by Travis Fauteux
The Lance – News Editor
University of Windsor students are getting a $10 million boost from Tim Hortons co-founder, Ron Joyce.
Joyce, chairman of the Joyce Foundation, came to the University Sept. 25 to make the donation publicly.
The money will be used to establish the Ed Lumley Bursary, in recognition of the current university chancellor. The money will be split in to a number of bursaries, available to students who are experiencing financial hardships, with a maximum of $8,000 per year, over a period of four years.
The Ed Lumley Bursary will be the most significant student support endowment in the history of the University according to University president, Alan Wildeman. Wildeman said the gift will give students the opportunity to pursue the education they want and deserve.
“Today is a day for students,” said Wildeman. “Students have been at the heart of the mission of the University of Windsor since its first rumblings began in 1857 … Education empowers lives. As a University it is our role to open minds to the power of knowledge, discovery, creativity and civic engagement.”
Joyce said students today need help to succeed in reaching their post-secondary education goals.
“My new venture is that I’m giving back to something I strongly believe in … which is giving back to children, hopefully to further their education with less cost to them,” said Joyce. “Education is expensive, there’s no question about it.”
Erika Downie, a fourth-year dramatic art student, said the gift “offers students not only opportunities, but freedom. The freedom to take chances and risks in their education – to know that after school they can do anything they want to do.”
The application process for the bursary has not yet been determined.
To recognize this donation, Wildeman said the University’s new innovation centre being built on Wyandotte will be named the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre.