The Government of Canada has announced a gift of $20 million to the Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program in recognition of the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, known as the QES program, is led by the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) in collaboration with Universities Canada, and with founding support from Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).

“On behalf of the RHF, the QES program, its scholars, our partners and our many supporters, we are deeply grateful to receive this gift in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said Teresa Marques, President and CEO of the RHF.

“This gift will ensure that Canadian youth have the opportunity to develop a global outlook, empathy, and understanding – all of which are essential for navigating the complexities of today’s world.”

This gift will make international experiences possible for many more young Canadians who would not otherwise be able to take part in such a life-changing experience.

In tribute to The Queen’s service and commitment to Canada, the RHF is inviting matching charitable donations to double the impact and reach of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program. Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Canada and around the world will serve as a legacy of Her Majesty’s service, leadership and commitment to Canadians for generations to come. To learn more and donate, visit

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