National Bank Financial Group encourages students with functional limitations to apply for its Bursary and Summer Employment Program

Montreal, 15 January 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group has launched its annual Bursary and Summer Employment Program for university and CEGEP students with functional limitations. 

The program was established to provide financial support to students with functional limitations and give them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience related to their field of study.

In its 20th consecutive year, the Financial Group will award a $5,000 bursary and a paid 12-week summer job to two university students in Quebec, Ontario or New Brunswick, and a $2,500 bursary with a paid 10-week summer job to a CEGEP student in Quebec.

The program helps raise awareness among the Financial Group’s employees about the realities of living with a disability and underscores the importance of diversity in the workplace.  Every effort is made to ensure that no qualified person, regardless of his or her status, is denied employment opportunities.

Since its inception, National Bank Financial Group’s Bursary and Summer Employment Program has enabled 58 CEGEP and university students with functional limitations to develop their skills.

Interested students are encouraged to apply before February 2, 2009 via National Bank Financial Group’s website at www.nbc.ca/bursaries or by filling out an application available from their CEGEP, university, or certain other specialized organizations.

About the National Bank Financial Group
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National Bank Financial Group is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $129 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17 146 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager –
Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644