The award, presented to 30 Canadian students, is valued at up to $80,000.
Renewable for up to four years, it includes an annual tuition waiver and a stipend of $9,000, access to funding and internships through the Loran summer programs, invitations to annual gatherings and forums, a one-on-one mentorship as well as an orientation week prior to the first year of university.
“I recognize the huge opportunity that has been given to me with this award,” Boucher said.
“I am extremely grateful for all the support that I have received during the selection process. I also wish to thank all my teachers at École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier who have always encouraged me to participate in those school and community activities that interested me.”
Boucher is a member of his school's athletic association, serves as captain of the volleyball team and as coach of the junior girls team.
He's been the president of the student council for the past two years. Boucher is an actor, a competitive dancer and an aspiring playwright.
“I have had the opportunity to watch Éric become a committed young man through his participation in many school activities,” said Macdonald-Cartier principal Marc Lévesque.
“I am very proud of his accomplishments and am convinced that success will follow him during his postsecondary education and in all his future endeavors.”
In September 2014, Lévesque will be attending a Canadian university of his choice.