April 20, 2015
For the past 28 years, the Canadian Foundation for International Space University (CFISU) has served as “Canada’s launch pad for
tomorrow’s leaders” in the space sector. With sponsorships from Canadian companies and government departments and agencies, the
CFISU has supported over 450 Canadians to attend programs offered by the International Space University (ISU), headquartered in
Strasbourg, France. ISU’s programs include Master of Space Studies (MSS), Space Studies Program (SSP), and Southern Hemisphere
Summer Space Program (SHSSP). Presently, many Canadian alumni of these programs are in high-ranking and respected positions in
the Canadian and international space industries, in both public and private sectors.
Space is the engine of our economy and fuels global partnerships. In an increasingly globalized world, international partnerships
continue to play a key role in sustaining competitiveness, leadership and growth in the space industry. Therefore, investing in
space and space education will, in return, bring us a skilled workforce, as well as building networks and partnerships that are
international, intercultural and interdisciplinary – ISU’s 3 “I”s.
Unfortunately, in the past few years, CFISU’s funding has declined dramatically in large part due to budget cuts faced by many of
its sponsors. CFISU was previously able to offer 6 to 10 scholarships per year to attend the SSP but will only be able to offer 1
scholarship this year. Without future funding sources, CFISU will be required to file for dissolution.
Together, the Boards of Directors of both CFISU and the Canadian Alumni of the ISU (CAISU), thereby strongly urge ISU’s Canadian
and international alumni, partners and sponsors to donate generously to CFISU to enable further scholarships and ensure that
eligible Canadians have an opportunity to attend and benefit from ISU’s programs.
Please donate generously by clicking the button below. Tax receipts through CFISU will be issued upon donation. The campaign
closes on July 31, 2015, which will be the last date to donate to the fund.
Thank you in advance for your support!