The Vanier College Foundation is very pleased to announce that over the past 6 months it has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships and grants to support Vanier students and college projects. At a ceremony held on November 26th, a total of $11,500 in entrance scholarships provided jointly by the Foundation and the Office of the Academic Dean was awarded to the 75 top new students beginning their studies at Vanier College in the fall 2015 semester. As well, last June, the Foundation provided $8,600 in scholarships to students of the 2014-2015 graduating class. In addition to scholarships, this fall semester, the Foundation awarded $7,375 to support a book loan program for students in need, and more than $40,000 to support fifteen projects taking place during the 2015-2016 school year.
Among the projects to receive support are important annual Vanier events that have proven their value in the past by enriching student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Support was allocated to the Malawi Vanier Nursing Exchange for students doing a 7-week internship in Africa in the spring. A new Humanities complimentary course entitled “The Tropics” will receive funding for a student study-trip to Belize in March. Grants will also go to students participating in the 5-week Russian Language Study Program in St Petersburg in June. Students in Early Childhood Education undertaking an internship in Germany, and students in Environmental & Wildlife Management planning internships abroad, are also receiving funding.
As well, the Foundation will also help defray the costs of Business Administration and Micropublishing and Hypermedia students studying for a semester abroad in Belgium or doing their program internship in France.
In addition to support for international education projects, the Foundation will also help Industrial Electronics students participating in a week-long study trip to the Siemens Company in Ontario in March, and students attending a Building Systems Engineering Technology Conference outside Canada.
Other major activities that will receive support include the Holocaust and Genocide Symposium and the Humanities Symposium. The Foundation is also helping a new initiative aimed at providing daycare services for single parents attending classes at Vanier, and athletes participating in U.S. tournaments. A major grant also went to the Music Department for its upcoming presentation of the musical Into the Woods to be performed in April at Vanier College.
“Over the years, the Vanier Foundation has been one of our greatest supporters,” says Jennifer Joseph of the International Education Office. “It has helped hundreds of students to enrich their education through study abroad programs, which give them the skills to work in an ever-changing and interconnected world. We thank the Foundation for its continuous generosity and its help in fostering a new generation of global citizens.”