Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships – Community Foundation Partners Backgrounder

Durham Community Foundation

Building on an existing partnership, the Durham Community Foundation will help the University of Ontario Institute of Technology create a lasting endowment for local community development. The Durham Community Foundation will also play the role of facilitator; connecting local leaders, the community, and service agencies to the Queen Elizabeth Scholars. The partnership will enhance the academic and professional experience of students, while benefiting the community at large.

London Community Foundation

The London Community Foundation is participating in two projects together with the University of Western Ontario to support the exchange of Canadian and African students through a program related to Global Health Systems in Africa. The projects will leverage London Community Foundation’s expertise in awarding scholarships and will bring the community together during an annual showcase to connect Queen Elizabeth Scholars and alumni with thought leaders interested in Global Health Systems.

Vancouver Island Community Foundations

Four community foundations in Nanaimo, Parksville-Qualicum, Comox Valley and Victoria will work together with the Vancouver Island University and University of Belize on a project focused on building resilience in coastal communities. Through financial contributions, community engagement and advice on stewarding scholarships, community foundations on Vancouver Island will support the development of Queen Elizabeth Scholars to collaborate and lead change on coastal resilience issues in Canada and Belize.

Victoria Foundation

A partnership between Victoria Foundation and the University of Victoria will provide mentorship to interns and scholars through a new Crossing Borders program – a global exchange of students from Canadian and Commonwealth countries. Queen Elizabeth Scholars will have an opportunity to connect with Victoria Foundation’s Vital Youth program, leading to increased community engagement, activity and networking among young leaders participating in the Crossing Borders program.

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