“Through the generosity of donors like PearTree, The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program has become a wonderful reality for Canadian and International students, mobilizing young dynamic Canadians and building a new global network of scholars.”
Jean Chrétien, Former Prime Minister of Canada and Co-Founder of The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program
The Rideau Hall Foundation works closely with the Governor General to support initiatives that build Canada’s identity, and encourages triumphs of our caring nation. One initiative of The Rideau Hall Foundation is The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program. PearTree Financial has been a proud sponsor since the program’s launch in 2014. The program recognizes that in today’s world to achieve success for students there is a need to expand internationally and connect to different global networks, through study abroad programs.
Photo credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG
Created by Governor General David Johnston, and former Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Jean Chrétien, The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program supports Canadian students looking to study abroad, and Commonwealth students looking to attend Canadian universities. This program combines a high level of academic study, along with the enrichment of student experiences, professional development opportunities, and community engagement in a global context.
Currently the program is exceeding expectations with 2,200 scholar recipients, the involvement of 46 Commonwealth countries, and 37 Canadian institutions engaged in the program. Last year the majority of Canadian scholar recipients went to study abroad in Ghana and India, while the majority of incoming scholars were from Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Not only do these scholars get to study abroad, but they take on university-designed projects that are important local, national, and international issues. The most popular themes addressed by the scholars are environmental and health-related issues.