Canadian University Creates Scholarships In Memory Of Iran 737 Crash

With so much going on in the aviation world, it can be easy to forget some of the biggest events in the industry. Just over two months ago, a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed in Tehran, Iran. Now, a university in Canada is creating two scholarships in the name of students who passed away in the incident.

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A Canadian university is creating a scholarship in the memory of two students who passed away in the crash. Photo: Ukraine International Airlines

Scholarships in the name of passengers

The University of Guelph announced the creation of scholarships in the name of two graduate students who passed away in the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crash.

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Two of the university’s students were on the aircraft when it crashed. Photo: Ukraine International Airlines

Ganimat Azhdari and Milad Ghasemi Ariani were two of the passengers on PS752 from Tehran to Kiev. Both students were visiting family in Iran. They were returning when the aircraft was shot down.

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The aircraft was shot down. Photo: Getty Images

Honoring the students

President of the University of Guelph, Franco Vaccarino, said the following on the students:

Both Ghanimat and Milad were enthusiastic and dedicated scholars, committed to improving life in their country, in Canada and around the world. I can think of no better way to honour their lives, their research contribution and their zest for learning and for life than creating scholarships that will give other international students an opportunity to pursue their dreams of furthering their education beyond borders.

Ghanimat Azhdari was a PhD student in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics where she studied biocultural conservation and was a teaching assistant.

Milad Ghasemi Ariani was a PhD student studying consumer behavior in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies.

The scholarships

The University of Guelph will match donations for both scholarships up to CAD$100,000. One will be through the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics while the other will be through the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

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The scholarships are in the name of students who passed away in the aircraft crash. Photo: Getty Images


The aviation world suffered an unpleasant start to 2020 when a UIA Boeing 737 crashed in Tehran. This came after a period of high tension in the region. In the days after, however, more details about the incident came out. And, later, the Iranian government admitted that it shot down the UIA Boeing 737.

Iran admitted it accidentally shot down PS752. Photo: Getty Images.

Ukraine International Airlines was one of the key airlines flying people between Iran and Canada via a stop in Kiev. A total of 176 people were killed in the crash. Of these passengers, 138 of them were passengers connecting on flights to Canada.

Canadian University Creates Scholarships In Memory Of Iran 737 Crash
A number of passengers were bound for Canada. Photo: Ukraine International Airlines


The University of Guelph is instituting scholarships for students who passed away in the PS752 crash earlier this year. These scholarships are designed to honor the memory of two bright graduate students and support future generations’ learning opportunities.