The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES) is a new initiative initially intended to lay the foundation for the next generation of entrepreneurs, public servants, community leaders and academics with innovative minds and a sense of commitment to Canada and the Commonwealth. Since 2018, the program has broadened to allow not only Commonwealth countries but also low-income countries not in the Commonwealth. Universities Canada is pleased to partner with Community Foundations of Canada and Rideau Hall Foundation to manage the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

The QES program awarded UPEI almost $500,000 in 2015 for Phase 1 of the program, and another $300,000 in 2018 for Phase 2 of the program.

The QES program at UPEI has a large number of other contributors to it, including:

  1. University of Prince Edward Island (in-kind and financial support)
  2. Farmers Helping Farmers (in-kind support)
  3. University of Nairobi (in-kind support)
  4. Kenyatta University (in-kind support)
  5. Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (financial support)
  6. Pharmaceutical companies (veterinary products support), including: Bimeda, Boehringer, Elanco, Merck, and Vetoquinol
  7. Diagnostic test company – IDEXX (veterinary products support)