Nov 29, 2023
Shannon van Leenen, MA
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Bow Valley College announces historic $26.5 million milestone in fundraising campaign
Bow Valley College has surpassed its target of $25 million in the quiet phase of its Open Doors – Open Minds fundraising campaign, raising $26.5 million. This historic amount is thanks to significant philanthropic gifts and contributions from generous donors who believe in the college’s mission to remove barriers for its students for years to come.
Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Dr. Jyoti Gondek, Mayor of Calgary, joined Dr. Misheck Mwaba, President and CEO of Bow Valley College, to unveil the fundraising milestone.
The Open Doors – Open Minds campaign will support student awards and endowments, and economic ignition programs. Funds will also ensure students have the technology needed to become work-ready graduates.
“The kindness of individuals and organizations brought us to this momentous occasion. Their generosity will be life-changing for students who will benefit from scholarships and bursaries, relieving financial burdens to focus on their studies,” says Dr. Misheck Mwaba, President and CEO, Bow Valley College.
The college will now embark on an ambitious public phase of its Open Doors – Open Minds campaign to raise an additional $8.5 million over the next three years. Bow Valley College invites the community to become a champion and continue to inspire brighter futures for students.
“We are building upon this momentum, sharing the remarkable ways Bow Valley College is transforming the lives of its students. We want a record number of them to have access to an education that prepares them to be job-ready in the industries that fuel the Calgary and Alberta economies,” says Mike Shaikh, Campaign Chair.
Through the Open Doors – Open Minds campaign, the college will build an endowment fund over time that will disburse a minimum of $2 million in annual scholarships and bursaries for generations to come. That will mean more than 2,000 Bow Valley College students will receive yearly awards, double the number available today.
“I was grateful to be considered for scholarships and to have the committees read my essays. There is nothing that compares to receiving the awards. They provided me with the resources to further my career and my well-being,” says Kurt Blind, multiple scholarship recipient and 2023 graduate of the Bow Valley College Addiction Studies Diploma Program.
To find out how you can champion the way, inspire a brighter future, and share in the community impact, please visit bowvalleycollege.ca/inspire.