The Vimy Foundation’s premiere program, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, offers a prestigious summer scholarship to youth 15-17 years of age. This annual award brings together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, so that they can better appreciate the intertwined history of their three nations in the First World War and come to understand the bravery and sacrifice of war. During the two week, fully-funded scholarship program, prize winners will visit key historical sites in Britain, Belgium, and France, where they will be introduced to ideas and viewpoints not typically taught in classrooms.
This year, the winners will travel to Europe from August 7-21, 2015.
The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is awarded on the basis of essay submissions, reference letters, and motivation letters. Participants must have a 70% grade average at school and demonstrate leadership skills. Winners will take part in an intensive scholarship program in Europe, participating in educational seminars and museum events, including visits to the iconic Vimy War Memorial and other historic battlefields and gravesites.
For most students, the best memories are those of meeting veterans, historians, scholars and specialists on the ground, as well as visiting Vimy, diverse cemeteries and studying the battlefields. Alumni from the Vimy Prize competition often become ambassadors for the Vimy Foundation following their scholarship, and continue working to share their new knowledge and perspective on the First World War with their peers, schools, and communities. Their continued participation in Vimy Foundation activities is a great asset to the future of the organization.
Since the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize was established in 2006, over 125 students have been awarded this prize and have travelled to Europe with the Vimy Foundation. Some of these high school students have gone on to speak at their schools’ Remembrance Day ceremonies, address guests at Vimy Foundation events, and study history in university programs across the country.
Beaverbrook Vimy Prize winners at Vimy Ridge in 2013.
The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is supported by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, and builds upon the legacy of Lord Beaverbrook, (1879-1964), a prominent Canadian historical figure known for his creativity, ambition, leadership and vibrant energy. Born in Canada of modest background, Max Aitken rose as a successful entrepreneur, both in Canada and the United Kingdom where he became an influential newspaper publisher, important Government minister and friend and close colleague of Winston Churchill during World War II.
The Beaverbrook Vimy prize is made possible due to generous support from the Government of Canada’s Youth Take Charge program. EF Educational Tours Canada is the program’s official travel sponsor.