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 Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence​ – Montreal, August 15, 2017 – Patrick Boivin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Alouettes, and Marie-Eve Bergeron, Manager of Community Investment for Quebec at Bell Media, awarded a total of $32,500 in bursaries to 21 of Quebec’s most promising young football players at the 13th edition of the Montreal Alouettes Bursary Program through the Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ).

“Since the return of the Alouettes, and with the gain in football’s popularity amongst francophones, which can be largely attributed to university programs, the level of talent in Quebec has risen steadily. It is important that this continue to be the case,” stated Boivin. “It has been proven that the personality traits that help athletes excel in sports also contribute to their career success down the road. It is therefore imperative that we help develop tomorrow’s leaders by encouraging today’s young people to persevere in sports and in school,” he added.

Six types of bursaries were awarded during the ceremony, which was held in the Piano Room at McGill Stadium: 4 Academic Excellencebursaries to reward outstanding scholastic achievement, 10 Academic and Athletic Support bursaries to promote the balancing of football with academic pursuits, 2 Leadership bursaries to recognize community involvement, 2 Perseverance bursaries to commend exemplary attitudes in the face of difficult circumstances, 2 College Recruitment bursaries for student-athletes who have completed secondary school and will be pursuing their academic and athletic careers at the college level, and 1 University Recruitment bursary for a student who has completed cegep and will be pursuing his academic and athletic career at a university in Quebec.

Claude Chagnon, President of the FAEQ, is greatly encouraged by the long-running support of the Alouettes. “The Alouettes have been a loyal member of our team for many years, sharing our values of academic perseverance and community involvement by supporting the next generation of football players from high school to university through their bursary program,” he affirmed.

Interview with Mathieu Betts (in French) A 30 seconds glimpse of the event Interview with Jonathan Sénécal (in French)

The bursary program, which is officially presented by RDS, is managed by the FAEQ and Football Québec, represented by Jonathan Collin and Bob Mironowicz respectively, in partnership with the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), whose president is Gustave Roël.

21 Recipients of the 2017 Montreal Alouettes Bursary Program
(Total of $32,500)


About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)
The Foundation (faeq.com) has made a name for itself with a personalized approach, a rigorous management style and its influence in sports and education circles. In 2017, the Foundation will award $1,350,000 in bursaries to over 475 student-athletes and encourage the conciliation of school and high-performance sports. The Foundation works with partners and former scholarship recipients to promote academic, athletic and professional success. Note that from September 22-23-24, 2017, Mont-Tremblant will host the Défi 808 Bonneville, a major cycling event benefiting the FAEQ. Registration is now open at http://defi808bonneville.com/en/

About the Montreal Alouettes
Founded in 1946, the Montreal Alouettes possess a rich history. The organization has had its name inscribed seven times on the Grey Cup (1949, 1970, 1974, 1977, 2002, 2009, 2010), a trophy awarded yearly to the champion of the Canadian Football League. They play their home games at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, on beautiful Mount Royal.

To find out more about the Montreal Alouettes: montrealalouettes.com
To find out more about Football Quebec: footballquebec.com
To find out more about the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec: rseq.ca


Charles Rooke 
Communications Director     
Montreal Alouettes 


Annie Pelletier
Communications Director
Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec
514-252-3171, extension 3538