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Seneca Alumni

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 236 students received a $500 bursary with $118,000 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, 8,496 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 

2019 Goal 

This year, an anonymous donor will make a $30,000 gift toward the Pay It Forward Challenge if 400 alumni make a gift. 

We need 400 alumni like you – change-makers, hand-raisers and education lovers – to join our movement. Your donation will help Seneca students to stay in school, complete their studies and change their lives.

Be one of 400 alumni to make a gift by Friday, May 31, and help us unlock the anonymous donation of $30,000.

And this year, Aramark Canada Ltd. has joined our Pay It Forward Challenge. Each time you make a gift, Aramark will donate $10 towards Seneca’s student food bank on your behalf. Our four main campuses are equipped with a food bank, and for hundreds of students visiting one of these locations every month has unfortunately become a necessity.

Contact Us

Assistance Making Online Donation

Laura-Ann Farid 416.491.5050 ext. 77942

Pay It Forward Challenge Inquiries

Shannon Gaskell 416.491.5050 ext. 77771

Impact of Your Giving

Ways to Give

Cheque Payment

Make donations by cheque payable to Seneca College and mail to:

Advancement and Alumni
C/o Shannon Gaskell
Seneca College
8 The Seneca Way
Markham, ON L3R 5Y1

Online Payment

To make a pledge or a one-time donation online, please visit our donation page

Phone Payment

To make donations over the phone, please call Shannon Gaskell at 416.491.5050 ext. 77771.

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