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RAQ Bursary Update


Diane Duttle, Kathewrine Tate, Eleanor Rogers

L to R: Diane Duttle, Katherine Tate, Eleanor Rogers

RAQ is thrilled to introduce Katherine Tate, the recipient of our first RAQ Bursary.  Katherine joined us at the AGM and following are her own words on the impact the bursary will have on her studies:

“I am interested in social justice.  The discourses which shape our social world influence who has power and who does not, and that directly affects the challenges that individuals face just to survive.

After I graduate I intend to pursue a Master’s Degree in social work.

This award has helped to ease my transition to full-time studies as a mature student.  It has allowed me to focus on academics rather than worrying about my employment.

Thank you very much for your support.  This award has reduced my worries about finances so that I could focus on my academics. 

As a mature student, I understand the desire to make sure that money that is donated goes where it will make a difference. This money has helped me to pursue my dream of a university degree and I intend to “pay it forward” to help other students do the same.“ 

Katherine Tate,  ​RAQ bursary recipient


Please Consider Making a Donation to the RAQ Bursary

Looking for one thing sometimes leads to finding another.  In the fall of 2014 a chance inquiry into how other CURAC member associations handled newsletter distribution by then-RAQnews-editor Diane Duttle morphed into a discussion of how to increase financial support for students at member universities.  Diane thought “Why not us?” and RAQ Council supported the idea.  Over 2015-2016, a small committee (Diane, George Brandie, Bruce Hutchinson and Patrick Oosthuizen) worked with Queen’s Advancement office to create the RAQ Bursary – just in time for Queen’s 175th Anniversary celebrations. 

Today, the RAQ Bursary has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $12,500 (enough to make 5 awards of $2,500 over the next 5 years) and is now actively soliciting donations to enable RAQ to extend the Bursary beyond 2022.  To achieve this goal, we need to maintain a minimum account balance of $2,500.  Please consider making the RAQ Bursary one of your charitable causes, if you are able, so that we can ensure a lasting contribution to Queen’s and its students.  To make a donation, visit the RAQ website and follow the links:

Thank you for helping a student have the invaluable gift of education.