Giving stories

A man and woman sit on grass smiling at two children
Judy Zhu, James Thom and their two children.

The mindset to succeed

Reflecting on their own experiences led alumni Judy Zhu and James Thom to establish an award they hope will support students who share their mindset.

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Man in suit standing with hands resting on a chair back in a living room
Honorary degree recipient, Marvin Storrow.

A fight for rights

Marvin Storrow (LLD ’21) championed Indigenous rights in court—and supported legal education through a gift that honours his wife, the Colette Storrow Award.

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Patricia standing on a rock at Cattle Point
Alumna Patricia Collins visiting Victoria in 2019

A pivotal email at a pivotal time

In July 2020, Patricia was saying an emotional goodbye to Victoria when she received an email about UVic's Research Accelerator Fund that spoke to her about hope, community and a way to bring the suffering caused by the pandemic to a close.

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Libraries staff member with laptops for loan
UVic Libraries loan out laptops to students

Digitization and enrichment

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a sudden and intense shift in library users' needs. Support from donors swelled in response, helping UVic Libraries maintain its vital support role for students, faculty and community members.

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Baneet Hans
Baneet Hans is the first recipient of the new scholarship for Law students

Moving from learning to action

As public awareness of pervasive racial inequality rises, a substantial number of new donor-funded awards at UVic are promoting equity for students from groups with current or historical barriers to education.

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Swayne in her lab with fellow researchers
Dr. Swayne is researching the affects of COVID-19 on the brain

Research Accelerator Fund

UVic launched the Research Accelerator Fund to empower the university’s world-class researchers to respond to the urgent needs of communities. Donations to that fund are boosting six projects focused on making communities stronger in the wake of the pandemic.

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Anne McLaughlin
This nonagenarian's ties to UVic run deeper than most

Anne McLaughlin

Anne remembers walking around Ring Road "when is was just straight mud". For the past 33 years, and counting, she has generously donated to the endeavours of students and university life. 

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Keely and Christina Hunter
Mother and daughter at the Law Centre

Christina Hunter

When Christina saw the fire that was lit in her daughter's heart, she set her mind on supporting the Law Centre through a legacy gift.

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Nurse in simulation lab
Nurses work in an increasingly technologized field

Paulette Lacroix

Paulette Lacroix created a Nursing Informatics Leadership Scholarship to address some pressing concerns about technology in healthcare.

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Austin Sawyer
Austin Sawyer working with the Victoria Hand Project

Schulich Foundation

Seymour Schulich's $200 million scholarship fund will help create the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation, at UVic and across Canada. 

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Avis Rasmussen Award
The Avis Rasmussen Award will support a graduate student in Fine Arts

Avis Rasmussen

Avis Rasmussen's family established a scholarship in her name to celebrate her 82nd birthday and her dedication to education and art.

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Tony Giovando
Tony Giovando (BA ’98, MPA ‘04) credits his time at University of Victoria for helping him create two successful careers.

Giovando Family 

Tony Giovando and his wife Laura Evans established the Leonard and Eileen Hamilton Scholarship in Spanish and Italian Studies. The gift honours his grandparents, who were a crucial part of his success at UVic.

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Canet Foundation
John Hart gives to SCYC to support Indigenous land-based education.

Canet Foundation 

In Collaboration with UVic’s School of Child and Youth Care, the Canet Foundation opened up the Spirit Bear farm to students and faculty at UVic as a living classroom to support Indigenous land-based education.

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