Desjardins grants $60,000 to students
BY Nick Zacharias
PHOTO COURTESY CAISSE DESJARDINS DE VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES
The winner of the Caisse Desjardins $5,000 student grant is Coteau-du-Lac resident Marie-Laurence Chiasson who will use the money to continue her academic pursuits in the field of Notarial Law.
This year’s edition of the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges student grants contest saw 50 lucky students walk away with a grand total of $60,000 worth of grants to help them in their studies. The prizes ranged from $500 to $5,000, depending on the student’s education level, and the contest drew a total of 744 entrants. The program is designed to help students enrolled in post-secondary studies, so anything from CEGEP to vocational programs to PhD-level pursuits, and is open to all students who are members of the Caisse Desjardins. Last Saturday, January 23, Desjardins hosted a webcast for the 50 randomly drawn winners and their families to hear the news of their grants live.
Very happy with Desjardins
The biggest award of the night was a $5,000 grant to Marie-Laurence Chiasson, a student who lives in Coteau-du-Lac and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Notarial Law (remotely, of course, as are a great many university students these days).
Says Chiasson, “Yes, I’m very happy with Desjardins right now,” with audible excitement over the phone. “There was some paperwork to complete, and they have conditions to make sure you are actually enrolled as a student and so on, but I submitted everything and later they contacted me to say I won. It’s so lucky and really nice to have help with paying for my education.”
Education is key
Chair of Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges Pauline Thauvette-Leroux addressed the assembled group to encourage them to keep working hard. Said Thauvette-Leroux on the webcast, “I urge you to pursue your ambitions, so that someday you find a trade or profession that you can devote yourselves to passionately. Right now, you’re radiating sparks of energy at the dawn of a great career. Through your commitment as a citizen, you will become part of a sparkling society tomorrow.”
A welcome hand
Chiasson said there were no specific ties to how the money should be used, but of course they want it to support their education. In her case, she said, that’s easy to ensure. “At the Master’s level, school is getting pretty expensive – the $5,000 will definitely go to help paying for that. I am really so grateful to Desjardins.”
In the end it’s all about helping to support students and letting them continue to pursue their dreams. As Gilles Brassard, General Manager of the Caisse succinctly put it during the webcast, “Education means freedom of choice.”