Ontario government announces scholarship in honour of Flight 752 victims

 

The Province has set up a scholarship fund in honour of the 57 Canadians who tragically died aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

After flight 752 was shot down over Tehran by the Iranian military, many Canadians, including Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain, were saddened and angered by the unnecessary loss of life.

In response, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Michael Parsa, and MPP Goldie Ghamari have announced the Province will be issuing a scholarship of $10,000 to 57 students in memory of the 57 victims who were killed.

"This was a terrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to the victims' families and loved ones," Ford said in a news release.

"Many of the victims were students and professors with bright futures, studying and teaching at Ontario universities and colleges, and contributing to the advancement of research in many life-changing fields. We will honour their memories through these scholarships to recognize their incredible contributions to our communities," he continued.

"I want to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating event," Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, said in the same release.

"These new scholarships will pay tribute to those who lost their lives and ensure they will not be forgotten," Romano continued.

The Ontario postsecondary institutions that lost students or faculty in the fatal plane crash included Carleton University, Centennial College, Fleming College, George Brown College, Lambton College, McMaster University, Queen's University, Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT), the University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, and York University.

Students will be awarded the scholarship based on academic merit as well as financial need, as well as through consultations with Ontario's colleges and universities, as well as with the families of the victims.

Additionally, scholarships will be allocated in honour of each of the 34 victims to the institutions to which they belonged, with the remainder allocated to other eligible institutions based on a competitive process.

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