In the late 60s, students studying at Glendon reached out to the College staff, asking for financial help. Within a few years a fund for bursary and emergency loan support had been created through monthly giving from Glendon staff and faculty. Friends of Glendon was created as a registered Canadian charity in January 1971, to assist the community in their efforts! Students rallied around The Friends as well, approving a levy that they would pay to help increase bursary funds each year.
So how do students receive support from Friends of Glendon?
Through scholarships, bursaries and awards – The Friends have created over 50 awards that are managed by the university – we donate funds and set out the award criteria with the College, and they in turn manage our investments and distribute the awards to Glendon students.
Scholarships are created to recognize academic excellence.
Awards, in comparison to scholarships, can include non-academic and/or financial need criteria.
Bursaries are primarily based on financial need (supporting students who don’t have enough resources to complete their studies, in other words).
On top of these traditional forms of support, The Friends are very good friends indeed. We have two programs that are run through the College as well, and that provide support to students in harder financial circumstances.
We have a small Book Voucher program that can help a student that can’t afford required texbooks to buy them. Our Board of Directors created this program in the 2000s when they learned that some students were finding it difficult to afford all of their books and were dropping courses for that reason. These vouchers are a one-time gift a student can have and use at the bookstore on campus.
From our beginning as an organization, our Emergency Loans program that is run through the College is there to help students in crisis. We provide funds to give interest-free short-term loans to students who meet specific criteria and must be repaid.
In the last 6 years alone, we’ve loaned out over $200,000 to Glendon students!
Glendon College is officially 50 years old! And it had us reflecting on our legacy of support we’ve given to Glendon students. We see how students continue to struggle financially during their studies.
That’s why we’re motivated to show our support to the community by fundraising to create a Celebration Bursary – celebrating friendship among alumni, staff, faculty and students who love Glendon… And supporting Glendon students in need with support for years to come!