$200 million and growing for uOttawa

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Defy the Conventional: The Campaign for uOttawa has already raised a record $200 million for students, professors, researchers and the community – halfway to its $400 million goal.

To date, thanks to our donors’ generosity, we’ve created student scholarships, raised $63 million for our researchers, helped more than 3,000 refugees through the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and cut the ribbon on the Alex Trebek Hall and the Forum for Dialogue to benefit the entire University community.

“Under Allan Rock’s leadership, the University has launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign, built important and lasting relationships with donors and alumni, and reached an important $200 million milestone. Mr. Rock may be ending his mandate as president of the University of Ottawa, but he has left us with a strong foundation on which to continue building and we are sure to rise to the occasion,” said Robert Giroux, chair of the uOttawa Board of Governors.

Defy the Conventional: The Campaign for uOttawa, launched last year, is the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever initiated by the University. It focuses on four areas of action:

  • Craft a stronger Canada to contribute to public discourse and better train future leaders
  • Make a better life for all Canadians through medical education and neuroscience research
  • Harness the potential of the next generation by offering scholarships, bursaries, experiential learning opportunities, and internships to our students
  • Transform the uOttawa campus to make it a better place to learn, play and live

The donations received in the past year have renewed the drive and sense of purpose among students, professors and researchers at uOttawa.

For Alie Pierre, a graduate of our School of Social Work, the Michèle Kérisit Scholarship was a light at the end of the tunnel. “It came at a really good time for me,” she says. “I’m a single mother with two children, I was studying full time and I was on call for a small part-time job. My scholarship was a big inspiration for my eldest daughter, who was able to attend the ceremony. She said to me, ‘Wow, mommy, you got a SCHOLARSHIP! That’s big. It makes me want to go to university too.’"

The University would like to thank the Campaign Cabinet members, led by alumnus Perry Dellelce, for their extraordinary commitment and leadership. With their continued support, the University will surely reach its goal.

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