Vimy Pilgrimage Award

Students can win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.


Young Canadians, aged 14-17, who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, bravery or leadership are eligible to apply for the Vimy Foundation’s annual Vimy Pilgrimage Award.  This is a fully-funded immersive educational program in France and Belgium to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

Scheduled for April 7-16, 2017, the program will include interactive education and visits to significant First World War battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials including the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The 2017 visit to Vimy will be a unique occasion: on April 9, students will be joined by thousands of others from Canada and around the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic battle.

17 Canadian students will be chosen to participate alongside students from Belgium, Great Britain, France, and Germany, for a truly international educational experience.

Collage - photos VPA 2017

Applicants are required to submit a motivation letter (500-word maximum) outlining the reasons why they are worthy of the award. In choosing award winners, the Award Committee will put great weight on the enthusiasm and excitement displayed in the motivation letter. Applications must also include two letters of support by a teacher, guidance counsellor or principal; service club; community, provincial or federal organization; or a member of the community. All applications are due November 11, 2016.

Please click here for more information including rules and regulations on Canada’s History website.

Deadline for applications was November 11, 2016.

Thank you to all who applied. We will be in touch with all applicants in mid-December.

Curious about past programs? Click here for the 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients. Click here to view photos from the 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award program.

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Thank you to The Peter Cundill Foundation for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.  Established in 2012, The Peter Cundill Foundation honours the legacy of renowned Canadian investment fund manager and philanthropist, F. Peter Cundill FCA, CFA, 1938-2011. The Foundation has an emphasis on promoting the health, education and wellbeing of young people.

Thank you to Canada’s History and to EF Educational Tours Canada for their ongoing support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.