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Single largest gift to St. Lawrence College - $2-million in bursaries from The Joyce Foundation will provide the gift of education to students in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston

2015-01-27, 9:01 AM

The Joyce Foundation recently announced a $2-million donation to St. Lawrence College to establish The Joyce Foundation Ed Lumley Bursary.

The Foundation made the gift in recognition of The Honourable Ed Lumley, a nationally recognized businessman, politician and member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Lumley is a Trustee on The Joyce Foundation Board and friend of Ron Joyce.

“For some students the opportunity to go to college is a challenge because of the many barriers they face. The Trustees on The Joyce Foundation Board truly believe in helping kids attain higher education because when education is more accessible, everyone benefits,” says Ron Joyce.

St. Lawrence College is pleased to announce that this is the single largest donation the college has ever received. The funds will be used to create an endowed bursary fund for students who reside in the three communities and counties surrounding St. Lawrence College’s campuses. Bursaries of up to $3,000. per year will be available, and may be renewed based on eligibility requirements.  Bursary recipients will be required to seek a mentor with the first bursaries being awarded in September 2015.

“We are honoured to receive such a generous gift that speaks to the importance of investing in our communities. This endowment will go a long way towards helping students from our catchment area reach their goal of attaining a post-secondary education at St. Lawrence College,” says Glenn Vollebregt, St. Lawrence College President and CEO.

The Joyce Foundation is a private, family foundation created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce. Trustees of the foundation include Aileen O’Rafferty, Michele Allison-Thornley, David Wagstaff, Grant Joyce, Steven Joyce and Ron Joyce. The Joyce Foundation is dedicated to supporting the social, economic and emotional well-being of children and youth by empowering them to develop into healthy, confident, independent contributors to Canadian society.



About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 70,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually. 

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Laura Tulchinsky, St. Lawrence College