Fondation Desjardins hands out $60,000 as part of its Bourses jeunesse Raymond-Blais program

    MONTREAL, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its Bourse jeunesse
Raymond-Blais program, Fondation Desjardins, the largest private foundation in
Québec, handed out 80 bursaries of $750 each for a grand total of $60,000 to
young people to reward them for demonstrating ambition in their quest to
develop their skills.
    The Fondation is particularly proud to be supporting six people who
decided to go back to school as well as 19 young people who opted for
vocational and professional training as roofers, electricians, in technical
avionics or as early childhood educators - the last group received financial
support to complete their training.
    The Fondation handed out 20 bursaries in the area of arts and culture.
Some of the winning projects supported by the Fondation include the production
of a play, participation at arts and crafts fairs and a project to spearhead
special events.
    To subsidize international experiences, 23 bursaries were awarded to
young people who presented ambitious projects: a journalism internship in
Vietnam, a project that targets environmental protection in France and nursing
studies in Nicaragua, among others.
    To highlight entrepreneurship in its many forms, Fondation Desjardins
awarded eight bursaries in textile design, food, research-based writing to
assist children with disabilities, agriculture, environmental education and
culture. Lastly, four winners presented projects in the field of sports.
    The Bourses jeunesse Raymond-Blais program has been part of Fondation
Desjardins for 20 years. The bursaries are open to Canadian citizens and
permanent residents, and are meant to encourage young people between 18 and 30
years of age who need help bringing personal projects to life such as
technical training, getting supplementary training, an international
experience, obtaining teaching material or completing high school studies,
vocational training or college.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Caroline Phémius,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7000,
ext. 7646; Eliane Didier, Coordinator, Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7170,

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