February 10, 2023

Belleville, Ontario, Feb. 9, 2023 – Today, The Schulich Foundation named Loyalist College as one of ten Ontario colleges participating in the Schulich Builders scholarship program. The program provides ten Loyalist students with essential financial support to cover tuition, tools and living expenses as they complete their post-secondary education in the skilled trades. 

As participants in the program, Loyalist College will award: 

          Five $20,000 scholarships for one-year certificate programs, and  

          Five $40,000 scholarships for two-year diploma programs. 

In addition to financial support, Schulich Builders provides leadership training and mentorship to set up graduates for success. 

“As Loyalist develops and delivers responsive programs aligned to the needs of industry, we are grateful to participate in the Schulich Builders scholarship program,” said Mark Kirkpatrick, Acting President. “It’s critical to remove barriers for students entering the skilled trades workforce to ensure we can train the next generation of professionals who will design, build, and maintain our communities’ essential infrastructure. On behalf of the entire Loyalist community, I’d like to thank The Schulich Foundation for this generous support as we aim to close the local skills gap and prepare our students with the knowledge and experience they need to succeed.” 

To learn more about the Schulich Builders scholarship eligibility criteria, visit


“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing this rewarding career path. 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.” – Judy Schulich, Executive Vice-President, The Schulich Foundation  

“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  

“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   

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 7,000 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.  

About Loyalist College   

Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $396.3 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2021 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit   

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Braden Root-McCaig
Director of Marketing and Communications