por­tant thing. Do not put all of your time into your grades,” Nose­wor­thy says. “Put your time into devel­op­ing your lead­er­ship abil­i­ties and join­ing clubs. Build a di­verse re­sume with ex­am­ples of your lead­er­ship and how var­ied you are in do­ing ev­ery­thing you can for your com­mu­nity and for the peo­ple around you.”


Gaia Nose­wor­thy, 18, dur­ing his SHAD pro­gram in 2017. Nose­wor­thy says the SHAD pro­gram was in­stru­men­tal in open­ing doors for his fu­ture.

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