The Vimy Foundation created the Vimy Pilgrimage Award (VPA) to recognize the actions of young people, ages 14-17, who are dedicated to the betterment of society.
VPA recipients demonstrate an outstanding commitment to their communities through through positive contributions, volunteering, or notable deeds that benefit their peers, family, school, town, province, or country.
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s First World War contributions, within the context of a global conflict.
The program features daily visits to important First World War sites including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields. Participants gain transferable skills, unique perspectives about the First World War, and connect with like-minded peers from across the country.
Alumni from the Vimy Pilgrimage Award go on to share their new knowledge and perspectives of the First World War with their peers, schools, and communities. They become ambassadors for the Vimy Foundation. VPA alumni continue to interact with their peers through the Vimy Foundation Alumni Council and join a network of inspiring young people.
Please fill out the application form before the deadline. The application will include contact information, essay components, your letter of reference and your resume. Applications for 2023 are open from November 23 to December 20, 2022 11:59PM (local time).
A selection committee will review all applications. Select candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview. All applicants will be notified whether they have been selected or not.
Recipients will be notified by email and will have five days to accept the award. Recipients and their parents/guardians will complete the acceptance form.
Meet fellow participants; research your chosen soldier or nurse; work on your group project; and visit First World War sites in Europe!
The program is scheduled for April 2-10, 2023. Apply online before December 20, 2022 11:59PM (Local time).
Thank you to our lead sponsor Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential.
This program is also sponsored by Air Canada: The First World War is an important, strategic moment in Canadian history and Air Canada is proud to support our youth and tomorrow’s leaders by sponsoring the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, allowing 20 exceptional teenagers from across Canada to learn and remember.
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award is an experience that follows you long after you return to your hometown. I will forever be a Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipient for the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and I will always have the memories and friendships that were made… I've been fortunate enough to be able to weave my experiences from the Vimy Pilgrimage Award into my education, as I have given presentations about the past, present, and future battlefield tourism. Over five years later, I can't get over how unique of an experience the Vimy Pilgrimage Award was for me. I am eternally thankful for this amazing opportunity.
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