St. Kevin’s student lands $80K MUN engineering scholarship

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Jennifer Careen thought her application for the Schulich Leader scholarship was a long shot.
The Grade 12 student at St. Kevin’s knew she had good grades and plenty of extra-curricular activities — including Junior Achievement and her school’s fundraising group, the Maverick Motivators — but still figured the $80,000 engineering scholarship was beyond her.

Jennifer Careen, winner of an $80,000 Schulich Leader scholarship.

Earlier this week, when she found out she’d won — she’ll get $20,000 a year for the first four years of her five-year mechanical engineering study at Memorial University — she started crying.

“My mom came in to the school, because she opened it at the post office, and then she was freaking out,” says Careen.

“She came into the school and they paged me down. I heard my mom in the office and thought, ‘Oh my God, what is this about?’ I went in and she showed me the letter, and my guidance counsellor and principal were there, because they helped a lot with it. … It really came as a shocker.”

Careen had been intending to pay for her schooling through work placements.

“You have to do four work terms at least, but I was planning to do six, and I was going to pay it with that,” she said.

“Now, all the money from my work terms is mine, which is pretty cool.”

Careen says she was inspired to pursue engineering as a career last year when she attended Energy Day, an event at the Johnson GeoCentre during Oil and Gas Week which showcases careers in the energy industry and introduces students to people in different fields.

“We had three people talk to us in the small room that they have in there … and I didn’t even know what engineering was at this point,” said Careen.

“I looked into it more, and there was a couple of websites that they gave us and I looked at those. … It seemed so interesting to me.”

Careen applied for a Women In Science and Engineering program, which helped her make up her mind.

“I love science and math, and I wanted to go somewhere with those. I think engineering is the best route.”

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Recent comments

  • Kim Osmond
    May 04, 2014 - 06:08

    Congratulations!! You've made a great accomplishment and have made so many people proud. You will continue to do so in the future I'm sure.

  • Denise Noel
    May 03, 2014 - 18:14

    So proud of you Jen!! You deserve this scholarship so much and we know that you are going to go so many places and do so many amazing things in your life. Our family couldn't be more happier for you. Enjoy every opportunity that comes your way as you start out on a new journey after high school.

  • Catherine Rose
    May 03, 2014 - 13:40

    Congratulations Jennifer Careen! You obviously worked hard and you deserve it! Best of luck with all your future endeavours! Also a big congrats go out to Jennifer Tucker a grade 12 student at PWC, she received the $60,000 dollar scholarship this past week as well. She also deserves it as she is very much like you and she has certainly worked hard. She is a very genuine person who is involved in many things such as the Shad Valley Program, volunteering, church, part-time job, and many others. Jennifer has a very sincere concern for people and she is hoping to pursue a career in medicine. So again big congrats to both Jennifer Careen and Jennifer Tucker!

  • Mona
    May 03, 2014 - 11:16

    As a Founder and First President of Women in Science and Engineering (, I am really proud that Jennifer Careen did SSEP last year with Amy Hsiao in the Faculty of Engineering, She is really nice girl so great to see her awarded this amazing scholarship! Cogratulations Jennifer and all the very best at your future endeavours!

  • Patricia Brazil
    May 03, 2014 - 09:30

    Congratulations Jennifer!!! We are so very proud of you at St. Kevin's High School. You are so deserving of this scholarship and I am so very happy for you.