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Media Advisory - Queen's University Promise Scholars program increases access to Queen's for local, first-generation students

Thursday, September 19, 2019

KINGSTON –The university is launching a new program designed to increase access to Queen’s for local, first-generation students.

The Promise Scholars program provides students with dedicated financial, academic, and career support, enabling them to complete a first-entry degree debt-free while gaining valuable work experience.

The program is designed to break down financial barriers that students from lower-income backgrounds face in accessing post-secondary education. Full funding for tuition, fees, books, and supplies, together with financial support for residence and a living allowance in years two, three and four, will ensure students can benefit from the full Queen’s undergraduate experience.


Prospective eligible students can request to be considered for the Promise Scholars program when they apply to first-entry undergraduate programs at Queen’s. In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must receive admission to a Queen’s first-year undergraduate degree program, be a first-generation student from the local region, and have a family income of $50,000 or less.

On top of financial assistance, the Promise Scholars Program will connect students with dedicated advisors that will provide one-on-one guidance on academics, financial planning, and career preparation. Students will also receive support from peer advisors and will be connected the Queen’s alumni community and other professional networks.


Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean, Student Affairs is hosting a media opportunity Friday, September 20 starting at 10 am. Interested media are asked to confirm their attendance.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca