The REA Foundation awards scholarships to ten students with disabilities

A gesture of support from the J.A. DeSève, Groupe Forget, Jodoin Mamode and Bourassa Savaria Foundations.

The REA Foundation has awarded ten $3,000 scholarships to as many students with disabilities as part of the first edition of the REA Scholarship Program. This initiative to support and encourage these students is made possible through the financial contribution of the Fondation J.A. DeSève, the Fondation Groupe Forget, the Fondation Bourassa Savaria and the Fondation Jodoin Mamode. With this support, these generous partners wish to play a role in promoting access to education and ensuring the social integration of students with disabilities.

The scholarships provide financial support to students with a sensory, language or motor impairment to help cover the cost of:

• books and textbooks
• additional fees or costs related to the educational institution
• housing, groceries and other recurring expenses (electricity, Internet, etc.)

The 2021 scholarship winners are:

Marilou Barbeau, 26 years old, Natural Environment Technology: Environment Protection, Cégep de St-Félicien
(disability: deafness)

Christy Bomongo, 17 years old, Arts, Literature and Communications – Media, Cinema and Communication Option, Cégep Lionel-Groulx
(disability: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2)

Claudine Fauteux, 29 years old, Human Resource Management, Cégep Lionel-Groulx (disability: spastic tetraparesis)

Mireille Morin, 24 years old, Master’s in Nutrition, Université de Montréal
(disability: motor impairment)

Eveline Claire Nguepi, 47 years old, Master’s in Health Services Administration, Université de Montréal (disability: neuromyelitis optica)

Maxime-Valérie Olivier, 33 years old, Criminology, Université de Montréal
(disability: Friedreich’s ataxia)

Kalilou Sy Savané, 19 years old, Information Technologies, Université de Montréal
(disability: pigmentary retinopathy)

Fondation Groupe Forget Scholarship*
Mohamed Auda, 20 years old, Medicine, Université de Montréal (disability: acute sensorineural hearing loss)

Fondation Jodoin Mamode Scholarships*
Kévin Mpono, 26 years old, Special needs education, Université de Montréal (disability: dysphasia)

Laura Elisabeth Tchameni, 37 years old, Secondary French education, Université de Montréal (disability: neuropathy – motor impairment)

>Read about these 10 students and their stories here.

* Reserved for a candidate with a hearing impairment. The recipient can also receive assistance in order to obtain the latest in hearing aids or assistive listening devices for better school integration.

“It’s really impressive to see young and less young people so determined to pursue their studies despite a disability that can be acute,” says Marie-Frédérique Tremblay, Director of the Fondation Groupe Forget.

“With these scholarships, we’re providing concrete help and support to promising, ambitious and talented students,” says Marie-Pierre Bourassa of the Fondation Bourassa Savaria.