Alumni Pay It Forward Challenge
The Pay It Forward Challenge was launched in 2016 to provide Alumni with an opportunity to support students facing financial difficulties. Today, this has turned into an annual initiative creating a Pay It Forward movement – bringing alumni, students and corporations together.
As a result, to date, more than 327 students received a $500 bursary with $163,000 total donations received from donors and corporations.
A $500 bursary is equivalent to 36 hours of work for a student earning minimum wage. Since 2016, 11,772 hours of free time have been gifted to deserving Seneca students – thanks to the Pay It Forward Challenge.
Now in its fourth year, this initiative continues to promote awareness about student financial need and how that need continues to grow.
- 25 per cent of Seneca students who drop-out cite financial difficulties as the main factor
- More than 82 per cent of Seneca students work part-time while studying
- One in ten students expect to work more than 20 hours per week to make ends meet
- More than one-third of Seneca students care for dependents
Seneca’s Alumni Pay It Forward Challenge ran from May 1 to 31, 2019 with a goal to secure 400 alumni donations to unlock a $30,000 gift from an anonymous supporter.
We are excited to announce that 402 alumni paid it forward creating 91 new $500 Alumni Pay It Forward bursaries for our students.
A big thank you to Aramark Canada Ltd who have agreed to donate $10 to Seneca’s student food banks for every gift received. More than $4,000 will be given to these food banks to provide students with access to food. This will help the food banks to continue serving the students during the times of need.
This truly would not have been possible without the Seneca alumni community coming together. Congratulations Seneca Alumni. You make us very #SenecaProud.
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Ways to Give
Make donations by cheque payable to Seneca College and mail to:
Advancement and Alumni
C/o Shannon Gaskell
8 The Seneca Way
Markham, ON L3R 5Y1
To make donations over the phone, please call Shannon Gaskell at 416.491.5050 ext. 77771.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every dollar you give goes directly to fund the Alumni Pay It Forward Bursary.
Yes. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 and above. For online donations, a tax receipt will be generated and emailed to you. A tax receipt will be mailed for all donations received by cash or cheque.