Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

$1 million in new financial help arriving for Indigenous students

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Halifax university to match a $500,000 grant from two donors.
  • $500,000 donation from contributors Scott McCain and Leslie McLean. 

Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax declared Tuesday the creation of a new fund to help Indigenous students through a $500,000 donation from supporters Scott McCain and Leslie McLean.

The university is also funding $500,000 for a combined sum of $1 million in financial help for Indigenous students at the school.

“We are deeply thankful to Scott and Leslie for their gracious gift of helping Indigenous students at MSVU,” stated Ramona Lumpkin, MSVU interim president, and vice-chancellor. “They have a deep promise to removing education obstacles, especially for Indigenous students.”

The Scott McCain and Leslie McLean L’nu Student Success Bursary Fund will help full-time undergraduate Indigenous students across all programs at MSVU via renewable bursaries and a L’nu Emergency Fund.

The bursaries will be awarded per year to Indigenous students from Canada at MSVU. They will concentrate on helping students facing economic barriers pursue post-secondary education. Each will be renewable for up to four years.

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$500,000 donation from contributors Scott McCain and Leslie McLean

The L’nu Emergency Fund will offer help to Indigenous students at MSVU. They are faced with financial requirements due to unexpected circumstances, such as emergency accommodation, travel, child care, or technology needs.

“We recognize that unanticipated economic needs can occur in other areas of students’ lives, affecting their capabilities to continue their studies,” said McCain. “We hope that the new L’nu Emergency Fund will manage those financial challenges for Indigenous students.”

University commitment

MSVU has worked near with Indigenous professionals to create educational programs and services supporting Indigenous youth and neighborhoods and encourage Indigenous world views in its work.

The school continues to make progress on 12 new commitments to Indigenous Peoples at a ceremony of apology and promise had in October.

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