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Through a generous donation of $25,000, members of CUPE 3908, representing contract faculty and student academic workers at Trent University, have made a significant contribution to the future of the institution by creating a new bursary for students in financial need.

The donation by CUPE 3908 members has been matched by the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), creating a $50,000 endowed fund that will grow in perpetuity. As the investment grows, the interest will be used to support four scholarships, valued at $500 each, on an annual basis.

CUPE Local 3908 supports accessibility of post-secondary education,” said Karen Sutherland, president of CUPE Local 3908. “These bursaries are offered in the spirit of solidarity and to commemorate the unification of Local 3908’s two units under one, new executive. The donation reflects both the health and strength of our Local, and our commitment to Trent and the communities it serves.” CUPE members have also donated an additional $2,000 to ensure that students benefit immediately from the new bursary, with the first four scholarships being awarded next month. The bursary is available to graduate and undergraduate students who are also members of CUPE 3908.

“This bursary marks a significant investment in Trent’s future by a group of people who make significant contributions to the University on a daily basis,” said Dianne Lister, vice-president of external relations and advancement. “This type of generous support from the internal Trent community is one of the reasons why our University is ranked first in Canada for student support.”