The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association has donated $800,000 to enhance student wellness and success initiatives at Laurier. The gift, announced during Laurier’s Waterloo campus Homecoming, will provide critical funding in four areas:
- $350,000 for student scholarships and bursaries.
- $270,000 to enhance campus safety, well-being and support for students through counselling, public education, a 24-hour support line and other resources.
- $150,000 toward the Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik Indigenous Student Centre. The funds will help redevelop a heritage home on Laurier’s Waterloo campus into a space for Laurier’s Indigenous student community.
- $30,000 for the makerspaces program, which encourage creativity and enhance the student experience.
The alumni association, comprised of more than 104,000 graduates, has a longstanding history of philanthropy and mentorship. The association has contributed more than $1.9 million to support capital projects and student scholarships at Laurier since 2009. The financial commitment to the university was funded by revenue the association receives through its alumni GradVantages partnerships.
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