Desjardins launches the 2009 Bursaries for 18-to-30-year-olds program

    MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins, a component of
Desjardins Group, announces the launch of the 2009 edition of the Bursaries
for 18-to-30-year-olds program for young people seeking to improve their
    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 21 years ago and in that time it has awarded over $785,000 to help
15,080 young people starting out in their careers. It is offered to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents. Applications will be accepted until November
10, 2009, and Desjardins caisses will award bursaries to recipients in March
2010. Application forms and eligibility conditions are available on the Web
site at:

    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 will distribute nearly $650,000. 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. To find out
more, consult

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Hélène Lavoie, 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,

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