Jacqueline and Marcel Ouimet Scholarship (722200302673)



Jacqueline and Marcel Ouimet Scholarship


This bursary was generously established by Paule Ouimet-Scott, to honour the memory of her father, Marcel Ouimet, and her mother, Jacqueline Tétrault. Marcel Ouimet graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was the co-founder of La Rotonde, a student newspaper that still exists today. After graduating, he began his dual career as a journalist and radio announcer. He was named head of news services at Radio-Canada in 1941, and was sent overseas in 1943. He became one of the most renowned Francophone war correspondents. On his return, he became a senior executive for Radio-Canada, where he worked to fulfill his wish for French-language networks available from coast to coast. In 1951, he established a French-language station in Moncton, and then did the same on the Prairies. Not only bilingual but bicultural, he considered himself a French-speaking Canadian and didn’t understand Quebec nationalism, which wanted to limit the influence of the French language to one province. Jacqueline Tétrault, whom he married in 1941, was his constant companion, as evidenced by their nearly daily correspondence when he was overseas and the 43 years that they shared. Their letters have been carefully preserved by their daughters Paule, Lise and Renée, all University of Ottawa alumnae. When Marcel Ouimet died at the age of 70, Circuit fermé wrote, “With his passing, one of the greats of radio and journalism departs, a legendary figure for those who still remember the thousands of stories that he told during the war.”


Award a scholarship to a student registered to the University of Ottawa, who demonstrates financial need and who has contributed to La Rotonde.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with the protected/refugee status or an international student;

  2. be registered as an undergraduate student to the University of Ottawa;

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

4. have contributed to La Rotonde.

Value of the award: 1 000 $

Number of awards: One

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: February 28


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through https://scholarships.uottawa.ca, and should include:

1. the Financial Questionnaire; and

2. a letter of recommendation from the editor-in-chief or a managing member of La Rotonde.