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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 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 

2019 Results

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.

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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