Desjardins launches the 2008 edition of the Bursaries for 18 to 30 year-olds program

    MONTREAL, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins announces the
launch of the 2008 edition of the Bursaries for 18 to 30 year-olds program for
young people seeking to improve their employability.
    The call for candidates has begun in Desjardins caisses in Québec and
Ontario, local employment centres and professional training centres. The
program now includes 80 bursaries of $750 each, for a total of $60,000.
    These bursaries are meant to encourage young people who need a little
boost for personal projects such as technical or supplementary training and
for purchasing educational materials, or even for going back to school.
International projects are also eligible if they are shown to provide benefits
for Canada. Any skill search that can assist young people in preparing for a
better future and better social integration is acceptable.
    The Fondation Desjardins Bursaries for 18 to 30 year-olds program was
created 20 years ago and is offered to Canadian citizens and permanent
residents. In that time it has awarded over $725,000 to help 15,000 young
people starting out in their careers. Applications will be accepted until
November 20, 2008, and Desjardins caisses will award bursaries to recipients
in March 2009. Application forms and eligibility conditions are available on
the Web site at:

    About Fondation Desjardins

    As a component of Desjardins Group, the largest integrated 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 2008, Fondation
Desjardins will distribute 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 more of
$10 million dollars to support over 8,700 young people.

For further information:

For further information: Information (for journalists only): André
Chapleau, Director, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514)
281-7229, 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7229; Eliane Didier, Fondation Desjardins,
(514) 281-7170, 1-800-443-8611

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