As the University of Calgary’s 50th anniversary celebrations come to an end, a new era is just beginning, and alumni have the opportunity to play an important role.
From April 27-29, the University of Calgary will hold a “Giving Day”, with the goal of establishing 50 new scholarships in just 50 hours to support our students as we enter our next 50 years.
During this time, individuals and groups can make donations channeled to the faculty of their choice.
That’s not to say donors can’t commit before the 50 hours; in fact, a new website has just gone live and all pledges collected for the campaign will be counted towards the Giving Day totals.
“We hope our alumni will show their Werklund pride and support scholarships for our education students,” explains Cecilia de la Rocha, Director of Development for the Werklund School of Education.
“Everyone can participate--and every gift, no matter the size, has an impact,” she says.
“Scholarships give our students financial support so they can tackle their studies with confidence, without the added financial pressures. Plus, each gift will be matched up to $2500! It’s the perfect opportunity to help make a difference in the life of a student and to show your Werklund School pride.”
So how can education alumni connect to Day of Giving for the Werklund School of Education?
Taking part in Giving Day is easy and can be done from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Visit the site, select the donation amount you would like to give, choose the Werklund School of Education from the drop-down menu, and once you’ve made your pledge you can share it on social media to encourage others to participate as well.
“Our goal is to support as many students as we can,” explains de la Rocha, “and by collecting both large and small pledges into one fund for Werklund School students, we are leveraging the matching component of the campaign. Donors have the option to give to another fund or start a new one. In these cases, we encourage alumni to contact our office to ensure donor’s preferences are addressed.”
So, step up to the challenge and support a Werklund School of Education student on their journey…and show your Werklund School pride!