Call for Applications for the 2010-2011 Fondation Desjardins - University
Scholarships

MONTREAL, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins is launching its call for applications for several scholarship programs, including the 2010 Girardin-Vaillancourt university scholarships. About 200 scholarships, for a total of $535,750, will be granted to students.

Scholarship candidates at the Bachelor's level ($1,250), Master's level ($7,500) and Doctorate level ($10,000) have until March 1, 2010 to send their application to Fondation Desjardins.

The Fondation will also be accepting applications from doctoral students for three research grants until April 1, 2010. A $25,000 grant and a $15,000 grant will be awarded for work relating to the theme "Environment and Society". A third grant of $10,000 will be allocated for studies in the field of cooperation.

Applications will also be accepted for the Dorimène Bursaries ($2,500) for women going back to school full- or part-time, as well as for the Special bursaries in the fields of finance ($7,500), actuarial sciences ($5,000), mental health ($10,000) and gerontology ($7,500), funded by Desjardins Financial Security.

These awards are open to full-time students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Québec. The research grants, Dorimène Bursaries and Special bursaries are also open to students who are members of caisses in Ontario.

Application forms and eligibility criteria are available in Québec universities and CEGEPs and on the Desjardins Web site at www.desjardins.com/en/fondation.

About Fondation Desjardins

As a component of Desjardins Group, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, Fondation Desjardins fulfils its mission to provide educational support by distributing university scholarships and bursaries throughout Québec and Ontario for training, skills development and cooperative spirit. The foundation also hands out awards in recognition of volunteer activities and to support entrepreneurship and employment. In 2009, Fondation Desjardins distributed more than $700,000. In Québec, it is well known for distributing more university scholarships than any other private foundation in the province. Since its inception, the foundation has given away almost $11 million dollars to over 8,700 young people to support education.

SOURCE Fondation Desjardins

For further information: For further information: for journalists only: Caroline Phémius, Advisor, Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7000, ext. 7646, 1-866-866-7000, caroline.phemius@desjardins.com; Ingrid Chauvin, Communications and University Bursary Programs, Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7000, ext. 7997, 1-800-443-8611, ingrid.chauvin@desjardins.com


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