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Funds to fuel a new educational path

With the university celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17, the Retirees’ Association of Queen’s (RAQ) is offering a “gift” to the institution – a new student bursary.

“We thought the 175th anniversary gave us an opportunity to reciprocate the generosity and support the university has offered our organization over the years,” says Diane Duttle, Chair, RAQ Communications Committee. “While our project is modest, we hope those receiving support, particularly students whose first path may not have included university, will be enabled to discover the possibilities offered by a Queen’s education.”

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RAQ is currently fundraising to provide a bursary of $2,500 each year for five years to students in need. Students who have experienced an interruption in their formal education will be given first preference.

Ms. Duttle says RAQ wants to support these students because they often face unique circumstances, such as family commitments, that make it difficult for them to resume their studies. Until recently, Ontario students returning to school didn’t have the same level of financial aid support as other students in the province.  

RAQ has already reached 60 per cent of its fundraising goal, with strong support from executive committee members. The organization wants to meet the goal as soon as possible so that Queen’s can award the first RAQ Bursary in January 2017.

“After offering their immense talents to the university for years, many Queen’s retirees continue to support students, which is heartening to see,” says David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen’s 175th Anniversary. “The bursary is a fine example of the forward-looking aspect that the 175th anniversary executive committee wants to encourage.”

Queen’s is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17. More information, including a calendar of events, can be found on the 175th anniversary website.

RAQ represents and promotes the interests of more than 380 members. The organization provides opportunities for retirees to interact with each other and engage with the university. Donations to the RAQ Bursary can be made online