Edgard Demers Commemorative Scholarship Fund II (762201102261)
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NAME OF ENDOWED FUND
Edgard Demers Commemorative Scholarship Fund II
The only son of Lorenzo Demers and Lucienne Plouffe of Ottawa, Edgard Demers discovered his two passions early in his life: journalism and theatre. During his studies at the University of Ottawa High School, he was involved in many student activities: the student council, the year book committee, the student newspaper Le Matric, the football team and student theatre groups.
Admitted in political science at the University of Ottawa, he soon decided to take the plunge to journalism by working for Le Droit, the local French language daily, which remained his principal employer for most of his career. In addition to his professional activities, Edgard Demers spent much time travelling abroad. He also devoted 50 years of his life to the local arts scene. A man of many talents, he played many roles: journalist, actor, stage director, theatre arts teacher, summer festival director, artistic director, control operator, researcher and writer, interviewer and playwright. In total, Edgard Demers was involved in almost 125 theatrical performances, as actor, dancer, stage director and producer.
In retirement, while remaining actively involved in many social and cultural organizations, he also devoted much time to writing. He published five books: Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse (1993),Blanche-Neige et les sept nains (1995),Princesse Cendrillon (1998),Les obsessions d’un ex-obèse (2001) and Le gros cadeaux du petit Adam (2003).
Edgard Demers died on January 22, 2004. Among his last wishes, he mandated his executors to create a scholarship fund with the objective of contributing to journalism studies, in French, with a focus on the arts, performance and culture.
Edgard Demers bequeathed his personal archives to the Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture of the University of Ottawa: manuscripts, photographs depicting his career in journalism as well as the theatre, and documents relating to the theatre group Les trouvères.
PURPOSE OF FUND
To provide financial support to students studying journalism in French, and promote professional development in arts, culture and performance journalism.
The applicant must:
1. be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident; and
2. be registered full-time or part-time in the French-language Honours Bachelor of Digital Journalism program, a French-language Master’s in Communication program or the French-language Doctorate in Communication program offered at the Department of Communication of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa OR work in the field of journalism in Canada.
Value of the award: Minimum $5,000
Number of awards: Variable
Frequency of the award: Annual
Level or program of study: Undergraduate and graduate
Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service
Application deadline: October 31
In the case of students, applications must be submitted to the Department of Communication, and should include:
1. a portfolio of at least three written, audio or audio-visual pieces of a journalistic nature (essays, interviews, reviews, etc.); and
2. a letter of recommendation from a professor.
In the case of candidates working the field of journalism, applications must be submitted to the Department of Communication, and should include:
1. a curriculum vitae; and
2. a portfolio of at least three written, audio or audio-visual pieces of a journalistic nature (essays, interviews, reviews, etc.).