Scholarships and Bursaries: Celebrating Talent and Perseverance
December 4, 2008
The first annual official scholarship award ceremony was held on November 26, for undergraduate students, and on December 3, for graduate and postgraduate students. It was an opportunity to salute the excellence and achievements of the 237 recipients, as well as their efforts and perseverance throughout their studies. All in all, scholarships and bursaries totalling $413,375 were awarded.
As Director Michel Patry noted, “This generosity on the part of our donors shows their confidence in the quality of our programs and our students. These donors are closely associated with the success of the students who have received this support and with that of the School. Their unfailing loyalty to HEC Montréal is very valuable, especially in the current context, and I thank them most sincerely.”
Since the beginning of the school year, scholarships and bursaries in the following categories have also been awarded to students in all programs:
- Undergraduate admission scholarships: $825,000;
- Admission scholarships and fast-track scholarships for graduate and postgraduate students (fast-track scholarships are intended to encourage and reward students for rapid progression through MSc inManagement and PhD studies, accompanied by good marks): $443,250;
- Travel scholarships for students participating in the Passport to the World international exchange program in fall 2008-2009: $126,000;
- Mercure scholarships for BBA graduates: $45,000;
- Need-based bursaries: $57,000.
New scholarship programs
Secretary General Jacques Nantel warmly thanked all the donors and also noted some new scholarship programs:
- Scholarships from KPMG for students in programs from the certificate to PhD level with a specialization in accounting or taxation, to recognize outstanding academic achievement and community involvement, thanks to a fund created in 2002 and consolidated this year with a gift of $350,000 over a five-year period;
- Scholarships from the Francis and Geneviève Melançon Foundation in the amount of $100,000 over five years, to encourage particularly hard-working undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students;
- Scholarship from the Famille Guy Martin fund in the amount of $35,000, to support a student enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy, intending to obtain the title of CA;
- Xerox Canada scholarships, for students in a program including a relationship sales dimension, and who have shown excellent potential in role-playing exercises in this field;
- Brother International admission scholarships, for Quebec CEGEP students with exceptional academic records.
All in all, $1,909,625 has been awarded in scholarships and bursaries since the start of the school year. There is every reason to believe that HEC Montréal students will have received just over $3 million by the time the second award ceremony is held, next spring.