Executive Director of Dawson College Foundation
Francis Lessard
Office: 4A.1-3
  Local: 1349

Helping students fulfill their dreams

Dawson College established the Dawson College Foundation in 2006 to provide support to students directly and indirectly through our awards and scholarships program and by funding innovative initiatives that enrich every Dawson student’s life.

As Dawson College nears the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2018-2019, faculty and staff are justifiably proud of the College’s accomplishments as a vital part of the Montreal community, educating the young and not so young, and preparing thousands of people for the next phase of their lives, be it university or the workplace.

At Dawson, good students make for good citizens

For nearly 50 years, we have stood firm in our belief that every student deserves a chance, and our dedicated faculty and staff remain committed to providing a rich education both in and out of the classroom. Our philosophy is to educate the student as a whole person, so that our graduates are not only good students, they are good citizens.

All of Dawson’s activities enrich student life, but some are more difficult to fund under traditional government funding formulas. These para-academic initiatives often need to find alternate funding sources. These include projects that involve student travel for competitions (sports and para-academic, such as our prize-winning Model UN team) and events such as visual arts vernissages. The Foundation looks to support from the internal and external community to supplement resources so that no valid project goes unfunded.

Our challenge has been to maintain the highest level of service to students while keeping staffing levels stable. The Foundation helps us to achieve our goals. And you can help the Foundation.

How can you help?

The Foundation has identified three critical areas for student support:

  • The Dawson Student Aid Fund supplements government aid to help keep students in school. We help ensure they have enough money for transportation, food, books and even emergencies.
  • Awards and Scholarships recognize our students for academic excellence as they strive to make a difference in the world as the leaders of tomorrow in a variety of fields, from technology to medicine, art to science, and everything in between.
  • Enhancement of student life stimulates intellectual and personal growth through extracurricular activity that engages both the body and the mind, such as inter-collegiate sport and academic competitions as well as clubs and groups that serve both the school and community.


Last Modified: May 26, 2016