Durham College offering $1.5 million in bursaries to help students during COVID-19

The emergency funding will help address a portion of the financial burden students are facing

Oshawa, Ont. – In response to the financial burden facing students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Durham College (DC) has established an emergency bursary fund, offering more than $1.5 million in financial aid.

The fund will support full-time domestic and international students who are experiencing exceptional expenses related to maintaining their studies.

“Our students are all facing vastly different scenarios during this extended disruption,” said Meri Kim Oliver, vice president, Student Affairs, DC. “The emergency bursary fund is meant to assist our students with some of their financial stress during this time so they can continue to focus on their academic programs.”

“This is a very difficult time, and while our students have done an incredible job of pivoting to online learning amidst unprecedented times, we recognize that the ongoing pandemic has also created a financial strain for many of them” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “We are very grateful for the support of the province and the independent student association (DCSI), which has made this fund possible, and I am proud of how our campus community has continued to come together to help our students – even at a distance.”

The emergency fund is already open for applications, and is supported by DCSI, who contributed $250,000 through their Emergency Student Support Fund, and the provincial government, who awarded DC with $400,000 as part of a larger $25 million investment to support post-secondary institutions during the COVID1-19 pandemic.

For more information on the emergency bursary fund and what DC is doing to support its students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus.

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About Durham College
At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, we offer approximately 13,400 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and nine apprenticeship programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management.

We enable students to develop the career-ready skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market by connecting them with expert faculty and offering quality programs. With a focus on experiential learning through field-placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads have the skills and knowledge employers need.

The Oshawa campus features DC’s newest building, the Centre for Collaborative Education, which represents the college’s commitment to working with local business and community partners while bringing together local, Indigenous and global communities and members of key business sectors.

DC’s Whitby campus is home to the Skills Training Centre, where students receive hands-on training and instruction in industrial-grade shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices and crane operation, among others. The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Shelly Totino
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