Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions
In this section, you will find detailed information which may answer your questions. If you require additional information regarding Educaid and/or its activities, do not hesitate to contact us.
- What is the relationship between Educaid and Universitas Trust Funds?
- Which risk factors can influence dropout rates?
- What are the eligibility conditions a candidate must meet?
- According to what criteria is the selecting of candidates based?
- What is the procedure for submitting a candidate?
- Is the perseverance scholarship automatically renewed?
- How are the awarded scholarships managed?
- What purchases are authorized with the scholarship money?
- What are the grounds for refusing scholarships?
- How are the collected donations managed?
- How do I become a volunteer for Educaid?
What is the relationship between Educaid and Universitas Trust Funds?
Educaid is an educational assistance fund established in 2002 by two of Universitas Trust Funds’ senior executives: Jean Marchand and Richard Garneau. However, the educational assistance fund remains a charity organization which is self-sufficient and completely independent from the Universitas Trust Funds. The organization is funded solely by donations from private individuals, corporations, private foundations or from any other organization.
Which risk factors can influence dropout rates?
Dropping out of school can be the result of various risk factors. These are numerous and may be associated with different stages of the child’s life, ranging from birth to adolescence. Some of the main factors are:
- Family income and the parents’ level of education;
- The socio-economic status;
- Health and well-being;
- Encouragement from parents and family unity;
- Academic achievement and performance;
- Professional and academic aspirations and the perception of education within the household.
What eligibility conditions must a candidate meet?
- Eligible schools: High schools located in the province of Quebec with a rating of 9 or 10 according to the categorization established by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
- Eligible students: pupils in the Secondary 3, since scholarships are awarded for the year in progress.
According to what criteria is the selecting of candidates based?
- The degree of effort or improvement displayed by the candidate.
- The quality of line of argument to justify the correlation between the anticipated purchases and the student’s academic perseverance.
- The student’s capacity to report his achievements and explain how they result from the purchases made with the scholarships.
What is the procedure for submitting a candidacy?
- The candidate must have the support of a member of the school’s administration and of two other staff members.
- The duly completed and signed application form must be sent to Educaid before mid-January.
- Educaid officially announces the selected candidates and awards the scholarships in January or February.
- In the event a selected candidate changes school between the time of nomination and that of the scholarship payment, the school responsible for submitting the candidacy must ensure the information is forwarded to the new school’s administration.
Is the perseverance scholarship automatically renewed?
No. The perseverance scholarships are renewed a maximum of two times for a same high school student, and the latter must always meet the standards imposed by the selection criteria.
How are the awarded scholarships managed?
Educaid scholarships are paid directly to the school administration of the selected student. The school administration undertakes to apply the following management terms:
- To have the acceptance letter signed by the recipient of the scholarship upon its receipt, and forward a copy to Educaid as quickly as possible by way of fax or regular mail;
- To manage all purchases made with the scholarship money;
- To inform the parents in writing of the purchases made for their child;
- To spend the scholarships during the year in with they were granted;
- To submit a report of all expenses (with receipts) to Educaid on the last business day in May.
What purchases are authorized with the scholarship money?
Purchases approved by Educaid are those who aim to fulfil or improve the following aspects:
The student’s academic skills
- Fees for specific lessons;
- The purchase of material (microscope, earth globe, computers and/or program, etc.).
The child’s health and well-being
- Funding of hockey lessons and equipment;
- Funding of snacks and healthy meals;
- Funding of proper winter clothes.
The student’s cultural development
- A theater membership;
- Tickets to shows recommended by the school;
- Purchase of books.
The student’s social development
- Funding of social activities to which participation is not prescribed by the school (attending a dance, an outing to an amusement park, etc.).
The student’s artistic development
- Funding of painting material and lessons;
- Funding of acting/art lessons;
- Funding of music lessons and/or an instrument.
Other expenses considered to be relevant by the team responsible for submitting a nomination.
What are the possible grounds for refusing scholarships?
- Failure to meet basic criteria (school ranking, the student's grade, etc.);
- Funding of a school project rather than a personal one;
- Absent or weak line of argument to justify the correlation between the anticipated purchases and academic perseverance (example to avoid: simple list of school supplies);
- Candidacy form submitted without the student’s signature;
- Too many quality applications from the same school board (to ensure mandatory equity: a random draw from among the eligible applicants is held).
How are the collected donations managed?
The donations collected by Educaid are subject to predefined quota regulations for payments, so as to allow the holding of fundraising events managed by a team of volunteers.
- Educaid awards scholarships totalling an amount equal to 80% (at least) of the total donations for which charitable receipts were issued in the preceding year;
- Educaid manages its fundraising activities very efficiently. For example, in 2010, the proportion of expenses represented only 17% of total revenues, generating a net profit of 83%;
- All board and committee members are volunteers.
How do I become a volunteer for Educaid?