SPU to boost social innovation with donation, scholarships

November 20, 2017

Saint Paul University in Ottawa will offer the largest scholarships in its history thanks to the support of a gift from Desjardins Group. The $200K contribution will support ten scholarships of $10K each in social innovation, which will be geared toward Indigenous students, first-generation students, and/or students from developing countries. The funds will also assist with the development of the Desjardins Room, located in SPU’s Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop, which has been under construction since the summer of 2017. “The Workshop is a meeting point for university research projects on social innovation and collective action. Its objective is clear: to promote social change and participate in reducing poverty,” said SPU Rector Chantal Beauvais.