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$126,000 in Bursaries Distributed to 38 Student Athletes Through the National Bank Bursary Program

Montreal, 30 March 2022 -
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The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) is proud to be celebrating its long, close and fruitful partnership with National Bank as the 30th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program is held today. Individual bursaries totaling $126,000 were awarded to 38 student athletes.

During a live event on its Facebook page, with the support of TVGO, the FAEQ handed out bursaries of $2,000 and $4,000 to student athletes identified in the Hopeful, Elite or Excellence categories by their sports federations. The recipients are all aged from 15 to 24 and come from all over Quebec.

What they said:

“This year marks the 30th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program, and we are proud to celebrate this important milestone with the Foundation. As a former bursary recipient when I was training as an athlete, I can vouch for the positive impact that FAEQ bursaries have on the lives of student athletes and how important it is to support academic excellence. I wish all bursary recipients this year the best of luck as they reach their goals.”

- Martine Dessureault, Vice-President – Commercial Banking, Quebec City and Eastern Quebec, National Bank

“I’m delighted to be joining National Bank today to celebrate the triumphs of 38 student athletes, who have had to work extremely hard these past two years to juggle their academic and athletic success. I would also like to warmly thank National Bank for its support for our mission these past 30 years. Having National Bank by our side for the 30th edition of its bursary program is quite simply phenomenal.”

- Martin Lavigne, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

The 30th edition of the National Bank Bursary Program has awarded 23 bursaries for academic excellence highlighting the academic achievements of student athletes and 15 bursaries to support academic and sporting success that aim to promote a balance between sport and studies.

Over the years, several of the student athletes supported by National Bank have distinguished themselves on the international scene. From this group, a special mention goes to weightlifter Maude Charron and her inspiring journey to the gold medal in the under 64 kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

Another recipient is freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury, who has had a number of recent successes including silver medalist at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and his 19th, 20th and 21st Crystal Globes on the World cup circuit. A final mention goes to tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime who won his first ATP title.

This select group also includes para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard, para-athlete Diane Roy, cyclist Hugo Houle, cross-country skier Alex Harvey, boxer Ariane Fortin, weightlifter Christine Girard, speed skaters Marianne St-Gelais and Sylvie Daigle, hockey players Charline Labonté, Caroline Ouellette and Guillaume Latendresse as well as divers Jennifer Abel and Roseline Filion.

2022 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

Name

Discipline

Age

Amount

*

City

School

Mathys Ayotte

Baseball

18

$4,000

S

Drummondville

Collège Ahuntsic

Noémie Beaulieu

Triathlon

18

$4,000

S

Gatineau

Cégep Garneau

Rosalie Boissonneault

Synchronized swimming

18

$4,000

EX

Drummondville

Cégep du Vieux Montréal

Thessalie Bruneau

BMX

15

$4,000

EX

La Tuque

La Tuque High School

Alexia Chevrier

Softball

15

$2,000

EX

Saint-Lazare

Collège Bourget

Christophe Clément

Tennis

17

$4,000

EX

Montreal (Verdun)

University of Nebraska High School

Juliette Davidson

Swimming

19

$2,000

EX

Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Jean-Nicolas de Broeck

Biathlon

16

$2,000

EX

Gatineau (Aylmer)

Collège Saint-Alexandre

Olivier Desrosiers

Fencing (sabre)

17

$2,000

EX

Rosemère

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Audréanne Foster

Figure skating

17

$2,000

EX

Forestville

Cégep de Baie-Comeau

Ariane Fournier

Long-track speed skating

18

$2,000

S

Lyster

Cégep Garneau

Julien Frascadore

Judo (60 kg)

22

$4,000

EX

Québec (Beauport)

Université Laval

Thomas Galarneau

Freestyle skiing (slopestyle)

18

$4,000

S

Saint-Sauveur

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Alisson Gobeil

Para-swimming

17

$2,000

S

Alma

Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour

Rébéka Groulx

Artistic gymnastics

16

$4,000

EX

Longueuil (Saint-Hubert)

École secondaire Gérard-Filion

Sarah L'Allier

Tennis

16

$4,000

EX

Montreal (Verdun)

Académie les Estacades

Maxim Lachance

Baseball

15

$4,000

S

Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade

Académie les Estacades

Tristan Lemire

Mountain biking (downhill)

17

$4,000

S

Montreal (Verdun)

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Anaïs Levasseur

Basketball

16

$4,000

EX

Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures

Séminaire Saint-François

Émeraude Maheux

Snowboard (freestyle)

16

$2,000

S

Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré

Académie les Estacades

Siméon Martin

Table tennis

16

$2,000

S

Montréal (Plateau—Mont-Royal)

Collège Stanislas

Léa Morin

Karate (kata)

19

$4,000

EX

Sherbrooke (Saint-Élie)

Cégep de Sherbrooke

Benjamin Nadon

Freestyle skiing (moguls)

18

$4,000

EX

Laval

Collège Lionel-Groulx

Benjamin Ouellet

Para-athletics (T12)

21

$4,000

S

Saint-Pascal

Cégep de La Pocatière

Mathieu Ouellet

Swimming

18

$2,000

S

Alma

Cégep Garneau

Louis Paradis

Freestyle skiing (moguls)

18

$4,000

EX

Québec (Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge)

Collège Mérici

Alicia Pineault

Figure skating

22

$4,000

S

Varennes

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Andres Esteban Riano Rodriguez

Boxing (56 kg)

19

$2,000

EX

Lévis (Sainte-Hélène-de-Breakeyville)

Cégep Garneau

Victor Roy-Lafrance

Short track speed skating

18

$2,000

EX

Boucherville

Collège de Maisonneuve

Justine Simard

Judo (63 kg)

17

$4,000

EX

Montréal (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie)

Collège Reine-Marie

Alexandre St-Arneault

Karate (84 kg)

24

$4,000

EX

Rouyn-Noranda

HEC Montréal

Charles-Antoine St-Onge

Mountain biking

20

$4,000

S

Saint-Denis-de-Brompton

Université Laval

Lionel Tamoki

Wheelchair basketball

19

$4,000

S

Montreal (Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)

Collège de Maisonneuve

Loïc Tremblay

Diving

15

$4,000

EX

L'Ancienne-Lorette

École secondaire Cardinal-Roy

Roxane Vermette

Mountain biking

21

$4,000

EX

Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges

Université Laval

Annabelle Xu

Tennis

18

$4,000

S

Montreal (Saint-Laurent)

University of Nebraska High School

Tommy Xu

Table tennis

21

$4,000

EX

Brossard

Cégep André-Laurendeau

Jung Hee You

Tennis

16

$2,000

EX

Montreal (Verdun)

University of Nebraska High School

* EX: academic excellence / S: athletic and academic support

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About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)      
Since it was founded in 1985, the FAEQ has awarded no less than $19 million in scholarships, representing 6,525 individual bursaries to 3,300 different recipients. The FAEQ provides not only financial support to Quebec student athletes, but also support services in terms of academic orientation, help with balancing sports and education, internships in companies, etc. The FAEQ stands out for its personalized approach, its sound management, and its influential role in sport and the education community. faeq.com

Information:  
Annie Pelletier
Andreia Furtado
Director of Communications and Partnerships Advisor – Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence National Bank of Canada
514 252-3171, ext. 3538 514-394-4074
annie.pelletier@faeq.com andreia.furtado@bnc.ca