Carleton University is the latest post-secondary school to join Project Hero, establishing a scholarship to provide financial assistance to the children of Canadian Forces killed in the line of duty.

Project Hero was the idea of former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier, now chancellor of Memorial University, and Kevin Reed, honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 31 Brigade, Service Units.

Carleton is the seventh Canadian university to offer such a scholar-ship, joining Memorial, McMaster, Concordia and the universities of Ottawa, Calgary and Windsor. Belleville’s Loyalist became the first college to join the program.

Suzanne Blanchard, Carleton’s associate vice-president of enrolment management and registrar, said the university’s participation hearkens back to its postwar roots.

“We have a longstanding tradition of supporting the Canadian Forces,” she said. “We’re really proud to be participating.”

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