Continuing their studies to earn a university degree in the discipline of their choice is the goal of many young Quebecers, as evidenced by the 13,237 new graduates of the Université de Montréal in 2017.
The leaders of tomorrow
From all backgrounds, these students have the potential to bring dynamism and progress to their profession and to society. Thirsty for knowledge and wishing to advance their field, they spend considerable energy acquiring expertise and skills. At the end of their studies, these cohorts of graduates will leverage their know-how in the service of our communities and actively participate in their development, for our greater benefit.
But they need the financial resources to allow them to fully dedicate themselves to their career. It is with this in mind that the Financial became involved with the Université de Montréal, to foster and support new talent among our professionals.
Support and guidance
Since 2007, the Financial has actively and continuously participated in the Université de Montréal’s scholarship program. Close to 85 scholarships have been awarded during this period to students in five faculties (medicine, notarial law, environmental design, dentistry and pharmacy), which are the five fields of our professional association shareholders. The recipients of the different scholarships are chosen by the faculty concerned, based on various criteria, including the consistent efforts and motivation shown by the candidates.
We are firmly committed to these programs, because we believe that as a corporate citizen, we must be actively engaged in our community. The involvement of our five shareholders in our governance prompts us to support their future members, who will play a key role in our common development. Encouraging excellence in the professionals of tomorrow testifies to our belief in the future and in our ability to advance and to transform ourselves, both individually and collectively.
What tangible repercussions have these scholarships had on the young people who received them? Some recipients shared their experience.
Recipients in notarial law
More than a decade later, I am very grateful to Professionals’ Financial and to the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal for having helped me to find fulfilment as a notary, a profession I remain passionate about because of our proximity to our clients and the importance of the advisory role we play in the major legal events of their life.
Since I went back to school when I was in my thirties, the financial challenges of this decision were a source of worry. The Professionals’ Financial scholarship enabled me to become the notary that I am today by freeing the student that I was at the time from harmful financial worries so that I could concentrate on my studies. I am very grateful to have been able to benefit from this scholarship. I sincerely hope it will continue to help future generations of jurists.
As a new immigrant, I decided to study law in order to better integrate into the society that had welcomed me. Despite linguistic and cultural challenges, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in law and did post-graduate studies that led me to the notarial profession. I am very grateful for this scholarship, which gave me the courage and the determination to persevere and to achieve my academic and professional goals.
A long-term commitment
The Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal offers future notaries high-quality programs of study. We join with this institution of higher learning in encouraging the pursuit of excellence in its students. By doing so, we can promote the emergence of new generations of notaries who are inspired not only by their work, but also by the people who seek their expertise. Together, we can help build the world of tomorrow.
Professionals’ Financial – Mutual Funds Inc. and Professionals’ Financial – Private Management Inc. are wholly owned by Professionals’ Financial Inc. Professionals’ Financial – Mutual Funds Inc. is a portfolio manager and a mutual fund dealer which manages the funds of its family of funds and which offers financial planning advisory services. Professionals’ Financial – Private Management Inc. is an investment dealer member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) which offers portfolio management services.