From Book Vouchers to Emergency Loans: Friends of Glendon is here to help!

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Les Amis de Glendon vous invitent à notre assemblée générale annuelle!

Les Amis de Glendon cherchent des étudiants pour être directeurs sur notre conseil d'administration. Il y a quatre postes réservés aux étudiants. Notre assemblée générale annuelle aura lieu le 1 novembre à 18h dans la salle GH 102. Tous les étudiants sont des membres des Amis de Glendon, alors vous avez tous le droit de venir élire le nouveau conseil d'administration même si vous ne voulez pas présenter votre candidature aux élections du conseil d'administration.

What is Friends of Glendon?

In the late 1960s, students studying at Glendon reached out to the College staff, asking for financial help. Within a few years a fund for bursary and emergency loan support had been created through monthly giving from Glendon staff and faculty. Friends of Glendon was created as a registered Canadian charity in January 1971 to assist the community in their efforts. Students rallied around the organization as well, approving a levy that they would pay to help increase bursary funds each year.

How do students receive support from Friends of Glendon?

Students receive support through scholarships, bursaries and awards. The Friends of Glendon have created over 50 awards that are managed by the university – we donate funds and set out the award criteria with the College, and they in turn manage our investments and distribute the awards to Glendon students.
Scholarships are created to recognize academic excellence. Awards, in comparison to scholarships, can include non-academic and/or financial need criteria. Bursaries are primarily based on financial need (supporting students who don’t have enough resources to complete their studies). When students fill out their Student Financial Profile, they are automatically considered for bursaries offered by the Friends of Glendon.
On top of these traditional forms of support, we have two programs that are run through the College as well. They provide support to students in more difficult financial circumstances. We have a small Book Voucher program that can help a student who can’t afford required textbooks. Our Board of Directors created this program in the 2000s when they learned that some students were finding it difficult to afford all of their books and were dropping courses for that reason. These vouchers are a one-time gift that a student can use at the campus bookstore.
From our beginning as an organization, our Emergency Loans program that is run through the College has been there to help students in crisis. We provide funds to give interest-free short-term loans to students who meet specific criteria and must be repaid. In the last six years alone, we’ve loaned over $200,000 to Glendon students.