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New College's principals make a shared gift in support of scholarships

The current and former principals of the University of Toronto’s New College understand the importance of student support – as administrators, professors and now as benefactors.

Last spring, New College principal David Clandfield and six of the college’s former principals – Andrew Baines, Frederick Case, Ted Chamberlin, Guy Hamel, Donald Ivey and Robert Lockhart – made a shared gift that was matched by the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) and the University of Toronto Faculty and Staff Matching Program to create an endowment of $75,000. The New College Principals’ Scholarship will be awarded annually to New College students who demonstrate financial need.

The matching programs provided the principals with a unique opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the college. “New College is unusual because so many former principals are still actively involved in supporting the college,” says Clandfield, who proposed the idea of the scholarship to his colleagues. Ivey, who became principal shortly after the college’s inception, says the scholarship is “more than a gift to students” as it reflects the very essence of the college and the people associated with it.

Since the establishment of the college in 1962, faculty and students have made a tremendous contribution toward student support. Over the past 25 years, the New College Student Council alone has pledged more than $400,000 to scholarships at the college.

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