In order to stimulate the interest of young people in our region towards health sciences, and more particularly within the BMP Hospital, the Foundation has developed several programs:

The Foundation also supports the local high schools to provide awards of excellence for graduate students who wish to continue their studies in the healthcare. Students are selected by their school.

2021 Winners : 

École Massey Vanier, Cowansville (English): Hailey Scoffied

École Massey Vanier, Cowansville (French):

École Jean-Jacques-Bertrand, Farnham:

École Wilfrid-Léger, Waterloo: Ève Chevrier, Florence Gauthier et Jeanne G.-Bourassa

In 2020, the Chawkers Foundation renewed its generous contribution to the BMP Foundation which allows not only for the continuation of the bursary program for future years, but also for the enhancement of the bursary to $2,000 per year for each bursary recipient.

The BMP Scholarship – Health Care is open to graduating students from Brome-Missisquoi high schools who are pursuing studies in the DEC programs in the Natural Sciences (Health Care profile is preferred, but pure and applied sciences are accepted) leading to these professions: Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Optometry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Podiatry, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Sciences, and any other hospital-related professions).

The BMP Scholarship – Nursing targets future nursing students only and encourages young people to get involved in this environment that is currently in need of workers. This scholarship includes the CEGEP DEC in Nursing and the CRIF DEP in Nursing.

Both scholarships offer an amount of $2,000, renewable annually throughout the student’s college program, for a maximum of three years. The two scholarship winners will be selected by a Selection Committee composed of a director of a school institution, a BMP Hospital staff member and a person from the community.

To register, here are the documents to have in your file:

  • A completed application form for the requested BMP Bursary;
  • A confirmation of admission to a college level program (Cegep) or to a DEP program (CRIF) in the health care or nursing profession;
  • A cover letter;
  • A letter of reference from one academic source;
  • A transcript of his/her school marks for both the previous and current academic year;
  • An official grade transcript from the Ministry of education.

All the information to apply can be found in this document Presentation and Form.

The BMP Hospital Foundation sincerely thanks the Chawkers Foundation for their support towards the students of the area!

Presentation and Application Form for BMP Scholarships

2021 Winners:

BMP Scholarship – Nursing: Rébecca Thomas

BMP Scholarship – Health Care: Rachel Michaud

BMP Scholarship – “Coup de cœur”: Mathilde Quintin

From left to right : Mrs. Nancy Brilvicas, jury member; Mrs. Lola Landes, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation; Ms. Sarah Charest, 2019 winner of the BMP Scholarship – Health Care; Ms. Élodie Couture, 2019 winner of the BMP Scholarship – Nursing; Mr. François Riendeau and Mrs. Rosane Rivard, jury members.

Please send a complete application, at the latest on April 1st,
by email at

or by mail to:
BMP Foundation
Scholarships Program
950, rue Principale
Cowansville QC J2K 1K3

NB: The BMP Foundation reserves the right to not award scholarships in any given year. Applications for the scholarships must be received by April 1st, 2021, inclusively.

In November 2020, we were pleased to introduce a brand new bursary offered by the BMP Foundation: Effie Margaret Côté Scholarship. This important bursary of $10,000 will be awarded to a nursing student or a current health care worker who is continuing his/her education at the university level.

All the information to apply can be found in this document Presentation and Form.

A long-time volunteer, Effie Margaret Côté has been involved with the BMP Hospital for over 30 years. Passionate and dedicated to her community, this scholarship is a testament to her continued support of the BMP Hospital. Throughout her life, Effie has been a dedicated volunteer. During World War II, she began volunteering with the Women’s Catholic League to provide hot meals to soldiers. Upon her arrival in our area, Effie became an active volunteer with the BMP Hospital Auxiliary and the Knowlton Wellness Project. Appointed to the BMP Hospital Board of Directors from 1982 to 1984, she received the International Women’s Day Award from the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club in 2008. She was also named BMP Hospital Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

Effie Margaret Côté is now 98 years old. She lives independently in her Knowlton apartment and leads a very active life with five children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two years ago, she got her driver’s license and purchased a new car. As a tribute to their mother’s remarkable life, her children decided to establish this annual $10,000 bursary with the BMP Foundation.

Effie Margaret Côté Scholarship Presentation and Application Form

2021 Winner:

Effie Margaret Côté Scholarship: Marie-Hélène Lemée

Francis Laramée, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation and Marie-Hélène Lemée, winner of the first Effie Margaret Côté Scholarship.

Student visits

The BMP Foundation organizes guided school visits for students at the end of their course from the four regional high schools to enable them to discover career opportunities in the healthcare field at the BMP Hospital. Each year, 60-70 students go on these one-day visits and are exposed to careers in medicine, nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medical imaging, and respiratory therapy.

In 2021, because of the current pandemic, we unfortunately had to suspend school visits.

Student testimonials

“Thank you very much for this unique opportunity. I truly enjoyed this visit since it confirmed my will to pursue my studies in the field of healthcare.  It allowed me to discover other occupations little or not known to me. Thank you so much!” – Félix Roberge

“Thanks to the visit, I have now made a final decision on my college field of study. Thank you very much!” – Alexandre Roy

“I loved the fact that Dr. Pincott is still passionate about his former job as a doctor. This shows me that it’s possible to be passionate about your work.” – Alexia Larose