With student financial aid requests on the rise amidst the ongoing pandemic, Trent University is taking action by introducing Change Makers – a philanthropic initiative aimed at providing essential funding to students in need.
“The fall is normally a time when we welcome thousands of eager students from across the world to our two campuses in Peterborough and Durham Region,” says Julie Davis, vice-resident, External Relations & Advancement at Trent University. “This fall will be different as students are facing extra hurdles and many are at risk of not being able to pursue their dreams of returning to their studies due to financial difficulties.”
The Change Makers campaign aims to raise awareness of and funds for the new Student Relief Fund, which was established in April to provide financial aid to Trent students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be distributed through Trent University’s established bursary process.
The deans at Trent University have united to commit $50,000 to the Student Relief Fund and they’re hoping the Trent community can join them by also making a donation to the fund.
“We believe in our students’ abilities and want to help prevent financial and personal challenges from being a roadblock for them to pursue their education,” says Dr. Mark Skinner, dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. “We encourage those who are able to accept the challenge today and help us raise $100,000 (an additional $50,000 to the deans’ contribution) to support students in need.”
Those wishing to be part of the campaign are encouraged to:
- Watch the Change Maker video and learn from student association leaders how the pandemic has impacted their educational goals and dreams.
- Join the University’s free educational webinar series, TrentTalks, to learn about some of the biggest issues facing our rapidly changing world and consider making an optional donation to the Student Relief Fund through registration.
- Accept the Change Maker Challenge and help match the deans’ $50,000 commitment and ensure that no student’s education is cut short due to financial hardship.
Learn more about Change Makers and how you can help a student in need.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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