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Federal scholarships to honour Flight 752 victims




A rescue worker searches at the crash site of a Ukrainian airliner in Shahidshahr, southwest of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian plane carrying 176 people on board crashed Wednesday shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport, killing all on board. board. . Ontario has renewed scholarships to honor the victims of a passenger plane downed in Iran two years ago. The Canadian Press / Ab Ibrahim Norouzi

TORONTO — The federal government is preparing a scholarship program to honor the victims of a passenger jetliner that was shot down by Iranian forces two years ago.

The program is expected to offer scholarships averaging $25,000 to 176 students — the same number of people who were on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was hit by two missiles fired by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on January 8, 2020.

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

Meanwhile, Ontario has renewed scholarships to honor 176 victims, more than 100 of whom have ties to Canada, including many at post-secondary institutions.

Ontario says it will fund $10,000 in scholarships for 57 students.

Fifteen post-secondary institutions in the county lost students or faculty in this tragedy.

Premier Doug Ford says he hopes the scholarships will give some relief to the families of the victims.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on January 7, 2022.

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