Pair of Oakville students ‘grateful,’ to receive prestigious scholarship


Published June 21, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Tudor Barsan is one of three Oakville high school students named recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships. HDSB PHOTOS

Two more high school students from Oakville have been announced as recipients of a prestigious post-secondary scholarship.

Tudor Barsan, a Grade 12 student at Iroquois Ridge High School and Lucas Komljenovic, a Grade 12 student at Thomas A. Blakelock High School, are among the 100 students in Canada presented with Schulich Leader Scholarships.

They join previously announced recipient Robert Firsov, a Grade 12 student at Oakville Trafalgar High School.

All three Halton District School Board students were selected for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities

Barsan’s scholarship, valued at $80,000, and Komljenovic’s scholarship, valued at $100,000, will be used to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Barsan has enrolled at the University of Waterloo for this fall and hopes for a career in the field of innovative technology.

“I am extremely thankful toward those who have surrounded and supported me throughout this extensive journey,” he says. “Receiving the Schulich Leader Scholarship has been a dream come true and I look forward to the outstanding opportunities that come with it.”

Barsan’s scholarship was well deserved, says John Stieva, Principal at Iroquois Ridge HS.

“When we were informed of Tudor’s award, we were not only pleased for him but proud of his accomplishments,” he says of the Grade 12 student. “He is a very deserving young man who worked hard to accomplish his goals. Iroquois Ridge High School is proud to call Tudor one of its own.

“We wish him all the best for the future and know that he will continue to make us proud.”

Komljenovic (pictured below) has enrolled this fall at Queen’s University and plans to pursue a business degree with the goal of starting his own engineering firm.

“I am extremely honoured and excited to have received this award,” Komljenovic says. “Being able to fully explore my curiosities in STEM without financial stress is a dream come true.

“I’m grateful for the teachers, communities, and clubs that have enabled me to become a Schulich Leader by fostering my love for learning and leading.”

Jonathan Shoss, Principal at T.A. Blakelock HS, says he’s excited for the difference he knows Komljenovic will make in the future.

“The Blakelock school community is so proud of Lucas,” Shoss says. “He is heavily involved in student leadership and is deeply respected by his peers. We know he will go to do amazing things and make the world a better place for everyone.”

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