In the past, parking fines were at times donated to various charitable causes, but Transportation Services Senior Manager Jim MacDonald wanted to take that idea a bit further. “We wanted to create something more permanent, and something that would benefit MacEwan’s students directly,” he says.
Currently, up to 25 of the $1,000 bursaries will be distributed per year, but according to Jim, that number could increase in the future. “It shouldn’t be too difficult because we never seem to run out of people who get parking tickets,” he says with a laugh.
According to Sarah Branton, manager of community development at MacEwan, the bursary not only benefits students financially, but also encourages the entire university community to build a culture of giving.
“Transportation Services has set an amazing example. By committing to fund this bursary they have shown that they understand the importance of helping students,” she says. “Through this bursary, our students will feel supported by our internal departments, and recognize that we all want to participate in helping them succeed.”
Applications for the bursary are open until Oct. 1. Students may apply by visiting the Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries page on their student portal.
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