Bigras-Pelletier Fund (721201102200)



Pelletier-Bigras Fund

Yvette and Arthur Bigras Memorial Scholarship

The Bigras family has generously created the Pelletier Bigras Fund to finance a scholarship in honour of Yvette and Arthur Bigras.

J.E. Arthur Bigras was born in lower town Ottawa on August 21, 1916 (during WWI). In the late 1930s, he attended the University of Ottawa and obtained a Bachelor of Arts. In 1941 (during WWII), he signed a contract with the Federal Government in the department of Customs and Excise (Sussex Drive), where he worked until his retirement in 1978. He was passionate about the outdoors and reading. Also, Arthur strongly believed in the value of a good education. Arthur married Yvette Pelletier and they had three children.

Jeanne Yvette Pelletier was born in Saint-Donat-de-Rimouski, Quebec, on November 17, 1922. She studied at the École normale de Québec to become a teacher for a few years. She then decided to learn how to care for the sick, obtaining a diploma from the École des infirmières, a nursing school under the auspices of the Ottawa General Hospital. In 1974, Yvette earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (public health nursing) from the University of Ottawa. She was widowed at a relatively young age, and thanks to her education, she was able to combine her roles as a career woman and as a mother. Her selfless and generous nature led her to philanthropy within the Franco-Ontarian community, where she found cultural, artistic and political fulfillment.

Luc C. Bigras was born in Eastview, which is now the Vanier neighbourhood of the City of Ottawa, on January 30, 1960. In 1982, Luc was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce with specialization in accounting from the University of Ottawa. In 1987, he was awarded a B.Ed., and a specialization to teach business (accounting) and mathematics in junior and senior high schoolss. Luc worked in education in Francophone Ontario for 30 years, half of which he spent in the classroom and half as Manager, Administrative Services for the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens, a labour organization representing Francophone teachers in Ontario. In 2008, he earned an MBA from UQAM, the University of Quebec at Montreal, and professional certification as an accountant (CPA-CMA).


To attract Franco-Ontarian students to the Telfer School of Management and assist them with the cost of their first year’s tuition.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

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

2. be admitted as a full-time student to the B.Com program in French at the Telfer School of Management;

3. be Franco-Ontarian (resident of Ontario whose mother tongue is French); and

4. have an admission average of 80% or more.

Value of the award: Minimum $1,500

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate


No application is required; the scholarship is awarded automatically.