July 2, 2009
New scholarship honours fallen soldiersDependents of Canadian Forces personnel killed while serving in active military missions will have the support of the University of Calgary to complete undergraduate degrees, as the U of C joins a new program to recognize the sacrifice of military families while serving their country.
“The University of Calgary is among the first Canadian universities to create this scholarship. It is an expression of support for Canadian Forces soldiers and their families, and a way of honouring those who pay the ultimate price for serving their country,” said Vice-Provost (Students) Ann Tierney. “We hope this scholarship will help the sons and daughters of these military personnel realize their dreams and plans by making a university education possible after suffering such a loss.”
While exact terms are still being finalized, the scholarship program will begin Sept. 1, 2009, and cover the cost of undergraduate tuition for four academic years (eight semesters) for students who have lost a parent while serving in active military missions with the Canadian Forces. On-campus residence fees for the first academic year will also be covered.
The scholarship is part of Project Hero, an effort involving the Canadian Forces and launched by former Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed. Hillier is now chancellor of Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The U of C joins Memorial University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Windsor in creating a Project Hero scholarship.
“It is my goal to get broad-based, national support from all Canadian universities, and having the University of Calgary on board is a great step forward,” said Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed.