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New scholarship at Capilano University supports families of fallen soldiers

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

New scholarship at Capilano University supports families of fallen soldiers

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University has become the third post-secondary institution in British Columbia to establish a scholarship to provide financial assistance to children of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in active military service.

Dubbed Project Hero by its creators Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed and retired Canadian general Rick Hillier, the scholarship program began at Memorial University and has been picked up by several other Canadian colleges, universities and institutes, including B.C.’s Okanagan College and the Justice Institute.

“Having Capilano University on board is another significant milestone for Project Hero and I am thrilled to have this great school step up with its support,” said Reed.

Under the scholarship’s terms of reference, Capilano University will provide funds for tuition fees during eight sessions of study at one of its three campuses. The program is effective from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2014, after which time it will be reassessed. To be eligible, the recipient must be:

  1. a dependant of a Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission
  2. under the age of 26
  3. registered as a full-time undergraduate student at the University in a program of study eligible for funding by the province of British Columbia.

“By supporting Project Hero, our goal is to provide educational support to family members of fallen soldiers from Canada,” said Capilano University’s president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Greg Lee. “We are pleased to join a national network of universities across the country that is supporting this endeavour.”

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,000 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

For more information on the scholarship, visit www.capilanou.ca/services/financial/financial.



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