Project Hero

PROJECT HERO, started in 2009 by Retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed, is a unique program providing undergraduate scholarships to children of fallen soldiers. Since September 2009, many of Canada's finest colleges and universities are offering tuition -and in some cases first year support with room and board- to children of CAF personnel who have lost their lives while serving in an active mission.

To be eligible, the recipient must be:

  1. A dependant of a Canadian Armed Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission
  2. Under the age of twenty-six
  3. Registered as a full-time undergraduate student at the university, in a program of study eligible for funding by the Province of the location of School
  4. Meet the academic requirements for entry to the academic program for which the recipient applies and maintain satisfactory academic standing in the program

Eligibility to the scholarship program for the children of Canadian Armed Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission will be determined by Canadian Armed Forces criteria.

Participating Institutions

For further information and applications, students should contact the student admissions office of the following participating post secondary institutions:

To confirm eligibility, schools may also contact the Scholarship Administrator at the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services:
If your school has agreed to participate in Project Hero and it is not listed here, then please contact us at: 

Managing Director

Canada Company:  Many Ways to Serve

Toronto-Dominion Centre
TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street West
P.O. Box 314, Suite 3100
Toronto, ON   M5K 1K2

Tel: [416]  865-4311


Project Hero Success Stories

Eastern College Awards First Project Hero Scholarship

On Monday September 12, Sarah Stewart began her first day of classes in the Veterinary Assistant diploma program at Eastern College.

Sarah lost her father, Master Corporal Allan Stewart, in April of 2007 after an IED hit the Coyote armoured vehicle that he was travelling in. He had served a total of three tours of duty abroad after joining the Canadian Forces in 1997.

With the help of Canada Company’s Project Hero, Sarah was awarded funding that has been applied towards her first year of tuition at Eastern College, so that she may complete her education and strive toward a career she can be proud of.

You can read the partnership press release on Eastern College’s website here.

Pictured below, Sarah and her campus director Chris Kantor, taken on her first day of classes. 

Eastern College Awards First Project Hero Scholarship

New Brunswick Community College Awards First Project Hero Scholarship

Vice President of Employee and Student Development, Suzanne Desrosiers was proud to present Gale Gillam the first NBCC Project Hero Scholarship in September 2014. Gale is attending NBCC in a two-year nursing program at the Fredericton campus. She lost her Father Sgt. Craig Paul Gillam of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Petawawa in October 2006.
As soon as they were notified Gale was applying, the support shown by NBCC was incredible. The administration worked to quickly help Gale settle in and provide her with the financial support that she needed and so richly deserved.
Project Hero - New Brunswick

Loyalist College Presents First Project Hero Scholarship - November 11, 2011

The first Project Hero Scholarship presented by Loyalist College has been awarded to student Louis O'Driscoll, son of the late Corporal Jacques Larocque, who lost his life while serving with the Canadian Armed Forces.

In 2009, College President Maureen Piercy announced that Loyalist would become the first college to participate in the Project Hero program, which provides free tuition for dependents of Canadian Forces personnel who lose their lives while serving in an active military mission. President Piercy made the announcement at her Investiture ceremony as Honorary Colonel of 8 Air Communication and Control Squadron (8 ACCS).

"Project Hero was first introduced at Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University by Retired General Rick Hillier, and then brought to the University of Ottawa by businessman Kevin Reed, an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 31 Canadian Brigade Group," she explained. "I was pleased to meet with Kevin to discuss the opportunity to participate in the program and am very pleased that we now offer the scholarship program at Loyalist College."

Kevin Reed has connections with Belleville and with Loyalist College. He is a graduate of Quinte Secondary School, and his late uncle, Alfred Reed, was one of the College's original faculty members.

Award recipient, Louis O'Driscoll, who achieved a 93% average last semester, is a student in his second year of the Community and Justice Service Worker program. "I recall how proud I was as a young boy, to see my father in his military uniform. My father would be very proud to know that I have been awarded a scholarship that recognizes the Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country," he said. "I am honoured to be Loyalist's first recipient of this special award."