SOFAD scholarships celebrate the progress and achievements of two adult learners who earned at least three credits through distance courses in 2023.

For the winning students, these credits will have contributed to the completion of a secondary school or vocational studies diploma (SSD, DVS or AVS) or post-secondary education.

Two scholarships, worth $1500 each, will be granted to two outstanding students, one in Adult Education (AE), the other in vocational studies (DVS). The scholarship winners will receive their awards in April 2024, and public announcements will be made during the AQIFGA Convention and the joint TRÉAQ-CPFGPE Symposium. In doing so, SOFAD wishes to highlight the exceptional contribution of various adult education stakeholders to the success of students who have chosen distance education.



To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • be a resident of the province of Québec.
  • have earned a secondary school diploma (SSD), a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS) between January 1, and December 31, 2023.
  • have successfully completed at least three credits toward their diploma through distance education during that period.


  • have been in possession of a SSD or DVS at the beginning of 2023 and, between January 1, and December 31, 2023, have earned at least three post-secondary prerequisite credits through distance education. 



We encourage Adult education centres to inform all their distance education personnel and eligible students about the SOFAD scholarships.

A centre may submit the names of no more than two candidates.

Selection criteria will be applied by SOFAD.  Each centre is nonetheless free to submit the names of candidates it perceives as outstanding, regardless of the criteria, because of their achievements in distance education, the impact of distance education in the pursuit of their academic and life goals, and their ability to express the potential of distance education.

Each centre is also free to apply whatever selection process it deems appropriate to identify the students most likely to succeed in competition with applicants from all regions of the province. 

Download the application form here

Adult education centres are encouraged to assist students in preparing their applications. Only complete applications will be considered.

Download a poster that you can share or display on bulletin boards in your centre here


February 2024 — Scholarship Announcement

E-mail sent by SOFAD to distance education coordinators, with copies to interested parties.

February and March 22, 2024 — Selection of candidates in each adult education centre

  • The centre determines its selection process.
  • The centre informs its staff and students of the scholarships.
  • The centre selects up to two candidates.
  • The distance education coordinator prepares the applications with the selected candidates.
  • The centre ensures that each application is complete, with all the required information, documents, and signatures.
  • The centre submits the applications to SOFAD.

March 22, 2024 — Deadline for submitting applications

Applications must be sent by e-mail to

March 25 to April 2, 2024 — Selection of winning students by SOFAD

During the selection process, SOFAD will not divulge any information to the centres regarding its deliberations.

April 3 to 8, 2024 — Announcement to the winners and their centres

SOFAD will contact the winning students and their respective centres. 

April to May 2024 — Awards and announcements

Awards will be distributed, and the winners will be announced at the AQIFGA Convention and the joint TRÉAQ-CPFGPE Symposium.


The following documents must be included with the application submitted to SOFAD:

  • the application form (see section VI of the application form), completed and signed by the student and by the distance education coordinator.
  • a certified copy of the student’s diploma.
  • a certified copy of the student’s MEQ achievement record (general education) or MEQ transcript (vocational training).
  • the student’s statement of appreciation (written document, audio recording or video presentation).

The application must be submitted by e-mail to at the latest on March 22, 2024.

For further information, please contact Ms. Michèle Gagné, Administrative Assistant : 514 529-2180 /