Since joining the university last year, I’ve listened to the stories of our students who receive scholarships, awards and bursaries and the donors who made this assistance possible. These stories are a part of the U of A’s history and our future, which is why I’m so pleased we will be sharing them during the university’s first Changing Lives Week (February 27 – March 3, 2017). This collection of donor-inspired stories will be showcased on our website and shared through social media, as well as directly with donors.
As a university, we value our relationships with donors and the “ripple effect” of their gifts.
Their donations to scholarships, awards and bursaries have the immediate impact of removing financial worries for our students. In turn, lessening financial burdens can improve a student’s ability to excel in the classroom, and to pursue co-curricular activities. When provided with the freedom to pursue opportunities, which might include research, athletics, or volunteering, our students gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences they will need to contribute to and uplift our communities.
Our donors might not be on campus every day, but we can see and feel their impact at all times. So I hope that you’ll join me in acknowledging their contributions during Changing Lives Week.