The Masonic Foundation of Ontario has graciously donated $25,000 towards a new award in the Sault College Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards (SBA) program at the College.
The purpose of this generous gift is to support an annual award for a full-time student enrolled in the last year of his/her program who has encountered unforeseen financial difficulties. The student must also have strong academic success with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Specific eligibility criteria will be posted on the SBA page on our website, and students will be encouraged to apply for this bursary during the annual SBA application period each fall.
“If a student is facing an unforeseen economic burden, it’s comforting to know that awards like this exist. This award helps ensure our students’ success by giving them support to see them complete their program. Often students are faced with the difficult choice of dropping out of school because an economic event blocks their path. Our community’s and our students’ future are brightened with awards like this”, says Laurie Burrows, Director of Enrolment and Financial Services.
“In 2013 the Masonic Foundation approved the establishment of endowed bursary funds in each of the community colleges within the Province. This program is funded at the rate of $100,000 per year for ten years. Each year four colleges are chosen, geographically selected within the Province, until a Masonic Foundation of Ontario Endowed Bursary Fund exists and is operating in every community college within the Province, thus providing full exposure and equal opportunity for all. Our future rests with our youth and no better investment can we make in the future” says Melvyn Duke, Executive Secretary, Masonic Foundation of Ontario.
“When community organizations such as the Masons support our students, everybody wins”, said Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President. “The Masonic Foundation of Ontario is doing wonderful charitable work and we thank them wholeheartedly for their generous gift”.