Queen's launches Project Hero award
Queen’s University is joining counterparts from across the country in support of Project Hero, a scholarship program created for the families of fallen Canadian soldiers.
Queen’s has a longstanding relationship with men and women in the national services, particularly through Royal Military College and Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
“I’m glad that we will be able to assist in accessibility to a postsecondary education for the children of those who have given their lives in active service,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf.
The new award will be available to one Queen’s applicant each year beginning September 2010. It will cover the cost of four years tuition plus room and board in first year. Candidates must be under 26 years of age and entering the first year of any undergraduate degree program to be eligible.
“It’s been very moving to hear from the families that one more thing has been taken care of for them. They’re so appreciative,” says Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed, who co-founded the program with former Chief of the Defence Staff Rick Hillier in 2009. “To have a school like Queen’s get behind it is wonderful.”
Project Hero aims to provide financial support to the children of soldiers who have been killed in any combat or peace-keeping situation in the world, including Afghanistan, through educational scholarships. Since 2002, more than 140 Canadian servicemen and women, the parents of more than 110 children, have been killed while serving their country.
“This is an outstanding program and we are thrilled to see Queen’s joining Project Hero,” says Colonel Rick Fawcett, CFB Kingston Base Commander. “The remarkable support from educational institution such as Queen’s is, without a doubt, instrumental in the success of this program.”
For more information about the award and full eligibility requirements, go to http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/awards/