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The Montreal Canadiens contribute $250,000 to the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens announced the extension of their partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (QFAE) with a $250,000 investment over a five-year period, from 2015 to 2020. This financial implication makes it possible for the program to continue to support young student-athletes in men and women’s hockey.

Montreal Canadiens’ president, Mr. Geoff Molson, presented twenty-eight $1,500 scholarships to 28 deserving student-hockey players between 15 and 18 years of age. Eight of the scholarships were handed out to female hockey players from Quebec’s provincial team aiming at earning a spot on Canada’s Women’s National Senior Team, while 20 scholarships were awarded to players from the Midget AAA League. The ceremony was held at the Bell Centre prior to the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens.

For the first time this year there are three distinct types of scholarships awarded: 17 scholarships for academic excellence have been awarded to student-athletes with notable academic results, 10 scholarships for support for academic and athletic achievement awarded to further encourage a better conciliation of sports and academics, which can represent a true challenge for a number of elite athletes, and one young hockey player was presented with a perseverance scholarship underlining the model attitude and determination he displayed following a serious injury and significant challenges in the classroom. It should be remember that one of the criteria to be eligible for the QFAE scholarships is the efforts displayed by young athletes in preparing for a career after their playing days.

Despite being relatively young (2008), the Bursary Program clearly showed it provides significant support as we have seen with the achievements of several past recipients. Of particular note is the Olympic Gold Medal won by three former QFAE laureates: Marie-Philip Poulin (recipient in 2008 and 2009), Mélodie Daoust (2008 and 2009) and Lauriane Rougeau (2008 and 2009). Furthermore, 16 past Canadiens’ scholarship recipients were drafted by National Hockey League teams and that among them three played at least one game in the NHL, namely Louis Leblanc with the Canadiens (2008 recipient), Xavier Ouellet with the Detroit Red Wings (2009 recipient) and Anthony Duclair with the New York Rangers (2011 recipient).

“We are very pleased to further prolong our commitment to the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and support young hockey players from all over the province,” said Canadiens owner, President and CEO Geoff Molson. “Our goal is not limited to developing good hockey players, but to make sure that our young players enjoy playing the game and recognize the importance of a good education as they prepare for adulthood. I salute the talent and the efforts of all recipients for their achievements on the ice and their commitment to their education. Already, through their achievements they set the example for those who looking to follow in their footsteps.”

“The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence is celebrating 30 years of success, conviction and commitment in supporting young student-athletes. For the past eight years, the Montreal Canadiens through their implication have made a difference in the development of young athletes both on the ice and in the classroom. The QFAE recognizes the importance of its partner; the Montreal Canadiens and their loyalty to the program over the years and their tremendous notoriety their presence gives to this popular and significant program. We are very pleased and proud to see that the Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence will continue to work together towards the success of our young student-athletes until 2020”, said Claude Chagnon, President of the Foundation.

The Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program is administered by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in partnership with Hockey Québec and the Midget AAA hockey league. Hockey Québec General Manager Mr. Sylvain B. Lalonde and Midget AAA hockey league President Louis Painchaud indicated they were very pleased with the renewal of the partnership with the QFAE. “The Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program has been successful since the very beginning. Upon receiving their scholarship, the recipients get more than just a cheque providing them financial support, it is also a memorable moment that entails important messages for them to understand, remember and apply as they continue their development on and off the ice for themselves and for us and it is an important learning experience,” added Lalonde and Painchaud.

THE 28 RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 MONTREAL CANADIENS BURSARY PROGRAM

($1,500 scholarship to each of the 28 recipients)

NAME

FIRSTR NAME

AGE

RESIDENCE

TEAM

WOMEN’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARIES

Bégin-Cyr

Rosalie

16

Saint-Georges

Hawks de l'Est - Midget AAA

Labrecque

Marika

16

Lac-Etchemin

Hawks de l'Est - Midget AAA

WOMEN’S ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC SUPPORT BURSARIES

Audet

Valérie

17

St-Bruno-de-Montarville

Dawson College Blues

Belzile

Audrey

17

La Présentation

Patriotes de St-Laurent

Corbeil

Tammy-Lee

16

Mirabel

Huskies du Nord – Midget AAA

Coutu-Godbout

Sarah-Ève

17

Rouyn-Noranda

Titans du Cégep Limoilou

Filion

Lidia

18

Sherbrooke

Patriotes de St-Laurent

Giguère

Élizabeth

17

Québec

Titans du Cégep Limoilou

MEN’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARIES

Baribeau

Dereck

16

L'Ancienne-Lorette

Blizzard du Séminaire St-François

Boucher

Anthony

16

Lévis

Élites de Jonquière

Bouthillier

Zachary

15

Chambly

Gaulois d'Antoine-Girouard

Chapleau

Vincent

17

Longueuil

Riverains de Charles LeMoyne

Comtois

Maxime

16

Sainte-Martine

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

Corbeil

Pascal

17

Longueuil

Riverains de Charles LeMoyne

Crête-Belzile

Antoine

15

Québec

Blizzard du Séminaire St-François

D'Orio

Alex

15

Sherbrooke

Cantonniers de Magog

Guay

Nicolas

15

Magog

Cantonniers de Magog

Larose

Michaël

17

Trois-Rivières

Estacades de Trois-Rivières

Lauzon

Zachary

16

Val d'Or

Forestiers d'Amos

Ouimet

Charles-Olivier

17

Blainville

Phénix d'Esther Blondin

Poulin

Anthony

15

Saint-Prosper

Commandeurs de Lévis

St-Surin

Zachary

15

Saint-Eustache

Vikings de Saint-Eustache

Veleno

Joseph

15

Kirkland

Lac St-Louis Lions

MEN’S ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC SUPPORT BURSARIES

Beauchamp

Anthony

16

Gatineau

Intrépide de Gatineau

Charlebois

Mathieu

15

Blainville

Phénix d’Esther-Blondin

Côté

Louis-Filip

15

Laurier-Station

Commandeur de Lévis

L'Italien

Samuel

16

Rimouski

Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame

BURSARY FOR PersEvErance

Lefebvre

Simon

15

Laval

Rousseau Royal Laval Montréal

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

In 2015 the QFAE is celebrating 30 years of success, conviction and commitment. Under the motto “Together for success”, the Foundation will announce several partnership renewals and new partnership with different corporations over the course of the year. The Foundation has made a name for itself with a personalized approach, a rigorous style of management and its influential role in the sports and education circles. The Foundation will award $1.1 million in bursaries to 400 student-athletes throughout Quebec in the Espoir, Relève, Élite and Excellence programs. The scholarships awarded by the Foundation reward academic excellence and encourage the conciliation of school and high performance sports or recognize perseverance. The QFAE looks to team up with former scholarship recipients and its partners towards the success of all laureates and make a difference in their academic and sports/personal development. Visit the Foundation’s web site at faeq.com and click “Like” on its Facebook page at: FAEQ – Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec.

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