Donor support helps U of S students expand their horizons

 

David Stobbe / Stobbephoto.ca

Kari Duerksen has received multiple student awards thanks to the Annual Campaign for Students.

The Annual Campaign for Students 2015-16 officially launches on September 28.

The Annual Campaign for Students is the foremost annual charitable campaign for the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), raising funds from thousands of alumni and friends. Last year, the campaign raised more than $1.34 million to support student initiatives across campus.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, U of S students received awards and bursaries in a variety of disciplines, and were able to participate in travel opportunities and extracurricular activities that add value to their university experience.

Says Kari Duerksen, fourth-year Arts and Science student and recipient of multiple student awards, “Receiving student awards is very motivating. It’s an acknowledgement that someone believes in me, and that motivates me to work harder, not just for myself but to make the donor’s investment worthwhile.”

Working part-time as a neuro-feedback technician, Kari uses what she’s learning in her psychology courses to help war veterans and RCMP officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Her weekends are spent volunteering at the Sexual Assault Centre in Saskatoon—another cause that aligns with her educational pursuits.

While her friends are working long hours to finance their education, donor support has allowed Kari the freedom to choose opportunities that align with her goals and directly impact her future.

An excited group of U of S students prepares for another school year.

An excited group of U of S students prepares for another school year.

Every cent raised from the campaign is student-centred. One hundred percent of your contribution will be dedicated to helping students like Kari focus on their studies and get ready for their future.

U of S students appreciate how annual donors help enhance their university experience. With more than 5,400 donors contributing to the campaign last year, our goal this year, is to encourage even more to give. Whether you choose to support your college, or help students across campus by giving to a university-wide awards fund, we hope that you’ll help students today.

The 2015-16 campaign runs until April 2016. Interested donors are encouraged to vist: www.give.usask.ca/students for more information on how to give.

Thank you for helping our students expand their horizons at the U of S.

Written by: Brittany Stevens, Development Communications Specialist

All photos by: David Stobbe/Stobbe Photography