Initiative provides free tuition for children of Canadian military parents killed in action
In the wake of unprecedented violence around the world, Canadian soldiers continue to pay the price with their lives. As military deaths in the Afghanistan mission have risen to 130, McGill University is proud to join Project Hero in their honour, and help support those they have left behind.
McGill's participation in Project Hero, an initiative launched by former Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed, provides tuition waivers to children of Canadian military killed serving in an active mission dating back to February 2002.
"These dedicated Canadians and their families pay an enormous price in the service of their country," said Morton Mendelson, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning). "Helping their children get a university education is one small way we can help repay our debt to them."
The scholarship program will cover the cost of undergraduate tuition up to four academic years (eight semesters) for students who have lost a parent while serving in active military missions with the Canadian Forces.
To be eligible for a Project Hero tuition waiver, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
- Be a dependant of a Canadian Forces member killed while on active duty
- Be under the age of 26 (eligibility will be determined by Canadian Forces criteria)
- Registered as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program and maintain satisfactory academic standing
For details on Project Hero, please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/projecthero/.