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Student union donation will create new bursaries at Lakehead

Gift of $300K will see five bursaries created at Orillia campus, as well as enhanced 'student experience priorities'
Lakehead University Student Union president Lahama Naeem, right, presents Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s president and vice-chancellor, with a cheque for $300,000 to create 15 new bursaries and assist the university in its greatest area of need.

Today the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) announced a gift of $300,000 to Lakehead that will create 15 new bursaries and assist the university in its greatest area of need.

Out of the $300,000, $150,000 will be used to create 10 student bursaries at Lakehead Thunder Bay and five at Lakehead Orillia. Lakehead will designate the other $150,000 to student experience priorities, which will include library spaces and student awards.

“The Lakehead University Student Union is very excited to present this major gift to Lakehead students. We believe that all students should have barrier-free access to education and are proud to use this gift as a step towards this goal,” said Lahama Naeem, LUSU president.

“The Lakehead University family prides itself on making learning accessible and ensuring students succeed regardless of background or life experience,” said Michael den Haan, Lakehead University’s vice-president, external relations.

“The Lakehead University Student Union has been an active partner in this idea since the union formed over 40 years ago, and I am both thrilled and inspired that Lakehead students believe so strongly in this mission that they are supporting it financially with this significant gift,” den Haan added.

Lakehead University president and vice-chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson explained how LUSU continues to be a key contributor to the expansion of student resources on both campuses, adding that, “This gift exemplifies LUSU’s strong tradition of supporting our students and its commitment to their success.”



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