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Alumni donor with 2 students Seneca alumna and Premier's Award winner Jo Gomes with the recipient of her award for students in the Social Services Worker program.

Celebrating Alumni donors at the Seneca Awards

Alumni who choose to support Seneca’s students get to see a direct return on their investments – in person.

This honoured group includes alumni like Winston Stewart (Police Foundations), Henry Zhang and Marcus Udokang (Computer Networking and Technical Support), who have each established awards for Seneca students, and got to meet the recipients at the first Seneca Awards celebration on April 13.

This grand networking reception welcomed more than 300 donors and financial aid recipients to the Newnham Campus to connect and celebrate the many who have chosen to give to Seneca. 

“As a donor, I am pleased to reward our students’ hard work,” said Henry, who was an international student and graduate of the English Language Institute. “The help I received from Seneca contributed to my success.”

The event included a keynote address from Seneca President David Agnew and a video tribute thanking donors and highlighting the accomplishments of Seneca students.

“It’s important for donors to support students because they will be needed to help drive the economy in the future,” said Winston, founder of Wincon Security. “That investment is needed now.”

Throughout the evening, students met various donors, posed for photos and shared handwritten thank you notes to express their gratitude. As importantly, they had the opportunity to expand their networks and make connections for future employment.

“Receiving financial support has been so changing for me,” said graduating student Sarah Beason (Child Development). “It’s enabled me to really focus on my studies.”

If you are an alumnus or alumna interested in establishing a named award at Seneca, there are many different options available. To learn more, contact Katie Colvin, Annual Giving and Stewardship Officer:

You could change the life of a student for the better, and possibly connect with some talented graduates who could add value to your business or organization.

“My parents were teachers, so I understand the value of education,” said Marcus, who is now a business analyst in Calgary. “My mom established an award in my dad’s name at his alma mater. I wanted to do the same.”