What They're Looking For

  • 👤Ethnicity: Aboriginal or Metis
  • 📚Program: Journalism

About Scholarship

To encourage Indigenous Peoples to pursue a career in journalism through a combination of studies at a Canadian postsecondary institution and experience in a newsroom.

A gift of $4,000, intended to defray education costs. Scholarship recipients with appropriate experience and qualifications may also receive an offer of temporary employment or other opportunities at The Canadian Press, at the sole discretion of the scholarship provider.

It was established in 1990 in honor of Gillis Purcell, general manager of The Canadian Press, the national news agency, from 1945 to 1969.    Many of the strengths and traditions of Canadian journalism had their roots in his dedication to the quality of journalism.

About Company

The Canadian Press along with its French-language counterpart, La Presse Canadienne, is Canada's multimedia news agency, jointly owned by three of Canada's best known and most respected media companies (more on our owners, Square Victoria Communications Group, parent company of Gesca Ltée, Torstar Corporation, through its subsidiary Torstar Holdings Inc. and The Globe and Mail). We have been keeping Canadians informed and telling people the story of their country for almost a century. 

Over 200 of our journalists produce award-winning stories, photos, graphics, audio and video. Our multimedia news is delivered round the clock and in real time to daily newspapers and more than 500 radio and TV stations. All rely on news coverage from The Canadian Press when preparing their print pages, online sites and on-air newscasts.

In addition, government, corporations, publishers and associations subscribe to our leading-edge news and information services for delivery of credible content to thousands of websites, magazines, elevator screens and wireless devices. For public relations/communications professionals, we offer a complete suite of ad delivery, photography, photo distribution and news monitoring services.