The award, amounting to $60,000, will be paid out over a period of four years.
Tarrant told The Southern Gazette Thursday she got the call on March 16 while still at school.
“I was took out of class, called to the office. I picked up the phone and (the caller) said she was from Dalhousie’s scholarship office,” Tarrant said, referring to the Nova Scotia university.
At first, she thought the call was to get further information on her scholarship application, Tarrant said.
“Then she told me that I won the scholarship. The first thing that I said to her was, ‘Oh my God, shut up.’ I was shocked.”
Tarrant was nominated by a staff member at Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn.
She was also required to fill out an application and write an essay describing why she felt she was a leader.
Tarrant shared some of what she wrote in her essay.
“I feel like I was shaped into a leader, everything that allow(s) me to be such a good leader now is what I have gained from my experiences over the years,” she said.
In September, Tarrant will be attending Dalhousie to study pre-veterinary medicine, as well as a bachelor of science degree.
Following completion of her Dalhousie studies, Tarrant plans to do veterinary medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island.
The Schulich Leader Scholarship was launched in 2012. The program funds 50 undergraduate scholarships annually across top Canadian universities, in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.