Mount Allison normally produces an annual printed Giving Report publication that shines the light on fund raising achievement and a few special donors and gifts.
In light of the impacts of the pandemic, this year we have opted to keep things digital.
Below you will find links to a number of recent stories highlighting donors who are making a difference for Mount Allison students.
Support over the generations
Class of 1970 comes together to fund bursaries for current students
When Bill Bishop was studying at Mount Allison in late 1960s, early '70s, he recalled a time when — between tuition, books, and living costs — he found his funds were short.
“A friend of mine suggested I apply for a bursary through the Registrar’s Office,” he says. “This support was so helpful at the time and I wouldn’t have known about it had my friend not mentioned this option.”
Mountie2Mountie Financial Aid Fund nearing $400,000 goal to support students this fall
First-year Science student Jonathan Antenanie was uncertain if his dream to attend Mount Allison this fall would come true. A refugee from Ethiopia, he now calls Scarborough, ON home. Due to the pandemic, Antenanie’s refugee hearing was postponed, leaving him unable to access government funding to finance his education.
Antenanie was not sure where to turn for assistance, but then he received a call from Mount Allison’s Financial Aid Officer that turned his dream into a reality. He was told he would be receiving funding through Mount Allison’s new Mountie2Mountie Financial Aid Fund.
Supporting a culture of community and inclusivity
Kevin Sterns (’67) supports LGBTQ+ student initiatives through new Community Engagement Fund
More than 50 years after he graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Kevin Sterns says he still has a soft spot for Mount A.
“I was the first in my family to attend University,” says Sterns, who grew up in Glace Bay, NS, but is now based in New York City. “Mount A was my first venture away from home. My years there were wonderful.”
It was also at Mount Allison where Sterns learned some valuable lessons in self-confidence and acceptance, coming out in his last year following a chance encounter and conversation while volunteering with the World University Services of Canada’s (WUSC) annual fund raiser.
Advancing experiential learning
The Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics announced at Mount Allison University
McKenna Family donates leadership gift of $1 million
Mount Allison University’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program received a significant boost from one of New Brunswick’s most accomplished political and business leaders. The University announced the establishment of the Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics on Sept. 25.
Experiences of belonging
A sense of community is something both rural and urban centres typically strive for. Mount Allison University sociology and women’s and gender studies and psychology student Lauren Shay is examining belonging and community this summer from a perspective not widely discussed — that of queer individuals in rural areas. Her summer research project is part of the University’s Independent Summer Research Grant program and has received support from the Class of 1946 Summer Student Research Scholarship.
Volunteering: the gift of time and enthusiasm
Alumna Meg Pryde (’74) came to Mount Allison from Montreal and as a student was a highly-engaged member of the Mount Allison community — earning the Frances S. Allison Award and a Gold A for her efforts.
Fifty years later, she is still making an impact at the University and is committed to sharing the Mount Allison experience with future generations.
Game On fund raising campaign thrives through personal connections
Mounties Men’s Basketball celebrated a historic season in 2020, winning their first-ever ACAA men’s basketball championship. Off the court, alumni Kevin B. Estabrooks and Norval McConnell were championing a focused fund raising effort to support the men’s basketball program — Game On. In Fall 2019, Game On was launched with the goal of raising $25,000 per year over five years for a total of $125,000.
Generations of giving
Planting a seed of gratitude
Pravin Varma spent over four decades teaching at Mount Allison in both engineering and physics. He remains engaged with the University community and is passionate about the success of Mount Allison students. This year, he chose to give back to the University in another way by establishing the Pravin Varma Gold Medal in Science. Funded as an endowment to support future generations of students, this gold medal is awarded at Convocation to the highest-achieving graduating science student.
Long-time donors build up significant legacy at Mount Allison
For the past 38 years, Reid (’59) and Marilyn (’61) Harrison have given back to Mount Allison consistently, on an almost-monthly basis. Those many, many gifts, large and small, have added up to a substantial legacy. At last count, the Harrisons have donated more than $86,000 to Mount Allison.
The Harrisons have supported the University broadly, donating to various athletics teams, the Alumni Field project, the Purdy Crawford Centre of the Arts building, the Campbell-Verduyn Fund, and the Mountie2Mountie Financial Aid Fund, among other things. The project closest to their heart, however, is the Harrison Family Bursary, a fund that awards more than $2,000 each year to students in need.