PhD, Associate Professor, Bishop's University
Graduated from: University of Ottawa, Canadian Literature.
"I am pleased to hear from the KKG Foundation of Canada, from which I had received support during the second last year of my Ph.D. program at the University of Ottawa. I am currently an Associate Professor who teaches Canadian and American literature at Bishop's University and serves as the Vice-President for the Quebec Writers' Federation.
That scholarship was of immense importance to me. I remember as I applied that I had felt discouraged by the number of past recipients who had worked in the medical sciences. I decided to make a case not only for my own research but also for my field of interest, Canadian Studies. I felt that winning the scholarship would mean more than support for an individual, but rather support for an entire field of study--and I was thus initially astonished and then elated by the KKG Foundation of Canada's decision to show such support for my application.
Of course, the scholarship meant something deeply important to me, as a woman struggling to get through the doctoral program. Doctoral programs are rigorous and challenging at the best of times; they demand full concentration and considerable sacrifice on the part of the candidate. Support--financial, emotional--is often difficult to find, especially for women in the humanities. The scholarship the KKG Foundation of Canada conferred was something rare and momentous for me. It gave me that extra incentive to complete the doctorate successfully, to go on to complete a post-doctorate, and, eventually, to find a position in my field.
Thank you, KKG Foundation of Canada. I sing your praises to my own students and encourage them to become involved with the Foundation and its efforts. My best wishes for your continued success."