Sydney Brownlee is heading to Queen’s University in the fall. The St. Michael Catholic High School student got the Chernoff Family Award. The major admission scholarship is worth $48,000 over four years.

The award goes to students who demonstrate superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities and proven leadership.

Brownlee says she was surprised when she found out she got the award. She noted the first person she called was her mom, who started to cry on the phone. 

The scholarship is renewable, so Brownlee will have to keep up a certain GPA. She will be studying biology, chemistry, physics and calculus her first year.

Brownlee says she’ll be going into the general sciences program. She noted she may be interested in becoming a veterinary and does co-op at the Kemptville Animal Hospital.