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Today, Trent celebrates Giving Tuesday – a global day of sharing that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday – by showcasing inspiring students like Paige, Ana and Mohamed who have benefitted from philanthropy and found their own unique ways of giving back.  We hope these stories will inspire others to contribute meaningfully to their own communities and raise awareness of the importance of philanthropy.

Ana Flores

Ana FloresAna Flores, a Biochemistry student from Honduras has been able to pursue her “passion” at Trent University.

“Trent literally made my dream possible, it offered me the most generous offer I have had in my life. We don’t have many science opportunities in Honduras, so there is no Biochemistry. I have been very keen since about fifth grade in majoring in Biochemistry.

I am very grateful for scholarships as without them there would be no way I could come to Trent.  Being from a third world country, I could not afford tuition or living expenses to attend Trent without financial assistance. Thanks to the scholarship and bursaries I received I am able to learn and live my dream. It was only possible because of donors' generosity and support through donations to Trent. So thank you for making my dream come true!

My riches are in my talents, which is why I give back to the community that has so graciously welcomed me like family. I am a peer mentor on-campus, as well as an active member and volunteer of TISA (Tent International Student Association) and HOLA (Organization for Latin Awareness). I am also part of the SEEDS for Justice Facilitators Collective and do work for Oxfam in Honduras." 

To help more students like Ana, please give now.

Paige Cruse

givingtuesdayPaige Cruse,  Compressed Trent Nursing Program, knows the importance of giving

"My sister Jessica was two years older than me and I really admired her. She was so incredibly intelligent and had so much potential, but mental illness took her from us far too soon at the age of 23.

Jessica still inspires and motivates me. She’s one of the many reasons why I volunteer with the Crisis Line in Peterborough – so I can help others to change their lives. And learning to help others is why I decided to attend Trent University to pursue Nursing. The caring environment, outstanding professors and programs, and state of the art learning lab all give students at Trent the chance to grow and thrive.  

But just as importantly, donations from Trent friends like you provided me with greatly needed financial support. The award I received is making it possible for me to finish my degree, ultimately become a nurse, and dedicate my life to helping people. I want to thank you for your donation as it truly has helped me realize my dreams and honour my sister Jessica."   

To help more students like Paige, please give now.

Mohamed Yusuf 

Bachelors of Honours Sciences program, majoring in Psychology
Member of the Trent Men’s Rugby team   


"Receiving both the Green and White Scholarship, and the academic entrance scholarship, has helped me focus more on my studies and my community affiliations, instead of worrying more about finances. Had it not been for those two scholarships, along with those I received at my high school graduation, I wouldn’t have time to participate in my community, rugby in general, and even the Head of Trent.

A big reason I choose to volunteer in my community is because of my mother. She taught me at a young age that it’s better to give back than it is to receive. This was something she reminded me of everyday. Also, it’s the sense of happiness you see on someone’s face after an event, camp or gathering is finished; because I can go home that day and know that I was a factor in putting that smile on that person’s face.

I’ve made an amazing family here at Trent University through my rugby and Gzowski college affiliations, and I am blessed with having such intelligent and kind professors. Not only that, but I was able to assist my masjid (mosque) in its time of tragedy after it was damaged by the arson which took place. I can now say that I am honestly very fond of Trent University, and I am blessed to be able to proceed here with my Psychology undergrad." 

To help more students like Mohamed, please give now.

Please share your Giving Tuesday story with us.  How are you giving back?  What motivates you to give?

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