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News Release - Promise Campaign strives to remove financial barriers and encourage promising students to come to Queen's

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

KINGSTON – Queen’s University is launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to overcome the financial barriers that prevent some promising students from attending university.

Queen’s announced the launch of the Promise Campaign this week in Kingston.

“Eliminating barriers to higher education is essential to the future of our institution,” says Principal Patrick Deane. “Supporting students so they can advance their knowledge and ambition is integral to the mission of Queen’s. We know our graduates make a difference and that their education has allowed them to contribute, not just to Queen’s but beyond our campus.”

About the Promise Campaign

The Queen’s Promise Campaign is a three-year initiative to open the doors to a Queen’s education as widely as possible by supporting students who do not have the financial resources to attend Queen’s.

At the heart of the Promise Campaign is the Promise Scholars program, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Canada for first-generation students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in Kingston and the surrounding area. This comprehensive bursary for undergraduate students goes beyond covering the cost of tuition and housing to enable them to graduate debt-free. It also provides dedicated financial, academic, and career support, as well as peer mentorship and summer work opportunities.

The university has dedicated funding to support five new Promise Scholars in the 2020-21 school year, a commitment of approximately $60,000 to $100,000 per student depending on the program of study.

Vice-Principal of the Office of Advancement Karen Bertrand says any gift to student aid helps – whether it be to the Promise Scholars program, contributing to existing bursaries and funds, or creating new bursaries

“A Queen’s education has the potential to have a transformational impact on the lives of our students and their communities and the world,” says Vice-Principal Bertrand. “We do not want financial barriers to prevent talented students from attending Queen’s.” 

For more details, visit the Promise Campaign website.

Further details on the Promise Scholars Program can be found on the Promise Scholars webpage.

For more information, contact Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer, anne.craig@queensu.ca or 613-533-2877.