Scholarships: Helping students make an impact on the national and international stage

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“For students, receiving a scholarship is very fulfilling. It’s also a big motivator,” says Camille Girard, Trottier Fellow at the Institut de l’énergie Trottier and a master’s student at Polytechnique Montréal.

In a competitive global environment, all major universities are vying to attract and retain the best students, the most promising talent, and the most eminent researchers. This is why scholarships are so important for Campus Montréal, as they create conditions to maintain and reinforce our key position both in Canada and around the world.

“Out of the 1,000 students who took part in the Campus Abroad program in the past 10 years, over 95% said that this experience was a remarkable moment in their university careers,” explains Ari Van Assche, Director of the Department of International Business at HEC Montréal.

The Lallemand – Marcel and Roland Chagnon Fund, which encourages access to higher education through scholarships, has opened the door to international opportunities for future managers who are passionate about global interdependence and about strategic issues related to global social development, internationalization and innovation.

“Success and excellence scholarships allow recipients to devote more energy to their studies and to distinguish themselves, to do more, and to have an impact on the national or international stage. All of Quebec society and Canadian society benefits,” notes Christiane Laflamme, Vice-Dean of Performance Studies and Support for Student Success at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal.

Benefits

  • Recognize academic excellence, commitment and leadership.
  • Let scholarship recipients work on their studies full time.
  • Enrich and broaden perspectives through internships abroad and through student and teacher recruitment.
  • Provide access to quality higher education, regardless of social, economic or cultural background.
  • Stimulate research advances and technological and scientific breakthroughs.
  • Attract and retain the best talent.

Support for excellence changes the world

“When I was 20 years old, I received a scholarship from the Chinese government to study in China for a year,” says Ari Van Assche. “It completely transformed the way I saw the world.”

A large portion of the money from Campus Montréal’s major fundraising campaign is invested in scholarships.

To promote excellence and entrepreneurship, Serge Gendron, President of the AGF Group, decided to donate $1 million, which included $600,000 for excellence scholarships for master’s students in civil engineering at Polytechnique.

Created with a donation of $1.5 million, the Marcel-Saucier Violin Scholarship Fund supports the talent of the most gifted violin students at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal.

Lallemand’s $1-million gift to Campus Montréal led to the creation of a fund for international business that will finance a professorship in this field as well as scholarships in international trade and international entrepreneurship.

When students from every field of study can apply their talents, all of society benefits.

Developing talent benefits us all

Our society can't afford for students not to reach their full academic potential. Scholarships are tools to recruit the most talented students in their fields. They also lead to learning, exchange and collaboration at the highest level, which are essential building blocks to create a community in the global knowledge economy.

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