Impact of Giving

Honouring history

Alumni bursary established to support Bermudian students
By: Melissa Lombard

Mount Allison has a treasured history with Bermuda, which includes some of the University’s most engaged and generous alumni. Alumni have supported infrastructure projects like Alumni Field, the Student Centre (Bermuda Wing), and the Bermuda House residence.

To honour this history, and as Bermudian student numbers grow, a bursary fund for Bermudian students with financial need has been established by the University. The first major donors to the bursary fund were John Johnston (‘87) and Tawnya White-Johnston (‘87).

“Mount Allison was instrumental in our lives. We want to ensure that future generations of Bermudians have the opportunity, no matter their financial situation, to have the same consequential experiences we had studying in Canada at Mount Allison,” says White-Johnston. “We are proud to help solidify this bursary fund and hope other Allisonians and friends will consider contributing as well.”

Travel costs, along with international tuition fees, can be a barrier for students hoping to attend Mount Allison. This bursary will allow a student to attend the University who may not have had the financial means to do so.

“Mount Allison’s student financial aid program is robust, but there are no specific funds designated for students from Bermuda,” says Gloria Jollymore, vice-president, university advancement. “This leadership and generosity will be a catalyst for additional support, serving future generations of Bermudian students who aspire to attend and graduate from Mount Allison.”

With a leadership gift in place, the University is looking to raise an additional $200,000 to establish the Bermuda Alumni Bursary. This endowment will generate a minimum of $10,000 annually in perpetuity for deserving Bermudian students.

If you would like to discuss a donation to the Bermuda Alumni Bursary, call 1-866-890-6318 or e-mail You can also donate online at

Photo caption: (L-R): Bermudian students Jada Rawlins, Cadré Smith, Brandi Benjamin, and Aminah Simmons