We are thrilled to announce that the Children’s Aid Foundation has entered into an exciting new partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to launch a major post-secondary scholarship fund. Created with a leadership commitment of $500,000 over eight years, The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships will create access to higher education and brighter futures for Canada’s most vulnerable young people by providing urgently needed scholarship support for our students as they pursue their dreams. Each scholarship will be renewable for up to four years, ensuring that students can receive sustained support for the duration of their education.
Founded in 1937, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation was the second family foundation to be formed in Canada. Based on a principle to make Canada a place “where all people feel a sense of belonging and contribute as active citizens to improving the well-being of all,” the Foundation strives to carry on the philanthropic legacy of founder John Wilson McConnell by supporting programs and organizations focused on inclusion, sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Its mission to improve the quality of life in Canada for all people is closely aligned with the Children’s Aid Foundation’s vision to ensure that all disadvantaged young people in Canada have the same opportunities to develop their greatest potential and achieve success.
Kathleen Laing was the last surviving child of J. W. McConnell, one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Like her father, she had a lifelong concern for the less fortunate, and for a number of years was President and a Board member of the Foundation that he founded in 1937.
“We are pleased to commemorate her legacy with the creation of The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships, which will enable selected youth leaving government protective care to pursue post-secondary education,” said the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation President Stephen Huddart.
The Kathleen Laing Memorial Scholarships will create powerful opportunities for personal discovery and professional success that may otherwise have been out of reach for our nation’s severely disadvantaged young people. We are so very grateful for this partnership.
To learn more about the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, please visit www.mcconnellfoundation.ca.