In a happy coincidence, Booth UC announced a new COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund, just as the Province of Manitoba’s Scholarship and Bursary Initiative program agreed to match post-secondary bursary and scholarship donations dollar for dollar (100%), an increase from the 50% match in past years.
“We hope that the province’s announcement will encourage our donors to participate at an increased rate in our new COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund. Our students will be in need of assistance,” says Denise Young, Vice-President Administration at Booth UC.
It is anticipated that the University College’s existing student body will have a unique challenge in coping with the financial demands of their tuition and living expenses. Many of them rely on summer jobs, which have disappeared because of the pandemic and they are left cobbling together funds which, if lacking, will mean they are not able to continue their studies.
In addition, new students may be cautious to enter their first year of study due to the uncertainty of part-time income during their initial post-secondary year. A bursary could mean the difference between a new student’s arrival in September, or not.
In a time where “Education for a Better World” could not be more needed, it is more important than ever to provide access to students. “In my mind, when you formally educate yourself in the helping profession, you are committing to care for those around you, take stock of social injustice, and advocate on behalf of marginalized individuals who may not be given the platform to do so,” says Erin Fehilly (BSW/19).
With the support of our generous donors, and the matching contribution from the province, the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund will help ensure that students who need the support will get the support. Donate now to make a difference in the life of a Booth UC student.
For Students: Booth UC financial aid information and bursary applications can be found at https://boothuc.ca/admissions/financial-support/
At this time, the Booth UC campus remains closed to non-essential personnel, however, we are still accepting students for the fall and are in the process of developing various operating models for the institution (including online, in-person and/or a hybrid of both). These models will assist Booth UC’s Cabinet, supported by the Crisis Management Team, in moving forward over the next number of months and are dependent on how COVID-19 and public health guidelines continue to unfold.