Three days into her university career Mary Kathleen Hickox has some worries, but paying her tuition isn't one of them.

The Charlottetown Rural graduate is one of this year's $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship winners.

"It's such a weight off my shoulders," said  Hickox.

"it also makes me very excited for the future. Because now continuing my education after achieving my undergraduate degree is even more attainable for me."  

'Continuing my education after achieving my undergraduate degree is even more attainable for me'
- Mary Kathleen Hickox

​Hickox is enrolled in the science program at Queen's University, and the scholarship has her looking past her undergraduate years..

"The impact that has on me continuing my education and the impact it will have on my whole life is just astounding," she said.

Fifty students across the country are hand-picked for the award. Queen's was quick to tweet Hickox's arrival on campus, where she'll be studying human sciences and biology. 

The school will also be hosting a gathering off all this year's Schulich winners. Hickox said it makes her part of a group of like-minded students who span the country.
 
"Once we start creating those bonds and those friendships we'll be meeting up a lot more," she said.

Hickox said her goal is to direct what she learns towards solutions to help adapt to climate change.