Western to participate in Project Hero scholarship initiative

The University of Western Ontario and its affiliates are offering support to children of members of the Canadian military killed while serving in an active mission.

The initiative, called Project Hero, was co-founded by Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed and Retired General Rick Hillier.

“The families of the Canadian Forces are so very thankful that Western and its affiliates have stepped forward to support Project Hero,” says Reed.

“Men and women who serve our country in the military put their lives at risk every day, and we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude,” says Western President Amit Chakma. “The best way our university can honour those who make the ultimate sacrifice is by enabling their children to pursue their education at Western at a significantly reduced expense.”

The scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate full-time students in a first-entry degree program, beginning with the 2010-11 academic year.

Recipients in the following programs will receive a continuing four-year scholarship for tuition, ancillary and other compulsory fees as well as up to $10,000 towards the first year residence and meal plan costs: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Science (excluding flight fees for commercial aviation program).

For recipients entering the Richard Ivey School of Business (HBA program) the scholarship will contribute up to a maximum of $6,000 towards their tuition.

Huron’s food service provider, Chartwell’s, has also agreed to partner with the university college to fund the cost of the meal plan in the first year.

For more information about eligibility and to apply for Project Hero, students should contact Valerie Sarkany at 519-661-2111, ext. 80102 or via e-mail at vsarkany@uwo.ca.