Carleton University is the latest school to provide financial aid for children of Canadians Forces personnel killed while serving in an active mission.
The scholarship, called Project Hero, pays tuition for four years and residence for one year. The scholarship is open to students who live in Canada, are 25 or younger and registered as a full-time student at the university.
“Joining Project Hero is a fitting way to honour the memory of the brave Canadian men and women who have lost their lives in combat and to support their children,” said Carleton University president Roseann O’Reilly Runte.
The Carleton University Students’ Association has also taken an active role in bringing Project Hero to the school through talks with administration.
“I am very proud to be a student at a university that values the contributions and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces members so highly,” said Nick Bergamini, the association’s vice president of student issues. “We want to show the students who are in the military or have family in the military that we support them.”
Project Hero is now available at seven schools. The others are the University of Ottawa, the University of Calgary, Concordia University, the University of Windsor, McMaster University and Memorial University. Retired Canadian general Rick Hillier founded the project, and lieutenant-colonel Kevin Reed has been working to bring it to as many schools as possible.
“Carleton is a valuable link in the national network of universities that continues to expand,” said Reed. “I am delighted they have come on board.”