Chloé Saintesprit, a future alumna of the specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in management at HEC Montréal, has established a scholarship specifically for diverse single mothers. As a result, she has become the newest member of the HEC Montréal Foundation’s Club des 100, created to recognize the contributions of young philanthropists like her.
Starting in fall 2022, thanks to Chloé’s generosity, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a diverse single mother who is enrolled in a graduate-level program at HEC Montréal, who is in financial need and who shows outstanding perseverance and determination.
Saintesprit herself became a mother while attending HEC Montréal and says she has benefited from the caring and support she received from everyone at the School. She is giving back to her alma mater this spring to allow other women to pursue their studies and move forward in their academic journey. With this scholarship, she also wishes to call attention to the issues and challenges specific to female students who are raising children on their own.
“HEC Montréal has done a lot for me throughout my time here. The professors, staff and students I’ve met have been there for me every step of the way, especially while I was expecting. I have gotten to know some incredibly caring and understanding people who have had a positive impact on my academic success. I’ve also been actively involved in student associations and in various diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. This has helped me build a community that has been supportive of my school work. Knowing how hard it can be sometimes is what inspired me to give back to HEC Montréal,” she said.
According to Michel Patry, President and CEO of the HEC Montréal Foundation,
“This donation is an opportunity for diverse single mothers studying with us, so they won’t have to choose between their children and their academic progress. It is a very gracious gift and I thank Chloé for her extraordinary altruism.”