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OCAD U remembers victims of plane crash in Iran

Today, on the one-year anniversary of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crash in Iran, OCAD University joins with colleges and universities across Canada to remember the lives of those cut short and those impacted by this tragedy.

Many of 176 passengers who died were university students and faculty members, from first-year students to promising postdoctoral scholars to well-known and respected professors. Among the victims, 138 had ties to Canada and 57 were students.

OCAD U boasts a diverse community with a large number of students who have a close connection to Iran. News of the crash impacted many of our students and had a profound impact on our entire community.  

“We remember with great sadness the lives of those students, researchers and faculty who died in this terrible tragedy,” said Ana Serrano, OCAD U’s president and vice-chancellor.

Remembrance Scholarship

As a legacy to honour the remarkable lives and contributions lost, the Ontario government established scholarships of $10,000 to be awarded to 57 students, one in the memory of each victim.

OCAD U was successful in its application for funding for one of these scholarships, to be awarded to a student in the 2020-21 academic year based on merit and financial need.

“This scholarship will make a significant impact to the recipient and we are grateful to have received this funding, especially at a time when the global pandemic has created financial challenges for many of our students,” said President Serrano.

Both domestic and international students are eligible for this one-time award. Residency and/or citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

The application process will be announced later this month. For more information, students can email