Fondation Desjardins Awards more than $100,000 in University Scholarships

    MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of Cooperation Week events,
Fondation Desjardins has awarded university scholarships worth a total of more
than $100,000 to young people from every region of Québec. Ms. Monique F.
Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group and
Ms. Yolande James, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities were
present at the ceremony where seven scholarships were given to students newly
arrived in Canada.
    Two research grants of $25,000 and $15,000 were awarded in the
"Environment and Society" category to Christine Gagnon and Nathalie Boucher
respectively. A doctoral student at Université Laval, Ms. Gagnon's project
concerns a functional legal framework with clear, operational guidelines for
the various uses of water and air. As for Ms. Boucher, a PhD student at INRS,
her project makes several important contributions to urban studies including
the application of fragmentation theories, the combination of commitment,
anthropology and communication, and the study of non-verbal interaction.
    Two scholarships of $7,000 each were awarded to PhD students: Mathieu
Boudreault, studying financial engineering at HEC Montréal, and Josyane
Mondor, studying psychology.
    In addition, six Master's scholarships were awarded. Amélie Champagne
received $10,000 for four university terms to study mental health at
Université du Québec en Outaouais. Scholarships of between $2,500 and $5,000
each were won by Annie Bourgeois for studies in intercultural relations at
Université du Québec à Montréal, Jérôme Lacombe for studies in finance at
Université de Sherbrooke, Kim Savoie-Thibault for studies in music and piano
performance at Université de Montréal, Julie Perreault for multidisciplinary
Bachelor's degree at TELUQ and Syed Takshed Karim for studies in electrical
engineering at McGill University.
    At the undergraduate level, scholarships of between $1,000 and $2,500
each were awarded to 11 students, seven of whom have recently arrived in
Canada from Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, China and Haiti.
    Additionally, during October, about 100 Desjardins caisses across Québec
will be awarding Fondation Desjardins university scholarships worth nearly
$300,000 in all.

    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 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. To find out more,

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): André Chapleau,
Director, Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7229, 1 866-866-7000,
ext. 7229,; Eliane Didier, Coordinator,
Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7170, 1 800-443-8611, ext 3,

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