A soon-to-be high school graduate in Saskatoon is still trying to find the words after receiving a prestigious national scholarship towards her post-secondary education.
Regan Wilson, from Holy Cross High School, is the first from her school to be awarded a $100,000 prize from the Schulich Leaders fund.
“I was definitely breathtaken,” Wilson said. “They called me in the car and I didn’t know what to say.”
The teen is one of 50 nationwide, and only the ninth from Saskatoon, to receive the scholarship which funds students planning on pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
Wilson plans on using the money to fund an undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan in mechanical engineering.
She said the money will help her take her time with the degree, opening up the possibility of joining the Huskies’ track and field team in the fall.
Wilson won a silver medal at the city track and field meet for the 3,000 metre race, and will compete at provincials later in June.
In a statement, staff at Holy Cross said the teenager was a well-rounded student who accomplished everything she set her sights on.
“She’s a real self-starter and hard worker, leads by example and exudes confidence,” said Michelle Remizowski, a school counsellor.
“She’s top notch, and we’re so proud of her.”
Once she completes her degree, she plans on continuing her education with a graduate degree in biomechanical engineering.
“I really want to work with prosthetics,” she said. “Make people’s lives more functional and be more able to do more things.”