Glendon’s top students were celebrated at a special reception on September 21st, organized by Student Financial Services and hosted by Louise Lewin, Associate Principal, Student Services. The invited guests were the record number of scholarship winners and their families. A total of 240 scholarships were awarded this year to new as well as returning students.
Members of the LLIR Executive (left to right): Patricia Stewart, Margaret Gibson and Steve Edson. The LLIR regularly donates to Glendon scholarships
Lewin thanked all the donors, a number of them present, including representatives of LLIR (Living and Learning in Retirement) and Friends of Glendon, former Glendon Principal and professor emeritus Albert Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (who had created the Lori Ann Marshal Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter, who had been a Glendon student) and others, for their generosity in supporting Glendon’s best achievers. “A key strength of Glendon is the support of its faculty”, added Lewin. “Their presence at this reception attests to their dedication and commitment.” In addition, Lewin paid tribute to Fiona Kay, Manager of Student Financial Services and her team for their excellent work and their commitment to student needs. Lewin also praised Marie-Thérèse Chaput, Glendon Director of Advancement, for her dedication to finding new donors and establishing new scholarships.
In his welcoming address, Principal Kenneth McRoberts stated that a record 125 new students received entrance scholarships requiring an average of 85% and above, thus demonstrating the very high calibre of students coming to Glendon. “University is a unique adventure in life”, McRoberts told award recipients. “It is often the first time that you are on your own, away from friends and family…. More importantly, it is the first time you are on your own intellectually, acquiring new ideas and new ways of thinking. What you learn at university is how to ask questions – which can be an exciting and rewarding experience. And we think you have chosen very well by coming to Glendon”, concluded McRoberts.
In an enthusiastic speech, 4th-year International Studies student and scholarship winner Boglárka Bene (left) outlined what Glendon means to her and offered tips on success at university. She praised the many opportunities available to students at Glendon to pursue their interests, the support of the faculty and staff and this “bilingual oasis in the heart of the metropolis of Toronto”. “This is the best place for success”, added Bene, just back from her third year in an international exchange in Seville, Spain. “Set the kind of goals for yourself which will allow you to become the person you want to be.”
2nd-year International Studies student Anaïs Kadian received one of only four university-wide Awards of Distinction. She was selected for earning excellent marks in high school, and demonstrating leadership, hard work and commitment to her community. “This award, given for 4 years, covers all my university expenses”, reported Kadian. “I am so delighted to have chosen Glendon. The quality of the students is very high and the courses are really stimulating and challenging. I know that I am getting an excellent education.”
2nd-year French Studies student Kate Lundy’s President’s Scholarship has been renewed – a rare occurrence. The award provides $5400/year to students achieving a very high average at the end of high school (Kate had 95%), and can be renewed, provided the student maintains this average. Kate not only maintained but improved it! Coming to Glendon from Lawrence Park Collegiate, Kate (pictured left) is also working as a student ambassador, currently helping to develop a recruitment presentation for grade 11 and 12 students. “High school students want to hear what it’s really like to be at university and they trust us, students to tell it like it really is”, says Kate. ”Glendon was tailor-made for me. It’s just what I was looking for [in a university] and more: the beautiful location, the small campus with a very friendly atmosphere, a sense of community, the bilingual liberal arts and the many choices”, she adds. “For my career goal of high school French teacher it’s a perfect fit.”
This article was submitted by Glendon’s communications officer, Marika Kemeny