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Tanaya Matchett, B.A.H, English Literature 

I want to say thank you for your generous donation and contribution to the Trent University bursary program. I am very grateful and excited to be the recipient of the Dorothea Flavelle Bursary. The difference that your donation is going to make for me personally is impossible to express, but I will do my best. I am a fourth year student who is majoring in English Literature, and will be graduating from Trent University at the end of this term. After Trent University, I hope to continue my education in a post-graduate publishing program, and eventually pursue a career in editing and publishing. As a graduating student, the funds from your bursary donation will make an incredible impact on transitioning from my undergraduate degree into a publishing certificate program. As well as being in my fourth year, I am also a first-generation student. I am the first person in my family to have ever attended a post-secondary institution, and I am also the first to have graduated from high school. Having grown up and lived on social assistance for my entire life prior to university, even the concept of attaining a post-secondary education seemed impractical, as receiving financial assistance from my family was simply impossible.  However, as a result of the financial assistance programs in place, and because of generous individuals like yourself, I have been given assurance that I will be able to take the necessary steps to continue my education and pursue my career goals. Although I work while attending school full-time, your donation has erased the uncertainty that I faced about the financial feasibility of moving from where I currently live, and taking the next steps towards my career goals. While the funds will contribute to these expenses directly, your donation has also granted me confidence in the foreseeable future where there was previously uncertainty and anxiety. Without the fear of insurmountable financial burden hanging over me, I am now able to focus on my studies and finishing my degree. This certainty is more of a blessing and relief than I can accurately express. Financial security lifts an immense burden off of my shoulders, and allows me to put my efforts towards getting the most experience and education out of the remaining time I have at Trent University. I truly and sincerely mean it when I say thank you for generosity and for making a difference in the lives of students like myself, and giving me the chance to reach my potential despite the challenges ahead of me.

Jeremy Brooks, M.A. Archaeology 

jeremy with site“Your generous donation has helped support me in my studies, and alleviate costs for my upcoming field work in Bulgaria for this summer. This experience is vital for my PhD applications, and will help prepare me for field work in my future career as a Professor of Archaeology.”





Alexandra Ha, M.A. Psychology 

Alex cross armed, smiling“This bursary is not only an enormous monetary support for my education but also a symbolic reward of my personal development. My journey in becoming a dedicated graduate student has evolved through my many hardships and accomplishments. Now, I am proud to say that I am finishing up my Master’s degree in Psychology, in which I study emotional intelligence.”



Celine Vukson, PhD Indigenous Studies

celine on knees smiling with friends, wearing green shirt“Trent gave me an opportunity to connect with my Tlicho elders and community for the orchestra collaboration. This Award has allowed me to experience new opportunities without worrying about my tuition fees. Mahsicho means “thank you very much”. Mahsicho for supporting me in my language and culture adventure, as this is a timely component for my PhD Indigenous Studies research on traditional Tlicho stories. It was very meaningful for our stories to be told and heard so far from home.”



Heidi Burns, Graduate Student 

"Graduate school is more challenging than I anticipated especially as a single mom with two young children. Thanks to the support of the Alan Wilson Graduate Scholarship it has been considerably easier."





Dayton Kelly, B.Sc. Biomedical Science

Dayton rowing, wearing a green uniform“With the money I received from this scholarship, I will pay to partake in a special course for students preparing to write their MCAT exam. I hope my email finds you in good health and puts a smile on your face knowing your husband’s memory has put one on mine. I intend on making your investment in my studies a worthwhile one and promise to do my utmost to be the best physician I can be.”




Taylor Urquhart, B.Sc.F.S. Forensic Science

selfie of taylor with a maroon shirt“I don't come from a particularly well-off family, so this bursary significantly helps me out financially. I'm really enjoying my studies at Trent so far, although I'm not entirely sure what I plan to do with my degree come fourth year. Although I haven’t decided my specialization in Forensics yet, I look forward to going over the many options that are available!”




Charli Lawson-Lee, B.E.S.S. Environmental Science/Studies

Selfie of Charlie, with a jean jacket"It's hard to do amazing things like travel and study abroad when you're a student; and your aid has brought me immense help, appreciation, and the ability to follow my ambitions. I hope that my appreciation of your kindness goes a long way, and you have satisfaction in realizing your contribution to my academic career has allowed me to achieve my dream.” 



Ryan Orr, M.A. History

Ryan holding his diploma “The generosity of donors such as yourself made Trent’s History MA program more appealing and practical for students. Attending graduate studies to complete an MA in history has been an ambition of mine since my undergraduate studies, however, the financial obligations made fulfilling this ambition seem impractical. Thus, I’m absolutely delighted to be a recipient of your scholarship!”



Destiny Freeman, B.A. Psychology

Destiny with her son, posing with pumpkins"I wanted to email you to thank you for your generosity and providing me with the bursary. I am a psychology major and I am also taking the emphasis in law and policy. I am a single mother and work part time. This bursary has helped me tremendously, and I couldn't be more grateful." 



Farid Qamar, MSc Candidate Astrophysics

Selfie of Farid"I am in my second year of my MSc in Astrophysics and my research is mainly in the area of Observational Extragalactic Cosmology, specifically I look at interactions between galaxies in different environmental densities.  By awarding me the Slavin Research Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy, you have helped relieve some of my financial burden and allowed me to concentrate more on my research.  Your generosity has made a real difference to me. Thank you."


 Erin Clews, B.A.H English and Psychology Student

Erin smiling near a lake"I wanted to thank you for granting me the Gordon Roper Bursary.  I am honoured to have received an award named after such an influential man.  English Literature has always, and will continue to be, a passion of mine, and I thank you for allowing me to pursue this passion with the financial help you have provided."



Sean Carleton, PhD Candidate Canadian Studies

Selfie of sean"I am writing to express my appreciation for the Jean Evelyn Graves Graduate Scholarship.  I am grateful for these funds that are helping me complete my dissertation on the history of state schooling for Indigenous children in British Columbia between 1849 and 1925.  I understand that Jean Evelyn Graves was a secondary school teacher and was very involved in educational issues, so it is an honour to be using the scholarship to further study the history of schooling and educational issues.  Such financial generosity enables students like me to conduct crucial research and disseminate it in the hope of making the world a better place.  Thank You!"

 Julia Smith, PhD Candidate Canadian Studies

Selfie of Julie "As a fourth year student in the Trent-Carleton Joint PhD Program in Canadian Studies, the Harley Richard Cummings Scholarship, will be of great assistance in helping me meet the considerable financial demands of a doctoral program.  In addition, this scholarship has allowed me to travel outside of Peterborough to do archival research and meet with the interview participants.  My doctoral research is about Canadian bank workers’ struggles to unionize between 1940 and 2010.  I plan to complete my doctoral program in April 2015.  It is my hope that through the continued generosity and support of donors like you, many more students will be able to reach academic goals that would otherwise be unattainable."

Hadeel Baraka, M.Sc. Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods

Selfie of HadeelHadeel’s studies have been made possible by a scholarship funded by Trent donors and the Fern Rahmel Estate. "I often think of the thousands of young women in the Middle East who, despite hardship, are dreaming of a better life. I want to be a role model for the girls of Gaza, who can make their dreams come true through education. I want to help make the dream of a peaceful, strong future come true.”







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