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Montréal, September 20, 2017

Press Release

Twenty Years of Hydro-Québec Support for the Foundation for Athletic Excellence

For the 20th consecutive year, Hydro-Québec has provided support to Quebec’s most promising student-athletes by awarding 33 individual bursaries to the amounts of $2,000 or $4,000  through the Hydro-Québec Bursary Program, administered by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ). 

Four types of bursaries were awarded this year: 12 Academic Excellence bursaries to recognize outstanding scholastic achievements, 19 Academic and Athletic Support bursaries to encourage the successful balancing of academics and athletics, one Perseverance bursary to commend an exemplary attitude in the face of difficult circumstances, and one University Recruitment bursary to encourage a high-level student-athlete to pursue his academic and athletic endeavours at a Quebec university.

“We feel very pleased and lucky to be able to rely on loyal partners like Hydro-Québec. The Hydro-Québec bursary program has a successful 20-year track record and the company has assisted an impressive number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and future leaders over the years. Established in 1997, the program provides support mainly to talented, emerging student-athletes who have been identified as Hopeful or Elite and are between 11 and 22 years of age. Over the past 20 years, Hydro-Québec has supported more than 400 student-athletes,” stated Claude Chagnon, President of the FAEQ.

No fewer than 18 former Hydro-Québec Bursary Program recipients made their marks at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, including tennis player Eugenie Bouchard; divers Jennifer Abel, Meaghan Benfeito, and Roseline Filion; swimmer Katerine Savard; judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier; wrestler Dorothy Yeats; and wheelchair basketball player Jonathan Vermette.

Eligibility Criteria

Student-athletes must have post-career plans, which often include a secondary, college, or university education. Besides being selected as Hopeful or Elite athletes by their sports federations, student-athletes must meet the eligibility criteria to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, or World Championships for their sport. The Hydro-Québec scholarships are awarded to at least one student-athlete from each of the regions where the company operates. 

Recipients of the 2017 Hydro-Québec Bursary Program

Academic Excellence - $2,000 bursaries - Hopeful Category

Name

Age

Sport

Hometown

School

Chenard, Jérémy

18

Karate, kumite

Gatineau

Cégep de l'Outaouais

Chrétien,  Charles-Étienne

18

Cycling, track and road

Amos

Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Hansen, Julia

16

Softball

Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield High School

Martineau, Marylou

16

Boccia, BC3

Québec (La Haute-Saint-Charles)

École  Madeleine-Bergeron

Phan, Adriana

16

Track and Field, hurdles and long jump

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Collège Jean de la Mennais

St-Georges, Cynthia

16

Curling

Laval

École secondaire Georges-Vanier

Academic Excellence - $4,000 bursaries - Elite Category

Antoniadès, Pavlos

17

Triathlon

Trois-Rivières

Collège Laflèche

Briand, Jérémy

22

Triathlon

Sainte-Julie

Université McGill

Gauthier, Sophie

14

Table Tennis

Repentigny

École secondaire Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur

Laroche, Florence

17

Soccer

Laval

Vanier College

Vallerand, Julianne

16

Soccer

Terrebonne

École secondaire

Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry

Zhang, Eliana

15

Badminton

L'Île-Bizard

The Study High School

Academic and Athletic Support - $2,000 bursaries - Hopeful Category

Chabot, Fay

17

Olympic Boxing

Saint-Elzéar-de- Témiscouata

École secondaire de Cabano

Desjardins, Félix-Antoine

17

Football

Trois-Rivières

Cégep Limoilou

Kirouac-Marcassa,  Thierry

19

Cycling, track and road

Boucherville

Cégep  Édouard-Montpetit

Kouadio, Marc Wilhelm Anderson

15

Soccer

Pincourt

École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu

Omeonga, Jérémie

15

Soccer

St-Hubert

Collège Français

Paquette, Samuel

13

Tennis

Brossard

Académie Les Estacades

Paul-Hus, Anthony

18

Handball

St-Bonaventure

Cégep de Drummondville

St-Georges, Laurie

20

Curling

Laval

Université du Québec à Montréal

Tremblay, Nicolas

16

Baseball

Mont-Saint-Hilaire

École secondaire Fadette

Academic and Athletic Support - $4,000 bursaries - Elite Category

Bouffard, Félix-Antoine

21

Weightlifting

L'Île Bizard

Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe

Côté, Maxim

20

Judo

Sept-Îles

Cégep à distance

Cristofanilli, Zachary

21

Cross-Country Skiing

Orford

Cégep Garneau

Dusablon, Jade

23

Open Water Swimming

Québec (La Haute-Saint-Charles)

Université de Montréal

Jean, Émile

23

Cycling, track and road

Trois-Rivières

Polytechnique Montréal

Maltais, Félix

17

BMX

Drummondville

Cégep de Drummondville

Paquette, Alexandra

16

Archery

Quyon

École secondaire Grande-Rivière

Saint-Jean, Keven

20

Taekwondo

Terrebonne

Université du Québec à Trois- Rivières

Sanchez, Teo

20

Biathlon

Wakefield

Athabasca University

Valois, Jacob

19

Judo

Boucherville

Cégep  Édouard-Montpetit

Perseverance - $2,000 bursaries

Verreault, Victor

17

Mountain Biking

St-Félicien

Cégep de St-Félicien

University Recruitment - $5,000 bursaries

Moore, Alex

19

Olympic Wrestling

Montréal (Côte-des-Neiges / Notre- Dame-de-Grâce)

Vanier College

 

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)

The FAEQ (www.faeq.com) is unique thanks to its personal approach, diligent management, and influential role in the realm of sport and education. In 2017, the Foundation will award $1,350,000 to 475 student-athletes in addition to offering support services and assisting with academic orientation and the successful balancing of sport and studies. The FAEQ is moved to action by a genuine desire to unite with former bursary recipients and sponsors for the success of the next generation of bursary recipients, thereby making a difference in their academic, athletic, and/or personal development. Note that from September 22-23-24, 2017, Mont-Tremblant will host the Bonneville 808 Challenge, a major cycling event benefitting the FAEQ. Registration is still open at: www.defi808bonneville.com.


For further information (the following telephone numbers are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Carolyne Hudson
Advisor – Donations and Sponsorships
Hydro-Québec
Telephone: 514-289-2211 ext. 2290
hudson.carolyne@hydro.qc.ca                

Annie Pelletier
Communications Director
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Telephone: 514-252-3171 ext. 3538
annie.pelletier@faeq.com

 

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