In 2012, Canada celebrated the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. To honour this milestone and with the extensive leadership provided by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as well as with remarkable contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, the private sector and individuals this inspiring scholarship initiative was created: the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.

This program represents a unique opportunity to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

Students selected for the scholarship program will be named “Queen Elizabeth Scholars” and will engage with communities across the Commonwealth, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They will join a global community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives.

The program also benefits from important collaborations with Canadian universities, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), Universities Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

With the help of many generous benefactors, Queen Elizabeth Scholars will become the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and leaders. Through this unique international exchange of talent, students will enrich their communities and discover that anything is possible.