Willis College Military Spouses Scholarship Program
As a part of our 150th-anniversary celebrations, Willis College has created A Soldier’s Hero: a scholarship program for Canadian military spouses (the Scholarship). The scholarship was undertaken to recognize the significant role played by military spouses in supporting our troops at home and abroad, and further empower them through education as they integrate back into the labour market.
Six Scholarships will be awarded to qualified recipients over a six-year period. The scholarship is valued at a total of $150,000 (up to $25,000 each).
In others’ words
“My hero … does not deploy – always there –always has the best interest of our family in mind – looks after the wellbeing of our children, and I would never have made it without her! She truly is my hero!” CWO Bill Richards, MMM, MSM, CD Armoured Corps and Directorate of Heritage and History
“The PMFRC appreciates the opportunity to partner with Willis College on this fantastic educational scholarship. The opportunity to honour a military spouse for the strength, resilience, and commitment that they show their families day after day is truly rewarding. The PMFRC’s ongoing mission is to support military families; Willis College has gone a long way in championing that vision by providing the prospect for a spouse to further their education. The door is now open for them to reach for the stars; what a wonderful journey that may ultimately change their lives. Thank you, Willis College!” Claudia Beswick, Executive Director, Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
“It is a delight and honour to participate as a member of the Board of Trustees of scholarships for military spouses. These scholarships represent an exceptional educational opportunity for spouses in our community who truly are “the strength behind the uniform.” This initiative exemplifies the generous, caring, and philanthropic spirit of Willis College, and I commend them for their outstanding leadership in educational excellence. These scholarships will make a tremendous difference in the lives and futures of our military families.” Selina Robb, (Past) Chair, Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
“As Mayor of the Town of Petawawa, home to Garrison Petawawa, I am delighted and honored to acknowledge the financial support offered by Willis College through The Military Spouses Education Scholarship Fund. Military personnel provide a vital security role in the quality of life we enjoy in Canada. Offering opportunities and resources for the spouses of our military to pursue vocational education in business, technology, and healthcare only strengthens communities and speaks of the esteem and value we have for our Canadian military forces and their families.” Bob Sweet, Mayor, Town of Petawawa
“The extraordinary role of a Military spouse is often understated. The strain of career postings, deployments, short or long term single parenting, and the potential physical and emotional injuries of their loved one, can at times prevent a spouse from reaching their full potential and reach career goals. The Willis College Soldier’s Hero Scholarship offers the opportunity to these spectacular individuals who stand strongly behind the uniform.” Alison Vandergragt, Program Director, Hope Reins & The War Horse Project
“At Willis College, we believe that military spouses are the strength behind the uniform and our heroes on the Homefront. They must have an opportunity to further their professional development and pursue their career dreams. We are proud to dedicate this new scholarship program to the spouses of those defending our country and keeping us safe, strong, and free.” Rima Aristocrat, President, and CEO, Willis College
CWO Bill Richards, MMM, MSM, CD Armoured Corps and Directorate of Heritage and History
Claudia Beswick, Executive Director, Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
Selina Robb, (Past) Chair, Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
Robert Sweet, Mayor, Town of Petawawa
Alison Vandergragt, Program Director, Hope Reins & The War Horse Project
Rima Aristocrat, President & CEO, Willis College
1. A total of six (6) Scholarships will be awarded annually over a consecutive six-year period (2016- 2021) to qualified military spouses who require financial assistance to enroll in a Business, Technology or Healthcare Diploma Program from Willis College.
2. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified student selected by the Soldier’s Hero Board of Trustees Selection Committee.
3. The Scholarship carries a total value, at the time of the announcement, of $150,000 – or up to $25,000 each.
4. The Scholarship provides tuition, books, industry certifications, and use of labs at Willis College.
5. The Scholarship is non-transferable and may only used for academic career programs at Willis College campuses in Arnprior or Ottawa.
6. The student may attend courses (starting in the year of the award date) according to Willis College’s course start dates within a 12-month period.
7. Interested candidates must apply by September 1st of each year.
8. Further information and scholarship application is available at https://www.williscollege.com/soldiers-hero-application/
Basis of Selection
The Selection Committee is looking for candidates with proven intellectual and academic ability, the integrity of character, respect for fellow human beings, appreciation for education, and initiative to use their talents to the fullest. Candidates must also provide proof of being the spouse of a member of the Canadian military.
Method of Selection
A Selection Committee, consisting of representatives of the A Soldier’s Hero Board of Trustees, will choose the successful candidate. The decision of the Selection Committee is final.
Method of Application
The completed application, with all the required information, must be mailed or email to:
By mail: Selection Committee A Soldier’s Hero Board of Trustees c/o Willis College of Business, Technology & Healthcare
1200 St Laurent Blvd #20, Ottawa, ON K1K 3B8
By email: email@example.com
The applicant must:
(i) Must be 19 years of age-old or over.
(ii) Must successfully pass entrance requirements.
(iii) Provide proof of secondary or post-secondary education, including a transcript of marks.
Payment of Award
The successful candidate will be presented with the award and a commemorative certificate at the A Soldier’s Hero Award Annual General Assembly.
About Willis College Celebrating 150 years of Excellence Established in 1866, Willis College is Canada’s first regulated Career College. This year, Willis College is celebrating 150 years of excellence in education, a shining example of the strength and agility of career colleges in Canada. With over 150,000 graduates and an outstanding faculty, Willis College is proud to be a pipeline for producing some of Canada’s top talent.