Call for Candidates for Fondation Desjardins 2008-2009 University Scholarships

    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins is launching its
call for candidates for several programs, including the 2008
Girardin-Vaillancourt University Scholarships. Divided in approximately 200
bursaries, $450,000 will be made available to university students.
    Fondation Desjardins will be accepting applications for Bachelor's
($1,250), Master's ($5,000) and Doctorate ($7,000) level scholarships until
March 1, 2008.
    Up to April 1, 2008, the Fondation will also be accepting applications
from doctoral students for three research grants. Two bursaries, one of
$25,000 and one of $15,000, will be granted for work relating to the theme of
"Environment and Society" and a third grant of $7,500 will be allocated for
studies in the field of cooperation.
    Applications will also be accepted for Dorimène Bursaries ($2,500).
Dorimène was Alphonse Desjardins wife and this bursary is exclusively for
women who are going back to school and also intended for the Special bursaries
in the fields of finance ($5,000), actuarial sciences ($5,000) and mental
health ($10,000).
    This call for candidates is addressed to full-time students, Canadian
citizens and permanent residents residing in Québec. Please note that the
Research Grants, Dorimène Bursaries and Special bursaries are also open to
students who are members of Ontario caisses.
    Application forms and eligibility criteria are available in Québec
universities and Cégeps, and at

    About Fondation Desjardins

    As a component of Desjardins Group, 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 2007,
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
nearly $10 million dollars to support over 8,300 young people.

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For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275,; Eliane Didier,
Coordinator, Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7170, 1-800-443-8611, ext 3,

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