Federal government sets up scholarship program to honor victims of Iran downed plane


The federal government is setting up a scholarship program in honor of the victims of the airliner shot down by Iranian forces two years ago.

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The program is expected to award scholarships worth an average of $ 25,000 to 176 students, the same number of people who were on board Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was hit by two missiles launched by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards January 8, 2020.

Ottawa says the scholarships will be open to Canadian and international students, with applications open in fall 2023.

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Ontario, meanwhile, renewed scholarships honoring the 176 victims, more than 100 of whom had ties to Canada, many at post-secondary institutions.

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Ontario says it will fund scholarships of $ 10,000 to 57 students.

Fifteen post-secondary institutions across the province lost students and faculty in the tragedy.

Premier Doug Ford says he hopes the scholarships will bring some comfort to the families of the victims.

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