Jennifer Shi One Of 20 National Scholarship Winners

A Manotick student is one of 20 recipients of the Export Development Canada (EDC) 2023 Youth Education Program Scholarship winners.

Jennifer Shi, a Bachelor of Commerce student at McGill University, was among this year’s winners.

She was among the 20 students who received the International Business Scholarship. For the first time, seven new Community Leadership Scholarships were awarded to students from equity-seeking communities. In addition to strong academic standing, these recipients are dedicated to advancing and supporting their communities through extra-curricular and volunteer initiatives. This year, representatives from six of EDC’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG) were part of the scholarship nomination and selection committee. In addition, a seventh scholarship was created in support of Ukrainian academic achievement.

A total of $135,000 was awarded to 27 post-secondary students demonstrating a high level of academic achievement and a commitment to community service – both in Canada and abroad.

“I am honoured and grateful to be selected as an EDC Scholarship Recipient,” said Shi. “This scholarship encourages me to continue pursuing experiential learning opportunities that take me outside of the traditional classroom. I look forward to building more meaningful connections in communities not only in Canada but also internationally. Thank you to EDC for its support to students across Canada!”

Since 2000, more than $2 million and more than 600 International Business scholarships have been awarded through the Youth Education Program. All recipients are eligible for recruitment into EDC’s work term and co-op placements. Mentorship and additional learning opportunities are also available through the various ERGs.

“EDC supports Canada’s ability to engage in international trade and we believe it is important to invest in our future international business leaders,” Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of EDC.  “These scholarship recipients represent the next generation who will shape Canada’s economy. Our revamped scholarship program is all about supporting these change-makers and their commitment to a more sustainable, equitable and responsible world.”

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian businesses make an impact at home and abroad. EDC has the financial products and knowledge Canadian companies need to confidently enter new markets, reduce financial risk and grow their business as they go from local to global. Together, EDC and Canadian companies are building a more prosperous, stronger and sustainable economy for all Canadians.