Financial support in the form of awards and bursaries is helping VIU Cowichan Bachelor of Education student Brianna Thorne get the education she needs to become a teacher. This Giving Tuesday, VIU Cowichan is raising money to create new entrance awards for students graduating from the Adult Basic Education program who want to continue with their studies.

November 22, 2017 - 1:45pm

Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28 aims to raise $150,000 to support students

Brianna Thorne is getting the education she needs to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

The VIU Cowichan first-year Bachelor of Education student started the program in September, after spending a year upgrading through the campus’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. The financial support she received through bursaries and awards, both last year and this year, was essential in enabling her to continue her studies.

“That assistance is so important – there’s no way I’d be here without it,” says Thorne. “It’s definitely opened a ton of doors for me. Unfortunately, for many ABE grads, the transition from the ABE program to university courses can be cost-prohibitive.”

As part of the University’s Giving Tuesday campaign, VIU Cowichan is raising money for new entrance scholarships to support ABE students making the same transition Thorne made. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving that falls on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On this day, people are invited to get together to raise money and awareness about favourite causes and think about others.

This year’s Giving Tuesday campaign takes place on Tuesday, November 28, during which all friends of the University are invited to donate to the VIU Foundation. VIU aims to raise $150,000 to support students.

“If you’ve been thinking about making a difference in the life of a student at VIU, this is a good day to do it,” says David Forrester, VIU Advancement Manager. “You can choose where you want your money to go. You can donate – or create – a specific scholarship or award, or funnel the donation to a particular faculty or program you’re passionate about. You can also give to the Inspiration Fund, which supports the areas of greatest need.”

Donations made on Giving Tuesday can have double the impact, as there are limited matching funds available from the VIU Foundation, and 100% of every donation will go directly to the fund chosen by the donor.

For more information, please visit giving.viu.ca/giving-tuesday or call David Forrester at 250.740.6214.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Jenn McGarrigle, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

P: 250.740.6559 | C: 250.619.6860 | E: Jenn.McGarrigle@viu.ca | T: @VIUNews


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