For Daniela Ramirez, Canada is home. Yet less than a year ago, living here still seemed impossible. She grew up in Canada, but circumstances meant she had to move back to Colombia with her mother and younger brother. She dreamed of returning to study at UBC, but never believed it was possible.
A donor-supported award changed everything. The Centennial Scholars Awards Program enables Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have demonstrated academic leadership and extracurricular achievement—and who would not be able to attend university without significant financial assistance—to come to UBC and succeed. In the fall of 2016, Daniela began her undergraduate degree at UBC.
For the 2017 UBC Vancouver Campus Appeal, the Faculty & Staff Giving Committee and other dedicated colleagues have created the Matching Gift Circle. The circle will match every gift made to the Centennial Scholars Awards, up to a maximum of $12,000, so please support the program today.
Daniela’s example shows that donors can genuinely change lives. And chances are her award will have a long-lasting positive impact on her and her family:
“As a recipient of the Centennial Scholars Major Entrance Award in 2016, I have now started my Bachelor of Arts at UBC. Receiving this award has truly changed the course of my life … I would not have been able to attend university at all without it … Receiving this award has meant a great deal to my family and in return, I plan to make meaningful contributions to UBC both inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you so, so much for believing in the power of education and making such a valuable investment in mine.”
The awards are available to students entering UBC directly from high school or transferring from another post-secondary institution. These awards are renewable, so you will be helping to support students through their entire undergraduate degree.
UBC’s faculty and staff already do a tremendous amount to help make this university great. Your hard work is the backbone of UBC. Today, we invite you to make a gift that will enable more talented students to study here. And remember, all gifts to this program up to $12,000 will be matched 1:1 by the Faculty & Staff Matching Gift Circle, doubling the impact you will have for a student in financial need. Thank you for your support.