More than 70% of Sheridan students seek some kind of financial support, and there’s little wonder why. Between paying for books, supplies, tuition and living expenses, it doesn’t take long before debt starts to pile up. Receiving a scholarship or bursary can help alleviate some of that strain. Thanks to the generous support of alumni donors, Sheridan is able to provide nearly 1,000 academic awards, scholarships and bursaries to students. This November, the college will launch its year-long $50 for 50 campaign to encourage grads to give back to their alma mater as Sheridan celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Here, three alumnae share why they donate, and a student reflects on what receiving a bursary means to her.
“Co-op has done so much for me, in terms of my career. Where I work now is where I did my first co-op. So I wanted to give to students who had great potential ... I wanted to make things a little bit easier for them. My success hinged on what I did at Sheridan, so giving back was not an option for me. I needed to, it was the very least I could do.”
“It felt like a huge relief had been lifted off of my shoulders. Being in such an intense program, with very little time to have a job on the side, makes for tight budgeting. Knowing that a donation of such a large sum would be given to a total stranger is glorious. I cannot express how much it does mean to me, other than by saying thank you. I dreamed of attending Sheridan for music theatre years before I could even apply to college. My end goal was always to be right where I am now. I have never felt so at home, so challenged, and so in love. I love the faculty, the facilities, my classmates, and the work I get to pursue every single day."
“Sheridan feels like home and it’s important for me to give back. If Sheridan made a difference for you, then you can make a difference for a Sheridan student by making a donation. Students are under extreme financial pressure, they often work while going to school and many have families they have to take care of. Making a contribution to help reward a student for their hard work will not only make them feel good about a job well done, it will make you feel good, too.”
“When I was at Sheridan, I saw some of my classmates were struggling. They were really talented. I am fortunate that I didn’t have to work and go to school, but they had to. The program is really hard. I just felt like if I had a little bit of money to spare, why not give back.”
Find out more about the Sheridan College Foundation and learn how you can make a difference.