Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Current and future generations of U of L students to benefit from funding for new scholarships

University of Lethbridge alumni and community leaders are leading the way with the initiative to pledge $10-million in match funds for a new student scholarships.

These new scholarships are the most ambitious in the 50 plus year history with U of L.

Leading the way through the next phase of the initiative, are alumni and community leaders Janice Varzari, Terry Whitehead, Bernadine Boulet and Roland Labuhn. Meaning that current and future generations of U of L students will benefit from the funds.

ULethbridge vice-president, Kathy Greenwood, says, “We are so excited to have the support of these outstanding alumni and community leaders to help us champion this new initiative and build a plan to move it forward. They are fantastic ambassadors for the University, and we are so grateful for their advocacy and support.”

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“As graduates, these alumni know the difference a ULethbridge education can make, and they are committed to ensuring more students have the same opportunities they had. This will significantly increase the sustainability of our current awards program and lay a strong foundation to build upon moving forward,” says Greenwood.

One of the hallmarks of the scholarship drive is removing social and financial barriers and creating options for Indigenous and racialized communities, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ students to access post secondary learning.

“I want to see this improve accessibility so that more students can get assistance with their education,” says former chancellor Janice Varzari.

“By making a donation, by writing that cheque, you’re going to assist lots of students moving into the future who may not be able to attend university otherwise. People who make a donation, even a small donation, they can see that gift grow and make a difference with the match funds.”

The $10-million in matching funds will provide an opportunity to double the impact of donations to make these scholarships, which will significantly enhance the endowment base as well as its sustainability for future generations.

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“What excites me about being a part of this initiative is recognizing that the need for student financial support is greater than ever. It’s so challenging right now for post-secondary students to go to school, and I think students today have a lot more barriers than when I was a student,” says Terry Whitehead.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to have donations matched, and the impact of your gift being doubled will really go a long way. If an alumnus or a member of our community has never donated before, this is a wonderful time to make that first donation as it will be leveraged significantly.”

Those interested in contributing or creating a new student scholarship, can contact Director of Development, Erika Scott at [email protected] or call 403-332-4030.

A video has also been created that celebrates the new initiative and can be viewed here.

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