Flight 302 Legacy Award

On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, claiming the lives of all 157 people aboard. Victims represented 35 nationalities, including 18 Canadian citizens, as well as permanent residents and others with ties to Canada. The flight was en route to Nairobi, where many of the passengers were scheduled to take part in the United Nations environmental conference. The Flight 302 Legacy Award will contribute to supporting students whose areas of study help commemorate the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 tragedy.

Call for applications

Eligibility

This call for applications is open to those who:

  • are a Canadian or international student enrolled at a Canadian educational institution which has recognized degree/diploma-granting powers such as universities, colleges or CEGEP technical programs (preparatory programs such as CEGEP pre-university diplomas are not eligible);
  • are already enrolled in a full-time program in an eligible field of study with at least one year remaining in their program at the time of application; and
  • have completed at least one year in this program at the time of application.

Eligible fields of study are:

  • environmental studies (marine biology, wildlife conservation, forestry, etc.);
  • humanitarian aid (community development, social advocacy, etc.);
  • education (special education, youth education, life skills development, student support);
  • arts and social science (African literature, Indigenous studies, international development, globalization, etc.); and
  • aviation (aircraft maintenance, air craft control, aviation management, etc.)

Number and value of awards

42 non-renewable scholarships valued at $10,000 CAD each.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an online application no later than Tuesday, August 20, 2024, at 3 p.m. ET.

For more information, please see the program guidelines.

Apply

Please note: you must create an account on the portal to upload and save information and track application progress. Detailed instructions can be found in the application.

Canadian passengers on Flight 302

Click the biographies below to learn more about some of the Canadian passengers who were on Ethiopian Flight 302.

2023 award recipients

March 10, 2024 marks the fifth anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 tragedy. To honour the 18 Canadian victims, 42 students have been chosen to carry forward their legacy and interests. Universities Canada is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients under the Flight 302 Legacy Award. The award, in the form of a scholarship of $10,000, will support these domestic and international, undergraduate and graduate students, studying at 18 Canadian institutions. 

Funded by Transport Canada’s Commemoration Fund for the Victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy and administered by Universities Canada over five years, the Flight 302 Legacy Award honours the memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in a visible and meaningful way by supporting students enrolled in programs aligned with the interests and passions of the victims for environmental and humanitarian causes.

Click the biographies below to learn more about some of the 2023 recipients.

All 2023 award recipients* 

  • Abdul-Latif Alhassan, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, doctorate in transdisciplinary sustainability
  • Olayinka Ariba, Western University, doctorate in health and rehabilitation sciences – health promotion
  • Wisdom Avor, Western University, doctorate in nursing
  • Sophie Bekkers, Acadia University, master’s in biology
  • Maissae Belamhawal, Concordia University, bachelor’s in aerospace engineering
  • Augustine Botwe, University of Alberta, doctorate in measurements, evaluation and data
  • Chloe Budd, Dalhousie University, master’s in social work
  • Santiago Xavier Buitrón Garrido, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, master’s in environmental sciences
  • Jacob Colatosti, University of Toronto, bachelor’s in international relations, public policy and anthropology
  • Yulissa Campos, Yorkville University, master’s in counselling psychology
  • Xin Chen, Simon Fraser University, master’s in clinical psychology
  • Suha Damag, University of Lethbridge, doctorate in population health
  • Helena Debus, Simon Fraser University, bachelor’s in resource and environmental management with a certificate in sustainable development
  • Jah-Amaka Enwedo, University of Alberta, doctorate in special education
  • Alyna De Guzman, Simon Fraser University, bachelor’s in resource and environmental management
  • Daniel Ho, University of Waterloo, bachelor’s in environmental studies
  • Alain Humura, University of Alberta, bachelor’s in history and economics
  • Zakaria Kaal, University of Alberta, master’s in bioresource technology
  • Lestyn Virgil Lobo, Mount Allison University, bachelor’s in aviation
  • Taya Lucas-Desmond, Acadia University, bachelor’s in environmental science
  • Md Moniruzzaman, University of Manitoba, doctorate in microbiology
  • Antoine Morel, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, doctorate in environment, marine biology
  • Adanna Nduagu, Simon Fraser University, bachelor’s in political science
  • Giti Nouri, Concordia University, doctorate in building engineering
  • Chikezirim Nwoke, Carleton University, doctorate in anthropology
  • Samuel Teye Ofoe, Simon Fraser University, master’s in environmental studies
  • Timilehin Oguntuyaki, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, doctorate in environmental science
  • Ugochukwu Emmanuel Okoye, Carleton University, doctorate in anthropology (political economy)
  • Aiden Parkins, University of Waterloo, bachelor’s in aviation
  • Laura Peña, University of Toronto, master’s in social work – Indigenous trauma and resiliency
  • Natasha Pennell, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, doctorate in transdisciplinary sustainability
  • Simran Sarai, Simon Fraser University, bachelor’s in resource and environmental management
  • Nikolas Sertic, University of British Columbia, bachelor’s in integrated sciences
  • Olivia Simms, Thompson Rivers University, bachelor’s in economics
  • Lauren Smith, Simon Fraser University, master’s in resource and environmental management (planning)
  • Tobi Souza, University of Calgary, bachelor’s in health sciences in health and society
  • Matthew Syvenky, Simon Fraser University, bachelor’s in resource and environmental management
  • Charlotte Thorley, University of Waterloo, bachelor’s in geography and aviation
  • Grace Walls, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, doctorate in marine biology
  • Julia Weder, University of Victoria, master’s in environmental studies

*There are 42 award recipients but 40 listed. Two individuals requested anonymity. 

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