January 18th, 2017

Fund looks to raise money for U of L scholarships


By Schnarr, J.W. on January 12, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com

The University of Lethbridge is launching a new fund sure to lighten the debt load of some students.

With the “Shine On: U of L 50th Anniversary Fund” in support of student scholarships, the university is hoping the community will take part and help the students of today become the leaders of tomorrow.

“For some students, scholarships are the very reason they can continue their academic journeys. For others, scholarships allow them to focus on their studies rather than working part-time jobs,” said Chris Horbachewski, vice-president of University Advancement, in a recent news release.

“Scholarships help build confidence, they send a message to students that others believe in them enough to support their academic journeys.”

Blair Yoxall, a fourth-year English major, has benefitted from scholarship support and said it has meant a big difference in his studies.

“I have been extremely fortunate to receive many scholarships while at the U of L,” he said in the release.

“These scholarships have truly given me the opportunity to focus on my schooling as my job so that I can devote more time to my studies and less time panicking about paying rent or school fees. Scholarships have also made me so much more confident in my abilities and make me want to succeed for the donors who generously funded the scholarships I received.”

Launch for the fund is scheduled for the U of L Founders’ Weekend. Donors have the option of giving online, and a 50 Hours of Giving campaign is planned to start at noon on Friday.

The campaign will allow donors to give via a “text-to-donate” feature.

“As we set the campaign in motion, the 50 Hours of Giving will allow everyone the opportunity to participate by texting their support,” said Barry Knapp, director of the Development Office in University Advancement in a release.

“This gives everyone a chance to get involved and help support the Shine On fund and our students. Every donation to this fund will go directly to student scholarships, and it will be exciting to watch the support grow throughout the weekend as we track the texts and online gifts coming in.”

To participate in the 50 Hours of Giving event and donate $25, text “SHINEON” plus your full name and email address to 45678. Gifts in other amounts can be made online over the course of the weekend as well at uleth.ca/giving/make-gift.

“Our connection to southern Albertans and the communities we serve is both unique and enduring,” stated Horbachewski. “We’re extremely grateful for the support the U of L has received over the years – these contributions have made a tangible impact on the lives of our students and the now more than 41,000 alumni who represent the university throughout the world.”

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