Lukenda donation to fund new Sault College scholarshipsThursday, February 23, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Lukenda Foundation donates $100,000 to the Inspiring Growth Campaign
SAULT STE. MARIE - A generous $100,000 gift from the Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation is helping bring Sault College’s Inspiring Growth Campaign closer to its goal.
A portion of the gift will be used to establish an endowment to create the Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation Scholarships which will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in various programs within the School of Health Sciences.
The balance of the gift will be directed towards the campus redevelopment projects that are currently underway to modernize and expand the educational facilities at the College.
“Investing in education is investing in our community,” states Suzanne Brescacin, director, Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation. “The students who graduate from Sault College’s Health Sciences programs are going to be the health care providers that our community will rely on for generations to come. We’re proud to support this initiative.”
Jim Boniferro, chair of the Inspiring Growth Campaign; Tyler Epp, Sault College Students’ Union president, and Dr. Ron Common, president, Sault College, were presented with the donation by Ms. Brescacin on behalf of Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation.
“On behalf of Sault College, we are thankful for this gift,” states Boniferro. “This donation recognizes the importance of Sault College’s vision for providing greater access to a high quality post-secondary education and we are very appreciative of the generous support for the Inspiring Growth Campaign.”
The Inspiring Growth Campaign is the most significant fundraising initiative the College has undertaken in its 45-year history.
With a $6 million goal, the campaign will contribute to the continued transformation of the campus into a premier post-secondary institution and support student scholarships and bursaries.
About the Inspiring Growth Capital Campaign
The Inspiring Growth Campaign marks the most significant fundraising initiative in the College’s 45 year history.
The campaign centers around four cornerstones aimed at inspiring growth of students, programs, campus and community.
Since opening its doors, Sault College has been an integral part of the community, contributing significantly to the educational, social and economic well-being of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Region residents and businesses through the educating of its workforce.
Sault College is committed to helping students excel in post-secondary education but also in transforming their lives with a progressive, innovative learning experience.
Businesses and individuals are being asked to support this vision and consider a gift to the campaign.
About Sault College
Sault College transforms the lives of students through providing innovative education and training, and granting Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates.
The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario.
Maclean’s magazine has ranked the College at the top of the province in graduate satisfaction, with 85 percent of graduates saying that they were highly satisfied with their education at the College.
Educating over 4,500 students each year, Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $100 million.
Over $2 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards is distributed annually to students at the College.
Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest great lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.
Nearly 85 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
Visit our website at www.saultcollege.ca to learn more.