In the June 3rd edition of the Globe and Mail, UWC Toronto was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the education of women and girls through its Scholarship fund. It cannot be stressed enough the difference that our efforts make in the lives of these young women as they pursue their academic dreams.

The University Women's Club of Toronto Scholarship Program
submitted by: Susan Freeman

The University Women’s Club of Toronto was recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail Business Section column, Pitching In, for their scholarship program. We are thrilled and honoured to be featured. The UWC (Toronto) Foundation is responsible for giving financial awards, scholarships to young women and girls who wish to pursue a university education. The University Women’s Club Toronto states that it will always recognize and fulfill its mandate through the work of the Foundation to help provide educational opportunities for young women with excellent academic records, community involvement and financial need.

Our Awards

In 2023 the UWC (Toronto) Foundation awards nine scholarships of $6000 to deserving young women from 17 central Toronto high schools. Recipients are chosen from these schools, each of which is allowed to submit one candidate, on the recommendation of the principal and guidance counsellor.

We are presently supporting three $3000 scholarships each year for four years to students from Inukshuk High School in Iqaluit. This will be changed to one $5000 award annually as of 2023.

An Innis College Student is awarded a $5000 residence scholarship in the belief that the community provided by the year in residence will be of great benefit throughout the university life of the student.

Two young women who have aged out of foster care with the Children’s Aid Society each receive $5000 annually for four years.

We have also been awarding the Mary MacDonald Scholarship for the past four years to four young women who each receive $25,000 over their four university years thanks to the generosity of Mary’s family.

Each recipient of our scholarships is welcomed into the UWCT Scholars Program. They are awarded a UWCT Scholars’ pin, certificate and, on graduation from university, receive a year’s membership in the University Women’s Club. Our goal is to provide an informal organization for the young women to get to know and appreciate each other, with events such as Coffee, Croissants and Conversation during the Christmas break, a private, dedicated FaceBook page for the sharing on news and ideas among the young women, a workshop event during the winter Reading Week with an inspirational speaker, Spotlight events and workshops during a day at Innis College. The young women are invited to our Scholarship Reception each year to renew acquaintances and to meet the newest recipients.

The University Women’s Club transfers $50,000 annually from the club to the Foundation. We are indeed fortunate to have the legacy of the original University Women’s Club of Toronto and the sale of the house which they purchased in 1929. The club sold the house at 162 St. George St. to the University of Toronto in 2010. The money from the sale is invested and generates funds for our scholarships. In addition, at Christmas this year our members donated another $25,000 of personal contributions. We are so grateful for these funds and so pleased to be able to help deserving young women through our

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