André Laurendeau Scholarship (OSOTF) (722220101262)



André Laurendeau Scholarship


This fund was established in 1997 by François Houle and Gilles Labelle, professors in the Department of Political Science, in honour of André Laurendeau. Mr. Laurendeau (1912-1968) was a thinker, writer, journalist and politician who significantly influenced the political and social development of Quebec and Canada in the 1960s. He promoted the implementation of major reforms advocated by the Parent report, such as the creation of a Ministry of Education in Quebec, the democratization of teaching through the introduction of free schooling at all levels, and increased grants to universities. He was Editor in Chief of the newspaper Le Devoir and hosted a television series called Pays et Merveilles on the CBC French-language network, which opened a window to the world and other cultures. In the political arena, he was one of the founding members of the Bloc populaire in 1942 and was elected to a riding for this party. In 1962, the Pearson Liberal government appointed him co-chairman of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. This Commission was formed to review relations between Francophones and Anglophones in Canada. This Commission’s recommendations included recognition of French as an official language. The donors thank the Alumni Association of the University of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario for their matching contributions.


To provide financial assistance to students in the honours program at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies and whose education would otherwise be compromised.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be a full-time third-year student in the honours program at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies;

2. be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP [2] rules;

3. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa; and

4. have demonstrated academic excellence in the program’s compulsory second year courses (minimum of B+).

Note: Preference is given to students wishing to participate in an exchange under the International Co-operation Program.

Value of the Award: Maximum $1,500

Number of Awards: Variable

Frequency of the Award: Annual

Level of the Award: Undergraduate

Application Contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application Deadline: October 31


Applications must be made through Online Scholarship and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include the Financial Questionnaire


[1] OSOTF: Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund

[2] Ontario Student Assistance Program