Fondation Desjardins gains momentum and enhances its commitment to young people

Nearly one million dollars in scholarships will be awarded in 2012

MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins presents its new scholarship and awards program that will grant nearly $1 million to students in Quebec and Ontario in 2012. As education is at the core of Desjardins's mission, the Fondation, in partnership with the regions, will award scholarships at every educational level: college, university, and professional and technical programs. Four areas of study will be given priority: finance, cooperation and democratic life, development of expertise and knowledge, and Desjardins careers. Depending on the educational level, scholarship amounts can reach $20,000.

Fondation Desjardins strongly believes in the importance of developing expertise and knowledge in the regions, to ensure the sustainability of regional industry and help meet demand for the next generation of workers. Defining regional needs and selecting the winners will thus be carried out by a regional committee made up of the regions' representatives and leaders.

Fondation Desjardins invites students at all educational levels to submit their application before March 31, 2012 at

About Fondation Desjardins

Recognized as the private foundation offering the highest number of university bursaries and scholarships in Quebec, Fondation Desjardins has been contributing since 1971 to the well-being of individuals and communities through its philanthropic initiatives in education and cooperation. In 2011, Desjardins Group and Fondation Desjardins granted 3,500 bursaries and scholarships, for a total of $2.7 million. To find out more, consult

SOURCE Fondation Desjardins

For further information:

(for journalists only): 

Francine BlackBurn
Media Relations Advisor
514-281-7000 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7544
      Chantal Marcotte
Communications Advisor
Fondation Desjardins
514-281-7100 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 6142



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