Brescia Responds to Economic Downturn


January 13, 2009

London, ON – Brescia University College is taking a lead in increasing access to education for students by introducing 25 bursaries valued at $2,000 each for female grade 12 students in southwestern Ontario.

“Brescia’s Bright Futures” (BBF) is aimed at lessening the financial strain of post-secondary education, beginning in September 2009. The program partners Brescia with high schools in London and surrounding areas. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and be registered at Brescia. Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal, said, “We are responding to pressing needs of southwestern Ontario students affected by the current economy. These new bursaries will provide much needed support during these challenging times.”

The $50,000 in BFF bursaries supplements existing financial aid available at Brescia, and shows support for Brescia’s immediate community. Admissions and Liaison Officer Jessica Patterson said bursaries are essential for students in financial need. “Without financial assistance, many students can’t afford a university education,” said Patterson, who is a Brescia alumna.

In addition to the bursary program, Brescia is developing a unique public speaking contest in partnership with high schools in southwestern Ontario. “Take the Lead” is a contest open to young women in grades eleven and twelve. The contest is sponsored by the WCA and will be presented as an initiative of Brescia’s Institute of Women in Leadership (iWIL). “This contest is a great way for young women learn about women in leadership, and actively take part,” said Gail Stoddart, member of the WCA. It will take place April 4, 2009 and the first-prize winner will receive the first year’s full tuition at Brescia.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all parties involved,” said Dr. Hanycz. “We are very excited to see the outcomes and hope this inspires leadership among young women.”

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Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university, is a Catholic college affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as full-and part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while pursuing Western degrees. Brescia welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. Members of the media are invited to a media conference on Wednesday, January 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School, 100 Bill Martyn Parkway, St. Thomas.

For more information, please contact: Rita Gardiner, Director of Communications, Alumnae Relations and Special Projects, Brescia University College, at 519-432-8353, ext. 28293.