Student Stories

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Right about now, some 14,000 UTM students are making a promise to themselves — to work hard, have fun and make 2017/18 the best year ever!

We have an opportunity to help them.

On September 14, UTM is celebrating Giving Day. This is our day to give back to the university that is an important part of who we are today. Not only did I complete my PhD research at UTM, I’ve worked here as a teaching assistant, an administrative staff member and for the past 15 years as a faculty member. I will forever be grateful for all that UTM has provided me and my family, and committed to ensuring others have the same opportunities.

This (and because UTM is turning 50 this year!) is why I’m making a promise of my own — on Giving Day, September 14, I will make a gift to the UTM 50th Anniversary Boundless Promise Award to mark the occasion and help incredibly talented students attend UTM and begin to make history. The best part is every donation to the Boundless Promise Award will be invested and the annual payout matched by the university, doubling the impact for UTM students today and into the future.

I’ve made my promise and saved September 14 in my calendar. Will you do the same?

Thank you,

Stuart Kamenetsky, PhD
Associate Chair, Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga

 


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The support provided by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UTM are integral to our scholarship program. Funding to scholarships and awards not only provides financial support to students, it also enables them to extend their reach into an array of extra-curricular activities that improve campus and community life. 

The following students are award recipients and showcase the tremendous talent, commitment and leadership of our community. 


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Three years ago, Andrea Koop was new to Mississauga, unemployed and worried about supporting her three children. "I remember thinking, If only someone would give me a chance, I could do so much.”

She enrolled in UTM’s commerce program and made her mark with top grades, a job as a teaching assistant and a long list of extracurricular and volunteer commitments, including a role in the Undergraduate Commerce Society and on the CPA Ontario Board of Ambassadors. The hard work quickly began to pay off. Now in her fourth year of an accounting specialization, Andrea is the beneficiary of a donor-funded award recognizing her achievements.

“Getting that award directly increased my family’s quality of life,” she says. “It takes so much of the pressure off.”


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When Ramandeep Jutla, BCom’17, crossed convocation stage to receive his UTM Bachelor of Commerce degree, he wasn’t alone. In addition to his family and friends, he credits a handful of great mentors and donors as a big part of the reason for his success.

During his first year at UTM, Raman was matched with a senior Commerce student, who helped him navigate many of the challenges of student life, from course assignments to networking.

“He told me my GPA should be impressive, but also the least impressive thing about me.” So, Raman threw himself into student life, eventually becoming president of the Undergraduate Commerce Society and helping to host UTM’s largest ever case competition. He says one, very important thing made all of this possible: scholarships.

“Undergraduate students face many demands. Having a scholarship can free up your time to do amazing things.”


Photo of Sandra Gamal

Sandra Gamal is a fourth-year math and French major who was awarded a donor-funded scholarship in her first year. The award has been renewed every year since in recognition of Sandra’s ongoing academic achievement and community service.

“Good grades, part-time work, volunteer commitments, rising tuition fees and a shrinking budget – it’s really hard to balance it all. When there’s one less thing to worry about, it helps so much,” she says. Having a bit of extra money in the bank also opened the door to new opportunities — like study abroad. With the help of a UTM bursary, Sandra spent the month of July at the Institut de Touraine, where she gained a French credit and language skills to last a lifetime.

“We really can’t do it without you,” Sandra insists. “Thank you for giving.” 


Click here more information on UTM Giving Day or the UTM 50th Anniversary Boundless Promise Award

Gifts in support of the UTM 50th Anniversary Boundless Promise Award can be made online.